NYN Daily 9/22

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NYC, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cloudy in New York City and Albany, sunny in Buffalo. New York City, high 73; Albany, high 72; Buffalo, high 72.

Top News

City Council members say criminalization of marijuana pushes people to dangerous K2

At a hearing on the K2 drug crisis, some New York City Council members said the criminalization of marijuana is causing people to turn to the more dangerous K2 and creating a health crisis, the Daily News reports. Read more

De Blasio vows to put a roof over homeless city workers’ heads 

De Blasio admitted that the city’s growing homeless population includes at least 83 municipal employees — while pledging to move “aggressively” to find them permanent housing, the Post reports. Read more.

New York Zoning Plan Requires More Affordable Homes

Developers who build in certain areas of New York City, firstly East New York, would be required to set aside at least 25 percent of units for lower-income residents under proposed zoning rules officially released by the de Blasio administration, the Times 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

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC Raise $500K 

Thousands of New Yorkers went the extra mile for the city’s youth today during the 11th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. 

More than 4,000 participants, from beginners to avid runners, turned out for the highly anticipated USATF-certified 5k run/walk at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, which was created to raise awareness of the power of mentoring and generate funding critical to the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC).

After the runners crossed the finish line, the festivities continued with special appearances by popular Nickelodeon characters and activities encouraging healthy lifestyles for adults and children provided by race sponsor Nickelodeon and its partners.

BBBS of NYC raised more than $500,000 at this year’s Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, which will help provide one-to-one mentoring relationships for at-risk youth throughout the five boroughs who need caring adult role models in their lives. Since it was kicked off in 2004, the Race has raised over $7 million, enabling BBBS of NYC to provide mentors to thousands of young people each year.

“Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play attracts more runners, more volunteer mentors, and more supporters every year – all committed to making a difference in the lives of young people across the five boroughs,” said Jon May, BBBS of NYC trustee and chairman of the 2015 Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. “We are so grateful to the community and our incredible sponsors – especially our presenting sponsor, Nickelodeon – who have helped make this year another tremendous success, and allow us to continue serving children who need our help throughout New York City.” 

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services Golf & Tennis Outing Raises $165K

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services raised over $165,000 at our recent 8th Annual Golf and Tennis Outing held at Leewood Golf Club in Eastchester, NY. 

Our Foster Care programs, Early Childhood Education programs and Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities benefit in so many ways from the generosity of those attending and sponsoring the event. Through additional counseling and clinical supports to helping the children from our foster care programs achieve their dream of attending college, to the Supported Employment program for adults with developmental disabilities, those supporting CMCS and our work help change lives. 

As stated by Beth Finnerty, CMCS President and CEO; “Next year, in 2016, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services will be celebrating our 70 year anniversary. Over the course of these 70 years we can list the many things that have changed in our communities, but we must also recognize the things that have remained constant, in areas where we have not wavered. For CMCS this is reflected in our steadfast commitment to helping those in need.”

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* After an hour-long meeting on Monday with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton, retired tennis star James Blake said that the mayor had been broadly sympathetic to his calls for greater police accountability, The New York Times reports. Read more.

* MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast suggested that if the de Blasio administration failed to provide more financial support, he might apply cuts to just New York City, rather than to services across the entire metropolitan region, Politico New York reports. Read more

* Raymond Ribeiro, executive vice president for capital projects at NYCHA, who was in charge of billions of dollars of building upgrades, was abruptly suspended from his job amid a probe by the city Department of Investigation, the Daily News reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Girls Write Now: Program Teaches Teens To Express Themselves Through Writing 

New York Nonprofit highlights the work of Girls Write Now, an organization that has served over 5,000 girls from all five boroughs with its writing and digital media mentoring programs. Ninety-four percent of program participants, referred to as mentees, are girls of color. Read more.

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