Press Mentions

Press Mentions

Format: 2017-11-18
Format: 2017-11-18

"The change that a group of volunteers can achieve on their blocks with just a small cash grant and the help of city services is incredible," Citizens Committee CEO Peter H. Kostmayer says, in discussing the program.

Win $1,000 to Show Your Bushwick Block Some Love!
Emilie Ruscoe
Bushwick Daily
October 07, 2016

But most important, says Arif Ullah, director of programs for the Citizens Committee for New York City, are the benefits of befriending one’s neighbors. “It’s about building greater resilience on the block, because people know each other better,” Ullah says.

How block associations work to make NYC a city of neighbors
Alanna Schubach
Brick Underground
September 12, 2016

The Bedford Stuyvesant Artists’ Association and Zion Gallery launched the “My BedStuy” project this summer, working with young children to help them depict their perceptions of the neighborhood... The initiative was made possible by a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City.

'My BedStuy' Project Seeks Young Artists to Showcase the Neighborhood
Camilla Bautista
DNAinfo
September 01, 2016

CultureCocoa ArtHouse founder Jodelyn Goode secured grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and the Citizens Committee for New York City to fund the creation of the mural. “Even in being displaced, how do you find who you are? Public artwork can validate you, even when society says you don’t matter,” said Goode. “Art is a reminder that you matter, that you’re here.

Artists make a mural of A Tribe Called Quest’s message
Patrick Donachie
Queens Times Ledger
August 04, 2016

“As an early funder and supporter of the Queens-Way, the Citizens Committee for New York City is thrilled to see this project take another major step forward in becoming a reality,” said Peter Kostmayer, Chief Executive Officer of the Citizens Committee for New York City. “These types of projects are never easy but when communities organize effectively, such as in the case of the QueensWay, great things can happen to improve the quality of life in those neighborhoods and with improvements to the environment, education, transportation, security and health, the QueensWay is a win-win for all of Queens and the City of New York.

Planning For QueensWay’s First Phase
Ariel Hernandez
Queens Tribune
July 07, 2016

“People say they support fighting global warming, and they want to elect someone that’ll do something about it — but they have a problem with carrying a reusable bag in their coat pocket,” said former Congressmember Peter Kostmayer, C.E.O. of the Citizens Committee of New York City.

It’s in the bag: Surcharge to start in February
Michael Ossorguine
The Villager
June 23, 2016

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“Do-It-Yourself Green Blocks” was launched by Citizens Committee for New York City as a series of intensive half-day skills-building workshops intended for volunteers of environmental and conservation organizations who would like to address serious environmental issues related to climate changes, and its effects on water conservation in urban farms and community gardens.

Community Gardeners, Local Farmers Learn DIY Methods of Harvesting Rainwater During Dry Spells
Bed-Stuy Patch
May 22, 2013

Cynthia Thompkins, 56, gathered about 40 residents to form a neighborhood association, organized walks for peace through dangerous streets, launched a women’s anti-violence group and in June, was elected president of the 46th Precinct Community Council. This Monday, Thompkins’ efforts to improve her community will be honored by the Citizens Committee of New York City.

Gunshots on her Bronx block led Cynthia Thompkins to start anti-violence groups; Citizens Committee to honor her
New York Daily News
February 24, 2013

In 2009, when Ms. Paniagua decided to plant gardens on the lawns at the Manhattanville Houses, she said, she had no idea that the process of getting permits and financing would take almost three years. She and others working with her ended up turning to a nonprofit group, Citizens Committee for New York City, for the $3,000 they needed for gardening supplies.

In New York City Housing Projects, a Call for Environmental Help
The New York Times
January 02, 2013

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