NYN Daily (4/5/16)


NYC, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sunny skies across the state. New York City, high 40;
Albany, high 37; Buffalo, high 31.


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NYN Media Reports: NYC nursing homes forcing residents into homeless shelters

Long-term care advocates are alarmed by the rising number of older adults who report being forced out of nursing homes and transferred to homeless shelters that are poorly equipped for ailing individuals and rife with violence. This article is the second in a three-part series for New York Nonprofit Media and City & State  examining how and why the state's nursing homes too often fail to keep their residents safe. Read more.

NYN Media Reports: City council reexamines nonprofit procurement policies

In response to calls from New York City nonprofits to revisit procurement policies that they say have contributed to a “harsh and threatening” operating environment, the City Council’s Committee on Contracts held an oversight hearing on Monday to discuss potential improvements to how the city does business with nonprofit human services providers, New York Nonprofit Media reports.  Read more.


De Blasio retained outside consultant for review of homeless policy

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration hired outside consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to help complete a 90-day review of the city’s homeless services, a spokesman for the city’s Human Resources Administration told Politico New York. The 90-day review was completed more than two weeks ago, under the guidance of HRA commissioner Steve Banks and first deputy mayor Tony Shorris. Sources said they expect the mayor to make an announcement on the review’s findings some time within the next couple of weeks. Read more.


Habitat for Humanity came to Bedford-Stuyvesant and many longtime residents got pushed out, leaving some homeless

Habitat-NYC launched its most ambitious project in its 32-year history in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a historically poor neighborhood in central Brooklyn, where it would focus on buying and renovating abandoned apartment buildings - but  with few vacancies in the gentrifying area, longtime tenants were pushed out of their apartments - some into homelessness — to clear the way for developers to sell to Habitat at a hefty profit, a ProPublica investigation has found, the Daily News reports. Read more.


New York City Council Seeks to Revive Mansion Tax

The New York City Council wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to help pay for increased spending on programs for youth, immigrants and women, lawmakers said Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports. The proposal revives a measure previously sought by Mayor Bill de Blasio known as the “Mansion Tax.” Lawmakers proposed using much of the revenue to expand summer employment programming for youth and build budget reserves. Read more.


Complaint asks JCOPE to probe City Councilwoman Chin's member item

The state’s former top lobbying regulator filed a complaint Monday urging the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate discretionary funding New York City Councilwoman Margaret Chin directed to Citizens Committee for New York City, Inc. The concern is that the funding was used to promote her legislation without complying with lobbying disclosure laws. Read more. 



NYN Buzz

Mayor de Blasio permanently establishes mental health council

Mayor de Blasio announced the permanent establishment of the City’s Mental Health Council, spotlighting his and the First Lady McCray’s commitment to mental health prevention and treatment for all New Yorkers. The interagency body of at least 20 City agencies will prioritize and coordinate policies to promote mental wellbeing of New Yorkers. 

Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Order No. 15 permanently establishes the Mental Health Council to coordinate the promotion and implementation of mental health prevention and treatment programs across City agencies. The Mental Health Council, which is led by First Lady Chirlane McCray and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, consists of 20 members representing mayoral agencies and offices from a variety of public sectors, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Administration for Children’s Services, the Police Department, Fire Department, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, and the Department of Aging. 

Specifically, the Mental Health Council has the following duties:

  • Serves as an advisory group to the Mayor on initiatives that promote mental wellbeing, increase access to high quality mental health care, and address structural determinants of mental health.
  • Advocate for mental health programs created to remove barriers to treatment.
  • Make recommendations to the Mayor regarding legislative action to improve the lives of people suffering from mental illness and to promote mental health.
  • Support and work collaboratively with the network of organizations in the public and private sectors working to provide effective, high-quality mental health care.

The plan to create the Mental Health Council was announced as part of ThriveNYC. ThriveNYC is an unprecedented strategy and set of initiatives by the City to approach mental health as a comprehensive public health challenge involving many City agencies. ThriveNYC aims to change the conversation and stigma surrounding mental illness and provide greater access to mental health care. For more information on ThriveNYC, you can go to https://thrivenyc.cityofnewyork.us.


Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (CPW) celebrates National Autism Awareness Month. 

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester (CPW) will celebrate the month of April being National Autism Awareness Month. Autism currently affects 1 in 68 children, making it the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States. Boys are four times more likely to have autism than girls. New findings are discovered monthly through research in the field of autism spectrum disorders, studies in early symptoms of Autism, the link between Autism and Vaccines, as well as Diagnosis of Autism.

CPW serves many children and young adults with autism and offers special programming for them and their families. Our Saturday Explorers programprovides many opportunities that benefit are attendees such as increased socialization through structured play, help increase learning through one on one interaction with a staff person, and increasing attention spans by changing activities often to keep the attendees interested and learning.

The program also incorporates CPW’s Lekotek program which provides a way to learn during play sessions that are facilitated in an environment that promotes interactive play among family members.

CPW has also recently partnered with Pace University’s Fraternity Alpha Chi Rho who hosted a dinner on March 13th and donated all of the proceeds to our Autism Programs. The Fraternity will be volunteering at our 4th Annual Autism Awareness Walk on April 29th 2016. The walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the United Preschool located in White Plains. A Pieces of Hope Tree will also be created piece by piece that is purchased. Custom designed by our students, this tree will raise awareness for all children and young adults who benefit from CPW’s autism services.

For over 65 years, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester has been the leading non-profit organization in Westchester County, providing essential services to children and adults with all developmental disabilities including autism, neurological impairments, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. It has always been our purpose to help people realize their goals, build brighter futures, and lead more independent lives as members of their community.


Featured Event: The Role of Business in K-12 Education 

May 19th, Hunter College - City & State Reports presents a one-day, high-impact conference that will explore how businesses, foundations and nonprofits can have a tangible, positive effect on K-12 education. Stanley Litow of IBM; Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize”; and Lisa Belzberg of PENCIL present. Early bird and nonprofit rates available. Register now


Political Bulletin powered by City & State 

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a celebratory rally with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after signing legislation to enact paid family leave and to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Read more.
  • The state’s legislative leaders failed once again to enact ethics reform as part of the state budget, and despite promising to include some kind of reform before the end of session, it doesn’t seem likely any real reform will happen, the Post writes. Read more.
  • Some of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s supporters believe his delayed endorsement of Clinton diminished his political sway in the 2016 race, which he hopes to influence from the left, leaving him a less valuable ally in his hometown, The Wall Street Journal writes. Read more.


Nonprofits in the News

Experimenting with Classical Music for the People: The Methods of the New Philharmonia in NYC

The new Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), aims to make a more inclusive orchestra to attract younger audiences, the Nonprofit Quarterly reports. During the Great Recession, there were many calls sent up about the impending death of classical music. Still, many think that a hefty dose of experimentation may be in order to attract and stay engaged with new generations of fans. Read more.


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