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Format: 2019-10-15
Format: 2019-10-15

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

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

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) is proud to announce that four additional New Yorkers have officially been named to the Young Citizens Committee (YCC) Board of Directors. The Young Citizens Committee is comprised of professionals in their 20s and 30s who care deeply about the city and are passionate about advancing CCNYC’s mission to help New Yorkers – especially those in low income communities – improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Duties and responsibilities include meeting monthly, helping CCNYC raise awareness and support for its work, attending special events including visits to grantee’s projects, and helping shape the future of CCNYC as it continues to address local quality of life issues in the coming years.

The new YCC board members are Parul Bhatia of Shearman & Sterling LLP; Sam Fisher of Seven Bridges Advisors; Kiara Reed of JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Jeremy Shevett of Compass. With the addition of these four newly-appointed members, the YCC Board of Directors currently includes 14 individuals from a wide range of industries.

 

Press Release
April 25, 2019

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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
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. 

 

Press Release
August 13, 2019

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