Laying the Foundation for Greatness: A conversation with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio on May 30th
How can city government overcome the divide that has made New York a Tale of Two Cities? Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his vision for addressing the pervasive issues of social inequality and economic disparity, and proposes policy innovations in economic development for the future of New York City.
New York City is experiencing a new kind of democracy. Through participatory budgeting, residents of eight City Council districts deliberated and voted this year on how best to spend about $10 million of public money for capital projects in their districts. Can participatory budgeting help strengthen community infrastructure and residents' own investment in their neighborhoods? In a city that spends tens of billions of dollars each year on capital projects, can the participatory approach be substantially scaled up? What are its limits? READ MORE »
tuesday, APRIL 30
How do cities fit into the current debate in Washington? Are the Obama policies on education, urban development, and social welfare leveraging meaningful improvements for New York and other cities? How will the administration's policies address the social justice issues that were central to the president's reelection campaign--particularly in terms of making opportunities available to economically and socially disadvantaged Americans? READ MORE » WATCH VIDEO »
In his budget plan for the coming year, Governor Cuomo proposed to close two of the state's prisons for women: the Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County and the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan. If the proposal goes through, the prisons will be the 8th and 9th to close under Cuomo's watch. Some advocates for prisoners' rights warn that the closures could make it harder for incarcerated New York City women to keep in contact with their children. READ MORE »
New York's restaurant industry is thriving. In 2013 it is expected to generate $33.6 billion in revenue. But while celebrity chefs and big-time restaurateurs are making more money than ever, many of their workers are fighting to survive on poverty-level wages. READ MORE »
A group of public school parents and community groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights alleging that New York City's high school admissions policy discriminates against black and Hispanic students by concentrating them in low-performing schools. READ MORE »Our public programs offer the opportunity to meet powerful players in and around government, and to learn about the context, the influential organizations and other factors that define the policymaking landscape in New York City and urban America. VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL »