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Advocates Push Immigrant Equality Agenda

March 6, 2014
Advocates Push Immigrant Equality Agenda

Early Wednesday morning, over two hundred and fifty immigrant farm workers, day laborers, students, family members and supporters converged in Albany for the New York Immigration Coalition‘s 17th Annual Immigrant Day of Action. Advocates representing over forty organizations met with key allies in the Assembly and Senate to discuss strategies to push forward the groups’…

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Doctors Hope For Cure In A 2nd Baby Born With HIV [video]

March 6, 2014
Doctors Hope For Cure In A 2nd Baby Born With HIV [video]

(AP) — A second baby born with the AIDS virus may have had her infection put into remission and possibly cured by very early treatment – in this instance, four hours after birth. Doctors revealed the case Wednesday at an AIDS conference in Boston. The girl was born in suburban Los Angeles last April, a…

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Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS Video Stories

March 6, 2014
Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS Video Stories

Real Talk: Living with HIV and AIDS   HIV/AIDS Video Stories The effects of HIV and AIDS are global, but the stories are personal. Black or white, rich or poor, adult or child… HIV and AIDS do not discriminate. The stories here are used to reduce stigma, raise awareness, promote prevention, encourage testing and enhance…

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Mayor Releases After-School Expansion Plan

March 4, 2014
Mayor Releases After-School Expansion Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his plans to expand the availability of after-school programs for every public school middle school student who needs one.  The plan will enable programs to reach nearly 120,000 children, ensuring they have a safe place to stay on task and out of trouble during after-school hours. The after-school proposal has…

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Mayor de Blasio Issues Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2015, Updates the City’s Financial Plan for 2014-2018

February 13, 2014
Mayor de Blasio Issues Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2015, Updates the City’s Financial Plan for 2014-2018

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio issued his first preliminary budget for New York City’s Fiscal Year 2015 which begins on July 1st.   Nonprofit human service providers heard a lot to like –as well as some things to worry about — in a budget proposal that the Mayor stressed had been crafted with three imperatives in…

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Mayor de Blasio Appoints Heads of NYCHA, HPD, HDC Housing ‘Dream Team’

February 8, 2014
Mayor de Blasio Appoints Heads of NYCHA, HPD, HDC Housing ‘Dream Team’

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced four key appointments to the leadership of his administration’s housing programs on Saturday.  The Mayor named Shola Olatoye as Chair of the New York City Housing Authority, with Cecil House serving as the authority’s General Manager. The Mayor also appointed Vicki Been as the Commissioner of the Department of Housing…

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Mayor Appoints First Lady to Chair The Mayor’s Fund

February 7, 2014
Mayor Appoints First Lady to Chair The Mayor’s Fund

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced yesterday that he was appointing his wife, First Lady Chirlane McCray to the voluntary, unpaid position of Chairwoman of The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City. Established more than 20 years ago, The Mayor’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which facilitates innovative public-private partnerships throughout New York City’s…

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No COLAs: Year Six

January 23, 2014
No COLAs: Year Six

Clearly, the most disappointing – although not surprising — aspect of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal was the deferral once again – for the sixth year in a row – of Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) for human service programs and reimbursement mechanisms. According to budget documents, deferral of the planned 2% COLAs for FY2015…

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NY/NY III Supportive Housing Saved $10K per Tennant

January 6, 2014
NY/NY III Supportive Housing Saved $10K per Tennant

The New York/New York III Supportive Housing Agreement saved taxpayers an average of $10,000 per person per year, according to a new report. The New York/New York III Supportive Housing Evaluation was conducted by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in collaboration with the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the NYS…

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ACS’ Gilbert Taylor Appointed DHS Commissioner

January 3, 2014
ACS’ Gilbert Taylor Appointed DHS Commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Gilbert Taylor to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services. “More families and more children are going to sleep each night in our homeless shelters than ever before,” said Taylor upon his appointment. “It’s a crisis we will confront with every tool at our disposal. I share…

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Winners of Giving Fabulous Contest Announced!

May 15, 2012
Winners of Giving Fabulous Contest Announced!

Three deserving charities received $5,000 donation from Midnight Velvet Matthew Okebiyi, Founder and Executive Director of African American Planning Commission and the Founder of Classic Soul Radio, Inc. is nominated for the “Giving Fabulous Contest” hosted by Midnight Velvet. Read more at Midnight Velvet. NEW YORK, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire — Midnight Velvet celebrated their 25th…

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