• Andrew Rein

    NYC's Budget Woes - and What We Can Do About Them

    Andrew Rein, president of the Citizens Budget Commission, has been following the city and state budgets for some time, and he knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has put them both in a precarious state. Rein argues that there are lessons we can learn from previous fiscal crises, and that there are creative measures we can take before the government looks at cutting services or raising taxes, both of which could have cyclical negative impacts on the city overall.
  • Jarret Berg

    Rolling Out NYC Voting Reform

    Jarret Berg, cofounder of VoteEarlyNY, says there's a lot that's about to change about voting in New York, and a public education campaign is needed. Following up on our previous conversation about ranked-choice voting, we talk about other ways in which the vote can be suppressed in New York City, and the reforms to combat those issues.
  • Susan Lerner

    What is Ranked-Choice Voting, and Why Should New Yorkers Understand it?

    Susan Lerner is one of the city's leading experts on ranked-choice voting. As Executive Director of the nonprofit Common Cause, she was instrumental in the campaign, during the New York City ballot initiative, to bring ranked-choice voting to New York City primaries and special elections. That measure, as part of a slate of Charter Commission recommendations, passed last November and goes into effect in 2021. While an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers voted in favor of the change, there is still a lot of confusion about what it is, how it will work, and who stands to benefit.



Cheryl Cohen Effron

Cheryl Cohen Effron spent most of her career as a New York-based real estate developer. Ms. Effron left full-time real estate work to dedicate her time to tri-sector (government, non-profit and corporate) solutions for urban issues. Ms. Effron is currently board chair of Greater NY, a non-profit she co-founded during the financial crisis in 2009 which pairs civic leaders in the business world with the heads of non-profit organizations in two-year one-on-one strategic partnerships.


Jamie Rubin

Jamie Rubin is a veteran of federal and state government and a longtime investment professional. He served in the Clinton Administration, then spent 15 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and partner with two global private equity firms. Jamie rejoined the public sector in 2012. Jamie is now CEO of Meridiam NA, a developer of large infrastructure projects in the US and Canada. Jamie is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School. He and his wife, author and podcaster Gretchen Rubin, live in New York City with their daughters and a dog.