NYN Daily 9/14

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NYC, Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunny in New York City and Buffalo, chance of showers in Albany. New York City, high 77; Albany, high 70; Buffalo, high 69.

Top News

Bronx Homeless Shelter Faces Closure as City Fails to Make a Single Payment 

Pyramid Safe Haven, a South Bronx homeless shelter that is operated by BronxWorks, may be forced to close its doors because the Department of Homeless Services has neglected to make a single payment to BronxWorks since it opened the shelter in January, DNAinfo reports. Allison Sesso, executive director of the Human Services Council, which includes BronxWorks as a member, described the situation at Pyramid Safe Haven as "ridiculous."

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Children from low income neighborhoods account for more than half of NYC pre-K enrollment

Families from low-income neighborhoods are more likely to enroll in New York City pre-kindergarten programs, an analysis of Education Department data shows, the Daily News writes. Read more.

Sheldon Silver intervened to block clinic as favor to developer, prosecutors allege in filing

Federal prosecutors allege former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver intervened with state agencies to block a Manhattan substance abuse clinic as a favor to a powerful developer helping Silver generate legal fees, Newsday reports. Read more.

Editor's Note: NYN Media's Livestream Channel 

In anticipation of next week's MarkCon event, we want to share our Livestream Channel. So far, we have over 350 attendees signed up for next week's event, but we know that many from around the state would like to hear from our panelists and speakers but are unable to attend. For just this reason, we'll be broadcasting the entire day's events at this link. Simply hit "follow." 

NYN Buzz

On Board: Saint Dominic’s Home Names Chris Winward, VP of Strategic Partnerships, Government Affairs & Communications, and Dr. Diane Aquino, VP of Community Based Services

Blauvelt, N.Y.-based Saint Dominic’s Home today announced the appointment of Chris Alice Winward as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Government Affairs & Communications, and Dr. Diane Aquino, Vice President of Community Based Services.

As Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Government Affairs & Communications, a new position at Saint Dominic’s Home, Ms. Winward will play a key role in the agency’s internal and external communication to all constituents. She reports directly to CEO Judy Kydon. 

Ms. Winward hails from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, where she was Agency Relations Liaison since 2012. In that position she, among other responsibilities, provided nonprofit management and government relations assistance to the 90 Catholic affiliated social service nonprofits within the federation of the Archdiocese of New York. Ms. Winward holds a Bachelor’s degree from Siena College and a Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. 

Dr. Diane Aquino, Vice President, Community Based Services, brings to Saint Dominic’s Home 20 years of Child Welfare experience and has worked in various  agency capacities to include both direct child welfare practice and administration. She has served on the faculty of New York University, School of Social Work as a Doctoral Dissertation Advisor as well as a Professor of Statistics, Program Evaluation and Research Methods and Design.

For more information visit the St. Dominic's Home website.

On Board: Cayuga Centers Adds New Staff 

Cayuga Centers President and CEO Edward Myers Hayes recently announced, “Over the last 18 months, Cayuga Centers has grown from a $20 million to a $40+ million agency and has begun services in other states.  We welcome Melody Smith (Johnson), Dr. Susan L. Ofstein, LMFT, and Daniel Ofstein, Ed. D to our staff.  All three are highly accomplished professionals who will help us continue to expand our high quality services.”

Melody Smith (Johnson) will serve as the agency’s Human Resources Director, overseeing a team of eight.  Her previous work with the Center for Alternative Sentencing & Employment Services (CASES), the Food Bank for New York City, and The Fortune Society has given her sensitivity to the nonprofit world and the needs of staff members working in the human services field.

Susan L. Ofstein, Ph.D. LMFT, will oversee the agency’s growing Training Department in a newly created position, Director of Training. 

Daniel Ofstein, Ed.D.,  will provide direction and support to numerous divisions of the agency’s Operations Department in the newly created position of Director of Support Services – Operations. Dan Ofstein said he believes operations provides a base from which an organization grows, and looks forward to helping support staff members as they provide exceptional living and services for the agency. He sees his role as giving leadership and providing direct support and guidance to supervisors and staff members in Maintenance, Food Service, IT, and Administrative Departments. 

Political Bulletin powered by City & State 

* De Blasio’s Cities United for Immigration Action was founded on lofty goals, but has struggled with the changing immigration politics and logistical issues in coordinating action across the country, the Times reports. Read more.

* Tim Wu, the law professor, open Internet advocate and former lieutenant governor candidate, is joining Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office as senior lawyer and special adviser, The New York Times reports. Read more

* Several lawmakers joined Cardinal Timothy Dolan in condemning the scalping of tickets to a procession by Pope Francis in New York City on a national tour, calling it contrary to the spirit of the pontiff’s visit, the Times reports. Read more

Nonprofits in the News

Coalition Urges Congress to Extend Charitable Tax Breaks 

A coalition of more than 2,000 nonprofits, businesses, associations, and other organizations sent a letter Wednesday urging Congress to pass a slate of expired and expiring tax provisions that encourage donations to food bank and other donations that benefit nonprofits, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Read more.

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