NYC, Wednesday, September 9, 2015
A chance of thunderstorms. New York City, high 90; Albany, 90; Buffalo, high 78.
Opinion: The Mayor’s Battle on Homelessness
The New York Times writes that while the issue of homelessness far predates Mayor Bill de Blasio’s election, it is a problem he will need to deal with by expanding outreach programs to the mentally ill and creating more stable housing situations, and finding an effective replacement for Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, whose resignation advocates are mourning.
Politicians steer $40K of taxpayer money to nonprofit behind West Indian Parade
New York City politicians have steered more than $40,000 in taxpayer money to the nonprofit behind the violence-prone, predawn festival in Brooklyn where a Cuomo official was shot in the head, but the funds have never been properly allocated towards security, the Post reports. Read more.
Opinion: A parent says a charter-school colocation risks the Renewal School turnaround families were promised
A parent writes in the Daily News that the imposition of a charter school colocation threatens the turnaround of her local public schools, including taking up space that could be used by nonprofit organizations and physical and mental health services that are needed by the community. Read more.
The Long Island Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Receives More Than $2,000 In Donations
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) received more than $2,000 in donations from friends and family members in memory of a young woman who passed away from an overdose at 20 years old.
With the heroin and opiate crisis raging, the demand for LICADD’s services has increased exponentially. Significant price drops in the street price of heroin on Long Island, have increased the number of young people who are using the drug. Calls to LICADD’s hotlines and requests for services mirror these increasing trends and beyond the sheer rise in numbers of young people and their families seeking heroin addiction treatment services, the rapid progression from snorting to injecting the drug is startling and obviously increases the potential health consequences for users.
This significant donation assists the Long Island community by providing additional services for families in desperate need of LICADD’s services. “Our friend Nikki died tragically at 20 years old – a funny, caring and beautiful soul. This year, in honor of her birthday, we raised these funds in the hopes of helping save another soul from being lost.” says Ilana Esquenazi, the young woman's best friend.
For over 59 years, LICADD has delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction. LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family and parent education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.
For more information, visit the LICADD website.
Political Bulletin powered by City & State
* Two New York City Council members are sponsoring a bill that would prohibit almost all stores from keeping their doors and windows open in the summer while their cooling systems are running, Politico New York writes. Read more.
* New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña doubled down on Common Core standards that are under assault elsewhere in the state, on the eve of the first day of classes, the Post writes. Read more.
* As rent prices skyrocket for small businesses in Manhattan there is a push to stabilize rents, but advocates say the measures proposed do not go far enough to help mom and pop shops, City & State reports. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
Ken Berger, Former Charity Navigator CEO, All In on Predictive Analytics
The Chronicle of Social Change profiles Ken Berger, the former CEO of Charity Navigator, who has joined the firm Algorhythm, which focuses on predictive analytics and big data to solve problems for the "little guys" of the nonprofit world.