Wednesday, March 28, 2018



The Buzz today is The Rockefeller Foundation has a new board member; NYU got $1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Two nonprofits scored contracts with the city – and the state attorney general launched a new attack against Trump over LGBT rights.

NYN Media features three takeaways from the March 27 meeting of the New York City Council Committee on Contracts, including why Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities was waving a pizza box at the meeting.

* As legislative leaders finalize the state budget, several progressive agenda items that Gov. Andrew Cuomo listed as priorities in his January State of the State address – like the Child Victims Act and reforming the state’s bail system – have dropped off the negotiating table, City & State reports.



* More than two years after Mayor de Blasio announced an ambitious plan to create 15,000 supportive-housing apartments, only a few hundred are up and running, the city’s homelessness czar said Tuesdaythe Daily News reports.

* State lawmakers have reached “a tentative deal” on a state budget that includes $250 million in funding for NYCHA, changes to the state tax code and a requirement that New York City kick in $400 million in emergency maintenance for the MTA, Politico New York reports.

* The West Side Rag followed homeless outreach workers from Goddard Riverside as they attempted to bring clients in from the cold during a recent Code Blue night.

* New York City plans to spend nearly $1.1 billion to house the homeless in commercial hotels over the next three years, with the costs including a range of support services for families housed in the units, the New York Post reports.

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Juvenile Justice Information Exchange followed 200 New York City teens as they went south to join the March for Our Lives this past weekend which served as a turning point for  a number of energized teens and adults.

* New York City will expand its efforts to diversify its starkly segregated Gifted and Talented programs, education department officials announced Tuesday, with changes to admissions policies expanding next year, Chalkbeat reports.

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that he will lead a multi-state coalition of attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s decision to bring back a question asking about citizenship status in the 2020 census, Politico New York reports.




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ACS Commissioner David Hansell writes in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange that the teens he marched with at a March for Our Lives event show how Close to Home changed their lives for the better – and why the program must be spared state budget cuts.

* Poverty-related issues such as homelessness and opioid addiction require a state budget that increases funding for human services, Susan Stamler, executive director of United Neighborhood Houses, writes in Gotham Gazette.

* There is wealth but not political will from elected leaders in both parties to solve the state housing crisis once and for all, Times Union writes.

* Besides the mayor himself, Chirlane McCray has been the most visible figure of the de Blasio era. She spoke to City Limits about leading the mental health initiative ThriveNYC and her career stretching back to the administration of Mayor David Dinkins.




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* Record numbers of college students are seeking treatment for depression and anxiety — but schools can't keep up, Time reports.

* Nine out of 10 nonprofit leaders are white — a number that's not changed in a quarter century –  The Chronicle of Philanthropy writes about why charities nationwide have done so little on diversity and how one nonprofit has managed to remake itself.

* A review of new public documents and interviews with more than 50 people indicate that the Trump administration – and the president himself – responded far more aggressively to hurricane recovery efforts in Texas compared to Puerto Rico, Politico reports.


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