NYN Daily 9/28

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NYC, Monday, September 28, 2015

Partly sunny downstate, and a chance of showers upstate. New York City, high 80; Albany, high 76; Buffalo, high 70.

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Human Services Nonprofits Oppose Amendment to City Charter 

Advocates testified on behalf of human services nonprofits in opposition of an amendment to the city charter, sponsored by Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, that would require all “persons in leadership positions” – including board members and senior staff members – at nonprofit organizations that receive funding from the city to submit financial disclosure forms, as well as require the disclosure of “any transaction, direct or indirect, between such person and any institution” to the city, New York Nonprofit reports. Michelle Jackson, associate director and general counsel of the Human Services Council, called the amendment “an unfunded, unworkable mandate that would compound the already high administrative and financial burdens on nonprofit organizations.” Read more

New York-Presbyterian Was Biggest Beneficiary of Silver Slush Fund

New York-Presbyterian Hospital was the biggest beneficiary of state money from a slush fund controlled by former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the Post reports. The slush fund paid out $38.6 million in taxpayer money from 1999 to 2009 to hospitals, health-care agencies and other nonprofits, according to records obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information request to the state Health Department. Read more.

NYC to Target Evictions in Bid to Curb Homelessness

New York City will spend $60 million annually by mid-2017 – up from the $34 million currently budgeted – to expand the legal team helping residents avoid eviction and homelessness, The Wall Street Journal reports. 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!

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Capital Roots Raises $90,000 at 9th Annual ‘Autumn Evening in the Garden’

Capital Roots raised $90,000 (up 23 percent from the previous year) at their 9th annual ‘Autumn Evening in the Garden’ gala held September 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.

The local nonprofit hosted nearly 350 people, for whom 20 of the region’s top chefs and bakers created culinary samples using fresh, seasonal ingredients donated by 40 local farmers. Nine beverage purveyors were also on hand, serving samples of favorite local wine, beer and spirits. Guests mingled with chefs, farmers and friends during this strolling supper while listening to the sounds of the Neil Brown Jazz Quartet. The event kicked off the nonprofit’s 40th anniversary celebration which will continue for the next year.

In honor of the anniversary, restaurateur (and local celebrity auctioneer) LeGrande Serras helped the organization raise $32,000 during the gala’s first ever live auction, supporting two of the organization’s seven programs. 

Proceeds from the event benefit 51 Community Gardens, the Veggie Mobile®, the Produce Project, Healthy Stores, Squash Hunger and Capital Roots’ other programs – all of which increase access to fresh, affordable food in our region’s underserved neighborhoods.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating 40 years of nourishing healthy communities throughout the Capital Region,” said Capital Roots’ Executive Director Amy Klein. “This is an exciting milestone for our organization. The gala gives us the opportunity to recognize our success, while anticipating what’s in store for the future.”

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office is engaged in discussions with the White House about providing free tuition in the state’s community colleges, which currently charge one of the highest tuition rates in the nation, the Post reports. Read more.

* State officials let the SolarCity developer hand-pick subcontractors with the intention of setting prices later, which is unusual for government projects and may have inspired a federal probe in Buffalo, The Buffalo News reports. Read more.

* Federal prosecutors investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to revitalize Buffalo have issued subpoenas to Empire State Development, the state agency funding the Buffalo program, The New York Times reports. Read more.

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Contest Seeks Talented Writers Among Queens Kids 

Hoping to encourage the next generation of local writers, Newtown Literary, a semiannual journal dedicated to promoting the work of authors from Queens, is launching its second writing competition for kids in grades three through 12, DNAinfo reports. "At a time when schools are focused on writing for standardized tests, this contest encourages young writers to pursue and improve their creative writing skills," said Tim Fredrick, editor of the journal and president of Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit which publishes the magazine. Read more.

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