What's the [DATA] Point?

What's the [DATA} Point? is a podcast by Citizens Budget Commission and Gotham Gazette on New York State and City policies.

 

It's hosted by Ben Max, Executive Editor of Gotham Gazette, and Maria Doulis, Vice President of the Citizens Budget Commission, and produced by Kevin Medina and William J. Rice.

 

Stream below or download on your phone via iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.

 

Episodes

Episode 12 -77,651

September 21, 2017
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77,651 is the number of affordable housing units financed thus far in Mayor de Blasio’s 10-year plan to construct or preserve a total of 200,000 affordable units over 10 years. Since the Mayor took office, NYC Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) has overseen the commitment of $2.8 billion for affordable housing, most of it through loans and development programs.

HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer joins the podcast to discuss the progress of and challenges to the ambitious Housing New York plan.

Episode 11 - $66 Billion

September 07, 2017
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$66 billion is the amount New York's school districts received in revenue during the 2015-2016 school year. Director of State Studies Dave Friedfel discussed school funding: how much districts receive and whether aid is targeted to the neediest districts. Research Associate Riley Edwards also joined the podcast to bust myths about school crowding in New York City.

Episode 10 - 30%

August 31, 2017
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This week's data point is 30% - the share, based on dollar value, of city contracts to be awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses by fiscal year 2021, according to a goal set by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2016. This would be an increase from 14 percent in fiscal year 2016. New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery joins the podcast to discuss the efforts he is leading and overseeing in order to meet that goal.

Episode 9 - $1.5 billion

August 16, 2017
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The MOVENY congestion pricing plan can raise $1.5 billion annually. Campaign Director Alex Matthiessen joins to the podcast to discuss the specifics of the plan and prospects for enacting it.

Episode 8 - $17 Billion

August 10, 2017
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NYCHA has $17 billion in capital needs. NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye joins the podcast to discuss strategies for addressing these capital needs and to review progress implementing NextGenNYCHA.

Episode 7 - 2008

August 03, 2017
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This week's datapoint is 2008 - the year in which NYC's economy entered the Great Recession. Special guest John Breit, former chief risk advisor to Merrill Lynch, shares with us his unique perspective on the recession and on the risks of the City's investments in the pension funds.

Episode 6 - 100,000

July 27, 2017
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This week's data point is 100,000 - the number of “good-paying jobs” the de Blasio administration says it will foster over the next 10 years. Special Guest Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, discusses the jobs plan, as well as commercial development, affordable housing, and NYC's competitiveness.

Episode 5 - 30 Days

July 13, 2017
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This week's data point is 30 days - the period in which MTA New York City Transit will conduct a "top-to-bottom" review to identify changes necessary to improve its performance. CBC's Director of Infrastructure Studies Jamison Dague discusses underinvestment and how resources are being directed in the capital plan with Ben Max and Maria Doulis.