Friday, August 12, 2016


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Gov. Cuomo doubtful that full $2B will be available for affordable housing this year: Gov. Cuomo said Thursday he does not expect a deal to dole out the full $2 billion in affordable housing money agreed to in the current state budget until next year, the Daily News reports. Cuomo has been under pressure by affordable housing advocates to cut a deal as quickly as possible with state legislative leaders.

Mayor intervenes in Upper West Side school's battle against nursing home group over tower plan: Mayor de Blasio is pushing for a compromise between public school parents and The New Jewish Home, which seeks to build a 252-foot tower near the Upper West Side intersection of W. 97th St. and Columbus Ave., the Daily News reports. But families and educators from adjacent P.S. 163 want the developer to provide roughly $10 million in environmental protections for the three-year build, including soundproof windows for their school and central air conditioning to ensure fresh air.

Neighbors protest plan for homeless shelter in Maspeth: There's been swift backlash to a proposal by the city Department of Homeless Services to convert a Holiday Inn Express in Queens into an adult homeless shelter, NY1 reports. The plan calls for the shelter to open in about 60 days and while full-time security at the shelter and in the surrounding area would be coordinated with the NYPD’s 104th Precinct, that news didn’t ease the concerns of some Maspeth residents.

Head of city’s affordable housing finance agency to step down: Gary Rodney, the head of the city’s affordable housing finance agency, will step down in September, city officials said Thursday, according to The Real Deal. Rodney, who has led the Housing Development Corp. since 2014, will head to the private sector, joining City Real Estate Advisors, a syndicator that acts as a liaison between the city and affordable housing developers seeking tax credits and equity.

The rising of the states in nonprofit oversight: Building on seeds planted over the past several decades, state regulators are both individually and collectively increasing their oversight of nonprofits, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. This trend is fortunate for those who care about oversight of nonprofits, because it comes at a time when the Internal Revenue Service’s efforts in this area are atrophying.

De Blasio's affordable housing plan being tested in Inwood: The New York City Council is supposed to vote on a 17-story development in Inwood, an important early test of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, WNYC reports. But the project has run into some local opposition, which delayed a vote earlier this week.

Procedural Move Could Lead to Vote on Right to Know Act: A number of prominent advocacy organizations - led by Communities United for Police Reform, a coalition group of dozens of nonprofits - that have been pushing the Right to Know Act and criticizing Council Speaker Mark-Viverito over her compromise with Police Commissioner Bratton held a Twitter rally calling for passage of the two bills with the hashtag #RightToKnowAct, the Gotham Gazette reports. Organizations include the Legal Defense Fund, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the New York Working Families Party, Justice League NYC, and Color of Change.

Letter to Cuomo reveals State Senate’s plan to help Success Academy: A letter to Cuomo from state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan sent in the final hours of the legislative session shows the two cooperated to give Success Academy charter schools more concessions for charter schools, The New York Times writes.

Over 100 unaccompanied minors gain legal status through City Council program: Just over 100 children have been granted permanent legal status or asylum in New York City two years after the City Council launched a private-public partnership to prevent unaccompanied minors from being deported from the city, Politico New York reports.



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Nicholas Pirrotta named to board of The Mental Health Association of Westchester:

The Mental Health Association of Westchester announced the appointment of Nicholas Pirrotta, financial advisor at Clarfeld Financial Advisors LLC, to its board of directors. Pirrotta, a graduate of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, achieved his Certified Financial Planner designation in 2012. As a manager at Clarfeld, he handles all aspects of personal financial planning, estate planning and investment services for wealthy individuals and senior corporate executives in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Animal Care Centers of NYC celebrates olympic spirit with fee-waived cat adoptions:

While the nation cheers on team USA in this year’s summer Olympics, Animal Care Centers of NYC is assembling its own roster of champion cats and offering fee-waived adoptions through Aug. 31 on all “cathletes” over 6 months. ACC is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in the country, taking in more than 35,000 animals a year.

Newburgh selects United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region to be coordinating and convening organization for its Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative:

Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy selected United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region to be the coordinating and convening organization for the city’s poverty reduction initiative funded through New York State’s $1 million Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Newburgh is one of 16 communities statewide that was selected to participate in this initiative, with the stated goal to: “work together to develop and execute an innovative plan to reduce the number/percentage of households residing in poverty and increase the number/percentage with earned income above poverty.”




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* Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill that will require certain city offices and service centers to provide a lactation room for nursing mothers to use at their choosing, which he insisted does not infringe on a woman’s right to nurse in public, the Times reports.

* A report found de Blasio doled out $2 million in raises to 358 of 360 staffers in 2016, and 56 of those staffers received raises of more than 20 percent, which his administration defended as necessary to retain skilled staff, the Daily News writes.

* In response to the high number of mentally ill inmates in New York City’s jails, correction and health officials have turned to “Crisis Intervention Team” training to teach officers to navigate situations typically resolved with force or pepper spray, The Wall Street Journal reports.




Recent galas and events: (view photos):

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, BronxWorks

Upcoming galas and events:

Aug. 13 -- The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons hosts annual GET WILD Summer Gala

Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl

Aug. 21 -- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's 8th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium

Aug. 22 -- Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk hosts the 18th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic at the Southward Ho Golf and Country Club in Bay Shore.

Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.

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Charitable thrift store scrambling to find new warehouse space: A nonprofit thrift store chain that funnels its funds into organizations for low-income Lower East Siders is scrambling to find a new warehouse space after being booted from its Brooklyn digs of nearly two decades, according to the president of the organization behind the shops, DNAinfo reports.

Ground broken on Corning affordable housing complex: Construction has begun on a $12.5 million affordable housing complex on Corning's Northside,the Star Gazette writes. The project has received funding through the state Office of Homes and Community Renewal's Housing Trust Fund, capital funds from the Medicaid Redesign Team and the state Office of Mental Health, and low-income housing tax credits.

50 cents for milk at State Fair? No way, NY says: A cup of milk at the New York State Fair will still cost 25 cents, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who stepped in Thursday to stop the cost from rising to 50 cents a cup, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. The 25-cent milk price has been a staple at the state fair near Syracuse since 1983. But the nonprofit New York State Dairy Exhibits Inc. that runs the milk bar at the fair said that the price would double this year, citing growing expenses.




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Why do some museums fail while others thrive? Here's one theory: The Met is laying off more than 100 employees as it tries to erase a $10 million budget deficit, while the MoMA is so flush with cash that it isn't in much of a hurry to deposit a recent $100 million check from David Geffen, Inside Philanthropy writes. So why do some museums thrive and others fail during this age of eye-popping philanthropy? Auburn University Professor of Economics Robert Ekelund cites the trifecta of fashion, demographics and billionaires.

Dixon Place, New York City's queer theater haven: It has hosted one of the world’s longest-running LGBTQ festivals and after 30 years, the award-winning nonprofit experimental theater still makes space for the city’s avant garde performers, the Guardian writes.

Graham Foundation announces more than $400,000 architecture and design grants: The Graham Foundation is awarding architecture and design grants worth $419,000 to 31 projects around the world, Artnet writes. The grants include major museum retrospectives, site-specific commissions, art and architecture biennials, and boundary-breaking journals. Organizations in New York included The Jewish Museum, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Swiss Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.




1 p.m. - New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts a press conference to announce $1.5 million in funding for the Immigrant Healthcare Initiative, Terra Firma Clinic, 853 Longwood Ave., 2nd Floor, Bronx.

5:30 p.m. - New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer attends first ever LGBT pride night with New York Mets, Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Kelly Lennon-Martucci, Director of School Based Mental Health Clinic Services at Henry Street Settlement, Saturday, Aug. 13; and Michelle Brown, Care Coordinator at NADAP, Sunday, Aug. 14.

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