Press Mentions

Press Mentions

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

Last Summer, the Citizens Committee for New York City, which works with grassroots groups in low-income areas of NYC, awarded [Lyeta] Herb a $2,700 grant for a shed, power tools and a water tank with a liquid harvesting system. The replaced beds will be the latest improvement at the garden, where Herb said a new set of 10-foot fences were installed after she said vandals trampled the lot’s plants in August 2016.

Volunteers Overhaul East New York Garden to Oust Wood-Boring Beetles
Tatyana Bellamy-Walker
DNAinfo
June 16, 2017

“Neighborhood-level compositing brings communities together around sustainable practices, and spur innovations that can be replicated across the city,” Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said in a statement. “This grant program is just one piece of the puzzle,” Citizens Committee for New York City CEO Peter Kostmayer added in a statement. “Still it clearly demonstrates that New Yorkers can take control of the nutrient cycle locally and sustain it over time.

East Harlem Garden Uses Coffee from Local Cafes for Composting Project
Dartunorro Clark
DNAinfo
June 06, 2017

The 100-168 West 121st Street Block Association was chosen by the mayor’s office and Citizens Committee of New York City to receive a $1,000 Love Your Block cash grant, with the funds used by residents to perform an all-day community service project aimed at beautifying their street. This is the first time the block has been awarded the grant, said block association president Nia Bediakio... “My goal was to bring the block together,” she said. “This is our block so we want it to look good.

Harlem Block Once Plagued by Raccoons Gets $1,000 Beautification Grant
Dartunorro Clark
DNAinfo
June 05, 2017

The College Avenue Block Association received a $1,000 "Love Your Block" grant to revitalize a lot in Mott Haven. The group is just one of 25 organizations that received grants from the Citizens Committee for New York City, which helps low-income neighborhoods enhance and improve public spaces.

Bronx Block Association Gets Grant to Clean Up Empty Lot in Mott Haven
Spectrum News | NY1
May 21, 2017

CEO Peter H. Kostmayer of Citizens Committee for New York City said: “Whatever may be happening in Washington DC, the neighborhoods of the nation’s largest city are committed to reducing the impact of climate change, increasing recycling and composting, and doing it from the bottom up. Citizens Committee for New York City has teamed up with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability to fund small community based groups doing all manner of environmental projects in neighborhoods across all five boroughs. In the absence of strong national policy to deal with climate change, New Yorkers are stepping up to do it themselves.

Volunteer Groups From Harlem To Hollis Receive “OneNYC Initiative” Neighborhood Grants
Harlem World
April 27, 2017

“We are incredibly humbled and thankful to be the recipient of this year’s Osborn Elliott Award for Community Service,” said RYTF Executive Director Milan Taylor. “When I founded The Rockaway Youth Task Force in 2011, I knew that youth and young adults like myself had so much to offer our community and to see that vision realized and validated is incredible. I am incredibly thankful for the entire RYTF Team and for the Citizens Committee for recognizing us for our hard work.

Rockaway Youth Task Force Honored
Gail Johnson
The Wave
March 17, 2017

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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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