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NYC, Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Scattered snow showers then heavy snow later in Western New York, and partly sunny and breezy in the rest of the state. New York City, high 30; Albany, high 24; Buffalo, high 20.
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NYN Media Op-Ed: JoAnne Page - Forging a path toward true criminal justice reform

JoAnne Page, president of The Fortune Society, lays out her vision for what city and state government must do to move the needle on criminal justice reform in 2016. Her recommendations cut to the core of reducing reliance on incarceration, ensuring safety nets are in place for formerly incarcerated individuals, reforming the parole system and eliminating discrimination against formerly incarcerated New Yorkers.
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NYTimes: As Cuomo Acts on Homeless Problem, New York City Blames State Cuts

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has hit the news media circuit to convey the urgency of the surprise executive order he issued last week requiring local governments to move homeless people off the streets when the temperature goes below freezing, the New York Times writes. Yet a review of government efforts on homelessness since Mr. Cuomo took office in 2011 shows a more complicated push and pull between city and state as they confront the problem.
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Politico: De Blasio holds out ‘hope’ for state partnership on homelessness

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced the formation of a task force made up of a “brain trust” of nonprofit homeless services providers to help the city with its plans to create 15,000 units of supportive housing for the city’s homeless and mentally ill over the next 15 years, Politico New York writes. The task force is made up representatives of more than a dozen nonprofits, including the Bowery Residents Committee, Supportive Housing network of New York, Catholic Charities and HELP USA, well-regarded operators and providers among the city’s shelter, supportive housing and homeless services professionals.
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Daily News: Mayor de Blasio starts task force to help build 15,000 apartments for the formerly homeless

Mayor de Blasio announced a new task force to help him build 15,000 units of supportive housing Tuesday, the latest in a slew of announcements to show he's on top of the city’s homelessness crisis, the Daily News reports. The announcement came a day ahead of Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address, where he’s expected to announce a more muscular state intervention into city homelessness policy. De Blasio said he plans to meet privately with his rival the governor, as well as state legislators.
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Keep OFA director, says elder care nonprofit

Essex County’s decision to fold the Office for the Aging into Public Health is continuing to generate questions from the community, the Sun Community News reports. On Monday, a local nonprofit called for the county to maintain a department-level leadership position for the office, which runs a variety of programs for elderly county residents.
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NYN Buzz
American Honda Foundation Awards $75K to New York City Mission Society to Expand Music Enrichment Program

The American Honda Foundation has awarded $75,000 to the New York City Mission Society to support and expand a musical education program that teaches young people the history of Afro-Latin jazz and provides them with lessons on musical instruments. Called Global Rhythms In Our Tribe (G.R.I.O.T.), the free music program was launched last year in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA), founded by Grammy Award-Winning pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O'Farrill.
"We thank the American Honda Foundation for this incredibly generous support,” said New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. "Music education has been a significant part of the New York City Mission Society's history, and this gift will allow us to strengthen and build on that tradition and bring music to even more young people. Music teaches them something about their past, and gives them a host of skills – music-related and otherwise – that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.”
The Mission Society provides innovative educational and restorative justice programs and community events that help children and young adults in New York City’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. The Mission Society serves more than 18,000 New Yorkers each year.

The grant allows the Mission Society to build upon the program's curriculum, particularly in areas of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Students learn the science behind the sound produced by their instruments (such as the trombone and drums), mathematics involved with time signature, and technology associated with creating compositions. Students use music software to produce their own songs using instruments that they design and engineer. The enhanced curriculum exposes students to careers in musical engineering, acoustics and musical production.
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* The New York City Independent Budget Office estimated the cost of each affordable housing unit would increase $45,000 if constructed by those earning prevailing wages, as requested by unions, the Post reports. Read more

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo is seeking to extend the state’s goal of doing 30 percent of business with minority or women-owned business enterprises to school districts and municipalities that receive state funding, the Times Union reports.
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* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is slated to unveil today plans for a court in Brooklyn dedicated to handling gun crimes as well as a 200-officer police division to focus on firearm violence, The New York Times reports.
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De Blasio visits Manhattan homeless shelter, takes ‘highly motivated’ man’s resume

As he grapples with the city's homeless crisis, Mayor de Blasio took an up close look Thursday night, the Daily News writes. De Blasio spent nearly two hours visiting one of the city's largest shelters, the 30th Street Intake Center, also known as the Bellevue Shelter, catering to hundreds of homeless men. "I didn't hear a single situation that couldn't be fixed, but it isn't being fixed, that's the reality. And we have to fix it,” the mayor said. Read more.
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