City & State TV: Billy Easton

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Alliance for Quality Education Executive Director Billy Easton, a member of City & State‘s 2013 New York State Power 100 list, discusses the dueling proposals to fund Pre-K in New York City, Common Core’s failed rollout and his hope for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an interview with Morgan Pehme.… [More]

City Council 101: “Land Use and Real Estate Development in the Five Boroughs”

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Affordable housing is an issue all politicians want to tackle. The cost of living in the city has grown steadily over the years as the need for housing has surpassed the ability to build. During a City & State panel entitled “Land Use and Real Estate Development in the Five Boroughs,” experts in the industry discussed creative ways to tackle this issue with a focus on what the City Council can do. The panel was hosted by John Goering from… [More]

City & State TV: Leecia Eve

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Leecia Eve, the former New York State deputy secretary for economic development, discusses her new role at Verizon as vice president for government affairs for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and lays out the company’s top legislative priorities for 2014  in New York in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz. Eve said her top priority for the 2014 legislative session was to reform and update the state’s existing telecommunications laws, which date back to the 1970s, an… [More]

City & State TV: Greg Ball

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State Sen. Greg Ball discusses his plan to give disabled veterans preference in state contracts and his opposition to the NY SAFE Act, and says it would be nice if Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked him to play golf sometime, in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz. Ball represents the Town of Mount Kisco, where Cuomo lives. Asked about being the governor’s representative in the state Senate, Ball quipped that Cuomo has never invited him to play golf or… [More]

City Council 101: “Contributing to Social Welfare and Cultural Affairs”

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New York could not function without its nonprofit organizations. They don’t get the headlines that Wall Street or Broadway do, but few New Yorkers go a week without direct contact with a nonprofit organization. Nonprofits deliver the lion’s share of social services in the five boroughs. They house and promote many of the city’s best known cultural attractions, educate hundreds of thousands of students, and generate almost 600,000 full-time jobs. The panel on “Contributing to Social Welfare and Cultural Affairs”… [More]

City Council 101: New York City’s Fiscal Position And Upcoming Budgetary Issues

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“Budgeting is like an exotic exercise.” That is how Marc Shaw, the City University of New York’s senior vice chancellor for budget, finance and fiscal policy, explained the complicated process that is arguably the most important task for New York City Council members. In a panel moderated by City & State Editor Morgan Pehme, financing challenges were the topic of the day. Participants included CUNY’s Marc Shaw, James Parrott from the Fiscal Policy Institute, Ronnie Lowenstein from the New York… [More]

City & State TV: Gov. Cuomo 2014-2015 Budget Analysis

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City & State Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz and Capitol Pressroom host and City & State contributor Susan Arbetter hosted a live analysis of Gov. Cuomo’s budget address from the Legislative Correspondents Association office in the state capitol with guests including E.J. McMahon from the Empire Center for New York State Policy, Blair Horner from NYPIRG, and Ron Deutsch from New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Watch it here:… [More]

City Council 101: “Where New York City Stands in Education and Workforce Development”

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Putting more New Yorkers on the pathway to the middle class will require not only a jobs development strategy but  also a new focus on strengthening workforce development and education in New York. Crafting the right policies in these areas will be especially important, given that an alarming number of New Yorkers lack the skills or educational attainment to get decent paying jobs in today’s economy. In a panel titled “Where New York City Stands in Education and Workforce Development,” several… [More]

City & State TV: Lou Coletti

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Lou Coletti, President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers Association, discusses the push for Scaffold Law reform up in Albany this legislative session in an interview with Albany Bureau Chief Jon Lentz. The issue has become a point of contention this year as insurance prices have skyrocketed for mostly small and mid-sized construction companies. One of the most publicized groups impacted by this has been the New York City School Construction Authority. Coletti said their insurance has jumped from… [More]

City Council 101: Strengths and Vulnerabilities of the New York City Economy

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The panel was moderated by Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City, and featured Andrew Kimball of Jamestown Properties, Kyle Kimball of NYCEDC, Stuart Appelbaum of RWDSU, Ellen West of Google, Cliff Chenfeld of Razor & Tie/Kidz Bop, and Maria Gotsch of the Partnership Fund for New York City. Experts from business, government, labor and tech came together last month to discuss a vital topic: “The Strengths and Vulnerabilities of the New York City Economy” and how the City Council… [More]