NYC, Thursday, June 23, 2016
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in downstate, mostly sunny in the Capital Region and mostly cloudy in Buffalo. New York City, high 81; Albany, high 80; Buffalo, high 78.
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Editor’s Note: The June issue of the NYN Review is now available to read online. Read more.
NYN Media Podcast - Brenda Rosen: Brenda Rosen, CEO of Breaking Ground - formerly known as Common Ground - joins us for our second podcast. Breaking Ground is one of Mayor de Blasio’s biggest partners for implementing the Home-STAT initiative and New York City's largest supportive housing provider. We will talk about the recent rebranding along with how her street outreach teams talk unsheltered individuals off the sidewalk and why she feels the “Housing First” philosophy is the right philosophy for addressing street homelessness in New York City. Read more.
NY Slant - Keith Wright is the best choice to continue Rangel’s legacy: New York Slant endorsed the Assemblyman in the crowded Democratic primary to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel in the 13th Congressional District. Aimée Simpierre, editor-at-large for NYN Media, sits on the City & State editorial board. Read more.
Vance announces $78M in funding for new anti-crime programs: In an attempt to focus on root causes and community-based approaches to disrupt criminal patterns and cycles, approximately $78 million in new funding is being made available by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. for programs in higher crime neighborhoods in the borough, Politico reports. Read more.
Grand jury indicts ex-nonprofit boss for $100K shopping spree: Authorities said the former head of a Queens nonprofit swiped $100,000 in taxpayer funds and blew it on maids, a new hot tub and other high-end upgrades to her home, the New York Post reports. Yolanda Vitulli was indicted by a Brooklyn federal grand jury on embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing from charity Tender Care Human Services. She served from 2001 to 2016 as the executive director of the organization, which provides services to people with autism and developmental disabilities. Read more.
NYPD cops face major fines for lavish dining on credit card tab of ex-Queens Library boss Thomas Galante: Two high-ranking NYPD chiefs and a retired three-star boss are facing tens of thousands of dollars in penalties for stuffing their faces at pricey restaurants on the credit card tab of ex-Queens Library honcho Thomas Galante, the Daily News writes. Galante’s credit card receipts, showed tabs averaging well over $100 per person with guests washing down steak dinners with Grey Goose vodka and a $280 bottle of wine. Read more.
Transgender employees and restrooms in the workplace - What every nonprofit employer needs to know: Many nonprofit employers may need to take a hard look at their workplace restroom policies for transgender employees, Venable writes. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, transgender employees have a right to use multi-occupancy workplace restrooms that correspond to the gender with which they identify. Read more.
New York Federation pulls out of funding pool, goes its own way: Next year, the UJA-Federation of New York will pull out of a fundraising pool run by the umbrella group for North American Jewish federations, in a move that highlights the struggles of the national bodies that serve local Jewish charities, according to the Forward. New York City’s Jewish federation, which the central fundraising body for the city’s Jewish community, contributes $1.6 million of the $4 million raised each year by National Federation/Agency Alliance, a pool run by the Jewish Federations of North America, a nationwide umbrella group for local federations. Read more.
Department of Investigation report suggests ‘broken windows’ policing strategy doesn’t work: A hot-button DOI report contradicts the NYPD’s claim that “broken windows”-type arrests drive down more serious crime, according to the Daily News. The rate of summonses and arrests for minor quality-of-life crimes like disorderly conduct, public urination and open-container violations had no real impact in driving down felonies over the past six years, the report found. Read more.
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Ruderman Family Foundation to give $250,000 to organizations who display exemplary work in disability inclusion:
The Ruderman Family Foundation has opened the nomination period for its international Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, now in its fifth consecutive year of operation. Five individual $50,000 awards will be given to companies and organizations that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities. Five organizations from around the world will be selected for the Prize. Read more.
Berkshire Taconic announces third round of 2016 grant deadlines for Columbia County:
Covering the period from July through September, the summer cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, and includes the foundation’s two largest annual grants for regional artists and arts organizations. For nonprofits, Harvard Business School’s ‘Governing for Nonprofit Excellence’ Scholarship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of nonprofit board chairs or vice chairs. Taught by a team of Harvard faculty members who specialize in nonprofit management and valued at $4,500, this program explores four core nonprofit governance competencies. Applications are due August 8. The Artist’s Resource Trust Fund for Organizations provides grants to nonprofit organizations to purchase, exhibit or commission work created by regional artists. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Applications are due August 1. Read more.
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 include Vu Le, Nonprofit Humorist from nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.
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.
Director of Contract and Grant Management, Comunilife
Comunilife is seeking high caliber candidates for the position of Director of Contract and Grant Management. This position is responsible for managing more than 30 contracts with federal, state, and city agencies, as well as Comunilife's portfolio of foundation grant support. The successful candidate will serve as a critical link between government contract officials and Comunilife, will play an instrumental role in developing and monitoring the organization's annual operating budget, and will supervise all personnel in the organization's contract budgeting, vouchering, and audit processes. Read more.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he understands Mayor Bill de Blasio’s frustration at a one-year extension of mayoral control of schools, but added he was lucky to get anything since many Assembly Democrats joined Senate Republicans in opposing an extension, the Daily News writes. Read more.
* A briefly rancorous scene at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando shooting laid bare the rifts in New York City’s polyglot gay and transgender community, and underscored the degree to which it has yet to fully embrace de Blasio, The New York Times reports. Read more.
* The Times Union urges Cuomo to join the state Legislature and sign a bill that would have New York finally assume the full cost for providing legal counsel to poor people accused of crimes, the beginning of the end of a 53-year struggle for greater justice for all. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Nonprofit to continue lawsuit against Town of Oyster Bay after FOIL request fulfilled: Reclaim New York will continue a lawsuit against the Town of Oyster Bay after it recently fulfilled the Freedom of Information Law request, Patch writes. The New York City based non-profit sued the Town as well as two Nassau County school districts for allegedly refusing to comply with New York State’s FOIL law by either denying or ignoring requests made by the group for information on contracts and expenditures. Read more.
Groundswell, NYCFC, UAE embassy celebrate new soccer field and mural at Sunset Park school: Sunset Park got its own dose of the sport as students, parents, community members and elected officials came together with professional soccer club New York City FC, representatives from the United Arab Emirates and members of the nonprofit organization Groundswell to celebrate a new state-of-the-art soccer field and student-designed mural at P.S. 24, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes. Read more.
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.
SECTOR FOCUS: Health and Hospitals
United Hospital Fund president will step down in 2017: Jim Tallon announced plans to step down as president of United Hospital Fund in the second half of 2017, according to a press release. The United Hospital Fund board has established a Succession Planning Committee, which will be led by Board Chairman J. Barclay Collins II, assisted by Mr. Tallon,. The board has retained Korn Ferry to conduct the search. UHF works to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker.
NYC Council awards Forestdale for its Fathering Initiative, Health and Wellness Program, and Teen Parents in Action Program: Forestdale, a leading Queens family service agency, earned several major City Council and Speaker Initiative awards for its Fathering Initiative, Health and Wellness Program, and Teen Parents in Action Program, according to a press release. The three programs address problems that families throughout Queens face, such as veterans re-engaging with their children, primary pregnancy prevention for at-risk youth, bringing better health and nutrition to children and fighting the obesity epidemic borough wide.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Rachel Fee of the New York Housing Conference, Philip Terrie, an Adirondack historian and professor emeritus at Bowling Green University, Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, a former assemblyman and partner at Empire Government Strategies, WCNY.
1 p.m. - The New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services holds a joint oversight hearing with the Committee on Courts and Legal Services on examining court accessibility in New York City, Committee Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
1:15 p.m. - Cuomo signs legislation to combat “zombie properties,” Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway, Manhattan.
3:50 p.m. - Cuomo signs legislation to combat “zombie properties,” IBEW Local 25, 370 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge.
6 p.m. - State Sen. Michael Gianaris joins members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement to call for passage of the HALT Solitary Act and urge Cuomo to end solitary confinement, 30th Avenue and 30th Street, Queens.