Press Mentions

Featured Press Mention

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


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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