Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

Richmond County Savings Foundation donates $250K to fund community organizations

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Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) donated $250,000 to various Staten Island community organizations. Cesar Claro of RCSF, center, is flanked by some of the 2015 grant recipients. (Courtesy of RCSF)
By Melinda Gottlieb |
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on March 03, 2015 at 2:45 PM, updated March 04, 2015 at 2:44 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On Tuesday, the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF) provided $250,000 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders. The checks were presented during a ceremony held at the Foundation’s Bloomfield headquarters.

RCSF was established in 1998 as part of the conversion of the Richmond County Savings Bank, now a division of New York Community Bank, to a public company. To date, RCSF has provided nearly $56 million in funding to not-for-profit organizations serving the communities in which the bank operates.

Receiving the grants were:

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island ($25,000) to support theSustainable Staten Island Green & Healthy Homes Initiative which provides a coordinated and comprehensive approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies.

Staten Island Community Charter School ($15,000) to fund the Encore Academic Intervention & Enrichment Program which provides in-school critical intervention for students who are behind their grade level.

Staten Island Legal Services ($25,000) to support the Domestic Violence Projectwhich protects victims of domestic violence by providing assistance in obtaining orders of protection, custody of children, child support and divorce.

Greenbelt Conservancy ($70,000) for their project that will install eco-friendly pathways and walkways surrounding the Greenbelt Nature Center to provide improved accessibility to visitors.

St. Joseph Hill Academy ($40,000) for the Hill Recreation Facility currently under construction that will provide a safe and secure area for physical education classes, sports teams, student recess and summer camp children.

Good Counsel ($25,000) for the renovation and reopening of their Staten Island Home located in Rosebank. The home provides supportive residential care and community-based services for homeless, expectant, and new mothers and their children.

Northfield Community LDC ($25,000) to provide program support for the Renewal and Resiliency Initiative. This program counsels homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy on recovery options, including guiding people through difficult financial decisions, issues with building code, permit applications, zoning, design and resiliency-related issues for buildings in Sandy-affected neighborhoods.

RCSF Food Pantry Program which provides ongoing support to Staten Island food pantries. An aggregate total of $25,000 will be given to the following food pantries: The Staten Island Seventh Day Adventist Church; St. Mary of the Assumption; New Direction Services; Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay, and Mesivtha of Staten Island.

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Cesar Claro of the Richmond County Savings Foundation (RCSF), second from left, presented donations to grantees in RCSF’s Food Pantry Program: Rabbi Shloma Eidelman of Mesivtha of Staten Island; Alicia Weise of Reformed Church of Prince’s Bay; and Annette Esposito of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. (Courtesy of RCSF) 


Northfield Community LDC’s Fourth Annual Golf Outing and Dinner


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Save the Date for

Northfield Community LDC’s

Fourth Annual Golf Outing and Dinner

Non-golfers are welcome to join us for dinner only




THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015



915 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301


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Northfield Home Performance

December 16, 2014

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Reilly, Weatherization Director

(718) 442-7351, extension 241

 Northfield Home Performance working for the Association for Energy Efficiency to Save Staten Island Business Owners Energy and Money

Northfield Home Performance, a Staten Island based general contracting and energy conservation service provider whose office is located on Heberton Avenue, is working with the Association for Energy Efficiency (AEA) the administrator of the National Grid and Con Edison multi-family energy efficiency program.

Northfield Home Performance can be reached at (718) 442- 7351, ext. 241 and is eager to help provide this no-cost, energy-reducing service to the Staten Island community.

National Grid and Con Edison offer no-cost gas and electric efficiency measures for apartments in residential buildings with five to 75 units.  Customers can get no-cost installation of high-efficiency showerheads, faucet aerators,  and compact fluorescent light bulbs.

These energy efficient upgrades save water, reduce utility bills and can increase the value of an apartment building or complex.

National Grid and Con Edison also offer rebates and incentives for energy-efficiency projects in common areas.  Owners and managers of buildings served by National Grid customers can get more information  For Con Edison information, go to:

“Our organization is happy to build on their three decades long commitment to energy conservation by bringing this valuable program to owners and their tenants throughout Staten Island” said Kathleen Bielsa, Deputy Executive Director of Northfield, “Energy efficiency helps landlords maximize their profits, lower their operating costs and maintain affordable rents which translate to savings for tenants.”

Interested property owners and landlords that meet eligibility requirements should contact Northfield Home Performance at (718) 442-7351, ext. 241 to schedule an appointment or contact the Association for Energy Efficiency (800) 427-6318 for further information.