Monday, July 11, 2016

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New York 9/11 charity raises over $250k for slain Dallas police officers’ families: The widows of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu each donated $10,000 Saturday to the families of the police officers killed and wounded by a cop-hating madman. The money was contributed to a fund started by the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation, the same organization that raised $1.2 million to help support the Liu and Ramos’ families after the officers were assassinated under similar circumstances in 2014. Read more.

Rethinking New York’s summer jobs program: City officials should be commended for expanding the city's flagship summer-jobs program, but a large gap remains between six weeks of summer employment and the beginnings of a career, writes the Center for an Urban Future. A senior researcher argues for a new approach that invests in quality of experience over quantity of program participants and helps young people prepare for success in the workplace. Read more.

Assemblywoman’s link to nonprofit raises questions: Brooklyn assemblywoman Pamela Harris stepped down as executive director of Coney Island Generation Gap, which funds youth programs, after winning a special election in November to fill a vacant Assembly seat, the New York Post reports. But the group continues to list Harris’ home as its base of operations while claiming in IRS filings that it spent $26,000 in government subsidies on “occupancy, rent, utilities and maintenance.” Read more.

Mayor de Blasio unveils policy changes in wake of controversial Rivington House deal: The city will invest back into the community the $16 million it netted from a controversial land deal that paved the way for the closing of a Lower East Side nursing home in favor of luxury housing, according to the Daily News. Mayor de Blasio, who has called the city-approved deal involving Rivington House a mistake, also outlined a series of policy changes that he says will prevent other community resources from being lost. Read more.

Why builders may soon stop putting up low-cost housing in NYC: The New York Post writes in an editorial that fighting over the lapsed 421a tax credit cost the city 1,600 badly needed housing units and an innovative $43 million co-generation project on the Astoria waterfront. Read more.

Westchester must hire consultant for fair-housing study, judge rules: A federal judge on Friday ruled that Westchester County must hire a consultant to study barriers to fair housing in communities across one of the richest suburbs in the country, the New York Times writes. The decision came in response to a request by a federal monitor who has overseen the implementation of a 2009 consent decree signed by the county and the federal government, which required the county to build 750 units of affordable housing in 31 overwhelmingly white municipalities. Read more.

Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the transgender community: According to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 27 percent of transgender women are HIV-positive, and HIV prevalence among transgender women is nearly 50 times higher than among other adults, write Councilmen Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Amida Care CEO Doug Wirth in Gay City News. Several community-based organizations and health care providers in New York City are working to provide comprehensive support to the transgender community. Read more.

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NYN BUZZ

John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation awards New York Restoration Project $20,000 to support environmental education programs:
New York Restoration Project, the Bette Midler-founded nonprofit that transforms open spaces in under-resourced communities, was awarded $20,000 by the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation to support NYRP’s Nature in My Neighborhood program. Nature in My Neighborhood represents NYRP’s most innovative and comprehensive environmental education programming that hosts curricula, activities and events for educators, students and youth groups to empower urban youth and communities to identify, create, and care for nature in their neighborhood. All programs are taught in Highbridge Park and at Swindler’s Cove in Sherman Creek Park, NYRP’s environmental education campus located along the Harlem River in Northern Manhattan.

Lois Quam elected to Commonwealth Fund board of directors:
Lois Quam, until recently chief operating officer of The Nature Conservancy, has been elected to The Commonwealth Fund’s Board of Directors, effective April 2017. Between 2011 and 2014, Quam served as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, focusing on global health partnerships, and launched President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative at the Department of State, serving as executive director. Read more.

John A. Coleman School in White Plains graduates 59 students during their graduation ceremony:
Fifty nine students graduated from the John A. Coleman School’s White Plains campus June 30, including eight children from its inclusive nursery school, Children’s Place, as part of their 2016 Graduation Ceremony. White Plains City Councilwoman Milagros Lecouna was on hand, as were White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David E. Chong and Greenburgh Police Officer and member of the Greenburgh Police Benevolent Association David Wagman. The school offers high quality early childhood and special education services in center-based and community settings to children from over 40 school districts in Westchester, Putnam and the Bronx.

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NYN CAREERS


Superintendent of Schools, Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD
Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District seeks a candidate who is an effective leader who can enhance the diversity of a 550-student school district, listen to and respect the ideas of others, consistently maintain open and candid dialogue with all staff, students and other members of the Greenburgh-North Castle School District. The candidate should also be a skilled collaborator who will lead and motivate the staff in the implementation of the School District’s strategic plan, and an experienced leader with a successful track record of dealing with children with special need by helping them achieve higher levels of accomplishment through the development of their critical thinking skills. Read more.

ACT Program Director, The Bridge
The Bridge, an innovative and well-respected mental health agency serving adults with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders has an exciting opportunity for a Program Director to lead an ACT Program in the Bronx. The Program Director is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Clinical responsibilities include direct practice and supervision of intake, clinical assessment, treatment planning, medication management and treatment, benefits eligibility, crisis intervention, family support and documentation. Administrative functions include the management of internal and external statistical reporting, billing, petty cash, staff supervision and time and attendance. Read more.

Program Director - Life is Precious (LIP) Program, Comunilife
Comunilife is seeking a Program Director to lead a unique suicide-prevention program at the growing agency. Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, the Program Director’s duties include the overall management, direction, budgeting and daily operations of a unique, expanding and highly visible after-school, suicide-prevention program operating in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and serving over 120 Hispanic adolescent girls with mental health diagnoses, all of whom receive mental health treatment in clinics. LIP provides counseling, academic/vocational supports and promotes positive friendships and family relations by offering activities such as computer labs, art/music/dance groups, wellness activities, tutoring, trips and family activities.Read more.

NYN MEDIA CAREERS: To advertise your employment opportunities with NYN Media email lblake@cityandstateny.com. Visit www.nyncareers.com to view all jobs.

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* De Blasio called for peace and unity in the aftermath of killings of police in Dallas and black men shot by cops in Minnesota and Louisiana and said New York City can be an example of how to bridge divides between police and communities, the Daily News reports. Read more.

* People familiar with the matter said Gov. Andrew Cuomo is strategizing about whether and how to work against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 re-election bid, a move that could carry political risks for the governor, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

* NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton touched a nerve when he called the Black Lives Matter Movement a “leaderless crusade” and said it could learn from the NAACP and civil rights campaigns of the past, the Daily News reports. Read more.

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS


Bronx project sees health in affordable housing: SBH Health System, which includes St. Barnabas Hospital, has joined with developers L+M Development Partners and Hornig Capital Partners LLC to create a 450,000-square-foot complex designed to address many of the hurdles to healthy living facing low-income residents in the Bronx, the Wall Street Journal writes. The project, located on two parcels across the street from SBH’s medical center, will have 314 units, all of them affordable apartments for low-income or formerly homeless households with services such as an ambulatory-care center and a kitchen for teaching healthful recipes. Read more.

Best friends animal society “Pop Up Adoption Event” brings furry friends to New York City: The glow of bright orange and the promise of a new pet drew in hundreds off the streets of Manhattan during the Best Friends Animal Society “pop up adoption” event held July 8-9, according to the Greenwich Free Press. Best Friends Animal Society is an organization dedicated to rescuing animals and providing a safe environment for them until they are adopted. Read more.

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NYN EVENTS


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SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education


How many students are college-ready? Depends on whom you ask: If last year is any indication, about half of the high school graduates are “college ready,” according to the city’s definition, Chalkbeat writes. But StudentsFirstNY argues the city should focus on a metric that includes students who don’t make it to graduation, which would knock the citywide rate down to just over one third. Neither measure is wrong. But the gap underscores an important point: It is extremely difficult to nail down how many students are ready for college and increasingly important for the city to do so. Read more.

Ex-homeless valedictorian who graduated from college sets up scholarship for NYC homeless teens: Abandoned by his family and left homeless and alone on the mean streets of Brooklyn, young Jamaican immigrant Orayne Williams has since earned his college diploma and he’s working to fight the growing crisis in the city’s public schools where 82,500 kids are now homeless, up nearly 23 percent from 67,200 homeless kids in 2011, according to the Daily News. Now 24, he is employed as a caseworker at a city shelter and he’s putting together a new scholarship to help homeless students in public schools achieve their dreams. Read more.

Expect high turnover in college business offices, association says: The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that many business-leadership positions at colleges and universities will be vacant in the next few years, according to a report released last week by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Read more.

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

2 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at GrowNYC “Oh SNAP” campaign launch, Union Square North Plaza, East 17th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

4:45 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Hochul promotes state commitment to the arts during a tour of the Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of Brooklyn, hold a candlelight vigil with police officers, interfaith leaders and community members in the wake of recent acts of violence nationwide, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.

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