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    On Basketball Courts, Neighborhood Crime, and Policing

    In 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.
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    Why the High Line Matters Post Covid

    Governor Cuomo recently announced a new spur of the High Line to link Moynihan Train Hall to the far West Side and another link to the Javits Center, too. We invited Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line to share his vision as the city emerges from the crisis. He’s been thinking about the way the High Line can be a connector for the needs of all New Yorkers and continue to be a source of economic development and cultural and social activity on Manhattan’s West Side.
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    Ritchie Torres: Talking About the Future of NYC with Our Newest Congressman in DC

    Vaccinations, ending persistent poverty, and the Cross Bronx Expressway: these are some things on the mind of new Congressman Ritchie Torres. He joined Congress in an unusual year, in the midst of Covid-19, and following the January 6th attacks on Washington. He’s advocating for his constituents in the Bronx on everything from housing to pollution to job growth to make sure New York City has the best future possible.



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.