NYN Daily (5/17/16)



NYC, Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A chance of showers across the state. New York City, high 66; Albany, high 67; Buffalo, high 58.


You are receiving New York Nonprofit Daily a Monday-Friday morning e-brief covering the state’s nonprofit sector.




Editor’s Note - NYN Media welcomes Senior Reporter Dan Rosenblum: 


New York Nonprofit Media is pleased to welcome our new Senior Reporter Dan Rosenblum. Dan comes to us from The Chief-Leader where he covered municipal government, education, public housing and municipal labor unions. He holds a master’s degree with a concentration in urban reporting from CUNY’s Graduate School

of Journalism and a bachelor’s in journalism from Rutgers University. “We are looking forward to being able to provide even more original coverage of the nonprofit sector with Dan on board. He is a thoughtful reporter and I am certain he will quickly gain your respect and trust,” said Editor-at-large Aimee Simpierre.


At the same time we are saying goodbye to Jeff Stein who has done such great work for NYN Media. “Though we are sad to see him go, we wish him all the best in his pursuit of a JD at Columbia Law School and thank him for his tremendous dedication to this sector and the issues we all care deeply about.” 


Homeless shelters will cost Mayor de Blasio more than he has budgeted, experts say: New York City will have to shell out $106 million more in 2018 on shelters than de Blasio’s budget provides, according to an analysis by the Independent Budget Office, the Daily News reports. Read more


Melissa Mark-Viverito wants more women in the city council: As she rolled out a $20 million plan to boost the lives of women and girls in New York City, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said yesterday she hoped to see more of them working in the city council, The Observer reports. Read more.


New priority means fewer beds in city’s shelters: Federal funding cuts for overnight shelters, which are being made in favor of switching to a more permanent housing model, will unnecessarily put hundreds more people who need the transitional housing model on the streets of New York City, the Times writes. Read more


New legislation proposes improved access to HIV/AIDS treatment for minors: This past Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the next phase of his plan to significantly reduce new HIV/AIDS infections: a series of introduced legislative amendments that would expand access to testing and treatment for both minors and the elderly as well as further relax data sharing restrictions on health providers, Medical Daily reports. Read more.


Brooklyn prosecutor faces unlikely foes in liberal activists: Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, who has taken several measures to reform the criminal justice system, has nonetheless been the target of advocates for criminal-justice reform, The New York Times reports. Read more.


City slow to embrace land trusts as housing tool: Coalitions have recently emerged like the New York City Community Land Initiative, an alliance of academics, affordable-housing developers and community activists who educate the public about community land trusts and advocate for their inclusion in city policy, City Limits writes. Read more



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Human Services Council releases statement on state minimum wage hike:

In reaction to the state’s recent adjustment of the minimum wage, the Human Services Council, along with their partners FPWA and FPI, write that they “have raised a variety of questions and concerns with the governor’s office and are engaging in discussions around the details of implementation.” Paramount among their concerns are the lack of “commitment to address issues of spillover or compression” and the absence of “across the board corrections / adjustments made to contracts to address the higher costs.” View the full statement here.  


Asphalt Green’s benefit raises $875,000 for sports programs for New York City kids:


Asphalt Green, the New York City sports and fitness nonprofit, raised $875,000 at its Big Swim Big Kick Benefit on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at its Upper East Side campus. The money will support the organization’s scholarships and Community Programs, which transform the lives of over 33,000 New York City kids each year through sports and fitness programs and scholarships.


After 20 years of its annual Big Swim, Asphalt Green held its first-ever Big Swim Big Kick this year, featuring swimming and soccer for over 635 kids ages 6-10. For the Big Swim, kids participated in a 25-yard race in Asphalt Green’s Olympic-sized pool. For the Big Kick, they participated in soccer activities on Asphalt Green’s turf field. The festivities were hosted by three-time Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Rowdy Gaines and Fox 5 reporter Jennifer Lahmers.



Know someone with leadership potential? Help build the next generation of NYC’s community leaders. The Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies is recruiting for Community Semester, a 16-week academic and community service experience. Students hone skills through coursework and first-hand experience working with a community-based organization while earning college credit and financial support toward educational expenses. Open to students entering the BA in Urban and Community Studies or the MA in Urban Studies





Director of Data Systems and Program Evaluation, University Settlement

University Settlement is seeking a Director of Data Systems and Program Evaluation who will oversee its client reporting data systems as well as provide leadership in designing program review and performance. The Director will work closely with staff responsible for designing and inputting information to data systems and will help to build capacity for ongoing evaluation and self-assessment. Read more.


Chief Operating Officer, Lantern Community Services 

Lantern is seeking a Chief Operating Officer to report to the Executive Director. With oversight of operations including leasing and compliance, security and IT as well as providing key fiscal support and analysis, the COO will be a member of the Executive Team utilizing his/her management experience to anticipate operational needs, assist with key financial assessments and ensure Lantern is maximizing its funding opportunities and identify opportunities to create process or infrastructure efficiencies. Read more.


Education Specialist, SCO Family of Services 

As part of an Education Team, the Education Specialist will be assigned a caseload of children and youth in foster care to support their education needs. Program goals include ensuring: Children remain in the same school when in their best interest; children experience seamless transitions between schools and school districts when school moves must occur; children with disabilities receive appropriate educational services (including District 75 placements, referrals to the Early Intervention Program (EI), etc…); and, children receive the academic support they need to succeed in school. Read more.


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* The Progressive Agenda Committee, the nonprofit created by de Blasio allies, did not raise money from outside donors in 2015, as the entirety of its funding was $480,000 from the mayor’s other nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York, Politico New York reports. Read more


* Hours after legislative leaders refused to commit to approving $485 million in additional funding for Buffalo’s SolarCity project, the Cuomo administration said a key funding vote by a state oversight panel scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, The Buffalo News reports. Read more.


* Prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office said they will wait for a potentially pivotal Supreme Court decision before arguing whether former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam should remain out of jail pending appeal, the Post writes. Read more






Long Island cafe offers job opportunities for disabled adults: At Cause Cafe, which recently opened, about half of the 15 staff members have disabilities, the New York Times reports. Once a week, the staff works with a psychologist on skills such as managing time, setting goals and interacting with others. Read more


HSC's Sesso interviewed on Mission Control podcast: Liana Downey, author, speaker and strategic advisor, interviews Allison Sesso, Executive Director of the Human Services Council about the collapse of FEGS. Listen here



Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 6th & 7th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, this is an incomparable two-day retreat experience for Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Board Members, Fundraisers, Marketing and Development Staff alike.  Keynote Speakers includeVu Le, Nonprofit Humorist from nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.






Nonprofit OpCon is taking place June 9th at Baruch College.  This event will focus on streamlining operations and processes for New York’s nonprofit organizations.  We will have a full day of sessions with topics on technology, finance, risk assessment, hiring talent, output versus outcome, real estate and more.  Don’t miss this opportunity to join executive leadership from New York’s nonprofits.  Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available. For more details or to RSVP, please click here.


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.



SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits

The Bronx reclaims its river and now a forest, too:  This year the Natural Areas Conservancy, the Bronx River Alliance, and NYC Parks are combining efforts to restore the Bronx River Forest, located in the northern section of Bronx Park, City Limits writes. Read more





11 a.m. - State Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo attend the release of AARP New York’s analysis contrasting the retirement readiness of women and men among New York’s Generation X and Baby Boomers, Legislative Office Building, The Well, Albany.


11 a.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer joined by advocates and community members to release an audit of the MTA’s Access-A-Ride program, City Hall steps, Manhattan.


1 p.m. - The New York state Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction holds press conference to announce the findings and recommendations of its new report tackling the state’s heroin and opioid addiction crisis, Room 124, Capitol, Albany.


1 p.m. - Parents of New York City public school students call for an independent monitor over school safety as NYPD data reveals spike in weapons recovered, City Hall steps, Manhattan.


1 p.m. - Assembly Members Keith Wright and Maritza Davila, and state Sens. Jose Serrano and Liz Kreuger, along with tenants and advocates from the Alliance for Tenant Power unveil new Community Service Society study on increasing rents in New York City, LCA Press Room, LOB Room 120, Albany.


4 p.m. -  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken join dozens of undocumented CUNY students celebrating the completion of their first year in the Program for CUNY DREAMers, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Moot Court Room, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.



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