NYN Daily (6/21/16)

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NYC, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Scattered thunderstorms in New York City, sunny in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, high 86; Albany, high 80; Buffalo, high 75.

 

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TOP NEWS

 

NYN Media Spotlight - SAGE helps LGBT seniors manage chronic disease: The Chronic-Disease Self-Management program at SAGE, the largest organization serving the New York area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, was funded with half of a grant the nonprofit received in 2015 from the New York Community Trust. The program was part of the organization’s push to make evidence-based health training available to participants in the Harlem, Brooklyn and Bronx locations it has expanded and opened within the last year and a half. Read more.

 

Gentrification at crux of debate among candidates vying for Rangel’s seat: Candidates looking to succeed U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel disputed the value of legislative experience but agreed that gentrification was the main problem facing the district during a debate Monday night at Hostos Community College hosted by City & State, NY1 and the Latino Leadership Institute. New York Nonprofit Media’s Aimée Simpierre and Nick Powell represented City & State on the debate panel. Read more.

 

Advocates, providers keep pressure on Cuomo over housing funds: Developers say that without more certainty about how much state funding will be available and when, new supportive housing projects aren’t going to move forward, compounding the already multi-year waits for homeless and other populations that rely on the housing, which includes social services for people with mental illness, substance abuse problems, and other impediments, according to the Gotham Gazette. Read more.

 

Bronx man charged with running $5 million Medicaid fraud scheme: Authorities arrested Joseph Wright and charged him with grand larceny, health care fraud and insurance fraud, the Associated Press writes. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wright, the CEO of Assistance By Improve II, Inc., promoted the business as a nonprofit and claimed to find housing for low-income Bronx residents. Read more.

 

NYCHA responds to fiscal crisis with embrace of private sector: The housing authority increasingly relies on relationships with private donors, private developers and nonprofit organizations to offer services and keep financially afloat, according to City Limits. It has launched its own nonprofit, the Fund for Public Housing, which will urge foundations and former residents who've done well to support NYCHA's expanding set of partnerships. Read more.

 

Three leaders at the Metropolitan Museum of Art step down: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which faces a $10 million deficit, began scaling back costs as three high-level employees, including the museum’s first chief digital officer, Sree Sreenivasan, stepped down from their posts, the New York Times writes. Read more.

 

Queens group home employee indicted for grabbing resident by throat: A direct support professional employed by Human First, a New York City provider agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, was indicted on multiple counts for allegedly grabbing a person in her care by the throat and throwing the victim to the ground, according to a press release from NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning. Read more.

 

Report assails NYC jail's sex abuse response: New York City's Rikers Island jail has entrenched problems dealing with sexual abuse, including emergency hotlines that don't work, confidential complaints read by fellow inmates and investigations that don't interview alleged attackers, according to an internal review obtained by The Associated Press. Last August, jail officials partnered with a national nonprofit, Safe Horizons, to report allegations and provide counseling. Read more.

 

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NYN BUZZ

 

UJA-Federation of New York’s raises more than $2 million at annual Summerfest:

About 1,500 people attended a performance by The Fray at UJA-Federation of New York’s 26th Annual Summerfest Concert, which raised more than $2 million to support UJA programs. The event, offered through its new Leadership Campaign, recognized Stacy Hoffman of Great Neck, NY, with the prestigious Robert S. Boas Award for philanthropic and community leadership. The event supports a wide variety of UJA programs that include feeding upwards of 125,000 people a day in the greater New York area; Supplies for Success, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 10,000 children; and the Israel Trauma Coalition, which operates resilience centers and a hotline addressing the mental and emotional needs of victims of violence and terror.

 

Children’s Aid Society wins major grant to support deaf and hard of hearing children and teens:

Children’s Aid received a three-year grant of more than $300,000 from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development in support of its Saturday Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Teens. The program, which is free to participants and the only one of its kind in New York City, offers enriching recreational and social activities while also empowering these young people to advocate for themselves. Children’s Aid has operated the program since 1989, engaging children and teens in sports and physical activities, the arts, and a number of leadership activities. Read more.

 

South Nassau’s most successful golf outing raises more than $250,000 to support emergency department expansion:

During its 32nd annual golf outing, supporters of South Nassau Communities Hospital raised $265,000 dollars to expand the hospital’s Emergency Department, breaking all previous records for the event and increasing net contributions by more than 20 percent over last year’s outing. The money raised at the June 13 outing  will support South Nassau’s “Emergency Department Expansion Campaign,” which is nearing the halfway point of its goal of raising $10 million to help fund the $60 million expansion and redesign project, which will nearly double the space of the Oceanside Emergency Department and include a larger waiting area and separate treatment areas for pediatric, geriatric and behavioral health patients.

 

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NYN CAREERS

 

Regional Director, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health 

The Regional Director is responsible for the oversight of four OMH Licensed Housing sites in Manhattan, a Congregate Permanent Housing site in Manhattan and a 500 bed Scatter Site Housing Program with offices in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Supervises the Managers of each program and works with the Director of Residential Services to ensure programs remain in compliance with external regulatory requirements, as well as PCMH policies and procedures. The Regional Director is required to travel to all sites weekly and is on-call 24/7. Read more.

 

Chief Operation Officer, Cayuga Centers

We seek a Chief Operation Officer with both the experience and passion to lead our Central New York programs in our next journeys. The Chief Operating Officer of Central New York is responsible for program planning, management and administration of the regional budget of $18 million, 287 staff and facilities spread over 8 counties. He/she will ensure the delivery of strong clinical and support services to consumers and their families. This COO will oversee the scope of all Central New York operations and program teams including our Residential Treatment Center, our Treatment Family Foster Care, our Community Based Interventions, and our Service for People with Developmental Disabilities programs. Read more.

 

Registered Nurse (PROS), Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

Goodwill is currently seeking a passionate and dedicated part-time Registered Nurse to join its Brooklyn PROS team. In this role, you will not only be able to use your nursing skills, but also promote the Personalized Recovery Oriented Service model of care by collaborating and facilitating groups and workshops. This is an opportunity to affect lives in a positive and meaningful way by building relationships and interacting with clients in a nurturing and supportive environment. This role will be part-time for the first 6 months, then transition to a full-time position. You will be responsible for assessing physical health needs, conducting psychiatric assessments where required, and making appropriate referrals to community physicians. 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:

 

* Three months after instituting a requirement for developers to create more below-market-rate housing when they build in a rezoned area, city officials are now debating whether that stipulation should apply to a specific application in a Manhattan historic district, Politico New York reports. Read more.

 

* The New York City Department of Education revealed more than 50 pages of negative information about school vendors who won millions of dollars in contracts in April, as the panel that approves spending did not have the information when voting, the Post reports. Read more.

 

* The New York Farm Bureau is attempting to mount a legal defense in a lawsuit that the New York Civil Liberties Union has brought against New York state seeking to give farmworkers the right to collectively bargain, City & State writes. Read more.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

 

Fund this - Dad Fund changes how we see gay dads: Part of the Stonewall Community Foundation, the Dad Fund began last year when a group of New York gay dads came together to raise money for LGBTQ kids in need and to raise awareness for gay dads both in that community and among all parents, Out writes. Read more.

 

The Phoenix House Foundation sells its Prospect Heights headquarters for $10.5 million: The nonprofit drug and alcohol rehab center operates treatment facilities throughout the state, including the community residence center at 174 Prospect Place, which it has owned since 1970, The Real Deal reports. Read more.

 

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NYN EVENTS

 

On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event.  Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more.  If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives please click here.

 

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SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits

 

Why New York is better prepared for flooding than Boston: New York made sure everything that got built after Hurricane Sandy was better prepared for a flood, according to New Hampshire Public Radio, which compared the city’s flood response to Boston’s. New York  passed 16 new building codes and The Waterfront Alliance’s group of more than 900 waterfront stakeholders created a list of voluntary additional steps developers could take to flood proof. Read more.

 

The rising murder count of environmental activists: 185 environmental activists were killed in 16 countries last year, according to a new report published by Global Witness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing environmental abuses, the New York Times writes. Read more.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

 

11 a.m. - Assembly member Andy Hevesi, chairman of the Social Services Committee, and advocates for the homeless call on Cuomo to sign a MOU providing a full five-year funding commitment to construct 6,000 new units of supportive housing for the homeless, Cuomo’s New York City office, 3rd Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets, Manhattan.

 

11:30 a.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña participates in a New York Times conference on higher education, The Times Center, 242 West 41st St., Manhattan.

 

 

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