The Most Important Fiscal and Economic Issues Facing New York State

December 17, 2018
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
SUNY Global Center, New York City



8:00 a.m. | Networking


8:35 a.m. | Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Steven M. Cohen
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc.; CBC Trustee


8:40 a.m. | Breakfast Program

William Glasgall
  • Senior Vice President and Director, State & Local Initiatives, The Volcker Alliance


9:15 a.m. | Break


9:30 a.m. | Presentations and Panel Discussions

Health Care

Research presented by Andrew Rein, Principal, Health Transformation Strategies; incoming President of the Citizens Budget Commission

  • Stephen Berger (Moderator)
    • Founder and Chairman, Odyssey Investment Partners, LLC; CBC Trustee
  • Dr. Sherry Glied
    • Dean, New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
  • M. Beatrice Grause
    • President, Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Karen M. Ignagni
    • President & Chief Executive Officer, EmblemHealth
  • Helen Schaub
    • Vice President & New York State Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy, 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East

Research presented by Eric Rothman, President, HR&A Advisors; and Justin Schultz, Director, HR&A Advisors

  • Tom Rousakis (Moderator)
    • Senior Managing Director, EY Infrastructure Advisors, LLC; CBC Trustee
  • Joan McDonald
    • Principal, JMM Strategic Solutions
  • Robert Megna
    • Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief Operating Officer, State University of New York
  • Tom Prendergast
    • Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer, STV Group, Inc.
  • Margaret Tobin
    • Principal, Partner & Independent Advisor; M.Tobin


10:45 a.m. | Break


11:00 a.m. | Presentations and Panel Discussions

Economic Development

Research presented by Dr. Michael Wasylenko, Professor, Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

  • Peter Wilcox (Moderator)
    • Director of Government Affairs, PepsiCo.; CBC Trustee
  • Dr. Kent Gardner
    • Principal & Chief Economist, Center for Government Research
  • Andrew Kennedy
    • President & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Economic Growth
  • Stephanie Miner
    • Visiting Distinguished Urbanist, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
  • Denise Zieske
    • Director of Workforce Development, Office of Community Colleges and the Education Pipeline, State University of New York

Research presented by Seth Hulkower, Principal, Strategic Energy Advisory Services

  • Robert Hoglund (Moderator)
    • Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Consolidated Edison, Inc.; CBC Trustee
  • John Rhodes
    • Chair of the NYS Public Service Commission; Chief Executive Officer of the NYS Department of Public Service; Former CBC Trustee
  • Julie Tighe
    • President, NY League of Conservation Voters and NYLCV Education Fund
  • Heather Briccetti
    • President & Chief Executive Officer, The Business Council of New York State


12:15 | Lunch


12:30 | Special Lunch Program

Edward C. Wallace (moderator)
  • Shareholder, Greenberg & Traurig, LLP.; CBC Trustee
Laura Nahmias
  • Reporter, POLITICO New York

Jimmy Vielkind
  • Reporter, Wall Street Journal

Michael Benjamin
  • Editorial Board Member, New York Post

1:45 | Closing Remarks

Steve Cohen
  • Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes, Inc.; CBC Trustee
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