Thursday, July 14, 2016



Central Park, bucolic but aging, is in a quest for $300 Million: Central Park may seem a bucolic oasis, and it is widely considered one of the nation’s most successful urban parks, yet beneath the surface, experts say, it is suffering the debilitating effects of time and modern use, and it will decay further unless its historic structures and landscapes are restored, the New York Times writes. Today, the nonprofit Central Park Conservancy is set to announce an ambitious 10-year, $300 million fundraising and improvement effort. Read more.

Spanish-speaking foster homes still in short supply: Figures published by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services reveal that, even though the number of Hispanic kids in foster care decreased between 2012 and 2016 from 4,332 to 3,305, one-third of all Latino children in the system live with a family belonging to a different ethnic group, according to El Diario and Voices of New York. Many consider that the cultural differences may have a negative impact on the children. Read more.

Upstate NY housing organizations score federal grant money: Nearly $1 million in federal grants will be allocated to organizations in upstate New York to improve access to affordable housing and homeownership, the Associated Press writes. A total of $936,606 will be distributed to regional housing organizations in the Albany area, Rochester, central and western New York, and the Southern Tier. Read more.

A call for nonprofit risk management: The Stanford Social Innovation Review writes that although nonprofits are increasingly aware of the need to adopt risk management, there’s still little guidance about when and how they should adopt such a program, or what it should look like in its early stages.Read more.

De Blasio signs feminine hygiene products bill allowing city schools, homeless shelters, jails to stock up on free tampons and pads: Free tampons and pads will be stocked in bathrooms at city schools and given out at homeless shelters and jails under legislation Mayor de Blasio signed yesterday, the Daily News reports. New York is the first city in the country to mandate access to the feminine hygiene products. Read more.

Governor Cuomo announces urban youth and pre-apprenticeship jobs program: Governor Cuomo yesterday announced an additional $30 million in funding for the Urban Youth Jobs Program, a tax credit program which connects minority and at-risk youth with unemployment opportunities in communities across the state, according to ABC News 10. The investment brings the total amount of funding for the program to $50 million this year.Read more.

Community schools - good idea, bad execution: The state’s plans for so-called community schools, which have added programs operated by community-based organizations to serve entire families, are commendable, but they need funding for more than one year, since all agree this is a multi-year undertaking, the Times Union writes in an editorial. Read more.

Fixing court summons so their horrible design doesn't land people in jail:Ideas42, in partnership with New York’s police department, the mayor’s office, the court system and University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, rolled out a new set of what the project lead calls "subtle behavioral cues" including a summons that’s supposedly easier to understand, and a court date reminder system to make the judicial process feel less cantankerous, Fast Co.Exist writes. Read more.


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Queens Community House wins City Council support:

Queens Community House, a multi-service settlement house serving more than 20,000 children, youth, adults and older adults every year, received support from the New York City Council and its members, especially Karen Koslowitz, Rory Lancman and Daniel Dromm for the fiscal year that began this month. The three members have given a combined $143,000 in budget discretionary funds to the borough-wide nonprofit. Established as a community center in Forest Hills, Queens in 1975, QCH has expanded into a broad network of programs operating out of 25 sites in 11 different neighborhoods in Queens.

Children’s Aid Society announces new chief financial officer and vice president of Adolescence Division:

The Children’s Aid Society hired Sarah Gillman as chief financial officer and Sandra Escamilla-Davies as vice president for the Adolescence Division. Gillman, who was the chief operating and financial officer for the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, will oversee all of the agency's financial matters, including the annual operating budget, payroll, purchasing, the endowment and other areas. Escamilla-Davies, who has dedicated the last 20 years of her career working with organizations across multiple settings to create conditions in which NYC youth and families can thrive, will lead an array of programs designed to help young adults prepare for college, career, and a successful, independent life. Both started with the organization last week.

Volunteers of America-Greater New York launches 13th annual Operation Backpack:

More than 20,000 children living in New York City homeless shelters face the prospect of starting school in September without the basic necessities like notebooks, dictionaries, protractors, compasses, calculators and flash drives, or even something to carry them in. Running through Aug. 5 Volunteers of America-Greater New York is asking the public to purchase, fill and donate brand new, good quality backpacks and bring them to official drop locations across the City. VOA-GNY is also seeking financial donations to help fill the 10,000 empty backpacks donated by the NYC Department of Education with critically-needed, grade-specific supplies for students from pre-K through grade 12. Read more.



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Superintendent of Schools, Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD

Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District seeks a candidate who is an effective leader who can enhance the diversity of a 550-student school district, listen to and respect the ideas of others, consistently maintain open and candid dialogue with all staff, students and other members of the Greenburgh-North Castle School District. The candidate should also be a skilled collaborator who will lead and motivate the staff in the implementation of the School District’s strategic plan, and an experienced leader with a successful track record of dealing with children with special need by helping them achieve higher levels of accomplishment through the development of their critical thinking skills. Read more.

ACT Program Director, The Bridge

The Bridge, an innovative and well-respected mental health agency serving adults with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders has an exciting opportunity for a Program Director to lead an ACT Program in the Bronx. The Program Director is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Clinical responsibilities include direct practice and supervision of intake, clinical assessment, treatment planning, medication management and treatment, benefits eligibility, crisis intervention, family support and documentation. Administrative functions include the management of internal and external statistical reporting, billing, petty cash, staff supervision and time and attendance. Read more.

Program Director - Life is Precious (LIP) Program, Comunilife

Comunilife is seeking a Program Director to lead a unique suicide-prevention program at the growing agency. Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, the Program Director’s duties include the overall management, direction, budgeting and daily operations of a unique, expanding and highly visible after-school, suicide-prevention program operating in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and serving over 120 Hispanic adolescent girls with mental health diagnoses, all of whom receive mental health treatment in clinics. LIP provides counseling, academic/vocational supports and promotes positive friendships and family relations by offering activities such as computer labs, art/music/dance groups, wellness activities, tutoring, trips and family activities.Read more.

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* Through the Positive Learning Collaborative, New York City public school teachers and staff are equipped with new techniques to support a different form of school discipline, P.S. 45 Principal Christina Chavez writes in NY Slant.Read more.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed alarm about a rash of suspected K2 overdoses in Brooklyn and vowed to curb the spread of the synthetic drug, with de Blasio saying officials would go after those who sell it, the Daily News reports. Read more.

* New York City Council members Jumaane Williams and Helen Rosenthal plan to introduce legislation that would codify the right to videotape cops and make it easier to sue police if that right is denied, the Daily News reports. Read more



Federal lawsuit challenges unconstitutional “discharge and dump” policy targeted at New Yorkers with mental Illness in immigration detention:New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a civil rights advocacy group for marginalized New Yorkers, filed a federal lawsuit after county officials in Orange County, NY discharged two people with serious mental illnesses from immigration detention without planning for the continuity of their life-sustaining mental health-care, according to a press release. Read more.

Bowery's colorful history told in posters displayed at NYC's Cooper Union: Cooper Union students taking an advanced graphic design course that gives students professional experience, helped complete 64 posters as part of the nonprofit Bowery Alliance of Neighbors’ Windows on the Bowery project made up of window placards celebrating the Bowery’s remarkable contributions to American history & culture. Read more.

New York City kids arrive in Massachusetts for "Fresh Air" and summer fun: The Fresh Air Fund, a national nonprofit that links inner city children from New York City with host families for two week summer stays, has been a tradition on SouthCoast for decades, one that allows inner city kids to explore beyond the concrete jungle of New York City, writes South Coast Today. Read more.

<strong >Nonprofit offers technology classes for kids who learn differently: Pix11 profiles Tech Kids Unlimited is aimin to harness the minds of kids who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to help them gain employable skills. Tech Kids Unlimited is a not-for-profit technology-based educational organization for kids ages 7 to 19 with special needs. Read more.



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Join City & State Reports on Thursday morning, July 28, for the CSR Awards in Sustainability, which will honor outstanding corporate citizens for their work in sustainability - from the construction, energy, transportation and food industries and beyond. The breakfast event at New York University will feature a thought leadership panel discussion on trends in sustainability from top executives in the field. Nonprofit rates available. RSVP here!

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SECTOR FOCUS: Health and Hospitals

Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center welcomes Linda Zieman as vice president of clinical services/chief nursing officer: The Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center announced that Linda Zieman has joined the Pediatric Center as its Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, according to a press release. Zieman has spent over 30 years in the nursing field, including 19 years in Pediatrics. In her role, Zieman will oversee approximately 330 employees and will be charged with providing strategic and operational leadership for the Pediatric Center’s nursing and respiratory care departments, including nursing, clinical education, centralized staffing and respiratory therapy.



11 a.m. - City Council Members Jumaane Williams, Helen Rosenthal, Inez Dickens, Charles Barron and Rosie Mendez and Rep. Yvette Clarke announce the introduction of the “Right to Record” act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11:45 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visits Cortland Jr./Sr. High School to highlight state's support for summer meals program, 8 Valley View Drive, Cortland.

1:30 p.m. - Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter tour SUNY Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center, 104 New St., Syracuse.

7 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends Fort Tryon Park Trust’s Toast to Fort Tryon Park fundraiser, Stan Michels Promenade, Cabrini Boulevard and Margaret Corbin Drive, Manhattan.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” features the Rev. Herbert Daughtry and Glen Caplin, spokesman for Hillary Clinton, Time Warner Cable News NY1.


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