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NYC, Thursday, September 10, 2015

Showers in New York City and Albany, partly sunny in Buffalo. New York City, high 78; Albany, high 75; Buffalo, high 76.

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Hundreds of market-rate apartments to be built at NYCHA developments under De Blasio plan 

A NYCHA plan to generate revenue and increase affordable housing will see hundreds of market-rate apartments built on NYCHA property at Wyckoff Gardens in Brooklyn and Holmes Towers on the Upper East Side, the Daily News writes. Read more

Letitia James on UPK, West Indian Festival and Homelessness

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James calls for accountability for the West Indian Festival organizers, discusses the state of universal pre-K and has strong words on homelessness, in a City & State TV interview with Gerson Borrero. Read more.

Tompkins donors give $118K to 120 non-profits in 24 hours

According to the CEO of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, a total of 1,655 individual donors gave to 120 nonprofits on the county's first ever "Giving is Gorges" day on August 28th, the Ithaca Voice reports. Read more.

NYN Buzz

Lawyers Alliance Publishes Updated "Bylaws That Work"

Lawyers Alliance for New York announced the release of the newest edition of "Bylaws That Work: A Manual for New York Nonprofits." Now in its second edition, Lawyers Alliance’s 101-page publication reflects best practices and recent changes to the New York Nonprofit Corporation Law.

"Bylaws That Work" is designed to help New York nonprofit corporations, their Board members, and attorneys to prepare new or revised bylaws, the set of rules and procedures that govern a nonprofit organization’s internal operations. "Bylaws That Work" contains a legal overview of topics commonly covered in bylaws, questionnaires to assist those developing and amending bylaws, and sample documents for nonprofit corporations with and without members.

The Editor of Bylaws That Work Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Lawyers Alliance’s Deputy Executive Director, says, “Clear and functional bylaws make it easier for an organization’s leadership to make significant operational, fiscal, and programmatic decisions that affect the health and future of the organization. Virtually every New York nonprofit corporation should review and update its bylaws to ensure compliance with new legal requirements.”

"Bylaws That Work" is available for purchase at the Lawyers Alliance website.

Funding Available for Arts and Cultural Activities Dutchess, Orange and Ulster Counties

Arts Mid-Hudson has announced the availability of over $100,000 in funds available to support arts-related activities taking place in 2016. Activities may include workshops, exhibits, performances, concerts, festivals, screenings, readings, cultural programming, artist-initiated projects, and public school arts residencies in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties. The deadline to apply is November 17, 2015. Info sessions begin September 17.

This is a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and is designed to support community-based arts activities in an effort to make quality arts programming available and to support local cultural expression.

There are three distinct grant programs:

Project Grants support arts and cultural activities of non-profit organizations, community groups and individual artists, including work in theater, dance, music, film, video, literature, visual arts, traditional arts, historical and cultural activities, as well as  the use of libraries and community-based organizations as venues for the arts. Grant requests may range from $500 - $5,000.

The Individual Artist Commission provides $2,500 to an individual artist to create new work with community engagement.

The Public School Arts Residency Program supports residencies by artists and/or cultural organizations in a public school classroom (K-12), which focus on sequential, skill-based knowledge.  Grant requests may range from $500 - $5,000.

For more information, visit the Arts Mid-Hudson website.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* LGBT equality has its roots in Manhattan, from meeting halls where the gay-rights movement was born to the hospitals that led the fight against HIV/ AIDS. City & State highlights some of the landmarks of the movement. Read more

* A state judge in Queens ruled that for-hire vehicles could use electronic hails to compete with yellow cabs, which cab supporters said is damaging their ability to survive, Crain’s reports. Read more.

* Lawyers for the family of Samuel Harrell, an inmate at Fishkill Correctional Facility, filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming more than a dozen officers were responsible for his death, which a medical examiner ruled a homicide, the Times reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Growing a Social Media Strategy

Nonprofit Quarterly highlights the social media strategy behind the nonprofit Central Park Conservatory to elucidate digital campaign techniques that all nonprofits can put to use to further their brand. Read more.

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