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ABNY Talks: Making New York City Stronger and More Inclusive 

November 17, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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ABNY Talks: Making New York City Stronger and More Inclusive
Using evidence-based research to address housing, poverty, and taxes.

In coordination with NYU Wagner’s NYC 2025 program, we invite you to join us for a presentation and discussion on policy recommendations to help New York City advance stronger and more equitably in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts will present their research on the key issues of taxes, poverty, and housing. The discussion will be moderated by Martha Stark, tax policy expert, former NYC Department of Finance Commissioner, and Clinical Professor of Practice, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

The presenters will include:

Andrew Eristoff, Senior Advisor, b2gny Group LLC

First, Do No Harm: How can New York’s municipal leaders adjust tax policy to make the city more competitive? Next January 1, New York City’s newly elected leaders will assume responsibility for managing one of the world’s most complex, most ambitious, and – not coincidentally – most expensive municipal governments.  As they seek to rebuild the city’s economy and ease the COVID-19 pandemic’s legacy of human devastation, they will face familiar questions: Should the City raise taxes? Will raising taxes make the city’s economy less competitive, diminishing its capacity to sustain jobs and generate needed revenue? What tax policy changes would make the city more competitive? View the paper.

Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO & Executive Director, FPWA

Economic Recovery Must Be a Powerful Declaration on Racial Justice: To achieve racial justice, the City needs to understand the pervasive and systemic racial bias that underlies why our measures and goals are what they are today. Committing to a new paradigm that sets our city’s sights plainly on economic advancement for all as the goal – using the measures and data that can help get us there – is a powerful declaration that we are serious about rectifying hundreds of years of racial inequities. View the paper.

Jerry Salama, Adjunct Professor, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University

Supporting Small Residential Property Owners: How can New York City work with and support smaller owners of multi-family rental properties (MFRPs), who are important providers of affordable housing? While the recent political and philosophical debate will continue about whether real estate and housing should be owned by the private sector or by nonprofits and community-owned entities, the focus must be on the financial precariousness of all MFRPs in New York City, regardless of its ownership. This paper considers the “carrot” and “stick” tools to incentivize good owners and punish bad owners, and make further recommendations to stabilize this housing stock. View the paper.

You can view photos from the event on the ABNY Flickr here.


November 17, 2021
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Free Want a discount? Become a member!


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