De Blasio Cracks Jokes, Calls Himself A “Fiscal Conservative” At ABNY Speech

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Latest, News

Bill de Blasio seems to be enjoying his seat on the front-runner express. Bolstered by a 50-point lead, according to a recent poll, the Democratic mayoral was loose and relaxed while delivering a speech at a breakfast this morning hosted by the Association for a Better New York, cracking jokes that didn’t always connect and even claiming that he is a “fiscal conservative.” De Blasio’s speech essentially re-hashed the same policy platforms he’s been touting throughout the campaign, though he… [More]

LAST LOOK: Mayoral Candidates Address M/WBE Forum

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Economic Development, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Video

Three of the four candidates for New York City mayor spoke at City & State’s annual New Agenda minorty/women-owned business enterprise forum on Tuesday September 24 – Republican Joe Lhota, Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrion Jr., and Jack Hidary who is running on the Jobs and Education party line. Democrat Bill de Blasio turned down an opportunity to speak. Here are the addresses of the three attending candidates. e>… [More]

New York City Mayoral Contenders Pitch Proposals for MWBEs

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Latest, News

Joe Lhota touted a mentoring program for businesses owned by minorities or women during his time at the helm of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Adolfo Carrión said that as CEO of a private company, his goal is to “advance minority business growth.” Jack Hidary mentioned a grant and loan fund he had helped put together that launched 2,500 new small businesses. As the three candidates for mayor of New York City sought to portray themselves as champions of minority- and… [More]

LAST LOOK: Rev. Jacques Andre De Graff

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Economic Development, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Video

Reverend Jacques Andre De Graff discusses the future of minority- and women-owned business enterprises and what he hopes to hear from Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota at Tuesday’s MWBE Forum in an interview with Morgan Pehme. De Graff said the MWBE conference has become a “catalytic” event that causes things to happen. He praised last year’s forum for encouraging all the mayoral candidates in attendance to pledge to create a chief diversity officer position in New York City. The forum… [More]

Grading the Grid: Exploring Options to Make the Energy Grid More Reliable

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Daily, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Latest, News

Nearly a year ago Superstorm Sandy slammed into New York City and Long Island, causing billions of dollars of damage, shutting down mass transit systems and leaving over 2 million people without power. The natural disaster also raised increasingly pressing questions about the resiliency of the state’s energy infrastructure—which is already saddled with problems such as bottlenecks along its transmission grid and aging power plants. Michael Delaney, a top energy policy adviser in the Bloomberg administration, said that New York… [More]

Setting the Agenda: Legislative Priorities for 2014

Written by City & State on . Posted in Banking/Insurance, Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Energy, Environment, Health Care

A Head Start on the 2014 Season As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” For many organizations, interests and activists— and the media outlets tha t cover them—by the time the focus shifts to the next year’s legislative agenda in Albany, the top players have already set the priorities—the battle lines are already drawn. It’s with the aim of preparing for next year and keeping ahead of the curve—and engaging the 2014 legislative… [More]

Setting the Agenda: Economic Development

Written by Wilder Fleming on . Posted in Economic Development

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made economic development a key priority. (Photo: Executive Chamber) New York’s economy is faring better in 2013 than it has in recent years, with overall employment finally rebounding to prerecession levels. But while the revival has been felt in the Capital District, New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley, as well as in the smaller regions of Ithaca and Glens Falls, jobs in other areas remain harder to come by. Unemployment in the Syracuse,… [More]