Moving NYC Forward


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.

ABNY Talks: The Future of Public Safety

ABNY and John Jay College of Criminal Justice convened a panel on “The Future of Public Safety.” CUNY Chancellor and ABNY Board Member Félix Matos Rodríguez began the discussion about creating a more equitable form of policing before turning it over to Karol Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice to moderate an impressive [...]

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Tour (Virtual): Gracie Mansion

Paul Gunther, Executive Director of the Gracie Mansion Conservatory, led YPs on a virtual tour of “The People’s House,” including its current exhibition, “CATALYST: Art and Social Justice.”

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YP Panel: Climate Resilience and Recovery for NYC

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 [...]

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ABNY Talks: Vaccine Equity in New York

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 [...]

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PowerZoom with Representative Grace Meng

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.

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Special Briefing: NYC Comptroller Candidates Forum

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 [...]

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ABNY Talks: Celebrating AAPI Heritage!

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 [...]

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Tour: 9/11 Memorial Museum

ABNY YPs virtually toured the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Museum staff provided a deeper understanding of 9/11 and its historical significance to our city and nation.

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YP Panel: Blue Skies Ahead? Air Travel Post COVID-19

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 [...]

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