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Resources

This page will be populated with a number of resources prepared by and prepared for member organizations of NYSA. If you are visiting and have questions about any of these documents or would like to see additional resources added, contact ChrisNYSA@gmail.com.

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Kirwan Institute Analyzes Recovery Act in NYS
October 2010: The Kirwan Institute and NYSA jointly released a report in October called "Where's the Stimulus: State and Regional profiles of the Recovery Act Investment in New York State." The report highlights the allocation of federal Recovery Act investments statewide, identifying geographic distribution of funds as well as specific populations that have benefited. The report finds that Recovery Act funding has been of critical importance to help New York weather the economic storm by maintaining services and getting many New Yorkers back to work. Read the full report here and see highlights and color maps below.
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A few key facts and findings emerged from the study:
     - The State of New York will receive $29.4 billion in Federal Stimulus funds which will be allocated for use by the end of fiscal year 2011.
     - As of June 30, 2010, recipients reported on $9.7 billion of these funds, which resulted in the creation of 170,018 jobs, according to Recovery.gov.  This is the sum of four quarterly reports and not a cumulative total.  Due to the methodology used, some ongoing jobs may be re-reported.
     - One of every five dollars that came to New York State came in the form of direct payments to individuals, such as unemployment payments of Pell Grants.
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Several populations such as Native American- and White-owned businesses are deriving an especially high benefit from federal contract work to be performed in New York State while others, such as Latino-owned and Black-owned business, are deriving a disproportionately low benefit.
     - While Native Americans comprise less than 1 percent of business owners in New York state, they received over 11 percent of all stimulus contracts in the state, and nearly 9 percent of the contract dollars. Most of these contracts were for construction work at Fort Drum in Jefferson County, awarded by the Department of Defense.
     - A disproportionately large majority of business contracts, in terms of both number of contracts and the value of contracts, went to white-owned businesses - both statewide and in the city of New York. White-owned businesses represent 76.3 percent of New York businesses but they received over 85 percent of the Recovery Act contract dollars for work conducted in the state.
     - Conversely, Black- and Latino- and Asian-owned businesses received a disproportionately low share of these contracts and contract dollars.  Statewide, black- and Latino-owned and Asian-owned businesses each represent about 10 percent of business owners.  But they received no more than 5 percent of the Recovery Act contracts and no more than 4 percent of the contract dollars.
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Of the $29.4 billion in stimulus funds flowing into the state, $9.3 billion is expected to flow to New York City targets.  Chief uses of the funds New York City receives between 2009 and 2011 will include: 
     - $3.3 billion to stabilize local government and school district budgets
     - $2.9 billion to individuals as food stamps, unemployment benefits and Pell grant
     - $689 million to public infrastructure projects
     - $2.3 billion to other investments such as homelessness prevention.
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REGIONAL MAPS OF RECOVERY ACT INVESTMENTS
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Albany
   - Profile & Map
Buffalo
   - Map (profile coming soon!)
Newburgh
   - Profile & Map
New York City
   - NYC profile
   - Brooklyn map
   - Bronx map
   - Manhanttan map
   - Queens map
   - Staten Island map
Niagara
   - Map (profile coming soon!)
Poughkeepsie
   - Profile & Map
Syracuse
   - Map (profile coming soon!)
Yonkers
   - Profile & Map

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HOW WE GOT HERE: AN OVERVIEW OF THE CRISIS

August 2010: Common Cause/NY prepared the following slideshow that outlines the financial crisis and the state of affairs in New York State for a town hall forum in Downtown Brooklyn..
 


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FINDING MORE: A FEW RESOURCES

NYS Recovery Cabinet has a lot of useful information about most programs that got Recovery act funding in NYS.  It also has a very useful breakdown of how much each county is expected to get over the first two years of the Recovery Act broken down by program.
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NYS Stimulus Oversight Panel is chaired by the State Inspector General, who is joined by the State's Inspectors General for Medicaid and the MTA, as well as the Commissioner of the Division of Human Rights.  They issue quarterly reports looking at waste, fraud, and abuse under the Recovery Act in NYS, as well as investigations into human rights and equal opportunity violations.
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Recovery.gov is where reports by many recipients of Recovery Act funding are made available regarding how much has been received and used, how many jobs are created and more. The New York State Summary is also a useful overview.
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The Government Accountability Office also specifically oversees the spending in 16 states, including New York.  The GAO issues bi-monthly reports on its work, which can be .
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By NYSA on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 6:45 PM

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CVH Hosts 4 City Recovery Act Tour

On July 29, members of Community Voices Heard led a tour from New York City to Poughkeepsie, stopping in Yonkers and Newburgh along the way, to show their neighbors and officials the impact public investments under the federal stimulus funding have had on their communities.  CVH members discussed investments in public housing, transitional jobs, funds made available under the Community Development Block Grant program, a range of other issues.
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Click 'Continue reading' to see more PRESS COVERAGE, download the PRESS RELEASE, and find JOBS MAPS displaying locations of Recovery Act-funded jobs in each of those cities.

Other economic recovery events are being planned around the state by other NYSA members, so be sure to check back for upcoming events!

Hit the PLAY button below to see the news coverage from YNN in Newburgh.




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By NYSA on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

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This website is under construction

Please check back soon for updates.

By NYSA on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 3:22 PM

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About New York Stimulus Alliance

The NY Stimulus Alliance is a coalition of community organizing groups and researchers who have teamed up to fight for an economic recovery that lifts up all New Yorkers, especially in communities of color and distressed areas.  The member organizations are:



Researchers and policy advocates include the Center for Social Inclusion, The Opportunity Agenda, Kirwan Institute, and Advancement Project.

 

WHAT WE STAND FOR:  

The federal stimulus package provides an opportunity for New York State to re-build its economy in a way that is more equal, more transparent and more accountable for all of its communities.  Public investments -- from education, transportation, and housing, to hospitals, public assistance, and workforce development -- play a critical role in our society, particularly in those communities and metro regions in which our organizations operate.



We Promote and Call for:
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Fairness

- Benefits of stimulus funding must target communities and populations historically excluded, such as low-income communities, communities of color, public assistance recipients and public housing residents, the homeless, immigrants, and New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS.  By investing in communities first and worst hit by crisis, we strengthen our economy for everyone.
- Quality jobs must be made available to all communities and populations.  Quality jobs offering fair wages, ample hours, and comprehensive benefits, such as health care, paid, leave, and worker-friendly practices, must be made equally available to all New Yorkers.

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Community Participation

- Communities must have opportunities for meaningful decision-making and oversight. The state should broaden new opportunities for public participation through new and expanded public comment and hearing requirements, and create decision-making and oversight boards with grassroots community representation.

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Transparency
- Information about stimulus programs and projects must be made available for public review.  This information should include race, gender, foreign born status, income information, and residency zip codes of job recipients and program beneficiaries.
- Effectiveness of programs should be monitored in order to prioritize those benefiting historically excluded communities.  Thorough and regular reviews of program effectiveness should be made publicly available and include specific recommendations for how to expand reach in communities that have lacked public and private investment.
- Detailed reporting must be made available on the State's progress of its stimulus policy goals.


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By NYSA on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 2:41 AM

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