NYN Daily 9/24

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NYC, Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sunny across the state. New York City, high 79; Albany, high 76; Buffalo, high 75.

Top News

Homeless on East Harlem Street Feel Unwanted Pressure After Drug Raids 

After a crackdown on synthetic marijuana in a Harlem neighborhood many of the homeless people who live in the area are saying they feel harassed by police, who are going heavy on quality of life issues, the New York Times writes. However, there are positive impacts: one interviewee said that as a result of the raids he has decided to move into an apartment offered to him by the Center for Urban Community Services, a nonprofit organization that contracts with the city. Read more. 

East Harlem Rezoning Report Sparks Debate

A top housing trade association is accusing a powerful union-backed, anti-poverty lobbying group of issuing a bogus report critical of de Blasio’s plan to rezone East New York in Brooklyn, the New York Post writes. Read more.

City Pays Preschool Workers 'Poverty Level' Wages

Teaching assistants and aides who work at city-funded early childhood programs that serve low-income working families across the boroughs earn less than $15 an hour, DNAinfo reports. "We are not paying a living wage to the assistant teachers or teacher’s aides, and many of them have to rely on food stamps and other public assistance," said David Nocenti, Executive Director of Union Settlement, which runs seven early childhood centers in East Harlem. 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

Sanctuary for Families Receives $15,000 Grant from the New York Building Foundation to Develop a Construction Administration Training Program

Sanctuary for Families, a leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence, has received a generous gift of $15,000 from the New York Building Foundation,the philanthropic arm of the New York Building Congress.  The funding will expand Sanctuary’s construction administration track of their Economic Empowerment Programfrom a 20-hour introductory course into a comprehensive 40-hour construction administration training track that includes GPRO certification plus a construction administration internship. 

Sanctuary’s ground-breaking Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) offers career readiness and office technology training to help survivors of gender violence break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse by securing a living wage job. Through an intensive four month training program, clients focus on professional development, literacy upgrading, and advanced office technology skills that position them for living wage jobs across multiple industries, including health care, financial services, technology, human services, and construction administration. The program achieves consistently high placements rate – with salaries in 2014 averaging over $14 per hour.

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, executive director of Sanctuary for Families, said “Economic empowerment is critical to breaking the cycle of poverty and financial dependence that defines many abusive relationships. Construction administration training is life-changing for our clients, many of whom are mothers seeking a way out of the City’s shelter and public assistance systems. The program provides skills valuable to building industry employers and prospects for well-paying jobs.  We thank the New York Building Foundation for enabling us to take this successful initiative to the next level.”

Car Meet Raises $5200 for Local Breast Cancer Programs

Last year, Andrew Flynn got a few friends and family members together and organized a Car Meet at Taghkanic State Park in southern Columbia County. Andrew lost his mother to breast cancer when he was a teenager and he decided that proceeds from the event in 2014 would benefit local breast cancer programs through the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. A year ago, he presented a check for $3500 to Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood, saying that he "could not wait to double the amount next year."

On September 19, the 2nd Lake Effect Car Meet raised over $5200 for Miles of Hope. 

"We didn't quite double it," Andrew admitted, "but we are proud of what we are able to do for breast cancer programs in our community." In the photo, Andrew and his niece, Victoria Carpio whose 'car' won best in show at the Car Meet, stand with Pari Forood.

"Andrew's commitment and energy are infectious!" exclaimed Ms. Forood. "He put the information out on facebook and hundreds of people showed up on a perfect fall day to look at cars and honor and remember all those affected by breast cancer within the Hudson Valley including and especially Andrew's mother, Koreen." 

"We will always be indebted to our volunteers, fundraisers, and event participants-- they are part of the Miles of Hope family," she continued.

"Thank you to everyone who recognizes that October is not just a month on the calendar, but an opportunity to remember those whose lives have been touched by this disease and to commit yourself to adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle."

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* The city has moved quickly to pay a $20,000 settlement to a Rikers Island inmate over his allegation he was beaten by correction officers who knew he had been an informant working with city investigators probing a corrupt colleague, the Daily News writes. Read more

* Mayor Bill de Blasio is determined to harness the influence and celebrity of Pope Francis whose populism, he believes, has much in common with his own goals of combating inequality and injustice, The New York Times reports. Read more.

* The NYPD has backed off from its plan to have a local precinct police four huge Queens public housing developments instead of a specialized public housing police unit after public pressure from New York City Council members and citizens began to mount, the Daily News writes. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Mulling the Effects of a Minimum Wage on Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Quarterly highlights the findings of California Association of Nonprofits session titled “Are Nonprofits and Philanthropy Ready to Pay $10 an Hour on January 1?” which mulled a knotty issue for nonprofits, many of which support higher wages as a means of higher standards of living but express concern over their abilities to pay higher wages to their own employees. Read more.

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