Why Community Colleges Matter - and Why LaGuardia Community College Matters to New YorkNew York's community colleges are an essential part of not just the education sector, but the overall workforce, as they provide low cost education and training to thousands of New Yorkers each year. As we head into the school year, we spoke with Kenneth Adams, president of LaGuardia Community College, about how the school recovers after Covid, the ways it could benefit from the Biden infrastructure bill, and what he sees for the school and its students going forward.CLICK TO LISTEN
THE CITY and the Role of Independent Local JournalismWith the demise of the Daily News and the shut down of local coverage by the Wall Street Journal, THE CITY, founded in 2019, is more critical than ever to give New Yorkers independent journalism about New York City. Its reporting was a first read for many New Yorkers during the pandemic, thanks to its interactive Covid-19 tracking map, and it has a hard-hitting diverse group of investigative reporters. We speak to executive director Nic Dawes about how the newspaper will amplify the biggest concerns facing New Yorkers going forward.CLICK TO LISTEN
On Basketball Courts, Neighborhood Crime, and PolicingIn the wake of the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of police violence across the country, the last year saw a dramatic increase in calls for public safety reform in New York city. At the same time, violent crime is rising to levels higher than we’ve seen in some time, making it harder to simply accept demands for “defunding.” What is the right role of police in the city going forward? We speak to Chauncey Parker, deputy commissioner for community partnerships at the NYPD, about the ways the police department is changing, and how they can better engage with communities.CLICK TO LISTEN
ABOUT THE HOSTS
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 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.