Monday, December 5, 2016


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New York City Council seeks tougher oversight of deed restrictions: The New York City Council is expected to pass legislation to require mayors to personally approve any alteration to or removal of a city-imposed deed restriction and create a database to track existing deed restrictions and changes to them, the Times reports.

Brooklyn boy, 3, dies after allegedly being beaten into coma by mother's boyfriend: A battered, helpless 3-year-old Brooklyn boy has died from injuries he allegedly suffered at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend days after he was beaten into a coma and left with a fractured skull, The Daily News writes. Workers from the city Administration for Children’s Services were tipped Nov. 26 to horrific conditions at Jaden’s home but were stymied when the tipster mistakenly gave the address of the home next door.

Advocates welcome change in home health aide law: Newsday writes that a new state law will let highly trained home health aides administer medications and operate medical equipment for people in need of professional care at home, health officials. Gov. Cuomo signed into law a bill that establishes the Advanced Home Health Aide job category for home health aides who receive additional training and act under the supervision of a licensed registered professional nurse to carry out advanced tasks.

The scourge of racial bias in New York State’s prisons: A New York Times investigation draws on nearly 60,000 disciplinary cases from state prisons and interviews with inmates to explore the system’s inequities and the ripple effect they can have. Because Sing Sing is so close to the city, with major nonprofits like the Fortune Society and the Osborne Association nearby, it has more programs than most state prisons. Inmates can get a college degree and participate in theater and art initiatives.

How tax law changes may impact charitable giving: Whether looking at the blueprint for tax reform put forth by Republican House Ways and Means Committee members, the deliberations of the Senate Finance Committee’s bipartisan tax reform working groups or the tax proposals of President-elect Trump, there is a very real possibility that tax rates will be lowered in the near future, BDO writes in its blog.

Gillibrand calls for federal funding to protect religious institutions, nonprofits from hate, terror: Hate crimes are up, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to have 5 million dollars more added to an end-of-the-year federal funding bill, CBS New York reports. According to the NYPD, there were 34 reported hate crime incidents in the city between Nov. 8 and Nov. 27 of this year, compared to only 13 during the same period in 2015.

The Fight for 15, four years in: Nonprofit Quarterly writes that last Tuesday marked the four-year anniversary of the movement’s first protest event, back in November 2012, when New York City’s fast food workers first demanded 15 dollars an hour and union rights. The movement has come a long way. While 200 workers took part in that one-day strike four Novembers ago, thousands have now risen nationwide, spanning across 340 cities to mark the event. Chicago O’Hare airport alone witnessed 500 workers on strike.

Mayor de Blasio appoints new commissioners to Commission on Gender Equity: Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Beverly Tillery and Beverly Cooper Neufeld to the Commission on Gender Equity, the advisory body that works across city agencies to help achieve the Mayor’s commitment to reduce gender-based inequity and build a safer, more inclusive and economically mobile city for women and girls, according to a press release.

Redlining, racial politics and the way forward in Trump’s America: For a podcast, City Limits gathered Judi Kende, New York Market Leader at Enterprise Community Partners; Colvin Grannum, president of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and April DeSimone, co-founder of Designing the We to talk about ways to address the lingering, everyday effects of an explicitly racist policy especially in the looming era of President Trump.

Philanthropy is neglecting poor communities, but what about the influx of new funders?: While giving to under-served communities grew both in dollars and share of domestic grantmaking, it remains “disturbingly low,” going from just 26 to 31 percent, Inside Philanthropy reports. Ninety percent of foundations gave less than half of their grant dollars to benefit underserved communities.

Under the hood at agencies, investigation department increases policy focus: While the Department of Investigation is often responsible for arresting bad actors in city government, its long-term impact is best seen in its investigative reports, policy recommendations, and follow through ensuring that agencies implement suggested reforms, Gotham Gazette writes. As with many types of government reports, though, it is not always easily evident what type of oversight DOI provides to see that its recommendations are indeed implemented.



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Homeless high school students can and do graduate in numbers similar to their peers, if they are supported during specific transition points. The key is to keep them from becoming chronically absent from school. Read newly-analyzed data from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness.




Four reasons nonprofits should pay attention to Snapchat: Although the notion of a social network that doesn’t record your actions to save and view at a later date seems backward to tech giants like Facebook and Google, which rely on collecting and retaining user data, disappearing messages have captivated younger users on Snapchat, who may have once been concerned that fleeting moments on social media could haunt them forever, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

Nonprofit’s Homework Help program offers immigrants, kids of Middle Eastern descent a chance to learn and grow: More than 50 children take part in the homework help program at Women for Afghan Women which focuses on supporting women and familie, to help them gain independence and feel like they belong, according to PIX11. They also offer several classes like English, driver’s ed, even yoga. And many who come here are receiving education for the first time.




Executive compensation at private and public colleges: The Chronicle of Higher Education provides a list of executive-compensation package with the latest data on more than 1,200 chief executives at more than 600 private colleges from 2008-14 and nearly 250 public universities and systems from 2010-15.




NYSLTA raises money for Long Island based charity:

New York State Land Title Association’s Charitable Works Committee recently held its third annual auction, which raised 37,960 dollars for HorseAbility, a center for equine-facilitated therapy for people with special needs. HorseAbility serves more than 825 families a year. The proceeds raised by the committee will go toward the HorseAbility Scholarship Fund for therapy lessons and for refurbishing their large outdoor ring and two horse stalls. The auction took place during NYSLTA’s annual conference, which was held in Montauk.


MercyFirst welcomes three new members to its board of trustees:

MercyFirst welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees: Susan Lee, Kenneth Male and Elizabeth Venuti. Lee is a self employed Development Consultant working with small nonprofits to strategize on fundraising methods. Lee also serves as a board member for the Nomi Network and volunteers at Covenant House, Catch a Lift Fund and is a Charity Marathon Runner. Male is the senior vice president and general manager of TechTarget in Newton, MA. Male also serves as a board member for the Magil Theatre Company and Foundation for Children. Venuti is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Hofstra University. Venuti is also involved with St. Dominic Parish in Oyster Bay, St. Francis Hospital Foundation, Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club, Island Harvest and the Nassau Country Club.


Mercy Home for Children hosts cocktail and fundraiser:

On Sunday, Nov. 13, Mercy Home for Children hosted its Annual Cocktail Reception and Fundraiser to celebrate their innovative Creative Arts Therapy Program. The CAT program provides children living with intellectual and developmental disabilities an opportunity to find their voice through weekly art, drama, and dance therapy sessions. The annual cocktail fundraising dinner was emceed by Danielle Madden-Buck and joined by visits from Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, and NYS Senator Martin Golden. The event was supported by Lamb Financial Group, James Slattery, Esq., Ridgewood Savings Bank, Sister Fran Picone, Fr. Michael Perry, and Donna Whiteford.



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Article 31 Mental Health Clinic Supervisor, Abbott House

Abbott House, an innovative community-based social service organization based in Irvington, NY, is seeking a part-time Article 31 Mental Health Clinic Supervisor. Initially, the position will require up to 14 hours per week, with the possibility of expanded hours with program growth. The clinical supervisor is responsible for the day to day operations of the Article 31 Clinic including supervising a multi-disciplinary staff of clinicians. He or she will maintain the quality and effectiveness of services, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations including departmental and state OMH policies and procedures. The clinic supervisor will maintain a small caseload.


Vice President of Family Foster Care, Saint Dominic's Home

As a key member of the management team, the Vice President of the Family Foster Care Program will manage all aspects of the Family Foster Care Program, including service delivery, staff development, foster home recruitment, facilities operations, budget development and allocations. The successful candidate will ensure that the Family Foster Care program meets and exceeds the regulatory standards of all pertinent governmental bodies and meets contract compliance related to the delivery of Family Foster Care services contracted by government agencies. The candidate will assume responsibility for the coordination of all Family Foster program components that includes the Intake, Home-finding, Adoption, Case Practice, and Therapeutic Foster Care as well as the financial and contractual components of the program.


Part Time Psychiatrist, The Bridge

The Bridge, an innovative and well respected mental health agency serving people with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, and co-morbid medical conditions is seeking a Psychiatrist for a newly awarded Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team located in the Bronx. The Psychiatrist is a member of an interdisciplinary team that provides clinical services to seriously mentally ill clients who have history of multiple hospitalizations and non-compliance with traditional treatment.


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* Fewer than one in six black or Hispanic men was released at his first parole hearing, compared with one in four white men, a sign of pervasive racial bias in the state’s prison systems, an analysis by The New York Times of thousands of parole decisions found.

* New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s ballyhooed bail fund to help low-level detainees hasn’t given out a single penny more than a year after it was announced as the first major step in reducing the jail population, the Daily News reports.

* Eric A. Ulrich, a relatively unknown 31-year-old city councilman who has been considering a long-shot bid to challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio in next year’s election, could see his aspirations become fodder for a reality show, the Times reports.



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Dec. 5 -- United Nations Development Programme hosts their Inaugural Global Goals Gala

Dec. 8 -- The Asian American / Asian Research Institute's 15th Annual Gala

Dec. 12 -- Volunteers of America Hosts 21st Annual Winter’s Eve Gala

Dec. 12 -- American Friends of Magen David Adom hosts NY gala

Dec. 18 -- Museum of Jewish Heritage hosts Latkepalooza


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A bold vision for our future - 100 percent renewable energy: New York has the science, technology and momentum for a future powered by 100 percent renewable energy, it just needs the political will, Heather Leibowitz of Environment New York writes in NY Slant.

Brooklyn food pantries see boost in city funding: Reaching Out Community Services Inc., a nonprofit social services organization that operates out of a storefront on New Utrecht Avenue in Bensonhurst, will be able to assist more hungry families now that the City Council has announced a 30,000 dollar allocation to the group, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.




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12 p.m. – Assembly members Ron Castorina and Nicole Malliotakis host press conference to announce lawsuit to preserve the IDNYC application documents, Richmond County Supreme Court, 26 Central Ave., Staten Island.

12 p.m. – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins with members of NYPD Muslim Officers Society to denounce hate crimes across NYC, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

4 p.m. – The Bronx Youth Empowerment Program, in partnership with New York City Council Member Andy King and the NYPD’s 47th Precinct, host a “Connections” forum to open the line of communications between youth and law enforcement, Richard R. Green Middle School Campus, 3710 Barnes Ave., Room 123, Bronx.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, The Legal Aid Society, and city Department of Consumer Affairs Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Labor Policy and Standards Liz Vladeck hold Know Your Rights forum to address concerns under the Donald Trump administration, P.S. 19, 98-02 Roosevelt Ave., Queens.

6:30 p.m. – Independent Commission on NYC criminal justice and incarceration reform holds Manhattan roundtable discussion, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Richard Harris Terrace, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.




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