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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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.

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.



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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

Red Hook Brownfield Opportunity Area RFP

SBIDC is the recipient of a Red Hook Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) grant from the State of New York’s Department of State (DOS). The program supports a community-based planning process that seeks to reuse and redevelop properties in Red Hook’s industrial business zone (IBZ).

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EVENTS

Alex's Million Mile- Run. Walk. Ride. Kickoff Event

1 month, 1 cause, 1 million miles... Kids with cancer need your help! Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride is a month long event organized by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation throughout September (it was named the Million Mile Run in 2013, but we changed the name to incorporate cycling miles this year). The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research. Come join us September 1 to kickoff Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Alex's Million Mile. Drinks and t-shirts will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Love All, New York: Youth Tennis Fundraiser & US Open Viewing Party

Join us for a great evening to support Kings County Tennis League's mission of Bringing Tennis to the Kids in NYC Public Housing. Enjoy an open bar, finger foods, raffle, and live jazz from the Austin Walker Trio. Join KCTL board members, donors, volunteers, friends and supporters for an evening of revelry. (And of course, we'll have the U.S. Open on!)

Comics Helping Kids Helping Kids

A comedy fundraiser hosted by Sara Armour. Featuring Joe Machi, Jenny Zigrino, Nate Fridson, Nimesh Patel, Allison Leiby, Nore Davis and Alyssa Wolf. Proceeds benefit kids and teens facing life-altering illnesses and injuries.

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