The Most Important Fiscal and Economic Issues Facing New York State

On December 17, 2018 CBC hosted a post-electoral conference that brought together government and civic leaders to discuss fiscal and economic challenges facing the Governor and Legislature. The conference was comprised of four presentations and panel discussions on the topics of Economic Development, Energy, Health Care, and Infrastructure. The program also included an opening presentation by William Glasgall of the Volcker Instute, and a special lunch discussion on the upcoming legislative session. Below you can view and download the presentations, as well as video or audio of each part of the program.

Opening Presentation

William Glasgall

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


Health Care Presentation & Panel Discussion

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

Panel Discussion

  • Stephen Berger (Panel 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


Economic Development Presentation & Panel Discussion

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

Download Economic Development Panel Presentation

How to Spur and Sustain Economic Growth in NY’s Upstate Regions


Infrastructure Presentation & Panel Discussion

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
  • Margaret Tobin
    • Principal, M.Tobin Company
  • Tom Prendergast
    • Executive Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer, STV Group, Inc.


Energy Presentation & Panel Discussion

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

  • Robert Hoglund (Moderator)
    • Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Con Edison; CBC Trustee
  • Heather Briccetti
    • President & Chief Executive Officer, The Business Council of New York State
  • John Rhodes
    • Chair of the NYS Public Service Commission; Chief Executive Officer of the NYS Department of Public
      ; Former CBC Trustee
  • Julie Tighe
    • President, NY League of Conservation Voters and NYLCV Education Fund
Coming soon: "What's the [DATA] Point?" podcast episode on this presentation and panel discussion


Special Lunch Program: Prospects for the Upcoming Legislative Session

  • 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
Logos of conference sponsors