Monday, August 1, 2016



‘Disturbed’ kids at city foster-care center ‘drugged’ at hospital: Dozens of kids housed in a city-run foster-care center are labeled “emotionally disturbed persons” and hauled next door to Bellevue Hospital, where some get drugs to sedate them, The New York Post reports. Social workers and safety officers in the First Avenue holding pen, which is run by the Administration for Children’s Services, struggle to control outbursts and talk rebellious youths into cooling down. But in the last year, at least 50 kids were “EDP’d” and taken by EMS to Bellevue’s emergency rooms, internal reports show.

‘Dictator’ Kerry Kennedy is ruining family legacy: She claims to be a great advocate for human rights, but former employees say that behind closed doors, Kerry Kennedy is a monster who’s driving her father’s legacy into the ground, according to the New York Post. In the past year, sources say, at least nine employees have quit and several ex-employees say that Kennedy, who serves as president of Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, has grown increasingly erratic.

New York City to put more ex-homeless, jailed people to work fixing streets: The city tapped the Doe Fund to expand a program that puts formerly homeless and jailed New Yorkers to work cleaning streets and getting rid of graffiti, the Daily News writes. The Economic Development Corporation’s “Quality of Life” program will hire another 20 to 25 people, on top of the 86 already at work on efforts like power-washing sidewalks in commercial areas and scrubbing graffiti off properties. They’ll also work on the new citywide ferry service, maintaining docks and landings for the boats across the five boroughs.

Mayor de Blasio lies again about info kept from investigators in Rivington House probe: Mayor de Blasio denied Friday that his team withheld from investigators a crucial memo about a Lower East Side nursing home that wound up as condos, but a document shows that’s not true, the Daily News writes. The July 29, 2014, memo shows city officials were well aware that a “private sale” of the “high value property” was discussed early on.

The disrupters - Making New York’s cultural boards more diverse: A number of historically insular boards appear to be making some inroads where board diversity is concerned, the New York Times reports. Exhibit A is Carnegie Hall, which in June named Robert Smith, the 53-year-old African-American chief of Vista Equity Partners, as its new chairman.

What if foundations moved from grand theories to on-the-ground practice?: Heron Foundation president Clara Miller writes in Pacific Standardthat turning outward, beyond the boundaries of foundation logics and program areas is not only sensible, it’s common-sense risk management.

Vouchers reduce homelessness and housing instability by 80 percent: A new chart book includes information on who is helped by federal rental assistance, how it reduces homelessness, housing instability and poverty, and how rental assistance promotes children’s long-term health, well-being and success, the Coalition on Human Needs writes.

For low-income people of color in NYC, segregation is a regional problem: While no longer explicitly racially discriminatory, many current planning policies in the New York region continue to enforce the segregation patterns set in previous decades, writes Sarah Serpas, the associate planner for community planning and design at the Regional Plan Association, writes in City Limits.

Mayor de Blasio announces Sree Sreenivasan as city’s new chief digital officer: As chief digital officer, Sree Sreenivasan, who was a former chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will work to increase access to city-led technology initiatives, focus on outreach to the tech community, and direct citywide digital policy, according to a press release. He will begin his new role this fall.


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Grand St. Settlement names new Director of Development and Communications:

The Grand St. Settlement board of directors and executive leadership team announced the appointment of Clovis Thorn as director of development and communications of the historic settlement. Prior to joining Grand St. Settlement, Thorn was the managing director of development at Drug Policy Alliance, a $15M national nonprofit organization. He raised funds to reform drug policies in New York and around the world by creating unique membership and major donor programs over the course of his 15-year tenure.

IRI names associate executive director of program operations and quality improvement:

Innovative Resources for Independence welcomes John McGuigan as its new Associate Executive Director of Program Operations and Quality Improvement. With nearly two decades of experience dedicated to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities, McGuigan has earned a reputation in the nonprofit arena as a leader and advocate. As IRI continually evaluates and improves its service delivery to more than 1,600 New Yorkers living with disabilities, McGuigan will help further IRI’s mission to create new and better opportunities for people with IDD. Prior to this position, he was deputy director of operations at Aid to the Developmentally Disabled in Riverhead, New York.

Human Services Council announces changes to governance model:

HSC’s board of directors approved a plan to change its governance model and enhance its approach to membership engagement to bring more of HSC's membership to the table, according to a press release. The goal is to increase participation by members and bring more voices to the conversation while ensuring a strong governance model that allows HSC to meet its corporate responsibilities as well as respond effectively as an advocacy organization. HSC will launch a robust membership engagement strategy that includes more training and networking opportunities as well as workgroups. The HSC's Board will go from approximately 50 HSC members to 15-20 members, comprised mainly of HSC member organization Executive Director and CEOs with a minority of outside individuals.



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Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Community Services

The CFO serves on the BCS Executive Staff, and is responsible for financial oversight for more than 30 programs and services across 25 BCS sites in Downtown Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Canarsie and Coney Island. The CFO is also responsible for oversight of BCS facilities management, purchasing and information technology systems. As a member of Executive Staff, ensure effective leadership for all BCS programs and services. Inspire a culture of accountability and customer service at all levels of the organization. Implement and lead continuous quality improvement processes throughout BCS, and work to ensure that leadership and staff throughout BCS communicate effectively and collaboratively. Read more.

Senior VP of Family Foster Care, Saint Dominic’s Home

As a key member of the Management Team, the Senior Vice President of the Family Foster Care will assume responsibility for the supervision and coordination of several units in the Family Foster Care Department. These units may include Case Management, Home-finding, Adoption and/or Therapeutic units. He/She will provide overall administrative supervision to supervisors within the units to ensure that the department meets and exceeds the regulatory standards of all pertinent governmental bodies. He/she will work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Family Foster Care to establish casework methods and determine standards and procedures based on sound social work principles, agency mission and all federal, state and city policies. Read more.

Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care, New Alternatives for Children

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care.Key Responsibilities include providing direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors and Case Associates and prepare timely evaluations of supervisees. Read more.

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* The share of New York City students who passed the state English exams jumped by nearly 8 points this year to 38 percent, matching the state average for the first time, state officials said Friday, Chalkbeat reports.

* The Daily News writes that while there are many things that are “ridiculous” about the investigation into the lifting of deed restrictions on a nursing home, none of them are that there is an investigation at all, as de Blasio suggested last week.

* Rather than try to bring NYCHA stakeholders together to help reverse rising crime in public housing developments, the city’s top-down directives have only succeeded in driving a wedge, PBA’s Patrick Lynch and Teamsters Local 237’s Gregory Floyd write in NY Slant.



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Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl

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

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

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”

Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.

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Slay the runway fashion showcase features Rochester designers and boutiques: Six designers and three boutiques, all from Rochester, showed off their skills during the Slay the Runway Fashion Showcase, Time Warner Cable reports. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides professional attire and career development tools to women.

An advocate for trafficked child sex workers becomes Harlem's youngest Community Board member: Weeks ago, 17-year-old Victoria Pannell, who created the anti-child-sex trafficking nonprofit Tools for Change, was appointed the youngest member of Community Board 10 in central Harlem, NY1 reports.

Jazz at Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Foundation Pair Up for School Tour: Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Rockefeller Foundation have announced a new education outreach program for students in disadvantaged schools,according to the New York Times. The program, “Jazz for Young People: The Resilient Cities Tour,” will connect live jazz performances to an American history curriculum, reaching 60 schools in five cities. An expansion of a partnership that was first forged in New York City public schools, the initiative will highlight jazz’s response to social struggle, with an emphasis on resilience.



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SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education

Why do colleges still give preference to kids whose parents went there?:Legacy preference policies in which relatives of graduates get a leg up on admissions have a tarnished history, do little good for the colleges that employ them, and effectively serve as a form of affirmative action for the wealthy, yet they remain stubbornly difficult to get rid of, according to IMDiversity.



11 a.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts press conference to discuss New York City students’ state test scores, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on the state test results; East Ramapo school board President Yehuda Weissmandl and Andrew Mandel of Strong East Ramapo with latest on the education conflicts in East Ramapo; and Dave Catalfamo of Park Strategies on the national conventions, WCNY.

12:30 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer holds a press conference to release an investigative report on the sale of two deed restrictions governing the property located at 45 Rivington St. in Manhattan, David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is honored at The River Project’s 30th anniversary celebration, Hornblower Hybrid, Pier 40, Houston Street at the Hudson River, Manhattan.


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