Thursday, August 4, 2016

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NYN Media Reports - Sesso, Palacio open dialogue on serving the vulnerable after disasters: Nonprofits have become more experienced at responding to emergencies in the nearly four years since Hurricane Sandy, but funding issues, communication gaps and confusion over roles could stymie future responses, according to a report issued Aug. 3 by the Human Services Council.

Number of homeless single adults in NYC has risen 95 percent in a decade: On a given night, 14,222 single adults seek out homeless shelters in NYC, a policy director for the Coalition for the Homeless, told the Huffington Post. That’s a 95 percent increase from a decade ago, when there were 7,282 homeless adults in New York City.

Controversy brews over private funds for public spaces in Queens: A public-private park conservancy in Queens, and the de Blasio administration that approved it, are under scrutiny for a funding mechanism and board structure that are allegedly less than public, and possibly illegal, Next City reports. City Councilmember Rory Lancman has sued mayor Bill de Blasio, the city of New York, and the Flushing Meadows – Corona Park Corporation, alleging that the city’s charter and administrative code have been flaunted in the creation of the nonprofit Alliance for Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.

James Houghton, founder of Signature Theater, showcase for playwrights, dies at 57: James Houghton, the founder and, until recently, the artistic director of the Signature Theater Company, one of Off Broadway’s essential nonprofit theaters and perhaps the nation’s leading safe house for playwrights, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan, the New York Times writes.

Nonprofit Sues Southampton School District For FOIL Denial: Reclaim New York, a Manhattan-based organization, on Wednesday announced plans to take the Long Island school district to court at a press conference in front of the John P. Cohalan Jr. Courthouse in Central Islip, 27East writes. The organization also announced plans to take the Town of Islip and the Town of Babylon to court over similar FOIL requests.

NYPD isn’t releasing info on civil forfeiture, which could bring them ‘tens of millions’ of dollars, suit says: The Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit, plans to file a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit that says the NYPD won't provide requested information on policies and procedures involving cash and property seized during arrests, which could total "tens of millions" of dollars every year,according to the New York Post. This information is subject to release under public records laws, the legal aid group said.

Anti-K2 protest returns to Bed-Stuy as residents report improvements:The plague of K2 brought dozens of protesters back on the streets of Bed-Stuy this week, even as residents reported great improvements since a mass overdose there last month, DNAinfo reports. Members of the Doe Fund, a nonprofit providing assistance to the formerly homeless, marched from the corner of Broadway and Lewis Avenue to Myrtle Avenue, a corner dubbed by many as the epicenter of a K2 epidemic.

Mayor de Blasio announces 2018 construction of new Bronx YMCA near Edenwald Houses: Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday that a recreation-space starved swath of the Bronx will be getting a new YMCA, fulfilling a decades-long dream for the neighborhood, according to the Daily News. He said construction on the Edenwald YMCA will begin in the fall of 2018 and should be open by early 2020.

Roger Ailes withdraws money for Putnam Senior Center: Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News who lives in Garrison, will not be donating a half-million dollars for a senior center in Philipstown, according to Patch. The Roger Ailes Senior Center was meant to be a friendship and nutrition center run by the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources. But criticism mounted after he resigned his position as chairman and acting CEO of Fox last month, following claims he sexually harassed female anchors.



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NYN BUZZ

Enterprise Community Partners receives $200,000 grant from Santander Charitable Grants Program:

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. received a $200,000 grant from the Santander Charitable Grants Program to aid in its work addressing the City’s most complex housing challenges. The grant will help fund Enterprise Homes Plus, a neighborhood support system allowing seniors, formerly homeless individuals, and low-income residents of affordable housing developments to access important services, and will also bolster Enterprise’s existing Neighborhood Impact and Vulnerable Populations programs.

Mather Hospital President Named Chair of Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council:

Kenneth Roberts, a Setauket resident and president of John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, located in Port Jefferson, was named chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council at the group’s Annual Meeting held July 13. His two-year term expires in 2018. This is his second time as chair of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, the organization that serves as the collective voice for Long Island’s 23 not-for-profit and public hospitals.

Relph Benefit Advisors nets over $23,000 at the 13th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Golf Classic:

More than $23,000 was raised at Saratoga Bridges’ 13th Annual J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Golf Classic presented by Relph Benefit Advisors on July 25. Nearly 100 golfers played at the Edison Club, a private golf course in Rexford NY, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the J. Michael Fitzgibbons Memorial Scholarship Fund. Each year a staff member is awarded an educational scholarship in Michael’s memory as the fund was established to honor their long-time Board Member who died 2005.



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NYN CAREERS

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Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Community Services

The CFO serves on the BCS Executive Staff, and is responsible for financial oversight for more than 30 programs and services across 25 BCS sites in Downtown Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Canarsie and Coney Island. The CFO is also responsible for oversight of BCS facilities management, purchasing and information technology systems. As a member of Executive Staff, ensure effective leadership for all BCS programs and services. Inspire a culture of accountability and customer service at all levels of the organization. Implement and lead continuous quality improvement processes throughout BCS, and work to ensure that leadership and staff throughout BCS communicate effectively and collaboratively. Read more.

Senior VP of Family Foster Care, Saint Dominic’s Home

As a key member of the Management Team, the Senior Vice President of the Family Foster Care will assume responsibility for the supervision and coordination of several units in the Family Foster Care Department. These units may include Case Management, Home-finding, Adoption and/or Therapeutic units. He/She will provide overall administrative supervision to supervisors within the units to ensure that the department meets and exceeds the regulatory standards of all pertinent governmental bodies. He/she will work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Family Foster Care to establish casework methods and determine standards and procedures based on sound social work principles, agency mission and all federal, state and city policies. Read more.

Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care, New Alternatives for Children

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care.Key Responsibilities include providing direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors and Case Associates and prepare timely evaluations of supervisees. Read more.

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* Although de Blasio is taking a victory lap over new student test scores, there are reasons to doubt the gains, and while district schools aren't improving, charter schools are, Success Academies' Eva Moskowitz writes in the Daily News.

* Under his new job, NYPD Chief James O’Neill, who is replacing respected Commissioner Bill Bratton, will have turbulent waters to navigate, as he and Mayor Bill de Blasio deal with terrorism, corruption charges, and community relations, the Times writes.

* A string of recent roadway mishaps, including a sinkhole that swallowed a car in Albany, are proof that the state needs to prioritize fixing its aging infrastructure, as these incidents are dangerous and costly for both government and businesses, the Times Union writes.



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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Upcoming galas and events:

Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl

Aug. 21 -- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's 8th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium

Aug. 22 -- Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk hosts the 18th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic at the Southward Ho Golf and Country Club in Bay Shore.

Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”

* To have your event featured here send your top 1-2 photos, along with a one sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.comwith the subject line “Recent Galas and Events.” To see more events, check our events/community calendar here.



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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Jamaica revitalization follows path similar to Harlem, local official says:Jamaica, Queens, which for decades has struggled with neglect and high rates of crime, is following a similar path to Harlem's revitalization, according to Hope Knight, the president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, a local nonprofit group, which has worked to attract new investments to the neighborhood, DNAinfo writes.

Homeless New Yorkers with special needs to get housing in Bronx: New York City broke ground Wednesday on the construction in the Bronx of housing for the homeless with special needs, JP Updates writes. Construction started on the Melrose Commons Supportive Housing development in The Bronx, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio who was joined by Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and other city departments and officials. The construction is being made possible thanks to a partnership with the Bridge, an organization supporting housing, mental health and substance abuse treatment, case management, and job training and placement for 2,300 vulnerable New Yorkers every year.

Non-profit creates training program to get people with Parkinson’s moving: One NYC program is giving patients living with Parkinson's disease a fighting chance to live a longer life, according to Pix11. The program is called "Stop-PD" which is a nonprofit, was modeled after a similar group called "Rock Steady" in Indianapolis.



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NYN EVENTS

On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives pleaseclick here.

Submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals/agencies/philanthropists who’ve had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector throughout 2016. If a colleague, client or employer has had a major impact on one of this year's top causes though good work or philanthropy, nominate them for this great honor today by clicking here. The opportunity to submit your nominations will officially close Friday, September 16th at 6 pm.



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SECTOR FOCUS: Health and Hospitals

Brightpoint Health Opens Three New Integrated Health Clinics in NYC: Brightpoint Health, a federally qualified nonprofit health center with 20 locations around New York City, has opened three new fully integrated clinics in 2016. The new health centers, each of which provide primary care, mental health, and care management services, enable Brightpoint to treat patients with multiple co-morbidities and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Brightpoint’s three new integrated clinics - the 10,000 square foot Bay Street Health Center in St. George, Staten Island, the 15,000 square foot Church Avenue Health Center in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, and a combined 8,000 square foot facility in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx – bring the number of Brightpoint centers now serving New York City to nine.

Landlord of Park Avenue office tower lands New York-Presbyterian: New York-Presbyterian has struck a deal to take about 500,000 square feet of office space at 237 Park Ave., according to Crain’s. The hospital system has been searching Manhattan for office space so it could consolidate administrative and office operations from several locations around the city.

Coney Island Hospital ranks dead last in national ranking: Coney Island Hospital, which city officials have vigorously defended for its quality of care, has received the lowest grade in the federal government’s first report card on the nation’s 3,600 hospitals, the New York Post writes. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the one-to-five-star grades after reviewing hospitals’ performance in seven key categories: mortality, safety of care, readmissions, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, use of medical imaging and patient experience.



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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

11 a.m. - “The Capitol Pressroom” features New York Farm Bureau President Dean Norton, Fred Monroe, executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board, Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Laura Mascuch, executive director of the Supportive Housing Network of New York, WCNY.

6:30 p.m. - Stringer, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, state Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Pamela Harris and City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Mark Treyger host Southern Brooklyn Town Hall, New York Aquarium, Education Hall, Surf Avenue and West Eighth Street, Brooklyn.



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