Report says neglect of Children’s Services contributed to deaths of 8 kids: Lax oversight and egregious neglect by the city’s Administration for Children’s Services contributed to the brutal deaths of eight children in 13 months, Public Advocate Letitia James said, the New York Post reports. In many cases, the children were put under the protection and care of private agencies contracted by ACS at a cost of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars a year.
How former CNY SPCA director, vet tech stole nearly $700,000: It took five years for Paul Morgan, Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’s former executive director and Taylor Gilkey, a former veterinary technician, to pilfer resources from the organization, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick told Syracuse.com. Fitzpatrick said the two wrote checks to themselves and cashed them, calling the payments "performance bonuses," he said. SPCA has an annual budget of about 1.2 million dollars, tax records show.
Authorities say embezzlement at nonprofits not all that uncommon:Embezzlement at nonprofits is an issue that’s not that uncommon, WRVO Public Media reports. Just this year in central New York, there have been accusations of a woman stealing from a nonprofit that works with people with mental illness and substance abuse. There have been two stories of accusations of embezzlement in a couple of Pop Warner football organizations. And a Syracuse couple two years ago admitted to swindling a Manlius church out of almost a half million dollars. What do these cases all have in common?
Proposed Upper West Side nursing home project awaits court ruling: The fate of a controversial Upper West Side nursing home will be decided in the next several weeks, Crain’s writes. The New Jewish Home is developing the Living Center of Manhattan, at West 97th Street and Columbus Avenue. The proposed development would follow the rules to be designated as part of the nationwide Green House Project, which stresses residents' independence and gives all residents their own private room.
Long nights with little sleep for homeless families seeking shelter: With 12,913 families in homeless shelters, which is a record, and the city trying to avoid giving them “overnights” twice in a row, New York has created a bureaucracy of sleep that, paradoxically, keeps many families from getting any rest, the New York Times reports. Some yellow school buses transporting them to shelters leave the PATH center as late as 4 a.m. People who are loaded onto them then are bused back two hours later so they can be seen by 11 a.m., before a new wave of families arrives.
New York City relies on motels to house homeless: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration is relying on motels to house homeless residents, sometimes turning entire properties into de facto shelters, the Wall Street Journal reports. About 4,000 homeless New Yorkers slept in 46 motels last month, up from about 1,000 in eight hotels in January 2015.
Bed-Stuy residents petition ‘No more homeless shelters in our community’: A group of Bed-Stuy residents have launched an online petition, appealing the city to not support the opening of a homeless shelter at 1217 Bedford Avenue, the Brooklyn Reader writes. The proposal to open the homeless support center is led by Breaking Ground, a nonprofit organization that provides permanent affordable housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Since 1990, the organization has helped more than 12,000 people escape and avoid homelessness.
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NYC Housing Partnership cites its double digit growth in creating and preserving affordable units for New Yorkers in each of past two years:
The NYC Housing Partnership Development Corporation has achieved double digit percentage growth in the affordable units developed through its initiatives during each of the past two years, according to Dan Martin, President and CEO of the NYC Housing Partnership. In the fiscal year ending June 30, the NYC Housing Partnership, New York City's primary intermediary for the development of new and rehabilitated workforce housing, played a role in the creation and preservation of over 9,000 affordable units in the five boroughs.
Health Department, United Hospital Fund and partners release plan outlining strategies to increase broad adoption of primary care medical home model:
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, United Hospital Fund, and partners in the Population Health Improvement Program released a plan that outlines five strategies to expand and improve the impact of the medical home model of primary care across New York City. The plan is intended to guide New York City's primary care providers - as well as health plans, policymakers, and other stakeholders - in the adoption of a delivery model that improves health care quality, improves patients’ experience of care, and reduces avoidable emergency department visits and hospital admissions.
Five Towns Community Chest to change its name:
The Long Island-based Five Towns Community Chest has adopted a new name and launched a new website as it expands its charitable work beyond its Five Towns (Hewlett, Woodmere, Cedarhurst, Inwood and Lawrence) into communities including Atlantic Beach, Lynbrook, East Rockaway, Oceanside and south Valley Stream. The organization’s new name is Community Chest South Shore. In addition to partnering with other nonprofits, Community Chest South Shore operates a compassionate program called Neighbors Helping Neighbors across all of its service areas. Through donations from local businesses and philanthropic individuals, Community Chest aids those struggling to meet the most basic daily needs, including food, medical care and utilities.
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The AVP provides direct oversight and management of Permanency Planning, Health and Wellness services. The candidate leads and manages with excellence the Graham School operational arms of permanency services, clinical treatment and health services; takes a lead role at the Graham School in strengthening the fidelity to Graham Windham practice models of Solution Based Casework and Collaborative Problem Solving; and collaborates with Associate Vice President of Residential Services to create opportunities for families to develop solutions and make decisions, to have consistent and purposeful interaction with the program and their children, to skill build and to have times of fun.
The AVP provides direct oversight and management of Residential services. The candidate: leads and manages with excellence the group living arm of the Graham School maintaining a consistent focus on prevention and being highly responsive to safety and risk; develops and manages program that provides opportunities for youth to build skills leading to a pathway to a successful life; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs; and partners with on-site Greenburgh Graham School District leadership to promote academic success with a strong emphasis on school attendance and behavior planning.
Seeking an experienced NYS Licensed Social Work Supervisor (LCSW) to provide leadership in an Article 31 Clinic. Provide individual and group supervision, as well as oversight of Administrative functions. Ideal candidate is knowledgeable regarding OMH regulations, has strong computer skills, is detail oriented, and able to work in a fast paced environment. Position requires at least one evening each week.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* The bill requiring cops to give their name, rank and command during most routine stops, part of the Right to Know Act, has enough backers to override a veto if Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito would let it get a vote on the Council floor, the Observer reports.
*As pressure mounts to reduce violence at New York City’s Rikers Island jail complex, top correction bosses repeatedly ordered underlings to downgrade incidents, a Daily News review of scores of internal documents shows.
* The recent lackluster state results at Renewal Schools that de Blasio has touted call into question whether the mayor is more concerned with boosting his sagging approval ratings rather than improving student outcomes, StudentsFirstNY’s Tenicka Boyd writes in NY Slant.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Weddings - Emily Baker, Samuel Mayer: Emily Hamilton Baker was married Aug. 24 to Samuel Mayer, an executive director at the MAC AIDS Fund, a nonprofit group affiliated with MAC cosmetics in Manhattan, the New York Times writes.
Upcoming galas and events:
Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.
Sept. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club
Sept. 8 -- Urban Pathways hosts Sundown Social
Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”
Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
New nonprofit hopes to give animals legal representation: Against All Oddz Animal Alliance hopes to provide animals with legal representation and relief resources, Time Warner Cable News reports. Organizers believe animals need to be represented in certain circumstances such as abuse cases, or if law enforcement are forced to shoot an animal.
Homeless Harlem girl one of 11 city teens to get fresh start in college thanks to Women in Need shelters: Angely is one of 11 teens from WIN’s 10 city shelters who are heading off to college this year with the help of federal and state financial aid and support from WIN, the Daily News writes. The 33-year-old city nonprofit provides housing for roughly 4,700 homeless people including 2,700 children at locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.
Resignations at the Bronx Museum over a costly international push: Two top governing executives at the Bronx Museum of the Arts resigned, along with four other members of the board of trustees, over the museum’s leadership, saying some new projects have betrayed its local mission, according to the New York Times. They are especially worried about its plan to spend 2.5 million dollars to create a replica of a sculpture of José Martí, the Cuban revolutionary leader, and about an exchange of artworks with Havana.
New York Appleseed’s new diversity director wants to enlist more students in the push for integrated schools: Matt Gonzales was recently named School Diversity Project director for New York Appleseed, the local chapter of a national nonprofit network that focuses on social justice issues,according to Chalkbeat. He has plans to forge new partnerships and bring together the various groups already working on school diversity issues and most of all he wants to give students a voice in the process, and is already working with a Bronx-based student group called IntegrateNYC4Me to do that.
On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives pleaseclick here.
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SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education
Crackdown on for-profit colleges may help students and trap taxpayers:The decision last week was the latest step in the federal government’s crackdown on for-profit schools that have vacuumed up billions of dollars in government grants and loans but failed to deliver on promised training and jobs, according to the New York Times. Still, the goal of relieving current and former students saddled with onerous debt and a subpar education can be at odds with reducing the cost to taxpayers, who are likely to be stuck with the bill for loan defaults and discharges. NYN Media recently reported on the high price of higher learning.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
12 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul addresses students and faculty about Cuomo’s Enough is Enough initiative to combat sexual assault on college campuses, SUNY Geneseo, Doty Hall, Park Street, Geneseo.
6 p.m. - New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., Bed-Stuy Gateway BID and Community Board #3 hold a town hall meeting on a proposed homeless shelter for Bedford-Stuyvesant, Restoration Plaza, 1360 Fulton St., Brooklyn.