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 59: 1981

November 16, 2018
1981 is the year in which the State Legislature enacted S7000A, the landmark law that established the current property tax system for New York City. The problems with the property tax system have led to repeated calls for reform, including pending litigation. This past May, Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson formed the Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform. In September, the Citizens Budget Commission, the Regional Plan Association, and NYU Robert Wagner School of Public Service held a panel to discuss the problem, inequities and potential reforms

Episode 58: 3, with Cesar Perales

November 01, 2018
3 is the number of proposals on the November 6 ballot from Mayor de Blasio’s Charter Revision Commission. In this episode Commission Chair Cesar Perales discusses the proposed amendments.

Episode 57: 8 years, with David Friedfel and Patrick Orecki

October 24, 2018
8 is the number of years Andrew Cuomo has served as the 56th Governor of New York State. CBC's David Friedfel and Patrick Orecki join the podcast to discuss the demographic, fiscal, and policy trends of the last 8 years.

Episode 56: 90%, with NYCHA Interim Chair & CEO Stanley Brezenoff

October 19, 2018
90% is the share of NYCHA units CBC estimates may not be cost effective to repair by 2027 under the current trajectory of deterioration. NYCHA Interim Chair and CEO Stan Brezenoff joined CBC to discuss the policy and funding challenges facing NYCHA, and how he plans to tackle key areas in desperate need of improvement.

Episode 55: 45, with Laura Anglin

October 03, 2018
45 is the number of agencies that submitted performance metrics to the recently released Mayor's Management Report. Agencies organize their reports according to service areas and goals, and present the indicators to help the public understand agency performance. NYC's Deputy Mayor of Operations Laura Anglin joined the podcast to discuss how the city uses data to improve the operations and performance of key city agencies.

Episode 54: 3.1 miles, with Patrick Orecki

September 21, 2018
3.1 miles is the length of the newly constructed Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. At a cost of $4 billion dollars, the bridge was financed with debt, but no new tolls have been announced to repay it. CBC's Patrick Orecki explains why the toll may need to double from current rates.

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.