Episode 53: $1 billion, with Linda Gibbs

September 07, 2018
Since Bloomberg Associates was launched in 2014, participating cities have invested more than $1 billion in initiatives supported or created by the philanthropic consultancy. Former NYC Deputy Mayor and Bloomberg Associates Principal Linda Gibbs joins the podcast to talk about her work using data to effect change in NYC and other cities.

Episode 52: 5,000 with the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Liz Glazer

August 30, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio has a plan to close the jails on Rikers Island, in part by reducing the overall city jail population to 5,000 detainees, down from about 8,200 now, which is down from well over 20,000 two decades ago. Liz Glazer, director of the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, joined the podcast to discuss the closure of Rikers and the administration’s other criminal justice policies.

Episode 51: 1, with NYS Attorney General Barbara Underwood

August 24, 2018
1 - As in the first ever female Attorney General in New York State. Barbara Underwood was serving as Solicitor General when she was made the Acting Attorney General in May 2018 and was appointed by the Legislature to the position later that month. This podcast features her remarks at a CBC breakfast discussing the agenda of the Office of the Attorney General under her leadership.

Episode 48: 7.42%, with NYC Labor Commissioner Bob Linn

July 27, 2018
7.42% is the compounded salary and wage increases for members of DC37, the City’s largest municipal union for civilian workers, under a new contract that sets the pattern for negotiations with other labor unions. NYC Labor Commissioner Bob Linn joins the podcast to discuss this deal, the dynamics of negotiating with the public workforce, and why health insurance is an area that was long overdue for savings.

Episode 47: $31.8 billion, with Sean Campion

July 19, 2018
$31.8 billion is the amount required to repair NYCHA's public housing units over the next five years. CBC Senior Research Associate Sean Campion discuss the findings and recommendations of CBC's recent report on NYCHA's capital needs and explains how NYCHA got into such a deep hole and and how it can start to dig out.

Episode 44: $225 million, with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer

June 21, 2018
$225 million is the total amount added to reserves and the retiree health benefits trust fund in the recently adopted budget. In contrast, the City added more than $2 billion in new spending, far outpacing what was set aside. NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer joined the podcast to discuss the adequacy of the City's reserves, agency spending, and other issues

Episode 43: 2020, with Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson

June 07, 2018
2020 is the year of the next Census, a national survey that determines the number of seats each state is allocated in the House of Representatives, and informs policy and funding decisions at all levels of government. Phil Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, is in charge of coordinating the City's public outreach in the months leading up to the Census. The Deputy Mayor joined the podcast to discuss the importance of Census outreach and the many other initiatives he is spearheading.

Episode 42 - 1,988 lbs, with Council Member Antonio Reynoso

May 31, 2018
1,988 lbs is the average amount of garbage a NYC household throws out each year. City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, Chair of the Council’s Sanitation Committee, joined to discuss the cost of disposing trash, the capture rate of recyclable materials, commercial waste management, and other important issues related to sanitation and the environment.

Episode 41: 402, with Commissioner Mark Peters

May 17, 2018
402 is the projected headcount at the Department of Investigation at the end of FY 2018. Since 2013, the DOI’s budget has grown from $30.6 million to $48.2 million, an increase of 58%. DOI Commissioner Mark Peters discusses the reasons behind this growth and the major investigations he has led.