9/29 deadline: Social Justice Post-Graduate Fellowship is Now Open

The New York City Social Justice Postgraduate Fellowship (SJPF) is a program for law school graduates to gain professional experience within municipal government.

Social Justice Post-Graduate Fellowship (SJPF) Social Justice Post-Graduate Fellowship (SJPF)

The New York City Social Justice Post-Graduate Fellowship (SJPF) is a full-time program for law school graduates to gain professional experience within municipal government. In its second year, the SJPF Program term will run from January to October of 2018.

Placement in New York City government offices lies at the heart of the SJPF Program. Fellows will be placed within mayoral and non-mayoral City agencies, offices, or the City Council in roles that complement their skill sets, interests, and expertise. The work is legal in nature. Fellows work on projects that foster equity for underserved and under-resourced communities, and engage in issue areas that impact communities that experience disparate outcomes in the five boroughs. In this capacity, Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with senior-level policymakers, elected officials, and participate directly in the work of policymaking and governance.

While taking part in the work of government, NYC Social Justice Fellows are required to participate in educational and professional enrichment programming throughout the term that will help them serve as effective government leaders.
Prospective applicants should:

  • Have graduated from an ABA-certified law school no earlier than May 2014
  • Be admitted to the New York State Bar or be taking the appropriate steps to gain admission, as determined by the SJPF Program staff
  • Demonstrate an interest in public service
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice


  • Selected fellows will receive a stipend of $46,500.00 for an anticipated 9-month fellowship term
  • Fellows will be full-time employees of the City of New York and eligible for benefits in accordance with civil service title regulations


  • The application will be accepted until September 29, 2017.

Employment: Citi Bike is Hiring Mechanics

NYCBS’ Bike Fleet works to make sure that our bicycles are in working order for our customers by completing work in our bike shops as well as in the field via Bike Mechanics, Field Bike Technicians and Field Bike Mechanics. Field Bike Mechanics are a new position to bring the expertise of a Bike Mechanic into the field to make repairs on-the-spot as needed. Training on technical and unique aspects of Bike Share bikes will be provided.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with assembly, maintenance, and repair of a fleet of over 6,000 bicycles, troubleshooting and devising solutions as needed.
  • Complete repairs in a professional, efficient and timely manner.
  • Complete reporting as required, ensuring that all reporting is accurate, complete and timely.
  • Adhere to scheduled assignments and schedules.
  • Follow all required procedures and policies.
  • Respond to requests from manager(s).
  • Assist in maintaining an OSHA compliant workplace, following any required work safety rules.
  • Work to help manage the inventory, organization, and cleanliness of their own work tools and supplies.
  • Maintain a positive relationship with all co-workers.
  • Work under the guidance of the Bike Fleet Manager and Assistant Managers.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Experience repairing bikes, working as a mechanic or working in a related hands-on repair role required; experience working as a NYCBS Bike Mechanic or Field Bike Technician is strongly preferred.
  • Experience riding bicycles in city environments with pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
  • Excitement and interest in bike sharing is a must.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Technical and mechanical aptitude and innovation.
  • Adaptability – Enthusiastically adapt to changes in the work environment.
  • Dependability – Follow instructions; respond to management direction; communicate frequently; solicit feedback to improve performance.
  • Interpersonal skills – maintain confidentiality; remain open to others’ ideas; demonstrate patience and willingness to try new things.
  • Creativity – actively seek creative solutions and continuously seek to improve all aspects of shop operations.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds; stoop, bend, and stand for long periods of time.
  • Willingness and ability to work outdoors, year-round, in most weather conditions
  • This position may require hours which exceed 8 hours per day and/or 40 hours per week.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Tonight: Free Workshop on How to Apply for Affordable Housing Lotteries


Cumbo Scores Major Financial Gains for 35th Council District

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Dear Neighbors of the 35th District,

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE FY18 BUDGET YEAR!!! I wanted to share with each of you some of the incredible and exciting budget victories that I have been able to achieve on behalf of the 35th District.  As your Council Member, representing one of the most diverse and dynamic Districts in the Borough of Brooklyn.

I have been able to fight for an unprecedented investment of your taxpayer dollars into our schools, community-based organizations, NYCHA developments, libraries, parks and so much more!

For the past several months, I have tirelessly pursued funding that would not only provide for the needs of today, but also secure the future. After many hours of strong negotiations, in an effort to bring critical resources and opportunities to District 35, I am proud of this new budget that will ensure that the needs of our growing community are met. It signifies our city’s deeper commitment towards strengthening our communities and protecting our most vulnerable populations – youth, seniors, and immigrants. These budgetary victories will sustain the vitality of our neighborhoods.

The budget is robust and responsible, taking into account the looming threat of Federal cuts while maintaining a rigorous adherence to the needs of all New Yorkers by expanding access to key programs and services.

I am proud to announce what I was able to accomplish in this budget for my district and citywide.

Click HERE to learn more.

Yours in Partnership,

Laurie A. Cumbo 

Member of the New York City Council