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Format: 2020-03-29
Format: 2020-03-29

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
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 Joseph, Lincoln Place resident and member of P.L.A.N.T. 

 

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August 13, 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 – 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

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

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New York, NY (March 23, 2020)—Citizens Committee for New York City (Citizens Committee) has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Dr. Rahsaan Harris, effective March 16. Harris replaces Peter H. Kostmayer, who is retiring after 15 years.

Harris, who has more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofits and international grantmaking, partnering with communities to make local investments, and promoting community organizing, is Citizens Committee’s first black CEO in the organization’s 45-year history. He is a transformative leader and role model who has been a New York City public school teacher, board member of various Harlem-based organizations, devoted Big Brothers Big Sister mentor, and Peace Corps environmental education volunteer in South America.

“Rahsaan is a proven leader and experienced CEO, and is well-positioned to lead our organization into a new era of transformation,” said Chris Ruggeri, chair of the Board of Directors for Citizens Commitee. “We are excited for this new chapter as Citizens Committee helps New Yorkers—especially those in low-income areas—come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.”

Harris comes to Citizens Committee from the Emma Bowen Foundation—a New York-based organization dedicated to diversifying the media and technology industries by recruiting promising students of color and placing them in paid internships at the nation’s leading companies. As Emma Bowen’s President and CEO, Harris set a new strategic direction that resulted in increased grant revenue and a highly engaged network of students, alumni and influential corporate partners. Harris raised the foundation’s public profile through key speaking and television appearances on outlets such as WABC New York, Fox 5 New York, and Yahoo Finance. Last month, he appeared on CNN to discuss the legacy of Emma L. Bowen, the Harlem community activist who fought to make media inclusive more than 50 years ago.

“I’m honored to be joining Citizens Committee as CEO,” Harris said. “Back in the ’70s, our founders—Sen. Jacob Javits, a Republican, and Newsweek Editor-in-Chief Osborn Elliott, a Democrat—envisioned a better future for all New Yorkers. In the spirit of that bipartisanship—and the beautiful fruits of that labor—we need to remind each other during challenging times that it’s only when we work together that we can achieve real change. And we need each other as never before.”

Harris is no stranger to Javits’s efforts. Emma Bowen worked with Javits in the 1960s and ’70s to end the unwritten policy of preventing black youth from being pages in the U.S. Senate. “Emma Bowen fought so young people of color could have access to the same opportunities as their white counterparts,” Harris said. “As a Harlemite and block association member, I know that positive change happens when New Yorkers work together, not just to improve our neighborhoods and our quality of life—but to create lasting social change.”

Prior to his role at the Emma Bowen Foundation, Harris served as Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), and a program officer at the Atlantic Philanthropies. Harris received his doctorate in Public and Urban Policy from the New School, where his dissertation addressed understanding how socio-economic diversity in the African-American community affects their philanthropic interests. He also holds master’s degrees in Management and High School Science Education from New York University and Columbia, respectively, and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. Harris is a board member of Exponent Philanthropy and is co-class agent for Princeton University Class of 1995 Annual Giving. He resides in Harlem, in a Spanish-speaking household, with his wife Elizabeth and daughter Avery.

Kostmayer, whose tenure ends effective March 27, served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in the late ’70s and early ’80s. “Peter has played a critical role in the development and success of Citizens Committee for New York City, and we are grateful for his service,” said Ruggeri. “We will miss his leadership, but we wish him all the best in his retirement and future ventures.”

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, Citizens Committee, under Harris’ leadership, has developed a survey to better understand its grantees’ challenges and needs during this time of uncertainty. The survey can be found at linktr.ee/citizenscommittee, and Citizens Committee is urging all grantees to respond as soon as possible. The organization plans to analyze the results of the survey and share key insights with elected officials and donors. In addition, Citizens Committee has compiled a list of key COVID-19 resources for New Yorkers.

About Citizens Committee for New York City
Citizens Committee for New York City’s mission is to help New Yorkers – especially those in low-income areas – come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Residents are uniquely situated to define and act on the issues affecting their communities. When provided with modest support, neighborhood and school groups can effectively mobilize with the assistance of grants, skills-building workshops, project planning assistance and an equipment share library. In 2019, we provided 596 projects with $2.3 million in grants and services, impacting more than 130,000 residents in 164 different neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Since 1975, we have promoted the spirit of volunteerism, local engagement, and social justice that drives our work. Go to citizensnyc.org to learn more.

Citizens Committee for New York City Names Dr. Rahsaan Harris as New CEO Amid COVID-19 Crisis
March 22, 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

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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