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Special Projects


Special Projects


In an effort to help New York City and State achieve the most accurate Census count possible in 2020, the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) implemented a two-year strategic plan. ABNY formed an organizing and action committee comprised of corporate, nonprofit, community, and union leaders. Its objective and purpose was to achieve three primary goals: 1) maximize the Census self-response rate in 2020; 2) help New Yorkers complete the Census form; and 3) work to ensure confidentiality and privacy protections under Title 13 of the United States Code.

The work was based on the understanding that ABNY’s role was to support and supplement Census efforts by the U.S. Census Bureau, the State of New York, and the City of New York, informed by the advocacy and organizing work of New York Counts 2020, and in coordination with all Census 2020 stakeholders. ABNY used community engagement, consensus building, and stakeholder involvement as mechanisms to:

  • Provide leadership for a coordinated Census effort for New York City.
  • Provide support and resources to community-based, nonprofit organizations.
  • Organize and facilitate a Census campaign for the business community.

See additional information about the effort here.

50th Anniversary

The Association for a Better New York (ABNY) marks its 50th Anniversary in 2021. Throughout this year, the ABNY community will celebrate and commemorate our legacy of civic engagement and collaboration across industry sectors. Advocating to make New York City a better place to live, work, and visit for all, ABNY has built a formidable coalition of business, labor, nonprofit, and political leaders throughout the past five decades.

For 50 years, ABNY has served as New York City’s most fervent supporter and champion, bringing together decisionmakers from across the country for the common purpose of making our home a safer and better place. We take pride in our role as a convener built on respect for each other, our diverse communities, and for our great city.

From the time of our founding during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, under the unparalleled leadership of Lew Rudin, Howard Rubenstein, Bob Tisch, and so many fiercely dedicated civic leaders, through the tragedy of 9/11 and the passionate stewardship of Bill Rudin, to challenges of Superstorm Sandy and obstacles in the path of resiliency, through the uncertainty and devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, ABNY has stood strong for our City: striving for solutions, contending with the unforeseen, and leading us toward a better future.

Today, as we look toward the next fifty years, ABNY will work toward an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and move to rectify social and economic injustices that have plagued our neighborhoods and communities for far too long. With Melva M. Miller and Steven Rubenstein guiding the organization, ABNY will continue to create space for collaboration and innovation among the public and private sectors to keep New York City moving forward.

Please join us for a very special Spirit of ABNY Awards in December 2021, a virtual ceremony during which we will toast and pay tribute to our founders, former leaders, stalwarts, and trailblazers. We will honor our history and tradition and lay the path for our City’s future, together.

Thank you to all of our members, partners, and friends who have bolstered this organization for the past fifty years. Our work together has only just begun.

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