Foresdale’s student-run blog features the experiences of those who have transitioned from foster homes to college life. Read more in the Daily News.
Monthly Archives: June 2011
The long-trusted treasurer of a Woodmere synagogue, Cngregation AishKodesh, was charged Wednesday with embezzling more than $600,000 from the congregation. Read more in Newsday.
The New York Post raises questions about low cost transfers of land from Creedmore state hospital to the Indian Community and Cultural Center of Floral Park.
The Attorney General is investigating a Brooklyn charter network whose financial management issues were was detailed by the New York Post. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has issued a subpoena seeking financial and governance documents from the Believe High Schools Network — which operates three charter high schools in Williamsburg.
The City Council voted on Wednesday to approve a budget roughly the size of Kenya’s economy. But for political savants, the most interesting part may be a tiny sliver of it: the $36.4 million set aside in discretionary money. The New York Times argues that earmarks offer insights into the political connections of the city’s nonprofit organizations and the behind-the-scenes power dynamics of the Council.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has slapped the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council — which was founded by Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez — for failing to comply with public disclosure laws. That prevents the organization from collecting money Council members set aside for the group in next year’s budget. Read more in the Daily News.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has announced the members of his Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. The task force, composed of 29 leaders in the nonprofit sector from across New York State, is charged with presenting a series of recommendations to the Attorney General to reduce the regulatory burdens and costs on nonprofits while strengthening nonprofit accountability.
”For too long, New York’s regulatory framework has placed unnecessary burdens on nonprofits, which are simply untenable during these challenging financial times,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “We must modernize the rules of the road so the nonprofit sector can thrive. We can be tougher on policing fraud without imposing needless burdens and costs on this vital sector of New York’s economy.”
At an April meeting of the Association for a Better New York, the Attorney General, whose office oversees nonprofits operating in New York State, announced that he would work with the state’s nonprofit sector and business and labor communities to help eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy that has long plagued nonprofits, such as redundant audits and overlapping reporting requirements, and delays in processing and payment of contracts. (For more on reactions to the Attorney General’s April speech and other efforts by the City and State to address challenges facing nonprofits see “The Big Fix” in the June issue of NYNP.)
Based on the key issues that the nonprofit sector has identified to the Attorney General’s Office, the Leadership Committee’s activities will focus on the following:
• Making recommendations on how to reduce regulatory burdens and more effectively address regulatory concerns;
• Developing legislative proposals to modernize New York’s nonprofit laws that would eliminate outdated requirements and unnecessary burdens while strengthening accountability; and.
• Proposing measures to enhance board governance and effectiveness, including through new programs to recruit and train nonprofit board members.
The Leadership Committee will be staffed by the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau Chief, Jason Lilien, and will be charged with completing its work by the end of this year.
The members of the Leadership Committee are as follows:
• Seema Agnani, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation;
• Sharon Ball, Executive Director of the Broome County Arts Council;
• Joseph P. Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors’ Fund;
• Victoria Bjorklund, Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she heads the firm’s Exempt Organizations Group;
• Cali Brooks, President and Executive Director of the Adirondack Community Trust;
• Ronna Brown, President of Philanthropy New York;
• Richard R. Buery, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Aid Society;
• Michael Clark, President and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York;
• Cecilia Clarke, Founder and Executive Director of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project;
• Michael Cooney, Partner at Nixon, Peabody;
• Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo;
• Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, Chair of the Board of UJA-Federation;
• Peter Dunn, President of Central NY Community Foundation;
• Fatima Goldman, Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Inc.
• Dr. Robert Greenspan, CEO of the New York Hotel Trades Council and the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Employee Benefit Funds;
• Susan Hager, President and CEO at United Way of New York State;
• Rosanne Haggerty, President of Community Solutions;
• Richard Hobish, Executive Director of the Pro Bono Partnership;
• Karen Brooks Hopkins, President of the Brooklyn Academy of Music;
• James A. “Jack” Krauskopf, Distinguished Lecturer and Director of the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College;
• Jennifer Leonard, President and Executive Director of Rochester Area Community Foundation;
• Elba Montalvo, Executive Director of The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families;
• Gwen O’Shea, President and CEO of the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island;
• Lee H. Perlman, President of GNYHA Ventures, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA);
• William Rapfogel, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty;
• Doug Sauer, the Chief Executive Officer of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON);
• Michael Stoller, Executive Director of Human Services Council;
• Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York;
• Ann Marie Thigpen, Director of the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University.
Yesterday we reported what advocates and providers were hearing about the FY2011-12 New York City budget deal worked out by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
Today, you can get the facts — and all 712 pages of detail on the budget restorations negotiated by the Council. Click here to download a copy of “Schedule C”.
The state’s attorney general has asked leading figures from social service, religious and cultural organizations to devise recommendations for overhauling regulatory requirements concerning New York nonprofits. Read more about it in today’s The Wall Street Journal.
After months of public protests and private negotiations, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal on New York City’s budget for FY2011-12 which begins on Friday. The agreement, which was announced late on Friday, avoids teacher layoffs and firehouse closings. It also avoids many, but certainly not all, cuts to human service programs.
“The budget results are mixed for human services,” said Allison Sesso, Deputy Executive Director of the Human Services Council of New York. “It could have been worse but it also could have been much better.”
Advocates and providers are still working on rumors and verbal reports of the final outcome with written documentation only expected to be coming with an expected vote by the City Council tomorrow.
A variety of savings offered up in the form of concessions by city employee unions were believed to have helped the overall budget situation and reduced the level of cuts ultimately sustained by human service programs. Advocates had feared that the City Council, which is typically left to restore funding for a large number of non-baselined human service programs, would now be required to restore funding for teachers and firehouses instead.
“I give a lot of credit to the unions, particularly UFT President Michael Mulgrew, and the Speaker for working so hard to come to a deal that would reduce the need for the Council to use the bulk of their funds to restore education and fire cuts,” said Sesso. “I don’t think people recognize the connection between this deal and the outcomes for human services. The two are strongly linked. Had this deal not gone through we would have been much worse off.”
Preliminary reports of funding cuts and restorations – at least according to the rumors – are as follows:
- Family literacy was cut completely;
- Adult Literacy: $2.5 million restored out of a proposed $5 million cut.
- $14 million in funding was baselined for senior centers;
- Case Management: A proposed 30% cut ($6.6 million) was reduced to 15% ($3.3 million).
- Beacons: $2 million of a $6.7 proposed cut was restored;
- OST I: $9 million of a $20 million cut was restored.
- OST II: $2.2 million was restored out of a $4.65 million cut;
- Runaway Homeless Youth: The proposed $6 million cut was fully restored;
- Council discretionary money for youth reduced but by an uncertain amount.
- Summer Youth Employment: No new City money added.
- A net loss of $9 million after the Mayor restored $40 million and the Council restored $42 million.
- Geriatric Mental Health: $2 million fully restored;
- Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services: $335,000 cut completely;
- Children under 5 Mental Health Initiative: Fully restored at $1.25 mm;
- Council Autism Initiative: Fully Restored.
- All HASA supportive housing money ($5.1 million) reportedly has been restored;
- HIV/AIDS Food and Nutrition program was restored ($852,000).
- Rental assistance cut completely.
“During City Budget negotiations New Yorkers came out in droves to oppose massive cuts to children’s services,” said Jennifer March-Joly, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York. “We witnessed high turnout at rallies, saw a strong willingness to call elected officials directly, and facilitated thousands of electronic messages to policymakers urging restorations to child care, youth services, and children’s health and mental health services. These actions demonstrated that New Yorkers are paying close attention to the budget choices made by the City Council and the Mayor. While the budget process was difficult and significant service reductions will occur, CCC remains cautiously optimistic and thankful that the New York City Council will vote to restore millions of dollars to children’s services this week.”
“Assuming the restorations are adopted tomorrow, overall it’s extraordinarily good news and a testament to General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma’s leadership, which comes from the heart and the challenges her constituents face,” said Sean Barry of VOCAL-NY of the reported restorations of HASA funding.
“Given how bad of a year it is I am glad to see that some significant cuts were avoided,” says HSC’s Sesso. “However, it is very disappointing that the very real and viable revenue options that we were fighting for and that nearly 20 council members publicly supported were not truly considered. These options could have avoided all of the cuts. Had they just done one or two of them fewer cuts would have been needed. But instead of looking at these ideas – a number of cuts to programs for which there is a growing need were reduced. The unions had to step up while the banking industry was once again let off the hook – despite the fact that they caused this crisis.”
“We are relieved that, while painful cuts are still going to be made, many damaging cuts originally proposed in the Mayor’s FY 2012 budget were averted,” said Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses. “We are gratified that the City Council and the administration recognize that services like child care, after school, adult literacy and senior centers are crucial to the well-being of our City. However, we need to move beyond the notion that the City’s budget can be balanced by cutting services that directly benefit working and poor families; we need to adopt additional revenue measures to help support essential human services. We must recommit ourselves to creating a better and more equitable City for all New Yorkers.”