NYN Daily 10/6

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NYC, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mostly sunny and cloudy in Western New York. New York City, high 72; Albany, high 69; Buffalo, high 64. 

Top News

Experts say comptroller’s rejection of shelter contracts is ‘illegal’ 

As dozens of homeless shelter contracts remain in limbo, some legal experts say New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has overstepped his authority in rejecting some of the contracts, and nonprofit leaders say it’s hurting their ability to help the homeless, New York Nonprofit's Jeff Stein reports. Read more.

New York Community Trust gives $8.7 million to 84 nonprofits across the City and nationally 

The New York Community Trust, the City’s community foundation, has announced grants to improve the environment, arts, education, and other areas, according an NYCT press release. In all, 84 grants totaling $8.7 million were approved. For a list of the recipients, 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 info@nynmedia.com.

NYN Buzz

On Board: CancerCare Welcomes Christine Verini as Chief Business Development Officer 

CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, is pleased to welcome Chief Business Development Officer Christine Verini.

In her role, Verini will serve as a key member of CancerCare’s Executive Leadership Team with a primary focus on expanding existing and future mission-based programs and enhancing and building organizational support and collaborations.

“CancerCare is a great organization that has always been a strong advocate for support of patients emotionally, financially and with every day practical needs,” shared Ms. Verini. “I am excited to be a part of the CancerCare team to help the organization to continue to grow and support the needs of patients and their families.”

Verini brings a wealth of advocacy and strategic planning expertise to her new role, most recently serving as Vice President of Corporate Communications and Advocacy at Eisai. In this position, she oversaw the company's internal and external communications functions; the strategic direction for corporate and brand media relations; as well as outreach to and relationships with patient advocacy and professional organizations.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State 

* New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver will announce today that the city will spend $155 million over the next year fixing up more than 35 parks in high-poverty areas, the Daily News reports. Read more

* The state Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association and prison reform groups are supporting state legislation that would ban shackling of inmates during and after childbirth, the Times Union reports. Read more

* Four months after a deadly weekend in New York City, where five were killed and five wounded in gunfire, recuperation remains a chore for injured victims and pain lingers for those who lost loved ones, the Journal reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

What Nonprofits Can Learn from the Fundraising Performance of Bernie Sanders 

In the Nonprofit Quarterly, Ruth McCambridge writes that nonprofits could learn from the fundraising success of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders by highlighting their smaller donations and conveying authenticity. Read more.

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