Press Mentions

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Format: 2020-09-18
Format: 2020-09-18
The following is a conversation between Dr. Rahsaan Harris, Chief Executive Officer of the Citizens Committee for New York City, and Denver Frederick, the Host of the Business of Giving.
Denver: The mission of the Citizens Committee for New York City is to help New Yorkers, especially those in low-income areas, come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. That’s a big mission in the best of times, and these are not the best of times. And here to discuss his work with us and what they’re doing now in the midst of this pandemic is Dr. Rahsaan Harris, the CEO of the Citizens Committee for New York. 
How One Nonprofit Has Pivoted to Meet Neighborhood Needs During Pandemic
Denver Frederick
August 26, 2020

Dr. Rahsaan Harris sees "poetry" in the beginning of his tenure as new CEO of the Citizens Committee for New York City (CitizensNYC).

CitizensNYC was founded in 1975 during a crisis in New York. Sound familiar? The city was facing cutbacks and citywide poverty; thus, the organization was forged to give New Yorkers a tangible way to improve their neighborhoods and build community.

How a New York Organization Stepped Up to Help Those Most Affected by COVID-19
TD Bank
August 20, 2020

I've had the pleasure of getting to know Rahsaan Harris, new CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City, as I serve on the Young Citizens Committee. Watch or listen to the full interview, or read how Rahsaan uplifts voices, builds community, and stays motivated.

CivicList: Building Community with Rahsaan Harris
July 27, 2020

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Gun violence has erupted on New York City streets this summer — in ways not seen in nearly three decades — and Brooklyn communities are bracing for the possibility of more shootings as the hot, humid weather causes tempers to flare.

With Gun Violence Plaguing Streets, Churches Look for Ways to Help
Paula Katinas
July 22, 2020

On the season finale of Sick Empire you’ll hear from three women whose voices are leading a new type of political movement, one that requires less politics and more movement. The Coronavirus has exposed the evidence of New York's political failures and those exposures will surely drive a new surge of candidates who are sick of witnessing the disease of power infect our government and pollute our people. This episode features an eclectic mix of women who all fight for the underdog to gain a seat at the political table. 

Women on the Future of Community and Political Power in New York City
Branden Janese
July 21, 2020

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic two residents of Kew Gardens – Carol Lacks and Tony Mavilia — asked the question: “What can two people do to lift the spirits of their neighbors, help the area’s struggling shop owners, and showcase the incredibly talented residents who live here?” 

Kew Gardens outdoor art exhibition brings hope to community
Carlotta Mohamed
July 17, 2020


More Press Mentions

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.


Click the Press Release document below to read more about the Chelsea & Hudson Yards Grant Program

Press Release
August 12, 2019

NEW YORK – The West Side Community Fund (WSCF) today announced that applications are being accepted for the second round of this year’s Chelsea & Hudson Yards Grants, which aim to spur new neighborhood initiatives on the West Side of Manhattan. The WSCF was formed last year by a coalition of 20 leading West Side businesses and firms to support programs and initiatives in the Chelsea and Hudson Yards neighborhoods.

Grants will be awarded to organizations and projects located in, or providing services to residents of, the area extending from 14th Street to 38th Street, from 7th Avenue to 12th Avenue, an area that is being impacted by extensive new private development and investment. The Fund, which includes companies that have recently relocated to Hudson Yards and/or are active in the neighborhood, seeks to ensure that the increased investment and economic activity brings demonstrable benefits and improved services to Chelsea and Hudson Yards residents. The Fund was initiated by Google and Related/Oxford Hudson Yards, and is administered by Citizens Committee for New York City. 


Press Release
July 16, 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