NYC, Monday, October 5, 2015
Mostly sunny in New York City and Albany, with increasing clouds in Western New York. New York City, high 64; Albany, high 65; Buffalo, high 64.
Union Demands Payout For Former Employees of FEGS
The union for 1,400 workers who lost their jobs when a FEGS collapsed is now demanding $6.6 million in federal bankruptcy court, the New York Post reports. Local 215 of District Council 1707, which represents social-service workers, charges in legal papers that FEGS violated its contract by refusing to pay for severance and health-care benefits. Read more.
Grants to 25 Buffalo-area organizations total more than $400,000
Grants totaling more than $400,000 will be given to 25 Western New York non-profit organizations by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, The Buffalo News writes. The recipients, chosen through a competitive process, will help fulfill the foundation’s strategic community goals of improving educational achievement by low-income students, increasing racial and ethnic equity, enhancing significant natural resources and strengthening the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture. Read more.
Comptroller Stringer Says Rise In Overcrowded NYC Apartments Shows Need For More Housing
The number of overcrowded apartments in New York City has spiked, rising 20 percent over the last decade a report from Comptroller Scott Stringer has found, the Daily News reports. Read more.
Editor's Note: Still Accepting Submissions For Our Weekly Opinion Poll
We got some great response on Friday, but we want to make sure that as many people as possible weigh in. Also, all submissions are anonymous!
This week's poll questions: Do you think that Mayor de Blasio has been too slow to appoint a replacement for Lilliam Barrios-Paoli? Who would you recommend?
You can send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PENCIL Raises $1.7 Million at 20th Anniversary Gala
PENCIL, one of New York’s premier education nonprofits, celebrated 20 years of creating partnerships between the City’s business and education communities last night at its 20th Anniversary Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. New York City’s business community raised $1.7 million to support the organization’s efforts to continue transforming public education.
Fox 5 Anchor Christina Park served as the emcee for the event and was joined by 600 guests including hundreds of leaders in the business, education, and nonprofit spaces. The gala also featured a performance by New York City’s widely-acclaimed PS 22 Chorus.
“PENCIL is proud to partner with organizations that put the needs of New York City’s students first,” said David Weiner, President of PENCIL. “By connecting the business community with the City’s public schools, we are able to expose students to a world of career opportunities and put them on the path to success.”
For more information, visit PENCIL's website.
Political Bulletin powered by City & State
* Mayor Bill de Blasio took to East New York Sunday to sell his administration’s vision for the revitalization of the area, visiting a church to pitch the residents, The New York Times writes. Read more.
* State Senators will now have to provide documentation proving they were in Albany before they can collect a $ 172 per diem, a change from the long-standing honor system, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports. Read more.
* It remains unclear what will happen to those appointed to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics board by legislators now facing corruption charges, as three JCOPE members terms end in mid-December, Lovett writes. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
Opinion: United Way’s commitment to Western New York merits the generosity of region’s people
Citing United Way's impact on the region, especially through education initiatives in which more than 77 percent of students improved school attendance, 3,658 students improved their grade point average and 7,265 were promoted to the next grade, The Buffalo News urges community members to contribute to United Way's campaign. Read more.