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Format: 2020-02-23
Format: 2020-02-23
NEW YORK – Donors to the Citizens Committee for New York City sipped rosé and mingled with community garden members of two Lower East Side gardens on Sept. 24 at an event thanking supporters of an organization that bolsters grass roots initiatives. 
 
Citizens Committee for New York City helps New Yorkers — especially those in low-income areas — come together and improve their neighborhood.  It supports volunteer-led neighborhood groups, including block and tenant associations, gardening groups and those without 501 (c) 3 non-profit status working on neighborhood improvement projects and quality of life issues. 
 
To that end, the Citizens Committee for New York City has supported projects in the two East Village gardens that hosted the thank-you evening. 
Supporters of two Lower East Side Community Gardens thank donors for keeping greenspaces thriving
Tequila Minsky
February 18, 2020

BUSHWICK — Enterprising students who have spearheaded projects aimed at saving the planet were rewarded for their efforts by the Citizens Committee for New York City, which awarded grants of up to $1,000 each to the youngsters’ schools. Fifty-four public schools across the city, including 18 in Brooklyn, received grants. Each of the winning schools has a “Green Team,” a club for environmentally savvy students. The winning projects dealt with reducing waste, addressing climate change and creating more sustainable school communities. Cynthia Olsen-Dinkins, a science teacher at Edward B. Shallow Intermediate School in Bensonhurst, said the grant her school received will allow the Green Team members to go all-in on a massive recycling effort. Shallow I.S. has signed up to be one of the first schools in New York City to be a Zero Waste Pledge School, meaning that the school will make a serious effort to reduce waste. 

School ‘Green Teams’ win environmental grants
Paula Katinas
February 06, 2020

NEW YORK – Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered at the Central Park Boathouse on Monday night for Citizens Committee for New York City’s annual Evening on the Lake. The more than $300,000 raised will support CCNYC in its mission to help New Yorkers come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods through volunteer-led, grassroots projects.

This year’s honorees were Heather Lennox of Jones Day, William H. Henrich of Getzler Henrich & Associates, and CCNYC grantee Aleeia Abraham-Toussaint, founder of Prototype Music, which mentors and showcases youth musical talent in Southeast Queens. Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, who represents the area served by Prototype Music, introduced Ms. Abraham-Toussaint and the performers to the crowd of almost 400 there to support CCNYC. Junior photographers from CCNYC grantee Hamilton Heights Darkroom were on hand to capture the evening on film as part of the nonprofit’s efforts to provide local students with hands-on photography experience. 

 

Press Release
September 11, 2019

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

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. 

 

Press Release
August 14, 2019

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NEW YORK— The de Blasio Administration and Citizens Committee for New York City celebrated today the end of the 2018-2019 Love Your Block season in Flatbush, Brooklyn highlighting The Flatbush Enterprise, a volunteer-led group and grantee. This community group culminated the six-month Love Your

Block planning process by addressing the needs of the worn, landmarked Fenimore Street with over 20 volunteers from the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community.

“I’d like to extend my gratitude to all 25 resident-led groups that collaborated with NYC Service, Citizens Committee, and city agencies over the last year to make NYC fairer, safer, and more vibrant with each improved neighborhood block. Today we recognize the Flatbush Enterprise Love Your Block grantee for their commitment to Prospect Lefferts Gardens, welcoming all volunteers in the community to cultivate civic pride within our public spaces,” said Mayor de Blasio, “When New Yorkers come together to improve their neighborhoods, the whole city reaps the benefits.” 

 

Press Release
June 08, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) has awarded $665,217 grants to 298 resident-led groups to carry out a range of community improvement projects in nearly 150 different neighborhoods under its 2019 Neighborhood Grants program. Each organization is receiving grants of up to $3,000 and access to project planning assistance from Citizens Committee staff, free skills-building workshops, and an equipment loan library to help support their projects.

The 298 community projects are expected to mobilize more than 5,000 volunteers citywide and have a positive impact on the quality of life of tens of thousands of New Yorkers. In all, local organizations submitted 558 applications this year, with 53 percent approved for funding. 

 

Press Release
May 15, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC), Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (MSWAB) announced that applications are now being accepted for the third year of the innovative “Reduce, Reuse and Repair” grant program. This grant aims to support local efforts to reduce consumption and waste generation and to reuse, repair, refurbish or upcycle discarded items to ensure they do not end up in landfills or incinerators. The grant is part of the city’s Zero Waste initiative and is open to community-based organizations, individual researchers and small businesses based in the five boroughs.

In the first two years of the grant program, 33 projects received awards totaling $50,576. Since 2017, 16 groups that received funding in the grant’s first year have successfully diverted nearly 10,000 pounds of discarded items from landfills, repairing items such as bikes, clothing, electronics and household items while engaging 1,200 volunteer New Yorkers in the process. Please see here for more information about past recipients and the grant program. 

 

Press Release
May 06, 2019

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