Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014

Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

Groups Prod NYCHA to Keep Promises on Mold

Six months after a landmark settlement was signed committing the housing authority to a comprehensive attack on potentially deadly fungus, advocates are optimistic but say they've seen little action.
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Beyond Scandal, NYCHA Residents Seek More Power

Amid the controversy over the management of New York's public housing, NYCHA officials are contemplating historic changes to how the agency operates. Tenants are looking for more ways to weigh in on those ideas.

Illegal Hotels Survive Crackdown, Some Say

Fifteen months after a move to strengthen enforcement against unauthorized rentals, the number of citations is up, but complaints continue. Some say the fines are too low. Others believe the law is unfair.

City Investigating Home for LGBT Youth

Current and former residents of a group home for LGBT youth say physical abuse, sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement were common.

For Some, Occupy Movement is a Test of Faith

Many in the Occupy Wall Street movement frame their advocacy in religious terms. For one Brooklyn clergyman, that means tension with some churches, and challenges for his own congregation.

Who's Afraid of NYU? School's Neighbors Air Gripes

In its push to expand, the school faces residual distrust from earlier development projects. We visited two recent university construction sites to see what it's like to be NYU's next-door neighbor.

East Harlem: Of 500 Budget Ideas, a Few Survive

Delegates in Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's district had to get savvy about how to get the maximum out of their million. So they expanded the scope of potential projects and limited the number they'd consider.

Amid Court Fight, Formerly Homeless In Limbo

The end of the Advantage subsidy program leaves advocates battling to salvage a policy they criticized, the city bracing for more demand for scarce shelter beds and low-income families wondering what comes next.

Sales of HIV Meds Catch Lawmakers' Eyes

Prosecutors and legislators report an increase in illegal sales of HIV medication by people looking to feed their families or support drug habits. Will tougher criminal penalties slow the market?

Mixed Evidence of Methadone Crackdown

An advocacy group's survey says police harassment of methadone patients is common. Statistics suggest methadone-related arrests are rare.

Washington Heights Sees White-Collar Boom

Lured by low rents, corporations are seeking space in Northern Manhattan. The trend has complex implications for existing small businesses and nearby residents who are unemployed.



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BLOG ENTRIES

Watch the Mayoral Debate on Low-Income Issues - Jarrett Murphy

Seven candidates representing four parties discussed wages, sick leave, stop-and-frisk and other issues—to cheers and jeers from the crowd, and occasional jabs from one another.

As NYCHA Seeks Flexibility, Tenant Advocates Concerned - Jarrett Murphy

The city's public housing agency wants rules relaxed to allow creative budgeting. But advocates for residents want stronger assurances that financial flexibility won't come at the cost of tenant rights.

Closing Schools More Poor, Less White - Jarrett Murphy

Schools the Bloomberg administration has targeted for closure have student populations demographically different from the average facility. And many had absorbed an increasing number of struggling students.

City Says New Bus Service Works; Job Numbers Dip - Jarrett Murphy

As the mayor unveils a scaled-back Select Bus System for 34th Street, a look at how bus experiments on 1st and 2nd Avenues have worked out. Plus, new city employment data and a look at City Councilmembers' human rights records.

March to Bring Communities of Color to Occupy Wall Street - Jarrett Murphy

Critics of Occupy Wall Street fault its lack of racial diversity on one hand, and the diversity of its political messages on the other. A march planned for Monday will challenge the first critique. A visit to Zuccotti questions the second.

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MULTIMEDIA

Voter Registration Profile: Upper West Side Manhattan

A voter registration profile of the 67th assembly district covering the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Poverty in Manhattan: Block by Block

A block by block assessment of the percentage of people living below the federal poverty line in New York City's Manhattan borough.

Extreme Weather Events Cost Counties $1 Billion

67 percent of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over $1 billion in 2011-2012

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Anti-Violence Career Readiness Curriculum RFP

The Workforce Development Division (WFDD) of the National Urban League is seeking an experienced curriculum developer with the ability to deliver a high- impact career readiness and anti-violence curriculum targeted to the needs of court-involved youth.

Anti-Violence Career Readiness Curriculum RFP

The Workforce Development Division (WFDD) of the National Urban League is seeking an experienced curriculum developer with the ability to deliver a high- impact career readiness and anti-violence curriculum targeted to the needs of court-involved youth.

Two Day Capacity-Building Training

The National Urban League (NUL) Workforce Development Division (WFDD) seeks a consultant to create and conduct a two-day, in-depth capacity-building training. This training has the goal of providing in-depth exercises, best practices, and materials in four areas shown by research to be essentail to quality workforce development programs, namely 1) case management, 2) data management, 3) partnerships, and 4) sector-based trainings

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EVENTS

Meet the artist event with Benigna Chilla

Please join Ms. Chilla, an artist, author and teacher, as she discusses her recent exhibition Transmutations, featuring her new series of large scale paintings created after her recent stay in Bhutan. Vivid yet meditative, these works employ architectural, geometric and symmetric natural forms, Bhutanese design elements, textiles and tangkas. A native of Germany and graduate of Berlin's Academy of Fine Arts, Benigna lives and works in upstate New York and exhibits internationally.She has had over 40 solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

New Nordic Meets Copenhagen Street Food

Perhaps it is the high minimum wage and social welfare that makes even the street food of Denmark... happy?

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