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NYC’s Rent Guidelines Board Votes To Allow Rent Increases In Stabilized Apartments

June 24, 2014
NYC’s Rent Guidelines Board Votes To Allow Rent Increases In Stabilized Apartments

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Tenants erupted in protest, but some landlords were also unhappy Monday night, when the New York City Rent Guidelines Board voted against a rent freeze for tenants who live in stabilized apartments. The board voted 5-4 to allow a 1 percent increase on one-year leases, and a 2.75 percent increase on…

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Mayor, City Council Reach Agreement on $75 Billion Budget

June 20, 2014
Mayor, City Council Reach Agreement on $75 Billion Budget

With the traditional handshake in the rotunda of City Hall, the City Council and the mayor reached a deal late Thursday on the city budget. Eleven days before the deadline, the City Council and the mayor reached a deal on a approximately $75 billion budget. “It’s also one of the earliest budget agreements in recent…

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Nine Out of Ten State Contracts Were Late in 2013

June 17, 2014
Nine Out of Ten State Contracts Were Late in 2013

Almost nine out of every ten contracts –87%– New York State entered into with nonprofit service providers during 2013 were processed late, i.e. after the start date or renewal date of the contract, according to a new report by the Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli. While this is sharply up from the prior…

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9th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference

June 13, 2014
9th Annual NYC Elder Abuse Conference

On Tuesday, June 3, New York City community leaders gathered to discuss one of the city’s most unaddressed and largely silent crimes: elder abuse. This year, the 9th annual Elder Abuse Conference focused on navigating the relationship between abuse and mental illness. Organizations such as JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging), New York City Elder…

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State Commits to Additional Gateway Fixes

June 9, 2014
State Commits to Additional Gateway Fixes

Recent advocacy efforts surrounding new submission requirements associated with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act have highlighted a number of significant policy and design problems with the New York State Grants Gateway system – problems that the State is committed to fixing, according to Fran Barrett, Governor Cuomo’s InterAgency Coordinator for Nonprofit Services. As previously reported, nonprofit…

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NYCON Urges Legislation Saying State Pre-Qual Fix is Insufficient

June 6, 2014
NYCON Urges Legislation Saying State Pre-Qual Fix is Insufficient

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is continuing to urge passage of legislation that would provide a “hold harmless procedure” in the NYS Grants Gateway for nonprofits updating their corporate filings in accordance with the new Nonprofit Revitalization Act, despite steps announced by the state yesterday to address these concerns. (See “State To Suspend…

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Governor Signs Off on NYNY IV — With a Statewide Urban Focus

June 5, 2014
Governor Signs Off on NYNY IV — With a Statewide Urban Focus

Governor Andrew Cuomo has “signed off” on the idea of a New York New York IV program for new supportive housing development. That was the message delivered by Fran Reiter, Executive Deputy Director of State Operations during the opening session at this morning’s Supportive Housing Network of New York Annual Statewide Conference. The announcement came…

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State To Suspend Pre-Qual Requirement for 90 Days

June 4, 2014
State To Suspend Pre-Qual Requirement for 90 Days

Effective July 1st, New York State will be temporarily suspending the requirement that nonprofit grantees be “prequalified” on the due-date of applications for grants or state contracts. The suspension will be in effect for 90 days until September 30, 2014. The move comes in response to concerns expressed by nonprofit leaders that new compliance requirements…

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Walmart Gives $22M in NY and Draws City Council Criticism

June 4, 2014
Walmart Gives $22M in NY and Draws City Council Criticism

Late last week, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that they gave more than $22.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout New York over the last fiscal year. Across the country, the company and its foundation donated more than $1.2 billion to non-profit groups. In response, they have drawn criticism from…

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Mayor Bill de Blasio forms panel for mentally ill in criminal justice system

June 3, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio forms panel for mentally ill in criminal justice system

The de Blasio administration yesterday formed a Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System with the mandate of developing a plan to transform the city’s criminal justice system, so that it addresses the needs of individuals with behavioral and mental health issues more appropriately and effectively. The task force will recommend and…

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Nonprofits Look for Varying State Actions as Nonprofit Revitalizaton Act Deadlines Approach

June 2, 2014
Nonprofits Look for Varying State Actions as Nonprofit Revitalizaton Act Deadlines Approach

As the July 1st deadline for compliance with new provisions in the Nonprofit Revitalization Act nears, nonprofit leadership groups are expressing varying levels of concern while simultaneously hoping that New York State will take action to mitigate one particularly problematic unintended consequence of the law. The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) has been arguing…

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