The Attorney General is returning $400,000 to 14 Long Island homeowners who were victims of a mortgage rescue scam. Empire Property Solutions posted ads in local papers offering services to help families refinance their mortgages by turning over the titles to their homes through a “sale-leaseback” agreement, but failed to make good on their promises to use the payments to pay down their mortgages. In the end, the homeowners faced foreclosure and eviction. In response to an uptick in reported mortgage rescue scams, the Attorney General launched AGScamHelp.com, a web-based app that helps families report scams and connect with qualified housing counseling and legal services across the state. In less than a year, more than 26,000 New Yorkers have visited the website.
Attorney General Schneiderman joined U.S. Northern District Attorney Richard Hartunian and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in announcing the conviction of former Assemblyman William Scarborough on fraud and theft convictions. Scarborough was sentenced to 13 months in prison on charges he submitted more than $54,000 in fraudulent travel vouchers during his time as a member of the New York State Assembly. Scarborough falsely claimed he had been at the state capitol for legislative business when, in fact, he was not in Albany, and he inflated the amount of time he reported he spent in Albany in order to receive a larger per diem. Scarborough’s sentence crystallizes the need for comprehensive reform to clean up corruption in our state, an effort that the Attorney General has been leading.
Attorney General Schneiderman joined Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Jerry Boone in announcing the guilty plea of an Ithaca businessman for failing to pay sales and personal income tax to the state. Between 2005 and 2012, Jonathan Pargh underreported the taxable sales for his two companies and his business income by more than $1.6 million, defrauding the state of more than $280,000. This conviction makes it clear that when unscrupulous business owners break the law, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
Travi$ Scott has been in NYC for the past week for his 3-day, sold out Rodeo release shows. He brought along some special guests including Skepta, A$AP Ferg and Quavo. Rihanna was also spotted at his shows. Not to perform, for some friendly support I suppose. They were also spotted together at a party during NYFW boo’ed up in the corner. Check out the video:
Please join us and attend the Second Annual SOURCE360 Festival & Experience in Brooklyn, September17-20th. SOURCE360 celebrates the innovation and creativity inspired by the positive use of Hip-Hop and represents NYC’s and Brooklyn’s diverse cultural tapestry! Last year’s SOURCE360 featured over twenty events and took place over a four-day period. It was a big success for the borough and attracted over 30,000 attendees. We hope to make this year’s event even better! For more information, be sure to check out our official press release and details here.
Brenda Beltram, American Dairy Association: (office) 973/857-1049 or 315/491-3318 (mobile)
***PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***NEW YORK YANKEES MANAGER JOE GIRARDI
& CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS HELEN ROSENTHAL & MARK LEVINE
TEAM UP TO END HUNGER IN NYC
New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi
City Council Members Helen Rosenthal & Mark Levine
NYC Parks Department First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kanvanagh
New York Coalition Against Hunger Director Joel Berg
NYC Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose
Share Our Strength, Megan Cryan
The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council
Joe Girardi, Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine will join local advocates to promote the City’s FREE Summer Meals Program. Although school is out, FREE meals are available all summer long at hundreds of sites all over NYC including schools, parks, pools and libraries. To reward kids for participating in Summer Meals and eating healthy, a drawing will be held for Yankees game tickets and merchandise.
The City’s Free Summer Meals Program is available to all children and teens ages 18 and under, no registration or ID is required. Kids simply show up and receive a free, healthy meal. The program offers breakfast and lunch from June 27 through September 4, 2015, every week day, though some locations also offer meals on Saturdays and Sundays. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM, and lunch is served from 11:00 AM to 1:15 PM.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Noon – 1 pm
110 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
Summer should be a carefree time for kids, but for thousands of NYC children the summer months are a time of stress and anxiety. As schools let out for summer vacation, the school meals many children rely on also come to an end. As a result, thousands of NYC children will be at risk of hunger and many families will struggle to keep enough food on the table.
Meals are provided by the Department of Education and made available at sites like schools, pools, parks, libraries and even mobile trucks ensuring kids have access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive while school is out.
To find summer meal sites, residents can:
Dial the City’s information line at 311
Text: NYCMEALS to 877-877
For more info on Council Member Rosenthal or other Politicians hit us up at RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
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It was a sweltering saturday afternoon in New York city, and around 6,000 people showed up to the Grits& Biscuits 5th Year Anniversary Block Party. Attendees were given plenty of Vitamin Water to keep them hydrated, and “G&B Fans” to help them cope with the heat. In between socializing, dancing, and listening to the best music today’s Hip-Hop and Dance scene have to offer, there were food, merchandise, and alcohol vendors to help keep folks activated. Performers were not announced prior to the event, but special guest performances were expected.
The opening act was K. Camp, who opened with “U Did That,” then went straight into “Money Baby” and “Cut That B*tch Off.”
Trina, “The Baddest Bitch,” held it down for the ladies and hit the stage 90 minutes later, performing her hits “The Baddest Bitch,” “Pull Over,” and “Single Again.”
WakaFlockaFlame closed the show with a high energy performance of “It’s a Party,” “No Hands,” “Hard in the paint,” and “Oh Let’s Do It,” pretty much turning the entire pier on its ear.
Overall it was a great day and experience, and if you missed out on the opportunity to attend Grits & Biscuits this year, you missed out on one of NYC’s great outdoor summer events. Great food, people, drinks + live hip-hop performances = an epic summer night in NYC.
For those of you unfamiliar with Grits & Biscuits, here’s a brief overview, and make sure you get your tickets for next year.
Founded in 2010 by E.Z.Mo Breezy, GRITS & BISCUITS is a premiere entertainment concept that celebrates the southern experience through urban music and cultural connections in a down home environment. The team celebrated their 5th Year Anniversary this past Saturday by throwing a larger than life block party in New York City.
On Monday the M86 crosstown bus got an upgrade; it now has Select Bus Service and will be up to 20% faster! The bus still costs the same and has all of the same stops, but now you pay while you wait for the bus to arrive using the machines on the sidewalk (as you can see me doing here). Passengers will load the bus using every door, and buses will be able to move from stop to stop much faster. For the next two weeks, there will be people in orange vests stationed at every stop to explain the new system.
Recently rent-regulated tenants had a huge victory: the Rent Guidelines Board made history by freezing rents for rent-regulated tenants with one-year leases, and voting for a 2% increase on two-year leases. I am very grateful to tenant advocates for the leadership in calling for a rent freeze, and to the Rent Guidelines Board for their vote. (Rent-controlled tenants, on the other hand, continue to have a 7.5% rent increase each year. You can learn more about it from this piece in DNA Info, which features some Upper West Siders.)
Monday, June 29th marked the first day of a car-free Central Park north of 72nd street! I am proud to have been a part of this long effort that makes bicyclists and pedestrians safer, and I will continue to work towards a fully car-free Central Park. Learn more fromCBS 2 News and Streetfilms.
This Sunday, July 19 is NYC Triathlon in the Hudson River and along the West Side Highway. Between 5am-2pm on Sunday, the DOT will close the following roads: Manhattan
Henry Hudson Parkway (Northbound) between West 57th Street and the Henry Hudson Bridge
West 72nd Street between Riverside Drive and Central Park West
West 79st Street between Riverside Drive and Traffic Circle (Near West Side Highway)
Henry Hudson Parkway (Northbound) between the Henry Hudson Bridge and the Mosholu Parkway
Mosholu Parkway (Eastbound) between Henry Hudson Parkway and West Gun Hill Road
The MTA does not expect the event to detour the M7, M11 or M104. FREE summer meals are available for anyone under 18 years old at participating community schools, pools, parks, libraries and NYCHA locations. You do not need an ID, registration, or documentation to eat your free meal. View the flyer or visit the website to find locations near you.
Funding for the Upper West Side I am happy to designate both capital and expense funding to our local public schools, parks, public housing, and social programs. Summaries are below, but you can see an itemized list of all my allocations on my website. (The capital funding list is posted, and the expense funding list is coming soon).
CAPITAL FUNDING (bricks and mortar)
$2.45M for schools, including playground renovations for P.S. 75, a science center for P.S. 199, gym and library upgrades at John Jay College, and computer lab and technology upgrades for several schools.
$1.05M for NYCHA, including a senior center renovation at Harborview Terrace, security cameras at Wise Rehab, and an age-friendly lobby at Amsterdam Houses.
$900K for parks and transit, including repairs to the path around the Crab Apple Grove in Riverside Park, safety measures for pedestrians and bicyclists along the Hudson River Greenway, and crosstown bus countdown clocks.
I also allocated money to support Symphony Space, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the City Parks Foundation to refurbish SummerStage. EXPENSE FUNDING (people and projects)
$300K for youth arts, education, and afterschool programs, including digital literacy programming, guidance for applying to college, tutoring, tennis, and basketball.
$150K for senior programs, including physical fitness classes, free concerts, and social workers.
$75K for anti-poverty programs, including food pantries, legal services, tenant support, and my office’s monthly housing clinics. This year the Council’s Clean Streets Initiative received additional funding, so the DOE fund can serve more routes in the neighborhood. If you have ideas for streets that need cleaning, let me know atHelen@HelenRosenthal.com.
The Council funded my Student Voter Registration Day initiative, which will bring a day of civic education and voter registration to high schools in every Council district. Our City and State have some of the lowest voter turnout rates nationwide, and this initiative gives students the opportunity to understand the impact they can make through civic participation — both in and out of the voting booth. I’m delighted to report that my strong support for the American Museum of Natural History’s new science education center resulted in substantial funding for construction: $16M from the City Council. As design and construction progresses, I expect the Museum to have an open dialogue with the community.
I am a member of the City Council’s small Budget Negotiating Team (BNT) responsible for identifying funding priorities for the Council. We learn about funding shortfalls and the need for additional city services during three months of intense budget hearings. The BNT depends on our strong Council financial staff and input from our colleagues to shape and advocate for our priorities. This year our focus was on libraries, senior services, public schools, legal services for tenants, and additional police. We were successful in all of these areas. One of our goals was to advocate for an equal amount of funding for youth year-round and summer job programs as there would be for additional police officers. Ultimately we achieved an increase of nearly $40 million for youth jobs, and we will continue to advocate for increased job opportunities for young people.
Council Member Helen Rosenthal, 6th District
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As NYCHA Celebrates “Family Day” Let’s Look At The 50 Year Anniversary of the Historic Moynihan Report On Black and Poor Families
Through the Support of the 7 E’S 4 Power Tour and Family Day Events in NYCHA Developments We Can Start The Process of Strengthening The Family Structure in Black, Latino and Poor Communities So We Can Better Educate Our Children And Put An End To Poverty, Drugs, Unemployment, HIV and Gun & Gang Violence
THE MEANING AND MISSION OF “FAMILY DAY” AT NYCHA
The Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) continues their work to end Gun & Gang Violence, address Black on Black Crime and improve relations between the Police and the Community by partnering with NYPD’s Housing Division and NYCHA residents to support “Family Day” events throughout NYCHA developments this summer. They will also be supported by their Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Project and the 7 E’S 4 Power Tour in addition to Power 105.1 the Source Magazine, “The Shark” Daymond John, Hip-Hop Wireless, elected officials and a host of others. To further accomplish this monumental task additional support will come from the newly created My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, an initiative created by President Obama to save young Black and Latino males. During this year’s 4th annual Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence Week celebration (May 15-21, 2015) the agency received a powerful and “Inspirational Message from the President” in recognition of their outstanding work to improve public safety and the quality of life in poor and disadvantaged communities with a focus on NYCHA Developments.
Family Day is important because in order to empower our youth and save the next generation it all starts with Family Values, Love, Unity and Respect. Due to “Slavery & Racism” the “Black Family Structure” has been compromised and those that have survived the assault must step up to the plate and save the less fortunate. This will not be an easy task, but Blacks must take the lead when it comes to saving their own. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ending of Slavery; the 50th anniversary of the March of Selma; the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln and now the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Moynihan Report, it is up to the students, parents, community, business, clergy, and political leaders of this generation to study the report and assess how it can be used to improve the “Family Structure” today in Black, Latino and Poor communities.
When it comes to crime in NYCHA and the rest of the city, Blacks & Latinos make up 96% of all homicide victims and are responsible for 97% of all shootings. NYCHA is affected by these numbers and we must work as a team to reduce the violence, but it starts with improving the Family Structure. This year we intend to use Family Day and Hip-Hop as a platform to start a new innovative movement within NYCHA developments working with our partner Reginald Bowman, President of the NYCHA Council of Presidents, to save our youth and young adults while also protecting seniors and children from Gun & Gang Violence.
12 DOORS OF LIFE & DEATH
Poverty and Illiteracy are the root causes of Gun & Gang Violence, as well as a host of other social issues the HHSYC has associated with their “12 Doors of Life & Death.” Let’s take a look at the issues behind each door: Gun & Gang Violence; Black on Black Crime; Police/Community Relations; Employment; the Drop-Out Crisis; Substance Abuse; HIV/AIDS; Healthcare; Affordable Housing; Voter Registration; Cultural & Spiritual Empowerment; and Criminal Justice Reform. To address these issues the agency will use the 7 E’S 4 Power, which include: Education; Employment; Entrepreneurship; Economic Development; Entertainment; Equality and Empowerment. Now, it is the hope of the HHSYC that through the use of the 7 E’S 4 Power they will be able to provide youth, young adults and families living in poor communities with the wisdom and resources to create a safer and better community.
THE MOYNIHAN REPORT ON FAMILY STRUCTURE
As we celebrate Family Day throughout NYCHA Developments this year is going to be very special as we recognize the 50thanniversary of the groundbreaking 1965 release of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report“The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” (often referred to as the Moynihan Report). As a general rule, assistant secretaries in the Labor Department do not publish such historical documents, but no one told that to Patrick Moynihan, a sociologist and later U.S. Senator. It focused on the deep roots of black poverty in America and concluded controversially that the relative absence of nuclear families (those having both a father and mother present) would greatly hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
Stated Moynihan “The fundamental problem is that of family structure. The evidence—not final, but powerfully persuasive—is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling.” Communities affected faced “massive deterioration of the fabric of society and its institutions.” Such deterioration, should it prove in fact to be occurring, would constitute “the single most important social fact of the U.S. today” ended Moynihan.
Immediately after its release, The Moynihan Report created a lot of excitement and its “Call to Action” was repeated by President Lyndon Johnson within a few months of its publication—again, an uncommon fate for a Labor Department report. At the same time a lot others disputed his findings challenging every word. Moynihan was accused of arguing that low-income Black Families were simply causing their own problems and of trying to undermine the civil rights movement. As outlined in the report, Moynihan pointed the finger to the long and ugly legacy of “Slavery & Racism.” Both undermined the leadership role of Black men in their families and community. The point of the report was not to assign blame but to focus on the problems within the Black and Poor Family Structure where Moynihan described how the unemployment rates, welfare application rates and the number of unmarried mothers appeared to contribute to the Black Family problem.
RACISM, POVERTY AND DR. KING
The facts about the collapse of the American Family amongst those living in poor and disadvantaged communities was the focus of the Moynihan Report. He saw the danger a half a century ago and warned America of the detrimental affects their policies would have if the problem was not addressed. He felt that race was at the core of the problem and that without a strong and stable family the American Dream would never become a reality for most poor citizens. President Obama has asked this country to have a conversation on race, but our political and community leaders have yet to recognize the “Call to Action.” Maybe the killing of 9 people in a church in South Carolina by a supporter of the racist policies associated with slavery and the Confederate Flag, along with a rash of killings of Blacks by law enforcement agencies, could be enough to finally start a long overdue conversation on race that could help heal this nation.
As elected officials debate the issue we can never overlook the heroic efforts of many single mothers going the extra mile to help their children avert the dangers of dropping out of school, crime, violence and gang recruitment. The family is the foundation within every cultural society and is essential for proper social human development. It is hard to imagine how much is being done by our politicians to address centuries of social and economic inequality. But the first step toward seriously taking them on must be a strong commitment to rebuild the family structure in Black, Latino and poor communities. To achieve this task poverty and academic failure have to be on top of the list.
In his speech on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, Dr. King connected the war in Vietnam with the “war on poverty” when he said “and you may not know it, my friends, but it is estimated that we spend $500,000 to kill each enemy soldier, while we spend only $53 for each person classified as poor, and much of that $53 goes for salaries to people that are not poor. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor, and attack it as such.” The next year, King started the Poor People’s Campaignto address the lack of support for the “war on poverty” and to “demand a check” for suffering African-Americans, which was carried on briefly after his death with the construction and maintenance of an encampment, Resurrection City, for over six weeks. It appears that we need to revisit Dr. King’s mission and use Family Day in NYCHA Developments, along with the findings outlined in the Moynihan Report, as a platform to finally address the hardcore issues that have devastated the “Family Structure” in Black, Latino and Poor communities so the next generation will have a much better chance of achieving the American Dream.
FINAL WORD FROM MOYNIHAN
In 2002, a year before Moynihan died, he was a keynote speaker at a conference of experts concerning international trends affecting family life. His message was pessimistic. Cohabitation, he pointed out, was “neither stable nor long-term.” The rise in fatherless families deeply disadvantaged children. It still remained risky for white writers to highlight black family problems. And social science seemed unable to develop a national family policy. “We are nowhere near a general theory of family change,” he asserted. “And there we shall leave it, the question still standing: who indeed can tell us what happened to the American family?”
SPECIAL SHOT OUTS TO THOSE ON THE FRONT LINE GETTING THE JOB DONE FOR NYCHA RESIDENTS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES: Reginald Bowman, President, NYCHA Resident President: Deidra Gilliard, Vice-President of Programs, NYCHA; Housing Cheif James A. Secreto, Lieutenant Cleare and Det. Redric, all who are doing an outstanding job to protect, serve and empower NYCHA residents.
We also want to thank all NYCHA Presidents supporting the Family Day Agenda, as we role up our sleeves to improve the quality of life in NYCHA, as well as the National Night Out Against Crime on August 4, 2015, where we will be hosting the Night Out Against Crime Talent Search (NO-ACTS) throughout NYC and the Tri-State area. So if you have some talent it’s your Time 2 Shine. So to get info on the initiative or register hit us up at: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.hhsyc.org and click on the banner on the front page.
For further info on FAMILY DAY EVENTS, as well as how you can join the “Raptivism Team” to address a host of needs to improve the quality of life in NYCHA DEVELOPMENTS, hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).
The unveiling of a plaque commemorating the New York City Slave Market will take place this afternoon
Today, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, and Mayor Bill de Blasio will join the community for the unveiling ceremony of a historic marker to commemorate the New York City Slave Market at 1:00 PM on the corner of Water and Wall Street.
Last February, Council Member Williams introduced legislation with Majority Leader James Van Bramer to establish the landmark, but the Administration partnered with the Council Members to create it without force of law. In addition to the Administration, this ceremony has been made possible with help of the New York City Department of Parks, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, historians including Chris Cobb, Council Member Williams’ former Legislative and Budget Director K. Bain, human rights advocates and additional elected officials.
For more info regarding this historical event, email Council Member Williams’ Communication Director William Gerlich at email@example.com.
This one hurts, literally. Here’s a word of advice: when on the train platform, just wait for the train. Don’t push, don’t fight, and don’t try to get in touch with your inner Olympian. Or you’ll end up like this kid, who is more than likely a lot more hurt than he lets on in the video clip.
Hip Hop icon Nas has partnered with New York City restaurant Sweet Chick, which specializes in Southern cuisine
Rap iconNas attended the one-year anniversary of NYC restaurant Sweet Chick, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan this week. Nas has partnered with the NYC restaurant, which specializes in chicken and waffles and Southern cuisine. He posted a flick on IG in front of Sweet Chick alongside its owner John Seymour with comment,
Extending the Empire! New Patnaz! NEWYORKSTATEOFMIND! Me & my Bro about to FLIP THESE BIRDS!! Chicken & Waffles and more… @johnseymour_nyc @sweetchicklife #NYC”
The restaurant not only has a location on the Lower East Side, but they also have a Brooklyn location. Sweet Chick plans on expanding with a third restaurant and possibly reaching the West Coast real soon.
“As we continue to grow and develop the Sweet Chick brand, we want to align with partners and artists that understand what we represent,” Seymour said in a recent press release.
When conceptualizing Sweet Chick, we understood the history of chicken and waffles and wanted to have an amazing product while paying homage to its roots within the music community of NYC. Music has played a huge part in defining who we are and with Nas (my favorite rapper) on board, it’s a dream come true and we can truly move forward with a ‘NY state of Mind’ and introduce Sweet Chick to a bigger audience.”