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NYC, Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sunny, with a slight chance of thunderstorms in Western New York. New York City, high 92; Albany, 92; Buffalo, high 84.

Top News

NY gets $5.4M in AmeriCorps funding for municipal and nonprofit services

New York has announced receiving $5.4 million in federal AmeriCorps funding for programs at 19 municipalities and nonprofits to help children, struggling veterans, homebound seniors and others, the Associated Press reports.

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Opinion: When Finding Housing Is a Job in Itself

Piazadora Footman writes in the New York Times about her experience navigating New York City's social services agencies in an attempt to pull herself and her family out of the shelter system and unsafe housing in the Bronx. "Going from appointment to appointment, I felt defeated and depressed," Footman writes. "For weeks I had done nothing but gather paperwork. I could barely go to my part-time job, and I had to drop out of school." Read more.

Photo Essay: Life on the Streets

A New York Times reporter and a photographer visited homeless encampments across New York City, interviewing dozens of people, many of whom spoke of  job losses, mental health issues, substance abuse and problems with the city shelter system that drove them to the streets. Read more

NYN Buzz

On Board: March Gallagher Appointed New President and CEO of Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley 

The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley today announced the appointment of March Gallagher as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective September 28, 2015.

March Gallagher, a resident of Rosendale in Ulster County, is an attorney with degrees from Boston University, Bard College, Rockefeller College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She comes to the Community Foundations having served most recently as Chief Strategy Officer at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, focusing on regional quality of life issues.

March Gallagher said, "I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley on the next part of their growth as the organization works towards its 50th anniversary. This unique and impactful organization has had tremendous success in harnessing local philanthropy to improve the quality of life in the Hudson Valley, a mission to which I am deeply committed. I look forward to working with the professional and hardworking staff under the guidance of the committed board of trustees to increase the reach of the Community Foundations in Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam Counties for the good of our community.” 

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* De Blasio faces an uphill battle in regaining the confidence of New Yorkers and taking on challenges like homelessness and crime, as some question whether he is up for the task, Brian Burrough writes in a profile of the mayor in Vanity Fair. Read more.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said for the first time that he supported giving Puerto Rico the ability to pursue bankruptcy protection, a position that puts him in line with most of his fellow Democrats, The Wall Street Journal writes. Read more. 

* After attorney from the Cuomo administration was shot in the head before the West Indian Day Parade, the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio said more needs to be done on gun control, The New York Times writes. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

New York Startup Donates Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Long Island Cares 

A new company, CashInYourCar.com, has donated backpacks and school supplies to Long Island Cares, who in turn gives these supplies to school children whose families have fallen on tough financial times. The backpacks were filled with enough school supplies to help kids get through at least one semester, News LI reports. Read more

Fighting inequality with bread

Hot Bread Kitchen, a New York City nonprofit that trains low-income immigrant women in the craft and commerce of baking, has helped trained 82 women from 20 countries, who see an average pay increase of 77% compared to what they made before starting the program, CNN Money reports. Read more.

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