With a new Administration for the first time in twelve years, New York City’s human services sector is excited to form new partnerships, share new ideas, and tackle our most pressing issues. On March 5, 2014 Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Human Services Council of New York, UJA Federation of New York, United Neighborhood Houses, and United Way of New York City hosted a reception to welcome New York City Human Services Officials and hear from them how they will work with the sector and share ideas for a stronger collaboration. New York City’s human services sector still faces the effects of the Great Recession, and as the partner in the delivery of services to those in need, maintaining and building a strong network of providers and programs is crucial to healthy communities.
The event hosted over two hundred people, including seventeen officials from City government – Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor of Strategic Policy Initiatives Richard Buery, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations Mindy Tarlow, Commissioner of Human Resources Administration Steve Banks, Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Commissioner of Youth and Community Development Bill Chong, Chair of New York City Housing Authority Shola Olatoye , Commissioner of the Office to Combat Domestic Violence Rose Pierre-Louis, Commissioner of Homeless Services Gilbert Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Coordination and Integration of Services Eric Brettschneider, Deputy Commissioner of the Office to Combat Domestic Violence Florence Hutner, and Assistant Commissioner of the Office to Combat Domestic Violence Tracy Weber-Thomas.
The new Administration will face many challenging issues, and there is a clear need for collaborating between the City and community nonprofits to sustain vital community programs throughout every borough. We were thrilled to hear tonight about the new Administration’s policy agenda, new ways we can collaborate, and a passion for bettering the lives of all New Yorkers.
The event kicked off with remarks from Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, who has extensive experience in both City government and served as the Commissioner for the Department of the Aging since 2008. Deputy Mayor Barrios-Paoli addressed how the nonprofit sector plays a critical role in the Administration’s agenda.
Richard Buery, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, who has been a partner with Human Services Council since coming to Children’s Aid Society and has dedicated his career to protecting children and eliminating poverty, spoke about the importance of continued collaboration with the sector.
Mindy Tarlow, Director of Operations, has been executive director of the Center for Employment Opportunities for nearly twenty years before she was appointed by Mayor de Blasio. She introduced her new role and how she would integrate human services into other parts of government.
Commissioners Steve Banks, Dr. Mary T. Bassett, Bill Chong, Shola Olatoye, Rose Pierre-Louis, Gilbert Taylor, and Deputy Commissioner Eric Brettschneider, all addressed some of the most urgent issues the City is facing today and expressed that now is the best time for sharing new ideas for the people of New York.
Thank you to all the attendees, City Officials, and our partners for an inspiring event. We are confident that good things will come from our joint efforts and we look forward to working together!
Contributed by Yuan Zhou of the Human Services Council of New York.