Linda Sarsour

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Profiles, Social Services

Linda Sarsour Executive director, Arab American Association of New York When Linda Sarsour was born in 1980, a song called “Linda” was a big hit among Arab speakers, including her parents. She was her family’s first U.S.-born child, and her parents wanted to give her a name that was common both among Palestinians and the family’s new neighbors— and Linda fit the bill. “So while they felt it was a beautiful song, it was also a name that was easier… [More]

Chung-Wha Hong

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in Profiles, Social Services

Chung-Wha Hong Executive director, the New York Immigration Coalition As many as 800 languages are spoken in New York City, making it one of the most diverse places on earth. And as more and more immigrants choose to settle in the various ethnic pockets scattered across the five boroughs, the problem of connecting those immigrants to the array of opportunities available to them becomes more pronounced. That’s where Chung-Wha Hong and the coalition of immigrant rights groups she helps run… [More]

Gladys Carrion

Written by Eliza Ronalds-Hannon on . Posted in Profiles, Social Services

Gladys CarriÓn Commissioner, New York State Office of Children & Family Services As a practicing lawyer in the 1970s, Gladys Carrión was many times mistaken for a caseworker or a social worker when she entered the courtroom. “People would address their questions to the men I was with, when in fact I was their supervisor,” Carrión said. In those years, Carrión faced the triple barrier of being young, female and a person of color, but she said her gender was… [More]

Lillian Rodríguez López

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Profiles, Social Services

LILLIAN RODRÍGUEZ LÓPEZ President, the Hispanic Federation Nonprofits have been a critical part of Lillian Rodríguez López’s life for as long as she can remember: from the play the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre performed in her neighborhood when she was little to her job at the Tremont Community Council (which paid her way through college) to her position today at one of the city’s most influential Hispanic organizations. “You can imagine, they’re very near and dear to my heart,” Rodríguez… [More]

Bringing the Mayor to Heel

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Government Operations, News, Social Services

Choose your metaphor: When Gov. Andrew Cuomo roused a crowd in Albany last week by promising to stop fingerprinting food stamp applicants, was he stepping on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s toes or kicking him in the shin? Cuomo didn’t single out New York City, but there was no mistaking which city he was targeting with his call to end the practice. To Bloomberg, it’s a simple way to guard against fraud, and his Human Resources Administration has argued for years it’s… [More]

Cuomo’s New York City Agenda Freezes Out Bloomberg

Written by Adam Lisberg on . Posted in Daily, Government Operations, Social Services

One of the few heated spots in the state Capitol complex yesterday was the conference room where Mayor Michael Bloomberg talked to reporters after Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. The governor likes his rooms ice-cold; Bloomberg’s girlfriend, Diana Taylor, was hugging herself for warmth. “At least it’s warm in here!” the mayor said as he walked in. “At least at City Hall you can afford heat,” CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer said. “No, we can’t afford it,” Bloomberg… [More]

BACK & FORTH: Child Protector

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Interviews, Social Services

As the new commissioner of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Ronald Richter is taking over an embattled agency tasked with protecting thousands of children all across the city. The death of 4-year-old Marchella Pierce last year raised doubts about the ACS’ effectiveness and prompted an investigation of the child welfare agency, which had a caseworker assigned to monitor the girl. Richter, a former Family Court judge with a wealth of experience in and out of government, spoke with City… [More]

Dream Deferred

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Social Services, Spotlight

A status update on New York’s Age-Friendly NYC plan The 2007 comprehensive plan Mayor Bloomberg unveiled to address the city’s older population has 59 goals. But while some of the plan’s initiatives are unqualified successes, others have been placed on a permanent back burner because of the ailing economy. One of the initiative’s early successes, advocates and city politicians say, is a program called ‘Safe Streets for Seniors.’ For older adults, moving around a city like New York can be… [More]

Expert Roundtable: Aging

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Social Services, Spotlight

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Commissioner of New York City’s Department for the Aging Q: Is there a growing divide between the elderly poor and older New Yorkers who are wealthier? LBP: I think the main issue is not with poverty in New York City; it’s that we have a very large number of seniors who were immigrants, many of whom came here already as seniors following their own children. They’re not eligible for Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid, or any of… [More]

Issue Spotlight: The Aging City

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Social Services, Spotlight

  When it comes to aging policy, is the city getting any wiser? The stooped woman hustling through the Sunnyside senior center’s main hall at lunchtime is Gertrude McDonald, age 95. She’s spent most of her adult life in politics, as an aide to former state Sen. George Onorato, and as the first woman from Queens to run for the state Assembly in a Democratic primary, back in 1968. “That was a time when women were still just licking the… [More]