Public Policy Forums: Government and Communities

NYCHA & the Hurricane: Public housing learns from Sandy... What's the plan for the next big storm?

NYCHA & the Hurricane: Public housing learns from Sandy... What's the plan for the next big storm?

2/12/13 - The wrenching experience of thousands of New York's public housing residents following Hurricane Sandy revealed vulnerabilities of physical structures and human services. What did we learn? What about next time? What will a carefully planned and managed disaster response look like in New York City's low-lying, low-income neighborhoods?
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Can You Replicate the Obama Strategy? Technology, Social Science, and the Campaign Revolution

Recent Event: Can You Replicate the Obama Strategy?

6/2/13 - Political campaigns have revolutionized the way they target, contact and motivate supporters. The Obama Campaign won in large part by using statistical modeling techniques to identify persuadable voters and to fine-tune persuasive messages. This is politics today and in the future—not only for elections but on issue campaigns for education reform, health care, the environment, labor rights and beyond. Who are the pioneers? And how might you apply their strategies?
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The Inside Story of Election 2012: Fast Politics and Faster Media Meet a Rapidly Changing Electorate

The Inside Story of Election 2012

11/14/12 - The 2012 election lacked the high drama of 2008, when Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama made history, Sarah Palin went meteoric, and the economy was in freefall. In contrast, the 2012 campaigns may be remembered as a succession of mini-gaffes and hourly skirmishes fueled by over-caffeinated operatives and reporters on Twitter. How has technology transformed campaign coverage? And how has all of this affected Washington's ability to grapple with issues that matter? Read More » VIEW Video »

NYC 1972-2012: Forty years of change and continuity

NYC 1972-2012: Forty years of change and continuity

10/24/12 - To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The New School's graduate program in Urban Policy Analysis and Management, scholars and policymakers discussed our city's evolution since the early 1970s. Neighborhoods have been revived and rebuilt, migrations have transformed the five boroughs, local government has gone from the edge of insolvency to a steadier state. Yet the New York of 1972 is strikingly similar to the city of today. What are the challenges of today in comparison to those of the past?
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A Century of Social Justice

A Century of Social Justice

10/16/12 - The American political and social landscape changed dramatically over the course of the 20th century. Social change did not happen as a natural course of history; countless individuals and groups labored to bring about the rights and privileges to which we've grown accustomed today. Some individuals stand above the rest and have become legends of social justice. Peter Dreier's new book about social movements tells the stories of "The Greatest 100 Americans of the 20th Century" and offers a look at the emerging leaders of the 21st century. Read More »

Urban Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity

Urban Policy in an Era of Fiscal Austerity

9/27/12 - With the federal debt at $16 trillion, the fate of the nation's cities stands at a crossroads. While cities like New York appear to be doing better than ever, a rising tide of poverty and inequality threatens to undermine their progress. Meanwhile, a large group of second-tier cities are besieged as never before. How will the mushrooming national debt and looming federal austerity regime affect these trends? Will austerity exacerbate the division between successful and struggling cities? Read More » View Video »

Respect and the City: Race, Class, and Development in Detroit... and NYC

RESPECT AND THE CITY: Race, Class, and Development in Detroit... and NYC

9/13/12 - Detroit and New York are both iconic American cities with long histories of tension at the intersections of race and class, labor and capital. In tough economic times, competition for resources and power can be fierce. How do groups demand respect and gain economic influence? How have these tensions shaped urban America in recent decades -- and why have these two cities followed such different paths out of the era of industrial decline and the rise of globalization? Read More »

No Way to Pay Rent: What's next for homeless families in NYC?

No Way to Pay Rent: What's next for homeless families in NYC?

5/3/12 - New York's homeless population is near an all time high, with more than 40,000 New Yorkers living in shelters — including 16,500 children and their parents. Amid the continuing fiscal crunch, New York City and State recently ended a unique rent subsidy program that helped thousands move out of shelters and into apartments. What is next for families in the shelters... and those on their way there? Read More » View Video »

The Anatomy of Campaign Finance: Money's powerful influence on US politics and policy

The Anatomy of Campaign Finance: Money's powerful influence on US politics and policy

5/1/12 - The power of campaign donations to shape political decisions is front and center in the 2012 presidential election. Does the growing electoral power of corporations, mega-donors, and unions undermine the public interest, or simply increase the public visibility of candidates' messages and influence? What are the long-term implications for our political culture and public policy? Read More » View Video »

Landlords & Tenants: Preserving Affordable Housing in New York

Landlords & Tenants: Preserving Affordable Housing in New York

12/13/11 - Affordable housing is a hot topic in these difficult economic times, yet by some accounts, housing conditions for low income New Yorkers are in decline. Many landlords say they are consumed by complicated regulation enforcement and Section 8 rent subsidy bureaucracy. Is the city doing all it can to maintain and preserve existing affordable housing in New York? read more » view video »

Against the falling tide : working families and the economy

Against the falling tide : working families and the economy

11/30/11 - As the impact of recession lingers, low-income and working-class Americans struggle against the economic tide. Wages are declining and employment is stagnant. The upcoming 2012 elections only add to the uncertainty. With Jared Bernstein, we explored an insider's experience of White House strategy and policy debates to help us make sense of the last two years, the next 12 months and beyond. read more » view video »

Community-Based Planning: The Future of Development in New York


10/06/11 - For decades, deliberations over land use in New York City have included developers, community boards, elected officials, the Department of City Planning and other city agencies. Who is best positioned to determine a neighborhood’s needs, and what are the best structures for public participation? New York has long been a leader in community-based development—but as the city recovers from the Great Recession, what does the future hold? read more » view video »

cuomo and the media: managing the message

The Just City

9/27/11 - Governor Andrew Cuomo has kept a tight rein on his public image and his administration's agenda. His strategic successes in the legislature have been substantial, but critics say the popular governor is proving to be no great advocate of transparency in the executive branch. How has the governor sold his agenda to the legislature, the people, and the mass media? What is his relationship with the press corps? Read More » view video »

public pensions: what's the real story?

Foster Teens in Transition

6/08/11 -Conventional wisdom blames generous public-sector pensions for state and local budget deficits and for diverting funds from other essential services. Amid demands that officials roll back pension promises, it's clear the problem—and possible solutions—are not nearly so simple. A conversation about the history, purpose, costs and benefits of public pensions. read more » view video »

Work, Retirement Security & America's Future with Andy Stern

The Just City

05/10/11 - Low-wage jobs with few benefits are a fact of life in our intensely competitive economy. But today, millions of Americans in low-wage positions have little financial stability and even less hope of a secure retirement. Is there any hope for policy solutions that spur collaboration between labor and business, Democrats and Republicans, to create more high-quality jobs and financial security for entire generations? Read More » view video »

the painful price of medicaid

The Painful Price of Medicaid

4/06/11- The fast-rising cost of Medicaid is one the most pressing issues facing the governments of New York City and State. NYC HRA Commissioner Robert Doar, Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson, and others spoke about the future of Medicaid in New York. read more » view video »

youth in Harm's Way: Marijuana, Law Enforcement and Young New Yorkers

Youth in Harms Way

3/24/11- Seventy percent of arrests for possession of marijuana in NYC in 2010 were of young people under 30, and 86 percent of those arrested were black and Latino. Is NYC's drug enforcement policy worth the social costs? We hosted a panel discussion on the topic with Staten Island DA Dan Donovan, DPA's NY Director gabriel sayegh and others. read more » view video »

Foster Teens in Transition: Are they better off today?

Foster Teens in Transition

2/24/11 -For years, rates of homelessness among the city's former foster youth have remained stubbornly high. The Center released a Child Welfare Watch report investigating young adults search for stability after leaving foster care and hosted a discussion about how NYC can meet the needs of teens still in care, and those who have recently left. read more » view video »

the 'Just' City: Equality, Social Justice and The Growing City

The Just City

2/08/11 - Mayors and city governments want to promote economic growth to fill the coffers, pay for services and raise incomes. But what about the injustices of persistent inequality, racial and ethnic segregation and beyond? The forum featured a presentation from Susan Fainstein followed by a discussion with Brad Lander, Ken Knuckles and Chung-Wha Hong. Read More » view video »

Struggling Schools, Hard Times: Teachers, communities and school improvement in a time of fiscal uncertainty

Michael Mulgrew

1/26/11 - How will educators, parents and the city respond to the state fiscal crisis? Michael Mulgrew, Juan Gonzalez, Errol Louis and Clara Hemphill discussed the future of NYC schools and school accountability. Read More » view
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2010 campaign roundtable: The race for governor and attorney general

12/01/10 - CNYCA hosted the latest forum in our post-election campaign roundtable series with key participants from the 2010 races for New York State Attorney General and Governor and political journalists. download transcript »

The Politics of Development: Moynihan Station and the Complexity of Major Public Projects

The Politics of Development: Moynihan Station and the Complexity of Major Public Projects

11/17/10 - What lay behind the delays in the Moynihan Station Project, which is only now ready to break ground after twenty years? CNYCA hosted the third forum in our Port Authority Speaker Series with Christopher Ward, Director of PANYNJ, Timothy Gilchrist of MSDC and other key stakeholders. read more » view video »

immigrant electoral power: the changing face of leadership in new york

Immigrant Electoral Power

10/19/10 - As new generations of immigrants emerge and their children grow up, is New York's political character changing? Can new communities gain influence in government and society and help reshape our political leadership? read more » view video »

a static state: The budget crisis and albany in transistion

A Static State with Richard Ravitch

9/30/10 - There will be a new governor next year, but is Albany likely to change? Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch spoke about strategies to mobilize long-term fiscal accountability. What can be learned from the state's budget crisis? What will happen to state and local government if the economy doesn't recover soon? Read More » view video »

Regulation of Financial Institutions: Can We Avoid the Next Crisis?

Regulation of Financial Insitutions

9/14/10 - Two years after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy and the US economy slid into its Great Recession, can New York and the nation depend on a stable financial sector and more effective government oversight? Citigroup's Richard D. Parsons delivered the 2010 Robert J. Milano Lecture. read more » view video »

Putting Principals to the Test: Transforming NYC Schools in the Age of Data-Driven Accountabilit

Putting Principals to the Test

6/16/10 - The Bloomberg administration introduced a radical new system of school management in 2007. NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and others joined us to analyze these reforms and mark the release of our latest Schools Watch report. Read More» view
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Marching In Place: The Great Recession, Low-Income Working Women and Economic Inequality

Marching in Place

5/27/10 - For the first time in history, women account for half of the U.S. workforce. But is this progress? Women still earn less than men and many working women are struggling with poverty. Former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly and others discussed the effect the recession has had on women's equality in the workplace. read more » view video »

Work Life, Home Life: should government require paid leave?

work life home life

5/12/10 - About 1.3 million working people in New York City have no paid sick leave, and pressure is mounting on employers to provide it. Are there plausible ways to improve family policies in the workplace? Or is it too much for business—and the economy—to bear? Read More » view video »

cities respond to climate change: locating leadership in an uncertain world

cities respond to climate change

4/12/10 - As North American cities come to grips with the unclear impacts of global warming and the current economic crisis, leadership for meaningful long-term change is not easy to find. Can government lead us to true urban sustainability? Will the buisness or nonprofit sector drive innovation? With RBF President Stephen Heintz, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and others. Read More » view video »

school food matters: hunger, obesity and the reauthorization of the child nutrition act

3/3/10 - According to advocates, families of at least 1 in 5 New York City children still rely on soup kitchens and food pantries, despite free school breakfast and subsidized school lunches. What would it take to ensure that more children receive free—and higher quality—school food? read more » view video

Banking under the mattress: financial literacy and unbanked new yorkers

2/25/10 - A new FDIC study finds that seven of every 20 New York households is "underbanked." New York and other cities and states are experimenting with solutions. What works? And what should government, nonprofits and the banking sector do now? With Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and others. Read More » view video »

a transformative moment? New York's New vision for Juvenile Justice

2/12/10 - Major changes are afoot in juvenile justice. What are the emerging visions? How might city, state and nonprofit agencies work together to support effective reform for children and families? A conversation with three NY commissioners about working toward meaningful change. read more » view video »

the growth catalyst: Reviving NYC's Economy through infrastructure

1/28/10 - As New York City struggles with the great recession, infrastructure development and renewal promise new jobs and long-term growth. But what are the prospects for long-term structural improvements to the city's economy? And what's missing from the current plans? Read More » view video »

2009 Campaign roundtable: The race for mayor and comptroller

The Race for Mayor and Comptroller 2009

12/08/09 - CNYCA hosted the third forum in our post-election campaign roundtable series with key participants in the 2009 Mayoral and Comptroller campaigns and political journalists. The roundtable offered a candid, inside glimpse into the strategies and opportunities that make up a political campaign in New York. download transcript »

markets, state and democracy: Lessons from the economic crisis

Markets, State and Democracy

12/03/09 - The supposedly "small-state" model of the US has opened the door to massive inequalities of income, wealth and power. The state has not taken over business; alas, business has taken over the state. Considering the recent experiences of other market-based economies, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs spoke about the balance of state, market, and democracy. Read More » view video »

a need for correction: reforming new york's juvenile justice system

A Need for Correction

10/20/09 -The federal Department of Justice has threatened to take over the state's juvenile justice system because of incidents of staff violence and inadequate care for children in custody. Will the state and city impove services and conditions of confinement for juvenile delinquents? read more » view video »

race and the subprime crisis: the future of minority neighborhoods

Race and the Subprime Crisis

10/05/09 - Questions about the impact of the economic collapse on African American communities—and about the future of neighborhood stability, consumer access to credit and the role of race in public policy—remain unanswered. As the federal government acts to reverse the economy's decline, what have we learned, and what does the future hold? Read More » view video »

Securing New York and the Nation: The Creation of the Department of Homeland Security

9/24/09 - Formed in response to the September 11th attacks, the Department of Homeland Security was given the gargantuan task of protecting the entire nation. Tom Ridge joins us to discuss the creation of the department, its early history and his time as its first secretary. read more »

A New Landscape: Can NYC Keep Affordable Housing in Sight?

9/16/09 - The current economic turmoil is taking a tremendous toll. Can Mayor Bloomberg's market-driven affordability incentives continue to work? Are there sufficient government resources to take advantage of declining real estate costs and other opportunities? What's working and what's next? Read More » view video »

pass or fail: what's next for new york city's high schools?

6/17/09 - New York City's high schools have undergone a powerful transformation during the Bloomberg years, with more than 200 new small schools and dozens of others closed or reshaped. How has all this worked out for the students at-risk of dropping out? Featuring Chancellor Joel Klein. read more » view video »


4/30/09 - The federal stimulus and the Obama administration's 2010 budget plan include many measures for poverty reduction. Can the nation develop a new framework for reducing poverty? Or are these old programs in new packages, with more dollars attached? Read More »

The Media and the Mayor: Michael Bloomberg's Transformation

4/22/09 - Once he was described as an antidote to the old urban politics. Today he's become an institution whose work could define a generation in government. Are the news media revising their views on Mayor Bloomberg in this election year? read more » view video »

The New Newark Part II: Creating A Government That Works

3/26/09 - Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks about the challenges of creating a culture of accountability in government. What can other cities learn from Newark's experience? And what challenges remain for civic reform in Newark? Read More »

Regional Solutions to Segregation and Racial Inequity: Can Metro Areas Overcome Inequality?

3/11/09 - Suburban growth and development have increased segregation and racial inequalities and by using the Twin Cities region as a lens, Myron Orfield demonstrates the need for regional solutions that promote equity and integration for housing, jobs, and schools. read more » view transcript »

Crime, Justice and Economic Crisis

2/10/09 - Nationwide, states pour $50 billion a year into incarceration, but most also face deepening budget gaps and are slashing education and services. Will New York and the federal government take a new approach to criminal justice in an Obama administration? Read More »

Now What? NYC's Election Year Fiscal CrisiS

1/27/09 - Mayor Bloomberg managed seven years of rapid budget growth, but the city now faces potentially massive shortfalls with families and neighborhoods beginning to feel the consequences. How will the economy and shrinking revenues affect taxes and city services? Read More »

On The Waterfront: Finding the Balance for Development and Communities

12/2/08 - How can the city and region plan for the best use of the New York and New Jersey waterfronts, to benefit communities and the wider economy? How will the current financial crisis affect urban development and regional growth? Read More »

"Green-Collar" Jobs: A Solution to NYC's Environmental and Workforce Ills?

11/12/08 - Labor and political leaders advocate investment in a green economic recovery to address unemployment and climate change. What exactly are 'green-collar' jobs—and how can New York City create them? read more »

The New Newark, Part I: Maintaining Momentum for Renewal in a Slowing Economy

10/29/08 - In an economic slowdown, what will it take to stabilize and invigorate a growth economy and new employment opportunities? Can Newark develop its way to longstanding success? Can Newark's leaders learn from New York's—and vice versa? Read More »

Cities Respond to Climate Change: The Challenge of Energy Efficiency

6/26/08 - Can cities combat global warming and the high cost of power with less wasteful infrastructure and other strategies? What will it take for cities to become more efficient—and what reforms are beyond the powers of local government? Read More » view video» view transcript »

The Hyperpartisan Era In Washington: Can Federal Bipartisanship Be Revived?

5/28/08 - Innaguaral Bill Green Lecture by Ronald Brownstein, political director of Atlantic Media Group and author of The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America followed by panel discussion. Read More » view video »

Maintaining Momentum: Can NY's Development Agenda Survive an Economic Downturn?

4/30/08 - New York City's economy is slowing and construction costs remain high, but the Bloomberg administration is still planning a number of ambitious development projects. Will New York be able to maintain its fast pace of residential and commercial renewal? read more »

The Long View: How Can New York Preserve Housing Affordability?

3/26/08 - New York has long depended on subsidy programs to facilitate affordable housing development. Tens of thousands of units have already reverted to market rate. What strategies and regulatory structures can assure affordability in the present and the future? Read More » view transcript »

Who Rules the Schools? Mayoral Control After Bloomberg

3/6/08 - When Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, one of his top priorities was to repair the city's ailing public schools. What is the track record of mayoral control—and should it continue after 2009? Featuring Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. Read More » view video »

In Like A Lion...Can Governor Spitzer Recover His Political Capital?

1/27/08 - Elected in a landslide in 2006 with a strong mandate for change, Governor Eliot Spitzer saw his political fortunes quickly take a turn for the worse—from "reformer" to "conciliator." Can he make a comeback? Read More »

Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class, Session III

1/25/08 - With growing income disparity, middle-class neighborhoods are disappearing from in many cities. How are leaders responding to millions of constituents aspiring to gain a foothold in the middle class? With Mayors Byron Brown, Manny Diaz, Mufi Hannemann, and Rep. Anthony Weiner. read more » view video »

Locked Out: How Will NYC's Neighborhoods Recover from the Mortgage Crisis?

1/22/07 - How should the city and state respond to the mortgage crisis? How can banks and community development financial institutions help people holding subprime loans? What will the crisis mean for working-class home buyers and small landlords? Read More »

Dawn Of A New Era: NYC Fiscal Policy after the Financial Emergency Act

11/8/07 - In mid 2008, New York City will emerge from 30 years of state financial oversight with the expiration of key provisions of the 1978 Financial Emergency Act. What are the implications and opportunities for financial management, fiscal policy and budget transparency? Read More »

A Roof Over Our Heads: How Will New York Save Its Public Housing?

10/23/07 - The New York City Housing Authority is in dire financial straits. A roundtable discussion with key stakeholders to determine what can be done to rescue public housing, the city's primary source of affordable housing—and home to more than 400,000 New Yorkers. Read More »

Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class, Session II

9/25/07 - The second event in our "Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class" series features a disucssion on job creation with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. read more »

Urban Conversations: Strengthening the Middle Class, Session I

6/1/07 - With growing income disparity, middle-class neighborhoods are disappearing from in many cities. How are leaders responding to millions of constituents aspiring to gain a foothold in the middle class? With Mayors Adrian Fenty of Washington, DC and Shirley Franklin of Atlanta and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi. Read More »

Community Development and the Mega City

4/26/07 - Large-scale developments in every borough are changing face of New York City. Can City Hall's vision of sustainable growth of nearly a million more residents by 2030 survive beyond the current mayoralty and the latest economic boom? Read More »

The State of Welfare: Spitzer, NYC and the Future of Public Assistance

3/13/07 - New York's city and state welfare agencies have new leaders, and both must implement last year's revised federal TANF regulations. A panel discussion is presented on the impact of new federal welfare regulations the city, state and people.Read More »

Justice Renewed? Criminal Justice Policy in the Spitzer Era

2/15/07 - Under the state's first Democratic administration in 12 years, will there be a new vision—and new policies—on sentencing, prison conditions and drug treatment, health care and education behind bars and beyond? read more »

Governing Change: Policy, Politics and the Spitzer Administration

12/12/06 - The office of the governor is about to change hands for the first time in 12 years, likely representing a seismic shift—not just in ideology, but in management, leadership and appointments. An in-depth discussion on health care, affordable housing, public education and government reform. Read More »

A Tangled Tax: Unraveling New York's Property Tax System

12/5/06 - December marks the 25th anniversary of the law that created New York City's current property tax system. The Independent Budget Office is releasing a report examining how the weight of the property tax is shared across communities and classes of homes and buildings. Is reform warranted and politically possible? Read more »

'There are still guns on our streets!' Guns and Violence in NYC

10/18/06 - Despite a steady decrease in gun violence over the past decade, New York still has one of the highest rates in the nation of children killed by firearms. What more can be done to make neighborhoods safe? Read more »

More Voices, More Choices: Expanding Community Participation and Employment Opportunities

6/14/06 - Many city residents with developmental disabilities struggle with unemployment, segregation and services tailored to broad-brush needs of the population. What are the barriers and opportunities for individualized services and a more supportive community life? read more »

Urban Conversations: Cities at Risk

4/7/06 - "Urban Conversations: Cities at Risk" brought together elected officials, academics and other experts for a forward-thinking discussion of how cities can prepare for, respond to and rebuild after large-scale disasters. Read More »

Drugs And The Law: Race, Politics, Prisons and Justice in New York State

3/10/06 - The state legislature and Governor Pataki have modified New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws. What else could be done to improve the state's drug policies, increase access to treatment for offenders and make alternatives to incarceration more meaningful and effective? Read More »

Young Women of Color and HIV/AIDS: Where Did We Go Wrong?

2/16/06 - HIV infection rates have declined in other high-risk populations, yet new HIV and AIDS cases among black women and Latinas in New York State have more than tripled in the last 15 years. Why have prevention efforts failed some of New York's youngest and most vulnerable residents? Read More »

From Austerity To Surplus To...? Forecasting NYC's Fiscal Future

1/12/06 - New York City went from a dire fiscal crisis in 2002 to an estimated surplus of almost $2 billion this year. We consider how political leaders, business, labor and the nonprofit sector will respond. What will the city do to close budget gaps predicted for the coming years? read more »

At Home In The Neighborhood: Envisioning New Housing for the Developmentally Disabled

11/3/05 - Permanent, safe, supportive and independent housing for adults with developmental disabilities has been hard to find anywhere in the United States. Can we make this happen in New York? Should we? How? Read More »

THE RACE FOR MAYOR 2005: Of Politics and Policy

10/27/05 - Why have some issues been politically charged while others remain off the agenda? Have the mayoral candidates offered meaningful visions of the future? What are the most pressing problems facing the next administration and what are the proposed solutions?
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Averting Crisis: Community Strategies for Supporting Families and Preventing Homelessness

10/20/05 - The Bloomberg administration has invested new dollars and creativity in preventing family homelessness. The Center for New York City Affairs proposes the city unify its many family support programs to institutionalize a neighborhood-based safety net.
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Building A Future: Can NYC Ever Meet Its Need for Affordable Housing?

4/7/05 - From a commitment to create 65,000 new units of affordable housing to the planned mass transfer of failing HUD-subsidized buildings to nonprofits, tenants and private landlords. What will it take to bring these plans to fruition? Are they the best  responses? Read More »

URBAN CONVERSATIONS: U.S. Mayors & Innovative Leadership

3/30/05 - Across the country, mayors are forging creative solutions to tough urban issues while facing enormous political and fiscal obstacles. Milano convenes some of the nation's most forward-thinking leaders and experts for an incisive discussion. Read More »

URBAN CONVERSATIONS: The Media & The Mayor, Revisited

3/15/05 - It's an election year and gone is the Mayor's apolitical style of government. The mayor has begun to play politics. How will reporters and editors shape voters' understanding of a different kind of mayor? read more »

TEN YEARS LATER: The Transformation of Workfare in NYC

2/24/05 - A high percentage of New Yorkers on public assistance have medical or psychiatric barriers to employment. The city's welfare agency has a new plan—can it help them become as economically independent as possible? Read More »>

REFLECTIONS ON ABU GHRAIB: The Use and Abuse of Prison Power in the United States

12/6/04 - What do the images from Abu Ghraib reveal about the nature of American prisons? Why should prison conditions matter to those of us outside the walls, and how prison officials and independent monitors can prevent and curtail abuse? Read More »

SHARED PROSPERITY? The Mayor's Development Strategy for New York

12/1/04 - The Bloomberg Administration is working hard to change the economy of the city for the better. To what degree can new real estate development help create quality jobs, generate tax revenues and produce shared prosperity for all New Yorkers? Read More »

WOMEN AND THE VOTE: 2004 and Beyond

10/20/04 - With polls showing more women than men undecided in this year's presidential race, both parties are wooing female voters? Could this mobilization tip the scales and shape politics and policy in the future? read more »

THE WORKING POOR: Invisible in America

10/13/04 - Pulitzer prize winning author David K. Shipler, discusses his acclaimed new book The Working Poor: Invisible in America. Why has society failed to take responsibility? How can we build large-scale political support for proven policy solutions? Read More »


8/31/04 - The Center for NYC Affairs and Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy host a day of conversations on critical urban issues facing politicians and the electorate. Read More »

MEDICAID: Can New York Control Spending?

2/25/04 - Medicaid expenses already comprise one-third of New York State's budget and continue to spiral. Yet Medicaid is also a revenue source, generating health care jobs throughout the city and state. The need for major reform is clear, but is it politically feasible? Read More »

RETHINKING THE BUDGET DANCE: Will New York City's Budget Process Ever Change?

11/20/03 - Every year, in what has become a scripted dance, the Mayor proposes budget cuts, community groups protest, and the City Council restores the funds and claims victory. What would a "real" budget debate look like? Read More »

Breaking A Promise? The Earned Income Tax Credit Under Attack

10/23/03 - Last year, New Yorkers received $1.3 billion in refunds from the earned income tax credit. More stringent IRS requirements could take billions of dollars out of the city's economy? Is this a war on the (working) poor? Read More »

WORKFORCE FOR HIRE: Day Labor in New York City

5/6/03 - Every morning, hundreds of recent immigrants converge on New York street corners looking for of work. Who are New York's day laborers? What are their working conditions? Is New York unique? Read More »


4/24/03 - David T. Ellwood, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lectures. Read More »

THE CRIME DROP IN NEW YORK: Can the Trend Continue?

4/3/03 - After a decade of falling crime rates, other major cities have begun to experience a resurgence in violence. Yet crime continues to decline in New York. Why and can this last? Read More »

MUNICIPAL LABOR & THE MAYOR: Wary Partners in Resolving New York's Fiscal Crisis

3/20/03 - The Bloomberg administration's plan to resolve the city's current fiscal crisis depends on $600 million in savings gained through deals with municipal unions. Can unions help the city recover while still looking out for their membership? Read More »

UNSEEN STRUGGLES: Immigrant Women and New York's Hidden Economy

2/27/03 - Undocumented immigrant women are vulnerable to workplace abuse. What can be done to prevent their mistreatment? Is the exploitation of immigrants tacitly sanctioned for the benefit of our city's economy? Read More »

THE MEDIA & THE MAYOR: Does Spin Make the Man?

2/13/03 - Mayor Bloomberg has displayed a curious lack of media strategy—what columnist Michael Wolff terms "one of the more unmediated political enterprises in memory." Can it last? Is a strong media hand essential to a strong mayoralty? Read More »