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Format: 2017-11-23
Format: 2017-11-23

"I've talked to people who have had their lives and their communities improved with a relatively modest amount of money," said Peter Kostmayer, the group's chief executive officer. "So it's really not the money. It's really the idea of bringing people together to work on a project."

Non-Profit Offers Seed Money to Lift Neigborhoods
WNYC
November 26, 2011

PLG Arts is a community organization that promotes the arts, supports local artists, and builds community through celebrating the vibrant collective creativity of the residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhood. Major support for PLG Arts is provided by the Citizens Committee for New York City Trailblazers Grant.

Community Art Show
Caribbean Life
November 10, 2011

Forbes kept calling various organizations to ask for grants. “I called back the Office of Emergency Management again and said, ‘I really want to have this program’,” Forbes recalled. “They said no.” Eventually, the intrepid organizer won an initial $500 community grant from Citizens Committee for New York City, a non-profit organization that supports grassroots initiatives. The grant helped her assemble the first batch of 40 volunteers for the 11 weeks of training required for certification.

Evacuation Expert Fights to Rescue Morrisania
The Bronx Ink
November 02, 2011

"The Neighborhood Show," a presentation of work from a variety of local artists in a variety of mediums, will then take its place between Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. The show is sponsored by the Prospect Lefferts Gardens Neighborhood Association, PLG Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Citizens Committee for New York and the Puffin Foundation.

Art Amid the Downturn
Queens Tribune
October 20, 2011

The grants were awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to support projects in three categories: community gardening and agriculture; composting; and tree and park stewardship-some of the focus areas outlined in PlaNYC, Bloomberg's sustainability outline.

Grant Money Funds Grassroots Green Projects
Queens Ledger
October 20, 2011

Children were spotted on the transformed area at the bottom of Arden Avenue last Thursday as Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore) and Kate Kamish, president of the homeowners association, met with Peter Kostmayer, CEO of the Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), an organization that played an instrumental role in facilitating the makeover. 

Money is Available for Neighborhood Makeovers
Staten Island Advance
October 05, 2011

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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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