Thursday, June 15, 2017


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* Socialite and board member Jean Shafiroff joins us at the Board Table to talk about her recently released book Successful Philanthropy: How to Make A Life By What You Give, and shares advice for board members on such things as how to make asks of friends.



* New York City’s new Administration for Children’s Services commissioner expressed “significant concerns” about a council legislative package aimed at tightening scrutiny over his embattled department, saying it could “inhibit our efforts toward reform,” the New York Post reports.

* Public Advocate Letitia James called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to “step up” and take “bold and brave steps” to address the city’s homelessness crisis, arguing that the city is “just treading water” without the resources of state government, The Observer writes.

* In 2017, all 1,551 eligible kids who live in city shelters got pre-K seats for the school year that starts in September, up from 860 kids in shelters who got offers for seats in 2016, the Daily News writes.

* Domestic violence continues to drive homelessness in New York City, ahead of evictions and overcrowding, and to address the issue, the city is also bolstering its separate, smaller system of domestic violence shelters by opening 54 additional apartment-style units for families next month, the Times writes.

* Kevin Jennings, a history teacher turned nonprofit leader who is also a former Obama official, has been named the next president of the Tenement Museum in Manhattan, the New York Times reports.

* Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee, Chair of the Assembly Children and Families Committee, urged the governor and the Division of Budget to support children, youth, the direct care workforce and voluntary not-for-profit agencies that care for the most vulnerable, according to a press release.

* With just a week left in the legislative session, Cuomo introduced for the first time his own Child Victims Act bill, which mirrors the Assembly’s bill that passed last week, a move that won praise from many of the victims who have been fighting for the issue for more than a decade, the Daily News reports.

* New York City’s bail bondsmen operate almost entirely without regulation, and often without licenses or scrutiny of their services, which are frequently punitively expensive, according to a report released by the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, a nonprofit that partners with public defender agencies to bail people out of jail, the Village Voice reports.



* Older Americans are still waiting to hear how Senate Republicans will make health insurance more affordable for them, CNNMoney reports.

* In an op-ed for Teen Vogue, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman writes about the importance of keeping birth control access free and why he introduced a bill in New York to help ensure this.

* Money-losing health insurer Oscar is teaming up with the Cleveland Clinic, which is a major win for Oscar but could falter if Obamacare is gutted by Congress, Bloomberg writes.




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* The fragile bipartisan alliance that formed around the charter school movement could fall apart in the Trump era, Buzzfeed writes.

* Previously unannounced directives will limit the Department of Justice’s use of a storied civil rights enforcement tool, and loosen the Department of Education’s requirements on investigations, ProPublica reports.



* Though the Syrian crisis is a huge and heartbreaking story, it has translated into relatively little charitable giving, mainly because of bad marketing, the Times writes.

* For-profit charter schools are less likely to improve student achievement than nonprofit charter schools or traditional public schools, according to a new report from Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, The 74 writes.




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* Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit coding school, says it can equip students with marketable skills, but it also has come up with a way to put its money where its mouth is: the school has linked its funding model to the success of its students, Quartz writes.

* The Ridgewood Presbyterian Church is negotiating a partnership with a homeless services nonprofit to provide beds for about a dozen homeless people who frequent the area near the Forest Avenue subway station, Queens Chronicle writes.

* The New York Civil Liberties Union has sued the NYPD, asking a court to set guidelines on the “can’t confirm or deny” tactic’s use and arguing that if left unchecked, the Glomar response could have a chilling effect on Freedom of Information Law, requests, the New York Times writes.




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* Members of New York City’s philanthropic, business, health care and Alzheimer’s communities joined forces at The Pierre, at the annual “Forget-Me-Not” Gala hosted by CaringKind, (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter). CaringKind has been NYC’s leading expert in Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving for over three decades. The event, emceed by CBS 2 Medical Reporter Dr. Max Gomez, raised $1.8 million. Honored at this year’s Gala with the Corporate Leadership Award was Allergan, for its longstanding partnership and generous support of CaringKind. CaringKind also honored its longest-serving Board Member William M. Brachfeld, as well as Heath B. McLendon, Board Member Emeritus, for their service and dedication to CaringKind and to the more than half a million New Yorkers who have dementia or are caring for someone who does.

* Yesterday, the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit, Community Affairs Unit and Robin Hood hosted a Day of Action to connect seniors to existing financial and nutritional support programs offered by the City, such as SNAP, WIC, EITC, SCRIE and Free Tax Prep. Organizers assisted New Yorkers with navigating the application process for these benefits. This campaign is part of Start by Asking, a partnership between the City and Robin Hood to connect New Yorkers with a range of existing programs that can improve their financial security and life in the city, including nutritional supports and tax refund credits. SNAP can help families and seniors save on groceries; however, only one-third of eligible seniors in NYC are receiving this benefit.

* Tuesday, June 27 marks the annual National HIV Testing Day, and The Alliance for Positive Change will be out in force encouraging New Yorkers to play their part in ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Alliance will be conducting free and confidential testing at several Duane Reade/Walgreens locations; the organization’s headquarters in Midtown; and its community centers in East Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. The Alliance for Positive Change serves New Yorkers seeking health, recovery, and a better future as they navigate life with HIV and other chronic health conditions.




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* City & State interviews Susie Miller Carello, executive director of the SUNY Charter Schools Institute and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña about how the charter school battle will play out in the final days of the state legislative session.

* An anti-Airbnb coalition of politicians, housing and tenant groups, and unions is creating a hotline for New York City tenants to blow the whistle on illegal short-term rentals that are listed on the vacation rental website, the Daily News writes.

* Everton Wagstaffe and Reginald Connor spent years in prison wrongly convicted of a kidnapping and will be paid a total of $25.6 million by New York City and the state, the Times writes.



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1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Land Use holds a public meeting on reporting requirements for summary actions involving urban renewal plans, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

4 p.m. – New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado and others discuss issues facing the state’s immigrant communities and what the state is doing to assist them, Queens Public Library, 86-07 Broadway, Queens.

5:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul congratulates honorees at the YWCA of Genesee County's annual Women of Distinction Awards, Genesee Community College, Stuart Steiner Theater, 1 College Road, Batavia.

5:30 p.m. – The city of Albany hosts a panel discussion about the experience of refugees and immigrants and ways to welcome and support them, Albany City Hall Rotunda, 24 Eagle St., Albany.

7 p.m. – CBS 2 News, WCBS Radio 880, 1010 WINS, the Daily News, New York Immigration Coalition and Common Cause New York host a town hall meeting ahead of the New York City mayoral election debates, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th St., Queens.


POINT OF INTEREST: Domestic violence has continued to increase, and now accounts for about 30 percent of homeless families with children, via the New York Times.


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