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I personally wonder how they are not in deep water with the irs but i suspect they do not have to pay taxes on most of the funds.
Even as fund-raising has stalled, the fund has moved into larger offices — which include a new, private office for Ms. McCray — and the cost of running the operation has increased by more than 50 percent in the last two years.
In interviews with more than a dozen donors and others who had contact with the fund, none said that they had substantive conversations with Ms. McCray.
City Hall later provided a list of 44 people contacted by Ms. McCray in 2015 and 2016. Several people on the list, when asked about the call, either did not remember the interaction or did not recall discussing donations.
“She makes calls to share what our priorities are and to get attention and interest from others,” said Mr. Bloch, describing Ms. McCray as a key part of the organization’s fund-raising.
But another pattern is revealed by the calls: almost half of those contacted by Ms. McCray were contributors to her husband’s mayoral campaigns (the Simonses each gave the maximum donation to Mr. de Blasio’s re-election campaign last year). In at least two cases, a person made a campaign donation to Mr. de Blasio within days of one of Ms. McCray’s calls on behalf of the fund.
Familiar figures in Mr. de Blasio’s orbit who gave to the fund include James F. Capalino, a top lobbyist and campaign contributor to the mayor who also made donations, later ruled improper, to the Campaign for One New York, a political nonprofit started by Mr. de Blasio that the mayor was forced to shut down amid ethics questions and the investigations into his fund-raising. The inquiries were closed in 2016 without charges being filed.
I found this interesting:
Other measurements seemingly have nothing to do with the mental health of New Yorkers. For instance, Thrive calculates how many mayors attended a national conference on mental health — just seven when New York City hosted it in 2017.
I would be interested to know which 7 mayors attended and how much was spent on the "Conference" by Thrive, where it was held, what money was spent on food, entertainment, hotel accommodations, etc. Seven! Wow! You would think that the "conference" would have been cancelled if more than 7 hadn't RSVP'd.
originally posted by: queenofswords
SO MANY OF THE WIVES ARE INVOLVED AND THEY ALL USE THEIR MAIDEN NAMES OR SOME PREVIOUS NAME.
(Yes, I put that in all caps on purpose.)
NOTE: Jerrold Nadler's wife, Joyce MILLER, is/was/may still be on the Board of Directors of Empire State Development.
Appointed May 4, 2010
Additional Position(s): Tier One Public Strategies, CEO
First Lady Chirlane McCray delivers a Call to Action at the second annual Cities Thrive Conference marking the end of the two-day event. The First Lady is joined by Mayor de Blasio and Former Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Mr. Slavitt, who both deliver remarks. New York Law School, Manhattan. Tuesday, December 05, 2017. Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
“Some people have said there’s no accountability for the money that was spent — $850 million going to hit $1 billion within five years and we’re still seeing lots of homeless on the street and apparently not a lot of bookkeeping from your office,” anchor Rosanna Scotto asked McCray, the city’s first lady.
“Well that’s not true, that is absolutely not true,” McCray answered. “We have so many measures in place and I uh, uh, so many measures in place.”
Co-host Lori Stokes pressed McCray about the “accomplishments thus far of ThriveNYC” and “how can we be able to tell that $850 mil has actually been well spent?”
McCray claimed the program will have spent only $560 million by the end of June.
“That’s a lot of bucks,” Stokes countered.
“Those bucks have been well spent,” McCray said, adding, “The kinds of things people are looking for we’re not going to see for many years because that’s just not the way it works. When you get vaccinated, you don’t immediately become immune.”
Although Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking agencies citywide to tighten their belts to find $750 million in savings to help balance his $92.2 billion budget for fiscal 2020, Thrive NYC is not earmarked for cuts.
During a hearing two weeks ago, Thrive director Susan Herman admitted the program is budgeted to receive $250 million a year over the next four years, including $2 million to cover its 21 office staffers.
Johnson, however, said the council would indeed examine the program for potential cuts as “part of the budget [review] process.”
“Thrive NYC is not different than any other program,” he said. “We have to look at it in a thoughtful, meaningful way.”
The mayor’s office Monday night said the city has spent $564 million on Thrive – $344.1 million in the first three years and a projected $220 million in the current fiscal year. But Thrive NYC’s own documents say there’s a commitment to spend $850 million.