Thursday, June 30, 2016


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NYN Media Podcast on workforce development: Being able to identify and predict trends in the labor market is key to a successful workforce development program. This week, we talk Board Chair Lewis Miller of Per Scholas, a nonprofit started and based in the South Bronx and led by E.D. Plinio Ayala. It now works in urban areas across the country training primarily low-income individuals of color for IT sector jobs. We’re also in the CEO Corner with Barbara Chang, former CEO of the nonprofit Code to Work, who is Mayor de Blasio’s recent appointee to serve as Executive Director of his Office of Workforce Development. Read more.

Bill would expand disclosure for donors to lobbying groups: Charities that donate to New York state's lobbying nonprofits may be subject to sweeping new disclosure requirements under the provisions of an ethics bill that passed in the waning hours of the legislative session, according to the Times-Union. These nonprofits, which range from charter school supporters and unions to environmental interests and good-government organizations, may have to disclose much more about their financial supporters. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill. Read more.

Disability rights groups sue MTA for excluding elevator at newly renovated Bronx subway station: Disability Rights Advocates and Bronx Independent Living Services accused the MTA of rolling over the rights of disabled people by failing to make newly renovated stations wheelchair accessible, the Daily News writes. In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, they say the MTA ignored the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act when they performed a $21 million renovation of the Middletown Road station in the Bronx, but failed to include an elevator. Read more.

Cuomo announces plan for NYC monument to Orlando victims: A commission made up of gay rights organizations like the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, the Anti-Violence Project and the LGBT Center, along with former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and transgender rights activist Melissa Sklarz, has been formed by Gov. Cuomo to explore the design and placement of a memorial to LGBT victims of hate, DNAinfo reports. Read more.

Woman fatally struck by SUV on Upper West Side was major philanthropist, donated to students in need: Stephanie Dains, who was struck and killed by an SUV as she crossed an Upper West Side street Tuesday night, was a beloved philanthropist who gave up a lucrative sales career to teach blind and deaf students, her husband recalled, according to the Daily News. Read more.

House puts families first, opponents rally - but why?: The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 creates a critically-needed national standard for residential treatment, Children’s Village CEO Jeremy Kohomban writes in the Huffington Post. In the absence of this, residential care is still a place where some children are unnecessarily placed and often end up languishing until they age out. In most states, the children who languish longest in foster care in general, and residential treatment in particular, are children of color, mostly black.Read more and see our previous Perspectives piece on the legislation.

Helping police, families, and communities keep kids out of the justice system: A brief by the Vera Institute of Justice draws lessons from jurisdictions nationwide who are implementing new strategies for safely diverting youth away from the justice system and toward supportive services, Philanthropy New York writes. Informed by interviews with stakeholders, it includes examples of successful programs, as well as stories from participating families, police, and school officials. Read more.



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CaringKind raises more than $1.3M at annual “Forget-Me-Not” gala:

Five hundred members of New York City’s philanthropic, business, health care and Alzheimer’s communities joined forces at The Pierre for the annual “Forget-Me-Not” Gala hosted by CaringKind, (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter). The gala raised more than $1.3 million to support CaringKind’s free programs and services available to New Yorkers with dementia and their caregivers.

Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation graduates 2016 class of New York Jeter’s Leaders, inducts class of 2020:

The Turn 2 Foundation today announced the 2016 graduating class and the selection of the 2020 class of New York Jeter’s Leaders, an intensive four-year leadership development program for high school students who serve as ambassadors for Derek Jeter in their communities. Eight high school seniors from New York graduate this month from the program, and ten incoming high school freshmen from New York will begin Turn 2’s signature program in August at the Jeter’s Leaders Leadership Conference. The Turn 2 Foundation awards every Jeter’s Leader a $3,000 scholarship upon graduation from the program.

Bettina Alonso and Eugene Keilin elected to United Hospital Fund’s board:

Bettina Alonso is the executive director of development for the Archdiocese of New York, providing strategic direction for the Cardinal’s Annual Stewardship Appeal, the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation, New York Catholic Foundation, and St. Patrick’s Landmark Foundation. Eugene Keilin is the chairman of Maimonides Medical Center and is the co-founder of KPS Capital Partners, a family of private equity funds. United Hospital Fund is an independent, nonprofit that works to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker.

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Supervisor of Preventive Services, New Alternatives for Children

New Alternatives for Children is seeking qualified candidates for a supervisory position in the agency’s Preventive Services at our new Bronx satellite office. Responsibilities include: providing clinical and casework supervision for 4-5 MSW social workers; accompanying social workers into the field for intakes and other visits as needed; participating in Planning, Elevated Risk, and Child Safety Conferences as needed; completing supervisory documentation including monthly case review notes and professional development logs in accordance with ACS guidelines; completing staff evaluations in accordance with agency policy; ensure that progress notes, FASP/service plans, case forms and monthly statistics are timely, complete, and in compliance with NAC and ACS requirements; and monitoring and ensure staff training and development. Read more.

Associate Vice-President: Family Foster Care/Adoption/Preventive, Graham Windham

Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement solution-based Casework. The Associate Vice President oversees the provision of quality care and services for children, youth and families in Graham Windham city based Foster Care, Adoption and Preventive programs. Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field; at least 5 years managerial experience in child welfare; demonstrated skill and experience working in the child welfare field, preferably some experience in family based foster care; and working knowledge of NYS Homefinding and foster care procedures and regulations is a strong plus. The program is based in Brooklyn and also in Harlem and the Bronx. Read more.

Director of Contract and Grant Management, Comunilife

Comunilife is seeking high caliber candidates for the position of Director of Contract and Grant Management. This position is responsible for managing more than 30 contracts with federal, state, and city agencies, as well as Comunilife's portfolio of foundation grant support. The successful candidate will serve as a critical link between government contract officials and Comunilife, will play an instrumental role in developing and monitoring the organization's annual operating budget, and will supervise all personnel in the organization's contract budgeting, vouchering, and audit processes. Read more.

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* Despite de Blasio’s opposition, recent changes to state funding and a national infusion of facilities philanthropy from the Walton Family Foundation means that high-flying charter public schools will continue to thrive in New York City, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Nina Rees writes in the Daily News. Read more.

* A Siena College poll found that by more than a two-to-one margin, New Yorkers say the ethics reform legislation passed in the recently completed legislative session will not lead to a reduction in corruption in state government and that a plurality are prepared to re-elect their state senator. Read more.

* Two New York City agencies must now decide the fate of continuing women-only hours for Hasidic women, who abide by strict codes of modesty, at city pools such as the Metropolitan Recreation Center in Brooklyn, after receiving an anonymous complaint, The New York Times reports. Read more.




'One-Stop' center for domestic violence victims opens on Staten Island: After years of delays and two groundbreaking ceremonies, the city finally opened Staten Island's first Family Justice Center, designed to be a "one-stop" for victims of domestic violence and their families, DNAinfo writes. The 10,000 square-foot center officially opened Wednesday and will offer free services from multiple agencies for victims of partner violence, elder abuse and sex trafficking to get support with legal counseling, housing assistance and job placement. Read more.

Ronald Perelman donates $75 million for arts complex at World Trade Center site: Less than a year since he stepped down as the chairman of Carnegie Hall after clashing with its staff, Ronald O. Perelman, the billionaire businessman, announced that he was donating $75 million to revive plans to build a performing arts center at the World Trade Center site, the New York Times writes. Read more.

Harlem program offers free fruit and vegetables to community: The Fortune Society, an organization that provides services to formerly incarcerated men and women, runs a West Harlem food give-a-way program that gives away 350 bags of produce every Wednesday, according to DNAinfo. A grant provided by the state Department of Health allows the organization to source foods from reasonably local farms. The program also offers nutrition classes and food demonstrations. Read more.

Actors' Equity Foundation announces new scholarship for LaGuardia High School students: The Actors' Equity Foundation has established a scholarship award for a graduating high school student who demonstrates excellence in the arts, Broadway World writes. The scholarship will be awarded to a student at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. Read more.

St. Lawrence County NYSARC and Dodge Pond Camp receive $12,500 from Northern New York Community Foundation: The Northern New York Community Foundation’s board of directors recently approved matching grants totaling $12,500 to two non-profit organizations providing services in St. Lawrence County. The Community Foundation will award a $10,000 matching grant to St. Lawrence NYSARC to establish and build an endowment fund for the agency’s Dodge Pond Camp. They also agreed to a $2,500 matching grant to the Volunteer Transportation Center to increase support for services provided in the area. Read more.



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SECTOR FOCUS: Health and Hospitals 


Video - Brooklyn hospitals facing critical test: Even as the borough has swelled over the past several years, its hospital system has shrunk, according to City Limits and BK Live. Ryan Lynch, the policy director for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined Judy Wessler and Maurice Reid from the Commission on the Public's Health System to discuss the issue. Read more

Reviving the fiscal health of the city’s public hospitals will take state, federal and union cooperation: New York City’s public hospital system has confronted substantial budget threats in past years, but ongoing changes in the healthcare industry coupled with policy shifts in Washington may have pushed NYC Health + Hospitals to the steepest fiscal challenge it has faced in memory, the Independent Budget Office writes. Declining revenues, due to factors ranging from a decrease in inpatient care to changes propelled by the Affordable Care Act, coupled with rising expenses leaves the hospital system with a projected cash shortfall of $6.1 billion over the 2016-2020 period. Read more.




11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Hinckley Allen Partner Michael Koenig on what the Supreme Court ruling in McDonnell v. United States could mean for retrials of Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos; Steve Greenberg of the Siena Poll; Jim Heaney, executive director of Investigative Post on what the Tesla-SolarCity deal could signal for the state’s investment in the SolarCity manufacturing plant near Buffalo; and Pat Nolan, director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform, on how prison bureaucracy keeps fathers separated from their families, WCNY.

12 p.m. - Bronx County District Attorney Darcel Clark, Richmond County District Attorney, Michael McMahon and New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson celebrate the baselining of $22 million for district attorneys in the city budget, Bronx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.

12 p.m. - McCray tours Montefiore Wellness Center at Waters Place with U.S. surgeon general, Deputy Mayor Herminia Palacio and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Mary Travis Bassett, 1510 Waters Place, Bronx.

2 p.m. – Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton announce charges in two cases relating to gang violence and narcotics trafficking, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - Assembly Members Clifford W. Crouch, Nicole Malliotakis and Ron Castorina Jr. attend forum on protecting the rights of people with developmental disabilities, I.S. 24 Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School, 225 Cleveland Ave., Staten Island.



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