Press Mentions

Press Mentions

Format: 2017-11-24
Format: 2017-11-24

"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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Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City, said: "What does it say about us that we are unwilling to either pay five cents for a plastic bag or bring our own reusable bag when shopping? Does it indicate the level of sacrifice we as Americans are willing to make to save our environment? Countries far poorer than ours have given up plastic bags in the fight against waste and climate change. Is it really too much to ask of ourselves? Are plastic bags something we can do without or at least reduce in the struggle to save our planet for our children and for their children? It’s not someone else’s decision. It’s ours. Do the right thing.

New York’s Environmental Groups Overwhelmingly Oppose Albany’s Plan to Roll Back Environmental Regulations & Overturn NYC’s Plastic Bag Law
Press Release
January 15, 2017

Funding goes a long way for these groups because many of them operate on a shoe string budget," said Saleen Shah of Citizens Committee for NYC. "So, to have city agencies on board like NYC Service, this is a true public private partnership.

'We Love Kew Gardens' Awarded Grant to Clean-Up Neighborhood [VIDEO]
NY1 News
January 04, 2017

Queens has three recipients for the city’s 2017 Love Your Block award, which provides winning groups with a $1,000 cash prize and services, Mayor de Blasio announced last Friday... Esta-Joy Sydell, executive director of We Love Kew Gardens, said she applied for the grant through Facebook, where she also found out about it. Sydell was informed she had won the award from one of the main sponsors for the grant, the Citizens Committee for New York City.

Queens groups take home three awards
Nicholas Theodorou
Queens Chronicle
December 22, 2016

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