New York City is an epicenter of business, finance, arts, culture, food, and so much more. Throughout its history, it’s also been the epicenter of great challenges and crisis - from 9/11 to the Great Recession to the coronavirus pandemic. Each episode, hosts Jamie Rubin and Cheryl Cohen Effron, two co-founders of the non-profit Greater NY, bring you conversations with leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors who are working together to build a better New York.
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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 more to the federal government than it gets back. We'll look at the ways that impacts services in New York and how it might recover from Covid-19 and the resulting budget shortfall.
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—-and all New Yorkers—-come out on the other side.
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.
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.
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 New York City ballot initiative to bring ranked-choice voting to New York City primaries and special elections. That measure goes into effect in 2021. But while an overwhelming majority of New Yorkers voted in favor of the change - there's still a lot of confusion about what it is, how it will work - and who stands to benefit.
Inside Pfizer’s Work on a Covid Vaccine
Sally Susman, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Pfizer, gives an insider’s look at how quickly development of a safe Covid-19 vaccine is coming along. The New York City-based pharmaceutical giant is working closely with nonprofits, government, and other private companies to solve the biggest problem facing the world today.