Press Mentions

Press Mentions

Format: 2019-04-20
Format: 2019-04-20

On Monday, March 6, the Rockaway Youth Task Force was honored at the 2017 Citizens Committee for New York Gala.  Citizens Committee strives to improve the lives of New Yorkers living in low-income areas by providing support to grassroots organizations. RYTF received this year's Osborn Elliott Award for Community Service, which celebrates and honors individuals and organizations who work to improve local quality of life in New York's poorest communities.

RYTF Honored by Citizens Committee
The Rockaway Times
March 16, 2017

We’re betting [Assembly Speaker] Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) will stand up for good government and pollution prevention by rejecting the Senate’s attempt to block the city’s sensible new anti-litter statute.

Hands off NYC’s shopping bag fee
Eric Goldstein and Peter Kostmayer
New York Daily News
January 26, 2017

Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City, said: "What does it say about us that we are unwilling to either pay five cents for a plastic bag or bring our own reusable bag when shopping? Does it indicate the level of sacrifice we as Americans are willing to make to save our environment? Countries far poorer than ours have given up plastic bags in the fight against waste and climate change. Is it really too much to ask of ourselves? Are plastic bags something we can do without or at least reduce in the struggle to save our planet for our children and for their children? It’s not someone else’s decision. It’s ours. Do the right thing.

New York’s Environmental Groups Overwhelmingly Oppose Albany’s Plan to Roll Back Environmental Regulations & Overturn NYC’s Plastic Bag Law
Press Release
January 15, 2017

Funding goes a long way for these groups because many of them operate on a shoe string budget," said Saleen Shah of Citizens Committee for NYC. "So, to have city agencies on board like NYC Service, this is a true public private partnership.

'We Love Kew Gardens' Awarded Grant to Clean-Up Neighborhood [VIDEO]
NY1 News
January 04, 2017

Queens has three recipients for the city’s 2017 Love Your Block award, which provides winning groups with a $1,000 cash prize and services, Mayor de Blasio announced last Friday... Esta-Joy Sydell, executive director of We Love Kew Gardens, said she applied for the grant through Facebook, where she also found out about it. Sydell was informed she had won the award from one of the main sponsors for the grant, the Citizens Committee for New York City.

Queens groups take home three awards
Nicholas Theodorou
Queens Chronicle
December 22, 2016
The "Love Your Block" initiative, which is in its ninth year, helps provide an opportunity for resident-led volunteer neighborhood groups to transform and improve their communities through local action with the help of city services. The award is presented by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City. "When we come together to beautify our neighborhoods, we build a fairer and more just city that is stronger than it was yesterday," de Blasio said.
Liberian Cultural Association wins 'Love Your Block' award
Kristin F. Dalton
Staten Island Advance
December 17, 2016

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Featured Press Mentions

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) and the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) are proud to announce that 52 public schools have been awarded Public School Green Team grants of up to $1,000 during the spring grant cycle. The funding will be used by each school’s Green Team to implement programs aimed at improving the local environment, reducing waste, addressing climate change, and promoting sustainability within the school community. Programs funded during this grant cycle include equipping classrooms with recycling and composting equipment, creating and maintaining community gardens, and providing reusable water bottles to reduce the amount of plastic in landfills.

See below for full list of schools selected for funding and reply to this email for details on any specific school project.

Press Release
April 05, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City (CCNYC) is celebrating the inclusion in the FY2020 state budget a statewide ban on plastic carryout bags and the nation’s first congestion pricing plan. The nonprofit organization has long advocated for both measures to improve the quality of life and health in neighborhoods across the city, especially low-income communities most impacted by pollution, congestion and other types of environmental injustice and inequity.

Press Release
April 01, 2019

NEW YORK – Citizens Committee for New York City raised more than $1.2 million at its 2019 New Yorker for New York gala last week in support of its mission to help New Yorkers come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. This year’s honorees included Ursula Burns, Richard Ravitch and Kathleen M. Doyle, the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation and the Hochman Family, and River and Rusty Fields. Citizens Committee 2018 Green Team grant recipient Special Music School Advanced Women’s Choir provided entertainment to the more than 400 supporters, partners, funders and community members who packed Gotham Hall to celebrate Citizens Committee’s vital work.

 

Citizens Committee Chief Executive Officer Peter H. Kostmayer and Board Chair Chris Ruggeri, Principal at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, provided welcome remarks to kick off the February 25 event. Former two-term New York City Comptroller William Thompson, Jr., now Chief Administrative Officer at Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co. LLC and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, presented this year’s New Yorkers for New York Award to Richard Ravitch and Kathleen M. Doyle for their years of service and dedication to the city they call home.

Press Release
March 12, 2019

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