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Police foundation remains a blind spot in NYPD contracting process, critics say

July 13, 2017
Police foundation remains a blind spot in NYPD contracting process, critics say

The NYPD agreed this week to make more information public about the outside vendors it contracts with, but one significant driver of its procurement decisions remains shrouded in secrecy: the nonprofit New York Police Foundation, Politico New York writes.

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LOVETT: Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s reputation will never be restored — despite overturned conviction

July 13, 2017
LOVETT: Ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s reputation will never be restored — despite overturned conviction

Overturning former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s federal conviction did little to restore the once powerful politician’s reputation and regardless of whether he is convicted again, his legacy is cemented – and it’s not a good one, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports.

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City assessed property values without required on-site inspections, DiNapoli study shows

July 13, 2017
City assessed property values without required on-site inspections, DiNapoli study shows

Assessors from the New York City Department of Finance’s Property Division failed to make the required on-site inspections in 54 percent of cases reviewed by the state comptroller’s office before determining the value for a property, the Daily News writes.

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Building a more affordable city: Mayor de Blasio says his housing push is helping many lower-income New Yorkers live in Gotham

July 13, 2017
Building a more affordable city: Mayor de Blasio says his housing push is helping many lower-income New Yorkers live in Gotham

To the surprise of the skeptics and naysayers, New York City has delivered on its promise to create more affordable housing as the city government has financed nearly 78,000 newly constructed or protected affordable homes since 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio writes in the Daily News.

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This Formerly Homeless High School Grad Is Working To Crush The Cycle Of Poverty

July 13, 2017
This Formerly Homeless High School Grad Is Working To Crush The Cycle Of Poverty

A formerly homeless teen, the recipient of the the 2017 Children’s Defense Fund of New York’s “Beat the Odds” college scholarship, is providing policy recommendations to state legislators in hopes of helping other homeless teens escape the cycle of poverty, Bustle writes.

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Girl Scout Troop for Homeless Kids to Expand With $1M City Grant

July 12, 2017
Girl Scout Troop for Homeless Kids to Expand With $1M City Grant

A Girl Scout troop for homeless children that got its start at a Long Island City shelter will get more than $1 million to expand to 14 other homeless shelter sites across the city, DNAinfo reports.

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NYC Is Testing Public-Private Housing Partnership With HUD Program

July 12, 2017
NYC Is Testing Public-Private Housing Partnership With HUD Program

Ocean Bay (Bayside) is NYC’s first project under the HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program and could set the tone for wider adoption of the model across the city, Next City writes.

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How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child’s Brain

July 12, 2017
How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child’s Brain

Many researchers believe that ongoing stress during early childhood – from grinding poverty, neglect, parents’ substance abuse and other adversity – can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids’ brains and other body systems, The Associated Press reports.

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Tenant March on Washington gets support from NYers calling on Trump to restore HUD funding [video]

July 12, 2017
Tenant March on Washington gets support from NYers calling on Trump to restore HUD funding [video]

Several hundred people will board buses early this morning and make their way to the U.S. capital to take part in a national tenant march against proposed funding cuts to federal housing programs, amNY writes.

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Four Steps to Assemble a Potent Board of Directors

July 11, 2017
Four Steps to Assemble a Potent Board of Directors

Nonprofit Hub compiled a list of essentials for assembling a good board of directors after listening to panel discussions and reading through articles.

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Department of Homeless Services names new administrator

July 10, 2017
Department of Homeless Services names new administrator

More than a year after it was reorganized, the New York City Department of Homeless Services announced it has a new leader: Joslyn Carter, who was previously the department’s associate commissioner of family intake, has been appointed administrator, the Daily News reports.

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