Compiled by Angelique Molina-Mangaroo
Monday, November 06, 2023
Opinion: Why proposed cuts to NYC’s parks would be catastrophic
What makes up 12% of New York City’s land area, contains 5 million of our 7 million trees, is almost 10 degrees cooler than our streets during extreme heat events, prevents $4.8 million in hospital bills from pollution-induced illness annually, and soaks up as much stormwater as $580 million of new green stormwater infrastructure?
The answer: our city’s 20,000 acres of natural forested areas and wetlands.
Despite the staggering benefits our forests and wetlands provide, they have received very little of the city’s overall operating budget for their care and maintenance. To put it in perspective, a recent report by the Natural Areas Conservancy found that the portion of public funding to support natural forested areas has hovered at just $548 per acre each year, despite the fact that these spaces make up approximately 24% of our entire park system.
Read more here.
– Sarah Charlop-Powers
Natural Areas Conservancy volunteers known as Trail Maintainers are pictured working in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx | Josh Otero
A message from Americorps
AmeriCorps has opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages to make a difference. Whether you’re just starting your journey, are looking for a career change, or are not quite ready to slow down, you can make a difference in your community and receive even more back in return. Choose AmeriCorps and choose your own adventure! Learn more and sign up today at newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov/americorps-new-york.
The New York State Association for Affordable Housing named JASA its Nonprofit of the Year for the 2023 Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. JASA is an agency serving older adults in New York City – including programming for free legal services, mental and physical health services, home-delivered meals, caregiver assistance, and more. As part of their mission, they also provide safe, affordable, and accessible apartments for 2,280 individuals at eleven buildings across the city.
New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is now accepting proposals to redevelop a large municipal vehicle garage into more than 200 affordable homes as part of Mayor Adams’s Staten Island North Shore Action Plan. Currently home to an NYC Department of Sanitation garage, this 115,000-square-foot site at 539 Jersey Street was highlighted as a development site in the 2019 Bay Street Rezoning. Residents can still expect reliable sanitation service throughout the redevelopment process. Service based out of the garage, including vital cleaning, collection, and snow removal for the area, will be relocated to a new DSNY garage in Fresh Kills that is currently under construction by the New York City Department of Design and Construction.
A message from NYS Department of Education
ACCES-VR, a cost-free initiative from the New York State Education Department, connects businesses with qualified, trained employees. The program helps individuals with disabilities achieve employment and independence through vocational training and education, while providing businesses with support, tax credits, and experienced employees. Learn more at acces.nysed.gov/vr or by calling 1-800-222-JOBS.
Design and Construction: The department awarded $6,000,000 to Leon D. Dematteis Construction Corp. for NYC borough-based jails program, Queens facility.
A message from Office of Children and Family Services
Now more than ever, early childhood educators are making a big impact on the littlest New Yorkers. Childcare is critical to New York families and businesses, and there are new opportunities and programs for child care providers. Providers can apply for grants available now for employee bonuses, education reimbursement, health insurance, and more! Interested in a career in early childhood? Learn more
New York City’s public schools will step up oversight of funding for private tutoring and other services after a New York Times investigation revealed questionable billing (New York Times) … Mount Sinai Health System asked state officials last week to approve a plan to close Mount Sinai Beth Israel, a major provider of medical care for Lower East Side residents that was founded in 1889. The hospital system said that its Beth Israel facility was losing money at too fast a pace and that it intends to shut it down in July 2024 (New York Times) … Looking to crack down on wage theft and other forms of exploitation, the City Council passed legislation last week creating an Immigrant Workers Bill of Rights. Council Member Shahana Hanif, who authored the bill, said the measure was partly designed to protect asylum-seekers who have received their work papers and are now entering the city’s workforce (Gothamist) … Politicians vowed that work would soon begin on the long-stalled and historically expensive project to build a second tunnel under the Hudson River for Amtrak and NJ Transit on Friday, as Sen. Chuck Schumer announced an additional $3.8 billion in federal funding for the project (Gothamist)
A message from Madison Approach
Madison Approach is a full-service strategic partner for Workforce Research, Staff Training, and Talent Recruitment & Placement. We collaborate with your internal leadership team to identify needs and fill gaps in staffing, training and human resource management. Learn more about how we can help your organization at madisonapproach.com or call 914-428-4800.
A message from City & State
Don’t Miss Nonprofit TechCon on December 8th!
Join us as we bring together nonprofit leaders from across New York to explore how to use technology and innovation to further your organization’s mission! Nonprofit TechCon is the place to go to stay informed of tools and developments now and looking into the future!
Hear speakers from Graham Windham, BetaNYC, Reliant Studios, City Bar Justice Center, JASA, SVAM International Inc., The Door, Fountain House, FORVIS, Urban Pathways, AHRC New York City, JMT Consulting, Met Council, Common Impact, Fairdinkum Consulting, Community Housing Innovations, The Osborne Association, RoundTable Technology, Diversity Includes Disability, Education through Music, USI Insurance, Office of the New York State Comptroller, and more. Register today!
To Kevin Coffey, regional CEO for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region
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