In 1971, ABNY’s founder, Lew Rudin, gathered a group of private sector leaders around a breakfast table to discuss how they could alleviate the financial and social ills plaguing the residents, workers, and communities of New York City. Today, that tradition continues and has become a New York institution known as the ABNY “Power Breakfast.”
ABNY breakfasts host hundreds of New Yorkers from both the private and public sectors. The breakfasts create an environment that generates conversation and inspires action around tough local, state, and national issues. ABNY breakfasts offer an opportunity for elected and government officials, as well as civic and business leaders, to present the ideas and policies they believe can help foster a better New York.
Always lively, timely, and informative, topics discussed at breakfasts range from the economy and security to education and culture. ABNY events, which always include time for networking, provide a critical window for all New Yorkers to come together in common cause. Countless ABNY members have benefited from contacts made at our events, which have helped them to develop and expand their operations.
Moving forward, ABNY will use its signature programs–Power Events, special briefings, educational events, Young Professionals programming, ABNY Women events, and special projects– to bolster civic engagement for all New Yorkers. ABNY Power Events will continue to offer an opportunity for elected and government officials, as well as civic and business leaders, to present the ideas and policies they believe can help foster a better New York. The ABNY Young Professionals network will use happy hours and networking platforms, online and in person, to maintain a unique opportunity for the future leaders of New York City to explore the importance of civic engagement and learn about the critical issues facing our city and state. ABNY Women will expand its platform for women to explore, discuss, and foster change in the workplace and beyond through a series of events and talks by female leaders. And ABNY special projects will build on the foundation created by the Census 2020 effort and work with community-based organizations to support and strengthen our most vulnerable New Yorkers and communities.
In celebration of Earth Day, ABNY convened a panel to discuss environmental issues in New York. Our esteemed panelists addressed climate change and how it can relate to economic recovery, as well as pathways to green jobs. The discussion kicked off with introductory remarks by Frances Resheske, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Con Edison. Julie [...]
ABNY and the Black NYC Task Force for Vaccine Equity and Education convened a panel on vaccine equity. Dr. Hazel Dukes, President, NAACP New York State Conference; Arva Rice, President & CEO, New York Urban League; Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO & Executive Director, FPWA; and Nina Turner, Founder, Amare Public Affairs; discussed the challenges of [...]
ABNY was joined by U.S. Representative Meng, the Vice Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, who has been leading our country in action and dialogue to combat recent anti-Asian American hate and violence. Rep. Meng gave a presentation on how we can collectively take on xenophobia, facilitate constructive dialogue, and create lasting change.
ABNY hosted the 2021 New York City Comptroller Candidates in a virtual forum moderated by ABNY Board Member Alan van Capelle. Nine candidates discussed their plans to ensure the long-term health and vitality of New York City's finances, including programs and initiatives to make New York City a better place to live, work, and visit [...]
In recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, ABNY convened an esteemed panel to celebrate the AAPI community’s contributions to our City and recognize the challenges that have arisen with the increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Jill Sung, ABNY Foundation Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer, Abacus Federal Savings Bank [...]
ABNY YP hosted a discussion on the airline industry’s recovery post COVID-19. Hersh Parekh, Director of Government and Community Relations for NY Aviation Redevelopment, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, moderated a discussion featuring leaders from some of the nation's top airlines: Patricia Ornst, Director, New York State and Local Government Affairs, Delta [...]
ABNY, in coordination with NYC Deputy Mayor J. Phillip Thompson, Capalino, HR&A Advisors, and Owner to Owners, held an info session with leading ownership transition experts on business stabilization or succession planning strategy to help businesses find innovative ways to grow and thrive beyond the ongoing pandemic. This initiative is funded by the New York [...]
In partnership with Abacus Federal Savings Bank, The Chinatown Core Block Association, Think! Chinatown, and Welcome to Chinatown, the Association for a Better New York hosted Meet Us in Chinatown to celebrate and support the vibrant culture, rich history, and strong traditions of the neighborhood. Activities included a restaurant crawl, scavenger hunt, walking tour, mural [...]