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Press Mentions

Format: 2017-03-30
Format: 2017-03-30

CultureCocoa ArtHouse founder Jodelyn Goode secured grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and the Citizens Committee for New York City to fund the creation of the mural. “Even in being displaced, how do you find who you are? Public artwork can validate you, even when society says you don’t matter,” said Goode. “Art is a reminder that you matter, that you’re here.

Artists make a mural of A Tribe Called Quest’s message
Patrick Donachie
Queens Times Ledger
August 04, 2016

“As an early funder and supporter of the Queens-Way, the Citizens Committee for New York City is thrilled to see this project take another major step forward in becoming a reality,” said Peter Kostmayer, Chief Executive Officer of the Citizens Committee for New York City. “These types of projects are never easy but when communities organize effectively, such as in the case of the QueensWay, great things can happen to improve the quality of life in those neighborhoods and with improvements to the environment, education, transportation, security and health, the QueensWay is a win-win for all of Queens and the City of New York.

Planning For QueensWay’s First Phase
Ariel Hernandez
Queens Tribune
July 07, 2016

“People say they support fighting global warming, and they want to elect someone that’ll do something about it — but they have a problem with carrying a reusable bag in their coat pocket,” said former Congressmember Peter Kostmayer, C.E.O. of the Citizens Committee of New York City.

It’s in the bag: Surcharge to start in February
Michael Ossorguine
The Villager
June 23, 2016

Dana Rachlin, a Brooklyn native who launched NYC Together [a 2016 Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grant recipient] to help troubled youths, said students come to the 90th Precinct after school every Tuesday for a full semester, attending workshops, going on field trips and receiving tutoring from officers.

Mural by Brooklyn youth showing bond between Williamsburg community, cops unveiled
Lauren Klose
New York Daily News
June 11, 2016

Over the past 10 weeks, six high school students from NYC Together and Usher Raymond IV’s Usher’s New Look Youth Leadership Organization have worked with officers from the 90th Police Precinct and a professional artist to create a shared vision of positive police-community relations for a mural located in front of the 90th Precinct station house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The mural will a backdrop to a community garden that is funded by Open Space Alliance and the Citizens Committee of NYC.

Usher’s New Look and NYC Together high school students partner with NYPD to create community mural
Brooklyn Home Reporter
May 31, 2016

The United Block Association at 113 Ave, St. Albans, is a recipient of a 2016 Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grant for $1,500... The project helps educate the youth about growing healthy food, allows senior citizens to share their experience with them, and promotes good citizenship.

Community Empowerment By Growing Food
Black Star News
May 30, 2016

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We’re betting [Assembly Speaker] Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) will stand up for good government and pollution prevention by rejecting the Senate’s attempt to block the city’s sensible new anti-litter statute.

Hands off NYC’s shopping bag fee
Eric Goldstein and Peter Kostmayer
New York Daily News
January 26, 2017

Peter H. Kostmayer, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City, said: "What does it say about us that we are unwilling to either pay five cents for a plastic bag or bring our own reusable bag when shopping? Does it indicate the level of sacrifice we as Americans are willing to make to save our environment? Countries far poorer than ours have given up plastic bags in the fight against waste and climate change. Is it really too much to ask of ourselves? Are plastic bags something we can do without or at least reduce in the struggle to save our planet for our children and for their children? It’s not someone else’s decision. It’s ours. Do the right thing.

New York’s Environmental Groups Overwhelmingly Oppose Albany’s Plan to Roll Back Environmental Regulations & Overturn NYC’s Plastic Bag Law
Press Release
January 15, 2017

Funding goes a long way for these groups because many of them operate on a shoe string budget," said Saleen Shah of Citizens Committee for NYC. "So, to have city agencies on board like NYC Service, this is a true public private partnership.

'We Love Kew Gardens' Awarded Grant to Clean-Up Neighborhood [VIDEO]
NY1 News
January 04, 2017

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