C&S Events: Kicking Off the Legislative Session

With the legislative session just getting started in Albany, City & State held its annual State of Our State event on Tuesday, January 9th.

The event featured a panel discussion about some of the hot button issues set to be tackled by lawmakers and governor Andrew Cuomo.
The panel included:
 – Cuomo policy adviser John Maggiore,
 – Assembly health committee chairman Richard Gottfried,
 – Assembly Member Michaelle Solages, who chairs the task force on new americans,
 – Assembly Member David Weprin, who sits on the ways and means committee, and
 – state Senator Phil Boyle, who chairs the economic development committee.

C&S Events: Natural Disasters, Recovery and Resiliency

As cities grapple with the increasing intensity of hurricanes and rising sea levels, how should communities and governments respond? At our Front Page Roundtable event on December 7th, we convened a panel to discuss this, as well as the impact of recent actions on the Federal level.
The members of the panel included:
Jainey Bavishi, Director of Recovery and Resiliency for the New York City Mayor’s Office.
Mark Treyger, New York City Councilman representing Coney Island and other areas in South Brooklyn. He also is the chair of the council’s committee on recovery and resiliency.
Jane Brogen, Policy Director for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery.
Josh Lockwood, Regional Chief Executive Officer at the American Red Cross.
The panel was moderated by NY1 reporter Josh Robin, who has reported extensively on these issues.

Carlo Scissura Builds an Agenda

Some things are changing in New York politics – like the make up of the new city council. Some things are staying the same – like a political dispute between de Blasio and Cuomo. And some things are in a state of flux – like which party will be controlling the state senate. 

Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the New York Building Congress joins us to talk about how these factors are affecting his group. He also talks about the state of the BQX, his hopes for Rikers Island, and tells us where he falls on the latest Cuomo/de Blasio fight over paying for the MTA.

C&S Events: Technology Front Page Roundtable

City and State’s Technology Front Page Roundtable event featured top government leaders in technology, discussing cybersecurity threats, major tech initiatives in New York and more.

Our panel included New York City’s Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño Jr., city Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer Cordell Schachter, and city buildings department Deputy Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Policy Archana Jayaram.
The panel was co-moderated by City & State editor-in-chief Jon Lentz and Andrew Rasiej of the New York Tech alliance.

Cannabis Opportunities Growing in New York

Ever since New York state started a medical marijuana program in 2014, there has been a constant stream of complaints – rules are too restrictive, drugs too expensive, providers can’t get money and patients can’t get cannabis. Three leaders of cannabis policy in New York joined City & State reporter Jeff Coltin on a panel on October 12th at the State of New York Health event. State senators Diane Savino and Liz Krueger and Columbia Care CEO Nick Vita all agreed that New York’s marijuana program has gotten better – and could even become a national model. But with full legalization being discussed in Albany, the medical program may not matter.

C&S Events: How Trump Fits in the Classroom

School is back in session, and if the history books got updated over the summer, they have a new section: the election of President Donald Trump. Trump’s name will definitely be present in the classroom this year, but how else will his administration be felt?

That was the topic of a panel at City & State’s On Education event on August 16th at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan. Sitting on the panel were New York City Councilman Danny Dromm, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Dr. Timothy McNiff, superintendent of schools for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, and Janella Hinds, vice president of the United Federation of Teachers. We talked about whether Trump deserves some blame for bullying in schools, what Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ plans for privatization looks like, and if state control could actually be good for New York.

De Blasio Biographer Plots Mayor’s Pragmatism

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for reelection this fall, and everyone seems to be drawing comparisons. Republican Nicole Malliotakis is comparing de Blasio to Mayor David Dinkins, who was in office when the city’s crime rate was highest. De Blasio is comparing Malliotakis to Donald Trump, the man she voted for. And Independent candidate Bo Dietl keeps calling de Blasio “Big Bird”.

Now Hunter College Public Policy professor Joseph Viteritti is jumping in with a new book, comparing Bill de Blasio to past Mayors of New York. It is called “The Pragmatist: Bill de Blasio’s Quest to Save the Soul of New York,” and it looks at the city’s history of progressive politics while examining the life and times of Bill de Blasio.

Viteritti joins us today to talk about the provocative title, which mayor de Blasio is most like, and the defining ethos of New York City: “Give the Poor Guy a Break.”

I’m City & State Staff Reporter Jeff Coltin, and this is the City & State Presents Podcast.

C&S Events: Fireside Chat with Betty Rosa & MaryEllen Elia

At our On Education event, held Wednesday, August 16, City & State brought together leaders in education, government, advocacy and business to discuss current issues regarding schools, testing, evaluations and more.

As part of this event, City & State editor-in-chief Jon Lentz sat down for a chat with New York State Board of Regents chancellor Betty Rosa and New York State Education commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

We bring this interview to you in full here on this podcast.

Up with Upzoning, with NYBC’s Carlo Scissura

In April 2012, the first “Avengers” movie came out in which the area around Grand Central Terminal got totally destroyed. That same month – in real life – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed some dramatic changes to the same area. He wanted to rezone Midtown East in order to improve the office buildings in the neighborhood and keep attracting top tenants. That plan was at first voted down and then revived, and now, more than five years later, the Midtown East rezoning is set to be approved by the City Council Land Use Committee on July 27. New York Building Congress President and CEO Carlo Scissura joins us for the second podcast in a three part series to talk about the rezoning of East Midtown, projects around the city, and why he’s asking for more taxes.

This podcast is part two of a three podcast series with the NYBC.

C&S Events: How MWBE Can Help Your Business

Government contracting isn’t all about guns and ammo and construction. Businesses like printers and restaurants can get in the game too.

The New York City government wants to give more contracts to businesses owned by woman and racial minorities, but despite the high goals meant to combat historical inequity, the city has a long way to go. A panel of experts in the MWBE contracting field talked about that issue and more at City & State’s On Diversity conference on June 27th. The panel also discussed how getting MWBE certified can help your business, what benefits this contracting brings to the government and other entities like the Brooklyn Chamber, and even took a look at a new law that could help boost MWBE contracting.