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NYC, Monday, September 21, 2015

Partly sunny in New York City and mostly sunny in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, high 73; Albany, high 72; Buffalo, high 71. 

Top News

East Harlem Building Booted From Co-Op Conversion Program Sues City, Blaming Nonprofit

A tenant association of a building where half the residents are behind on their rent is suing the city after they got kicked out of a co-op conversion program, blaming the nonprofit SoBRO, which manages the building, for the noncompliance issues, DNAinfo reports. SoBRO denied the allegation and said it spent millions on renovating the building. Read more

Activists Criticize Rezoning Plan for East New York

Anti-poverty activists allied with de Blasio are sharply criticizing his plan to rezone East New York, a low-income neighborhood at the heart of his affordable-housing initiative, the Journal reports. Read more.

Hundreds of full-time city workers are homeless 

More than 300 full-time New York City employees are homeless, their salaries not enough to cover costly living expenses, highlighting an issue that de Blasio has continued to struggle with, the Post writes. Read more.

NYC Nonprofit Technology Meetup 

The NYC Nonprofit Technology Meetup is for technology and nonprofit professionals interested in discovering and learning about the latest innovations. New organizers for the NYC Nonprofit Technology Meetup will kick off their monthly series with "Geospatial Analysis and Tools for Nonprofits on September 30. Join us to learn about the powerful ways nonprofit organizations implement the products and how they utilize different technical options. Details are available on here.

NYN Buzz

On Board: My Sisters’ Place Names Diane Tukman New Chief Program Officer

My Sisters’ Place (MSP), a nonprofit that supports survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking through direct services, advocacy and community education has named Diane Tukman as its new Chief Program Officer. 

In her new role, Tukman will oversee all of MSP’s counseling, shelter, and outreach programs. Tukman is responsible for the recruitment, development, and ongoing management of Program Directors and staff. Tukman joins MSP with over 28 years of program management, development and leadership experiences. Most recently, Tukman served as Director of Development and Programs at Bridges to Community in Ossining, NY.

For over nine years, Tukman provided leadership at Girl Scouts of the USA, focused on the creation of innovative programming on leadership development, violence prevention, and healthy living.  Tukman also has extensive experience as an executive coach working with nonprofit professionals and Master of Business Administration (MBA) students of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. 

Tukman received a Masters in Social Work from Boston University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Wisconsin, School of Education.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State 

* The Post’s Fred Dicker writes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is becoming personally involved in recruiting potential candidates to oust de Blasio and he apparently doesn’t mind people knowing it. Read more.

* The Daily News’ Ken Lovett writes that backers of Gov. Cuomo's push to hike the minimum wage to $15 an hour are set to spend several million dollars on the effort, with plans for radio, television and social media advertising. Read more. 

* Cuomo said he played no role in a campaign contributor winning a multi-million-dollar construction bid in Buffalo that is now reportedly the subject of a probe by U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, Politico New York writes. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit 

Kickstarter, the popular online crowdfunding website that lets people raise money to help fund all manner of projects, announced on Sunday that it was reincorporating as a “public benefit corporation,” a legal change they said would ensure that money — or the promise of it — would not corrupt their company’s mission of enabling creative projects to be funded, the New York Times reports. The move builds upon its decision last year to become a B Corporation, a voluntary designation certified by a nonprofit group called B Lab. Read more.

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