Press Mentions

Press Mentions

Format: 2019-08-21
Format: 2019-08-21

BROOKLYN – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) and Bank of America are thrilled to congratulate the members of P.L.A.N.T. (Preserving Lincoln's Abundant Natural Treasures) on being named winner of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Greenest Block in Brooklyn 2019 award. P.L.A.N.T. is a CCNYC grantee whose members have worked incredibly hard to transform their block of Lincoln Place between Nostrand Avenue and New York Avenue into a beautiful and inspiring oasis of greenery in the middle of Crown Heights. Their efforts include installation and care of numerous immaculately-maintained tree beds, window boxes, and planters creatively fashioned out of old musical instruments, popcorn containers, grills, household appliances and other reused items. The group was presented with the honor at a celebration last week hosted by Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

“Our mission is to utilize the collective talents and gifts of our neighbors to build community. This year we saw this mission in motion as neighbors came together to create a wonderful work of art on our block, leading to this joyous accomplishment! Our block has become, in the words of passersby, an ‘oasis’, a ‘wonderful work of art’ and a ‘museum’. Thank you so much to all of the residents who pitched in, to Citizens Committee and Bank of America for their help and to Brooklyn Botanic Garden for honoring our work! This is just the beginning,” said Althea Jones, Lincoln Place resident and member of P.L.A.N.T. 

“We are so proud of P.L.A.N.T. for their stewardship of the greenest block in Brooklyn! It’s always wonderful to see our grantees continue to grow and make such a big impact on their neighbors and community,” said Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City. “I’m thrilled that Brooklyn Botanic Garden recognized that Lincoln Place is a beautiful, thriving block thanks to the dedication of P.L.A.N.T. and the residents. We also appreciate Bank of America’s support, which helps us provide community groups like P.L.A.N.T. with the resources needed to positively impact their neighborhood and city.”

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Press Release
August 20, 2019

HARLEM – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) and Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz gathered on Monday evening in Brust Park with members of resident-led community groups to highlight and celebrate their efforts to improve their corner of the Bronx. Citizens Committee CEO Peter H. Kostmayer and Assembly Member Dinowitz were joined by members of Stewards of Brust Park, Stewards of Henry Hudson Park and Coqui the Chef to learn more about their grassroots projects’ impact on the community and their efforts to bring their neighbors together towards a common goal. Each group has received small grants and planning assistance from CCNYC in recent years to support their community improvement projects.

“The strength of our community is in the power of the people who live here, working every day to make our neighborhoods a little bit better for everyone. I am proud to have numerous groups throughout my district who have amazing ideas for projects to accomplish just that. Thank you to Citizens Committee for their support of these incredible projects, and also to the people behind those projects who will turn grant money into tangible results for our community,” said Assembly Member Jeffrey Dinowitz.

“These New Yorkers are showing just how big an impact a group of dedicated residents can have on their neighbors and community. I am so proud of the groups we support and the amazing work they are doing to improve the quality of life across the Bronx and the entire city. It’s also a pleasure to work with Assembly Member Dinowitz to make sure these groups have the resources they need. Citizens Committee supports grassroots groups through small grants and project assistance, but at the end of the day it’s the residents who are putting in the work to change their neighborhood for the better,” said CCNYC CEO Peter H. Kostmayer.

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Press Release
August 20, 2019

MANHATTAN – West Side Community Fund (WSCF) and Citizens Committee for New York City representatives were joined by Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Friday for a visit to the Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center to learn more about the services the Center is providing with support from the WSCF’s Chelsea & Hudson Yards grant program. The Center received three WSCF grants to run quarterly brunch workshops that connect healthcare professionals with black and Latino men to encourage safe sex practices; bring its Mobile Health Center directly to Chelsea’s NYCHA population; and expand the center’s Nutrition Outreach Workshops to address food insecurity and promote healthy eating. Ryan Health officials including President and CEO Brian P. McIndoe, Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Executive Director Dan Pichinson; Ryan Health Board Chair E. Ronald Guy and Board Member Harriet Chan King were joined by medical, nursing and outreach staff to discuss the program’s impact on vulnerable and underserved New Yorkers.

'It was great to visit the Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center and see the impact of the West Side Community Fund’s support of their important work,' said Rep. Jerrold Nadler. 'It’s critical that we expand access to healthcare for all New Yorkers, and this funding is going a long way towards that goal. My thanks to the great team at the Center and to the WSCF for their work to serve everyone on Manhattan’s West Side.'

'Congressman Nadler got a firsthand look at Ryan Chelsea-Clinton and the additional work we’re doing thanks to the three grants from the West Side Community Fund,' said Brian P. McIndoe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ryan Health. 'We’re working to connect our health care professionals and HIV prevention with black and Latino gay men, promote nutrition and healthy eating, and bring our Mobile Health Center into the community to ensure even greater access to high-quality health care.'

'Jamestown is pleased to partner with the West Side Community Fund and Rep. Nadler to support the Ryan Chelsea-Clinton Community Health Center, which provides high-quality medical care to underserved New Yorkers,' said Michael Phillips, President of Jamestown. 'We encourage Chelsea and Hudson Yards-based organizations to apply for WSCF grants by the September 13th deadline.'

'Thanks so much to Rep. Nadler and everyone at Ryan Health for taking the time to discuss how the West Side Community Fund is supporting these critical efforts to reach underserved New Yorkers. There’s no question the WSCF grants are already having a big impact on lives across Chelsea, Hudson Yards and the entire West Side, and I urge all local organizations to apply for the next round of funding,' said Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City.

 

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Press Release
August 12, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in neighborhoods across New York City, is pleased to announce that Nixon Peabody’s Tatiana E. Gutierrez, a partner in the firm’s Affordable Housing and Real Estate practice, has joined its Board of Directors.

Gutierrez focuses on affordable housing law, representing developers, investors, housing authorities and tenant groups on affordable housing transactions and regulatory issues. She is particularly passionate about social impact, technology, and the effect of housing on people’s lives. She started her career in affordable housing at the Harrison Institute for Public Law and has provided pro bono counsel to tenant associations, limited equity cooperatives and nonprofits.

Gutierrez received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She was recognized in the 2014 edition of The Legal 500: USA as a Leading Lawyer in the Real Estate category and was recently named a 2019 Notable Women in Law honoree by Crain’s New York. She serves on the Board of Women in Housing Finance and on the Young New Yorkers for the Philharmonic Benefits Committee and was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

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Press Release
July 09, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) are proud to announce that 52 public schools have been awarded Public School Green Team grants of up to $1,000 during the spring grant cycle. The funding will be used by each school’s Green Team to implement programs aimed at improving the local environment, reducing waste, addressing climate change, and promoting sustainability within the school community. Programs funded during this grant cycle include equipping classrooms with recycling and composting equipment, creating and maintaining community gardens, and providing reusable water bottles to reduce the amount of plastic in landfills.

See below for full list of schools selected for funding and reply to this email for details on any specific school project.

Press Release
April 05, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) is celebrating the inclusion in the FY2020 state budget a statewide ban on plastic carryout bags and the nation’s first congestion pricing plan. The nonprofit organization has long advocated for both measures to improve the quality of life and health in neighborhoods across the city, especially low-income communities most impacted by pollution, congestion and other types of environmental injustice and inequity.

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April 01, 2019

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NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) is celebrating the inclusion in the FY2020 state budget a statewide ban on plastic carryout bags and the nation’s first congestion pricing plan. The nonprofit organization has long advocated for both measures to improve the quality of life and health in neighborhoods across the city, especially low-income communities most impacted by pollution, congestion and other types of environmental injustice and inequity.

Press Release
April 01, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City raised more than $1.2 million at its 2019 New Yorker for New York gala last week in support of its mission to help New Yorkers come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This year’s honorees included Ursula Burns, Richard Ravitch and Kathleen M. Doyle, the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation and the Hochman Family, and River and Rusty Fields. Citizens Committee 2018 Green Team grant recipient Special Music School Advanced Women’s Choir provided entertainment to the more than 400 supporters, partners, funders and community members who packed Gotham Hall to celebrate Citizens Committee’s vital work.

 

Citizens Committee Chief Executive Officer Peter H. Kostmayer and Board Chair Chris Ruggeri, Principal at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, provided welcome remarks to kick off the February 25 event. Former two-term New York City Comptroller William Thompson, Jr., now Chief Administrative Officer at Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, presented this year’s New Yorkers for New York Award to Richard Ravitch and Kathleen M. Doyle for their years of service and dedication to the city they call home.

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March 12, 2019

The new fund is intended to provide microgrants, from a few hundred dollars to more than $5,000, for the purpose of spurring local innovation and new neighborhood initiatives in Chelsea and Hudson Yards. 

Elected Officials Join 19 Private Sector Companies to Announce Innovative "West Side Community Fund"
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November 01, 2018

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