NYC, Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Sunny across the state. New York City, high 90; Albany, 89; Buffalo, high 81.
Barrios-Paoli didn’t think administration was ‘good match’ with her, cites as reason for leaving: source
New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli didn’t think she was a “good match” with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, despite being committed to helping the city’s most vulnerable, the Daily News reports. Her abrupt departure stunned officials and advocates, and they are hoping the mayor moves quickly to replace her.
Buery to be city’s point man on mental health reform
New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery will coordinate mental health reform for the de Blasio administration, including homeless issues to a degree, which means his portfolio will overlap with some of the departing Barrios-Paoli’s work, Politico New York reports.
Cardinal Dolan: Homeless people are God’s children who cannot ne reduced to objects
Cardinal Timothy Dolan writes in the Daily News that as New York City fights against homelessness, the government and people of the city must not “reduce these troubled people to objects, to animals, to ‘a problem to get rid of.’” Read more.
After Playing Down a Homeless Crisis, de Blasio Changes Course
De Blasio seems to have abandoned the notion that homeless is not a problem in New York City, with his team now seizing on the issue in public and in private, discussing a series of changes intended to stem the crisis, the Times reports. Read more.
On Board: Legal Services Staff Association Elects New President, Executive Committee
Members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) announced that Sonja Shield, a longtime member of the union, has been elected as President of the unit.
Shield takes the reins from Amy Hammersmith, who was elected President in the fall of 2013 following a successful 6-week strike by employees of Legal Services NYC (LSNYC). This past winter, the union came together once again to fight for the workers at MFY Legal Services (MFY) during a 3-week strike. With Amy’s support, and the solidarity of LSSA’s members, MFY workers won a contract that ensures our clients will be served by experienced staff, that creates a family-friendly workplace, and that respects the experience and dedication of our paralegals and administrative support staff.
With both contracts now settled until 2017, Shield plans to use this opportunity to push for adequate support staffing levels at both LSNYC and MFY, to ensure that case handlers have the support they need and that existing staff don’t become even more heavily burdened by ever-increasing caseloads.
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* Aides to de Blasio said they have been frustrated by the mayor’s management style, but they also said they have been inspired by his deeply held principles and commitment to liberal causes, The Wall Street Journal writes. Read more.
* After a year of negotiations at the Cooper Union, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is expected to announce that his office has crafted a settlement that would create an independent monitor of the college’s management and finances, the Times reports. Read more.
* Civic groups and preservationists lashed out against a proposed New York City Council bill they argue will weaken the city’s historic Landmarks Law and jeopardize some of the city’s most beloved buildings, the Times reports. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
Charities Would Raise Far More if They Knew Donors' Motives, Study Finds
Nonprofits could reap billions of dollars more in donations by tailoring their fundraising to fit people’s preferences, argues consulting firm Camber Collective in a new report, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.