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* Two weeks ahead of his reelection, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out sweeping changes to one of his signature initiatives, a 41 billion dollar plan to finance 200,000 units of rent-regulated housing over 10 years, Politico New York writes.

* Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo took the step of including the New York Police Department in his regularly scheduled fulmination against de Blasio, specifically for failing to assist a sleeping homeless man in the city’s subways, the New York Times writes.

* In a bid to maintain the pace of reforms that have seen New York City’s foster care population plummet, the Administration for Children’s Services is seeking local nonprofits to submit applications for its Community Partnership Program, the Chronicle of Social Change writes.

* De Blasio unlocked a door between homeless shelters and public housing that his predecessor had closed, but some advocates want him to open it event wider, according to City Limits.

* JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy, the charity arm of the multinational banking and financial services holding company, is spending more than 500,000 dollars on two new programs targeting workers and small businesses in Brooklyn and the Bronx, The Daily News writes.

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* De Blasio’s administration is spending 3.5 million dollars a year to spare repeat offenders a trip back to Rikers Island in a new program that lets recidivists avoid jail time by attending group counseling and job readiness workshops, the New York Post writes.

* Say Yes Buffalo will receive a 250,000 dollar grant from the Citi Foundation's Youth Workforce Fund, which supports opportunities for young people to develop skills and prepare for the workforce, WBFO reports.

* The “I Have A Dream” Foundation has announced the appointment of Eugena Oh as President and CEO, effective immediately and will succeed Donna Lawrence, who began as the organization’s CEO in July 2014, according to a press release.

* De Blasio’s housing goals are being stymied by the New York City Council, as Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito allows each member a veto over projects proposed in their districts, no matter how urgent the need or how foul the objection, the Daily News writes in an editorial.

* Older people at the Fort Hamilton Senior Recreation Center in Bay Ridge will soon have a kitchen that looks brand new, thanks to the hard work of more than 100 volunteers Led by the nonprofit organization Bay Ridge Cares, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes.




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* As it becomes harder and harder to spare money for nonprofits, it means the pool of money being given to organizations is increasingly controlled by a small group of wealthy donors, Fast Company writes.

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* Activating the entrepreneurial mindset in young people is critical to their future success and breaking down structural inequities in communities, the Stanford Social Innovation Review writes.




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* A federal appeals court sided with an undocumented teenager who wants an abortion, sending the case back to a lower court, which ordered the Trump administration to allow the girl to obtain an abortion “promptly and without delay,” the New York Times writes.

* At some schools educators aren’t battling against trans students or their needs and are altering their policies to include transgender kids and, more broadly, to make gender a deliberate part of the curriculum, the New York Times writes.



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KICKER: “Nothing like this has happened in the history of this city, where people in every kind of neighborhood are struggling to make ends meet. We're in a whole new era now. I think we're still taking stock of the totality of it." -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on the affordable housing crisis, via Politico New York


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