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Conversations with leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors about working together to make NYC greater.
Catharine Dockery

Vice, Investing and the Future of New York

There’s a new “vice” in town. New York State has now legalized marijuana, and it will mean not just booming business but also tax revenue. Catharine Dockery, founding partner of Vice Ventures, has been investing in this space – as well as others categorized as vice – for years and believes they could be a […]

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How One Upper West Sider Became an Advocate for the Homeless

Sometimes change comes from organizations, businesses, or the government. But sometimes, change can begin with a single individual. Corinne Low, assistant professor at Wharton, is one such individual. She spoke out and stepped up to fight stigma surrounding homelessness on the Upper West Side when her neighbors and even friends were not only on the […]

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The Connection Between Inequality and the Environment

The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted socio-economic, racial and health disparities in New York. Guest Eddie Bautista, Executive Director of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance explains how climate change and environmental conditions in lower income neighborhoods have an adverse impact for those same populations and what can be done to bring justice to those communities in New […]

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NY Forever and NYC’s Comeback

Jonathan Rosen and Risa Heller great New Yorkers. Two of the best in the the public relations world, they are co-founders of the NYForever campaign. The campaign involves a pledge to commit to New York’s recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, and has gotten support from corporations, celebrities, and every New Yorkers. We speak to them […]

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Laura Schultz

Balance of Payments: New York and the Federal Government

Laura Schultz, executive director of research at the SUNY Rockefeller Institute of Government, looks closely at how New York state dollars funnel towards the federal government, and how those funds come back to the state and city. For a long time, New York’s balance of payments have tilted toward a gap, meaning the state sends […]

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Andrew Rigie

What Comes Next for NYC Restaurants and Bars?

Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, says that the bars and restaurants that make our city what it is are heading into another dark few months because of Covid. He explains the ways we can all support local restaurants throughout the remaining months of the pandemic, and help them — […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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