Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

The de Blasio administration is stepping up oversight of employment agencies, which need to be licensed and can only charge certain fees. But the targeted firms can change names and locations to keep operating in spite of the crackdown.
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Many Biz Owners Hurt By Gas Blast Still Waiting for Aid

The governor in August announced a loan program to help small businesses who were still reeling six months after the East Harlem gas explosion. But the money is still not flowing.

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.

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.



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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

Culturally Relevant Financial Literacy Curriculum

The Workforce Development Division (WFDD) of the National Urban League (NUL) is seeking an experienced curriculum developer with the ability to deliver a high-impact Financial Literacy Curriculum. Curriculum should include 1) facilitator’s guide and 2) participant handbook. Funding for this project is provided by the Walmart Foundation.

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EVENTS

American Museum of Natural History Presents: Margaret Mead Film Festival

2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival—the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural media and conversation in the unique setting of the American Museum of Natural History—will screen 43 outstanding films from more than 50 countries and host special events and performances. This year, the festival’s selections— including 14 U.S. premieres— will focus on the tension between tradition and its relevance in a contemporary context. With the theme “Past Forward,” the Mead explores how cultural touch stones needn’t be trapped in amber but can serve as important guides for modern life. The festival offerings include subjects spanning communities coping with water shortages and climate change, the power of rhythm and music to revive the human spirit, and the pull of globalization versus staying faithful to traditional ways. $15 Opening and closing night screenings $12 General Admission $10 Members, seniors, students

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENTS THE 2014 MARGARET MEAD FILM FESTIVAL: “PAST FORWARD”

The Four-Day Festival Will Screen More Than 40 Films and Feature Forums, Performances, and Lively Parties How do traditions help cultures survive and thrive? The 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival, themed “Past Forward,” explores how cultural touchstones can serve as important guides for modern life. This year, more than 40 films from 28 countries will focus on how tradition moves cultural values forward while seizing relevance to support contemporary life issues.

Out of the Basement

Performances

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