Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014

Group Amplifies Complaints by Foster-Care Parents, Kids

Group Amplifies Complaints by Foster-Care Parents, Kids

An advocacy group in Harlem says it is hearing more and more from parents and children who believe the child-welfare system has been insufficiently responsive to their complaints.
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Concerns Over Private Firm Managing Some NYCHA Properties

The move to bring in outside management for some of the authority's Section 8 properties is not the first, but comes at a sensitive time for the agency.

City Schools Ask State to Waive Librarian Requirements

Citing fiscal pressure, the schools want to use in-classroom libraries and parent volunteers instead of certified librarians. Critics say kids need more than that.

Hurricanes Shaped East River Waterfront Plan

There's no question that the Blueway Plan will provide that direct access to the water. What can't be known yet is whether it will also provide protection from it.

New Charter High School Will Be Closed to Transfer Students

The DOE is planting seeds for charters to expand in city schools even after Mayor Bloomberg leaves office. But some of the new resources will only be open to those who won charter lotteries in the early grades.

Details Emerge About Plan for Private Buildings on NYCHA Land

While some agree that the plan has financial merit, others fear the social costs of mixing incomes in NYCHA neighborhoods. The authority's chairman sees it as a win-win.

Homeless Before Sandy, Uprooted By Storm

With stores closed and the subway shuttered, the shelters Dennis Williams usually counts on when the weather gets bad weren't an option.

Stripping Down Not For a Marathon, But For Sandy

Dozens of runners donated the clothing they would have abandoned at the starting line of the cancelled New York City Marathon to victims of the superstorm.

The Men Who Ride the Homeless Bus

Neighbors of the M35's 125th Street stop are frustrated by garbage and bad behavior they blame on men who use the bus to get to and from Ward's Island. The guys on the bus have their own frustrations.

Foreclosure Crisis: Buzz Fades, Protests Continue

Four years after the housing crisis transformed the presidential race, it's barely mentioned on the campaign trail. But foreclosure is still an issue in New York, and some believe federally-chartered agencies can do more to help.

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.



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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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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

YNPN-NYC Seeking Exhibitors for Professional Development Fair

Our annual fair attracts young professionals from across the public and private sectors looking to engage in meaningful and long lasting professional development opportunities. This year, we anticipate attendance by over 200 hundred young professionals. YNPN is looking for the following types of programs and organizations to table at our fair this year: • Graduate school programs • Certificate programs • Fellowships • Volunteer opportunities • Other professional development opportunities

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR NYC, MAY 8-11, IN CHELSEA

The Contemporary Art Fair NYC, May 8-May 11, 2014, moves to the heart of Chelsea joining at least 10 other events around the city that also amplify and coincide with the international contemporary art fair--Frieze New York. Following the tradition of major museums, seasoned masters will exhibit both functional and fine art, sculpture and photography, furniture, ceramics, glass and more.

The 3rd Annual State of Young Black New York Conference

On Saturday, February 23, 2013, join global leaders in non-profit, corporate, government, health, and public service for the 3rd Annual State of Young Black New York Conference.

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EVENTS

ClancyWorks Audition Call for Dancers

ClancyWorks is looking for strong and passionate dancers for the upcoming 2014-2015 Performance Season. Auditions to take place in NY, DC and Miami. * DC and Miami audition date to be announced.

GREEN SPACE PRESENTS CLANCYWORKS AND AUSTRALIAN ZETA DANCE GROUP

Maryland based ClancyWorks Dance Company has partnered with Australian company Zeta Dance Group to bring an exhilarating and thought- provoking performance not to be missed! Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 these two companies will transform the spacious Green Spaces Studio into an intimate and inspiring exchange between performers and audience as they delve into questions of identity, artistry, cooperation and competition.

NYC newscasters to sing for Astor’s Cabaret Benefit

NYC newscasters to sing for Astor’s kids Hickey, Anastos, Tong, others in April 26 ‘Cabaret’ For more information, contact: Sonia Barnes-Moorhead (845) 871-1117, smoorhead@astorservices.org Website: www.astorservices.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK – News anchors and reporters from several New York City television stations will be belting out show tunes and other old standards April 26 at Pix 11 reporter Magee Hickey’s annual Come to the Cabaret to raise funds for Astor Services for Children & Families’ Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development. The therapeutic pre-school program, located in the Bronx, is named in honor of Magee’s dad. The Cabaret event, which will include a silent auction, will begin with a reception at 1 PM. at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School, 1 East 91st St. in Manhattan. The show, starring Hickey, Pix 11 anchors Tamsen Fadal, Scott Sanford, Kaity Tong and Marvin Scott; Fox 5 news anchor Ernie Anastos, Pix 11 weatherman Mr. G (Irv Gikofsky), Pix 11 reporters Kristin Cole, Dan Mannarino and Greg Mocker; WNBC 4 reporter Andrew Siff, and many more, including children from the Hickey Center, will start at 2 p.m. Dr. James McGuirk, Executive Director of Astor Services for Children & Families, praised Hickey and her family for their continuing support of the pre-school program. “Mr. Hickey was a generous humanitarian, giving of his time and many talents,” McGuirk said. “He was committed to ensuring the world becomes a better place for children and their families. We are so thankful to Magee and the entire Hickey family for all that they do on behalf our children and families.” Magee thought of the idea of a cabaret with fellow newscasters as a fun way to raise money and awareness for the wonderful work being done at the Hickey Center for Child Development. Both Magee’s parents loved theater and music. The show even includes a wonderful performance from the preschoolers from the Hickey Center. Items up for bid at the silent auction include tickets to New York Yankees and New York Giants games and dinner with several of the performers, including Hickey, Tong, Anastos and many others. Tickets, are $50, $150 and $500 and may be obtained online on Astor’s website, www.astorservices.org. $30, $130 and $480 respectively of the ticket prices will go directly to the Lawrence F. Hickey Center and are tax deductible. Sponsors of the event include LeeAnn Black, CWA Local 1182, William Grant and Sons and Patti Kenner. To inquire about a sponsorship or for more information, contact Samantha Lowe at Astor Services, 845-871-1171. About Astor: Since 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families (formerly The Astor Home for Children) has been providing behavioral and educational services in a caring environment where children and their families find strength, healing, hope and trust. Now serving more than 6,000 children and families annually in over 33 locations, Astor’s current range of services in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties) and the Bronx include: Residential Programs (for children ages 5-14 who have severe behavior and mental health challenges); Early childhood Programs (Astor operates the Early Head Start and Head Start Programs in Dutchess County, a federal early childhood program for low-income families); and Community-Based Behavioral Health and Prevention Services (outpatient mental health services). ###

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Potential Oil Boom In SE Wyo. Raises Water Questions

This report, from the Wyoming-based investigative think tank, Wyo File, talks about the implications of hydraulic fracturing in Southeast Wyoming, a process currently being considered in Upstate New York with huge implications for the drinking water of New York City

Who will take care of the interests of the Crimean Tatar people?

Over recent years the leaders of Majlis practically have come out against interests of Crimean Tartar People. Mustafa Dzhemilev and some other leaders of Crimean Tartars try to mistake their own group objectives for the interests of the whole national group. Herein, the actions of disobedience of Crimean Tartars, instigated by the noted persons, are used actively, allegedly, for the sake of defending of their rights, but in actual for the purpose of creation conditions for carrying out pressure on Ukrainian leadership. All mentioned above happens when the Ukrainian leadership does its utmost to improve economic and social situation of the Crimean Tartars even in the conditions of world financial crisis, which has appreciably worsened and added to difficulties of economic situation in Ukraine.

Study: Too Few Contracts to Minority, Women Biz

Council members behind study say much more can be done; mayor's office says study doesn't include subcontracts to minority- and women-owned enterprises.

New York Communities Take on Foreclosures

A commentary from Nation Magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel highlights the foreclosure problem in New York City.

Agencies Almost Always Have The Last Word

Courts have little power to overturn decisions by agency hearing officers — as two evicted public housing tenants recently learned.

New York's Recovery Is Stronger Than Nation's, But Still Uneven

New York City has weathered the recession far better than was feared during the financial crisis, but outside of Manhattan the view is often bleaker.

One Simple Path To A Degree

This article examines a proposal by a California state legislator that would require community colleges to provide students with a clear path on how to acquire their degree.

New Bronx Resource Guide for Family Caregivers

The Office of Community Health at Montefiore Medical Center has just released "Caring for Yourself While Caregiving," a new resource guide for Bronx-based family caregivers. Available in English and Spanish, the guide provides 32 pages of helpful, low-cost resources in six unique categories for people caring for an aging parent, spouse, partner, elderly relative, child with an illness or disability, or another person close to them. To order a copy, call (718) 920-6576 or email PCareSupport@montefiore.org.

100,000 Homes for 100,000 Vulnerable Americans

Invisiblepeople.tv's Mark Horvath posts the following article on the launch of the "100,000 Homes Campaign", organized by Common Ground.

Will The Gowanus Ever Be Cleaned Up

For nearly a year, residents, politicians, businesspeople and others battled over the EPA’s consideration of the 1.8-mile waterway for a Superfund listing.

Brownstones and Bodegas

New York photoblog created by Brooklyn based Crown Heights photographer William Hogg.

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We Have Risen Above

Pete Mroz is an independent artist that found funding through the creative site kickstarter.com. Truly is amazing in these tough economic times that people still rise to the challenge of helping the arts!

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Inside Kenmore Hall

a tenants' eye view of life in an allegedly supportive housing S.R.O. managed by H.S.I. - it's a ghetto in the middle of Gramercy Park, and is supposed to be better than homelessness, but the level of illegal drug activity and violence inside the building is higher than on the surrounding streets or in shelters.

Child and Parent Welfare-My Encounters With ACS

Accounts of carelessness and laziness of ACS and ACS contract agency employees.

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NYx2 with Chris + Amber

"The New York times WE have" He's Australian, she's Canadian, he's gay, she's straight - they come from two very different worlds, and live very different lifestyles in the same city: New York City. You just might find humour and entertainment in their perceptions and experiences of life as foreigners living in New York. Follow them each week as they navigate their way through life here in the city. If not, well... at least their moms will be listening.