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.



Episode 73: 125,323, with Meera Joshi

May 09, 2019
125,323 is the number of vehicles licensed by the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission in 2018. The dramatic rise of for-hire vehicles has posed new challenges, and at the forefront of using data to tackle these challenges was former TLC Commissioner Meera Joshi, now a visiting scholar at NYU Wagner.

Episode 72: $92.5 billion, with Yoav Gonen

April 30, 2019
$92.5 billion is the size of the NYC Executive Budget for FY 2020, an increase of 29% in total spending since Bill de Blasio's first year as Mayor. Joining the podcast to review budget highlights is Yoav Gonen, City Hall reporter for The City.

Episode 71: 1,112,975, with Dr. Mitchell Katz

April 04, 2019
1,112,975 is the number of unique patients served by NYC Health + Hospitals in FY 2018. H+H is under fiscal pressure and projects cash loses in future years. Dr. Mitchell Katz joined the podcast to discuss his transformation plan to improve H+H's fiscal stability.

Episode 70: $175.5 billion

April 02, 2019
$175.5 billion, the size of the NYS Budget for FY 2020 enacted by the Legislature. The budget includes several notable policy changes, such as funding and new reforms at the MTA. CBC's David Friedfel and Patrick Orecki discuss the key takeaways.

Episode 69: 5, with Alicia Glen

March 26, 2019
5 is the number of years Alicia Glen was the Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development under Mayor Bill de Blasio. She joins the podcast to reflect on her tenure as Deputy Mayor, the state of the city in 2014, where it stands now, and where it should be heading.

Episode 68: 202, with Polly Trottenberg

March 21, 2019
202 is the number traffic related fatalities in NYC in 2018, a record low. NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg joined the podcast to discuss the success of Vision Zero, her approach to managing city transit, and her role on the MTA Board.

Episode 67: 4.7 mph, with Nicole Gelinas

March 14, 2019
4.7 mph is the speed at which taxis travel in Midtown Manhattan. Nicole Gelinas, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins the podcast to discuss traffic, mobility, and the MTA.

Episode 66: 25,000 with Vishaan Chakrabarti

February 21, 2019
25,000 is the number of jobs that would have been created under a now-defunct deal with Amazon to create a second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), discusses the deal and how its failure may impact New York City's economic competitiveness.