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NYC, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunny across the state. New York City, high 78; Albany, high 77; Buffalo, high 73.

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"Basic Human Dignity": Advocates Say State Is Failing Nursing Home Residents 

As the number of nursing home residents rises in New York, advocates claim that lawmakers and state agencies have not done enough to meet the needs of this vulnerable population, New York Nonprofit reports. Two of the fronts advocates are pushing on are: an increase in residents' monthly personal needs allowance (which has not been adjusted since 1981), and the proper administration of the Department of Health's Nursing Home Transition and Diversion waiver program. Read more.

NYC starts construction on affordable housing project that includes homeless shelter 

Officials from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration broke ground on a first-of-its-kind combination homeless shelter/affordable housing development in the Bronx, part of an effort to maximize resources to combat the parallel problems, the Daily News reports. Read more.

Opinion: The Pope's Visit Offers a Challenge to Nonprofits 

As the Pope begins his three-city tour of the United States, The Chronicle of Philanthropy's Tom Watson writes that the Pope's visit has major implications for charity in America as his message has already inspired an increase in giving within the Catholic Church. Read more.

National Philanthropy Day 2015 Honors Award Program

Join nonprofit leader and award-winning filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole, educator and activist Geoff Canada and major philanthropist and NPD Chair T. Denny Sanford for AFP’s 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors on Nov. 12 in New York at 7:30 the historic 92nd Street Y. The National Philanthropy Day Honors recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly improved the quality of life for people in their communities and around the world. Six honorees from across North America are being awarded this year, and registration is FREE. To register and learn more, click here!

NYN Buzz

On Board: YAI Appoints George Contos as CEO

YAI announced today that George Contos has been appointed its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. Mr. Contos succeeds Matthew Sturiale, who was interim CEO of the New York-based nonprofit which operates programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The organization was founded in 1957 as the Young Adult Institute.

Mr. Sturiale will remain with YAI as Executive Vice President, Chief Program Officer.

"I'm excited to assume this new role and look forward to working with our staff to enhance the lives of individuals with IDD through a person-centered approach," says Mr. Contos. "YAI has a 60-year legacy of providing services of the highest caliber to the people we support. By remaining true to our mission, we will continue building an organization that offers state-of-the-art programs and top-quality care that benefit thousands of lives daily."

Mr. Contos served as chairman of the YAI Board, which he joined in 2012. He also worked previously as a wealth manager and registered investment advisor at Wealth Advisory Group and Park Avenue Securities. As a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, Mr. Contos specialized in structuring charitable gifting and legacy strategies for individuals, families and private foundations.

Free Legal Consultation Clinic for Senior Citizens at the Nassau County Bar Association October 14

The Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) provides free monthly legal consultation clinics for Nassau County residents 65 or older. Seniors have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney for a half-hour private consultation on any topic of concern. The next Senior Citizen Free Legal Consultation Clinic will be held October 14,  9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at NCBA, 15th and West Streets, Mineola. This popular free program regularly fills up quickly. Registration is required by calling 516-747-4070.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo opened up about the state’s preparation for Pope Francis’ visit and for the first time talked about his views on the pontiff’s policies, saying that as a Catholic he’s excited for this Pope, NY1 reports. Read more.

* New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he is demanding changes to the festival that precedes the West Indian American Day Parade, which for years has been marred by violence including the shooting death of an aide to Cuomo this year, Politico New York reports. Read more.

* Controls New York relied on to make sure people were eligible for health-insurance on the state-run exchange were deficient, potentially letting consumers get benefits they weren’t entitled to, an audit from the Department of Health and Human Services found, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Nonprofit Program Aims to Offer Customized Help to Bed-Stuy Families

“All For One,” a new initiative from a Brooklyn's  Coalition to Improve Bedford-Stuyvesant, looks to improve life for residents in northern Bed-Stuy with local services tailored to individuals' needs.

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