Author Archive

Ralph R. Ortega

New York City

Opinion

Editor’s note: It’s housing, stupid

New rental vacancy numbers should spur political leaders to act fast to build more units.

Personality

Personality

Wayne Ho on Chinese-American Planning Council support for 2023 Somos

The organization’s CEO talks about partnering with the state Assembly AAPI Task Force, community partners and others to bring an energy-charged event to the annual conference in San Juan Puerto Rico.

Interviews & Profiles

Personality

Ninfa Segarra on Somos 2023

An interview with the former New York City deputy mayor for education and human services under Rudy Giuliani, who also sits on the board of the annual event in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

New York City

News

Democrats and Republicans turn out for opening of Brooklyn facility for older New Yorkers

The new Bay Ridge Center was celebrated with a show of bipartisan support that helped make the facility possible.

New York City

Personality

What brings Nicole Malliotakis together with Justin Brannan? A senior center in Bay Ridge

The Bay Ridge Center raised $5 million and secured a major grant to go from operating out of a church basement for nearly half a century to occupying a newly renovated 21,000 square foot building.

New York City

Personality

Jennifer Raab says goodbye to Hunter College after nearly a quarter century

The exiting college president sat down with City & State to discuss her impact on the school and the legacy she leaves after more than 22 years of service.

Interviews & Profiles

News

How NYC is streamlining MWBE contracting

Lisa Flores, chief procurement officer and director of the Mayor's Office of Contract Services, discussed efforts that have improved how MWBE vendors interact with the city in a Q&A at City & State’s Diversity Summit

Nonprofits

News

Housing Works opens New York’s first recreational marijuana dispensary

Proceeds go towards helping the nonprofit fulfill its mission. Here’s everything you need to know.

Nonprofits

Funding

MWBE lender takes community-based approach

Lendistry, the sole administrator of the New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program, focuses on closing the wealth gap created by barriers and lack of access to small business financing.

Courts

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Adult Survivors Act needs all the attention it can get

The law opens a one-year lookback window for survivors to come forward with legal claims against their alleged abusers.

Education

Funding

Hunter College receives historic $52 million donation

Billionaire Estée Lauder heir Leonard Lauder made the gift to the school, the most ever given to a CUNY institution, for a new nurse practitioner program.

Infrastructure

Personality

Regional Planning Association CEO on 100 years of shaping NY’s urban planning

Tom Wright details the RPA’s work over the years as it unveils a new exhibit of its regional plans at Grand Central Terminal.

Policy

News

Nonprofits provide plan for ending “crisis on Rikers Island”

Freedom Agenda, HALT Solitary, Jails Action Coalition, Visionary V, VOCAL-NY and Women’s Community Justice Association provided a list of demands to the Board of Correction.

Nonprofits

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Missing the 9/11 Tribute Museum

The museum’s location in lower Manhattan was closed just about a month before this year’s observance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Immigration

Opinion

Editor’s Note: Migrants arriving in NYC deserve their day in court

Nonprofits working with the new arrivals have received hundreds of improperly addressed asylum hearing notices.

Breaking News Funding

Procurement progress: NYC pays out $4.2 billion

Officials announced a new initiative had begun addressing the backlog of payments owed to contractors, primarily nonprofit service providers.

News

Editor’s Note: NYN Media gets a new look

We’ve refreshed our website to improve on the user experience and better showcase news and opinion for New York’s nonprofit community

News

Nonprofit OpCon returns, focusing on processes and streamlining operations post-COVID-19

The annual New York Nonprofit Media event gathered industry experts to discuss strategies for organizations as they emerge from the challenges of the pandemic.

News

Creating broadband access for NYCHA residents that’s essentially free

Internet service for public housing residents would be covered in part by a federal subsidy.

News

How the Black Car Fund survived COVID-19 and is expanding benefits for drivers

The nonprofit organization wants legislation that added dental exams, cleanings and vision coverage renewed after it expires at the end of 2022.