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 27 - $168.2 billion

January 18, 2018
What's in the $168 Billion NYS Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019? David Friedfel explains.

Episode 26 - $3.2 billion

January 12, 2018
NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett joins the podcast to discuss the City's development strategy, tax breaks, NYC Ferry and the BQX project.

Episode 25 - 374

January 08, 2018
374 is the number of pages in Governor Cuomo's State of the State policy book. Laura Nahmias of Politico NY joins the podcast to discuss what the new year has in store for State and City politics.

Episode 24 - 2.7%

December 20, 2017
2.7% is the 2018 economic growth forecast in the Port Authority region. PA Chief Economist Alex Heil discusses economic and transportation trends impacting the Authority's bottom line.

Episode 23 - 1996

December 14, 2017
1996 is the last time a comprehensive regional plan was issued by the Regional Plan Association. Special guest Chris Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Planner at RPA, joined the podcast to discuss the 4th Regional Plan, which was released last month. The plan contains 61 separate recommendations in four action areas that represent major challenges and areas of opportunity.

Episode 22 - 10 Years

December 06, 2017
10 years is the amount of time the de Blasio administration says it will take to shut down Rikers Island.

Michael Jacobson is the Executive Director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance. Once New York City's Correction Commissioner, he is a member of the Lippman Commission, convened by the City Council to solve the crisis at Rikers. Michael joined the podcast to discuss the Commission's findings--namely to close Rikers and move the inmates to facilities near courthouses and civic centers throughout the boroughs.

Episode 21 - $26 billion

November 30, 2017
$26 billion is the amount of property taxes New York City will collect this fiscal year. It is the largest single source of revenue funding NYC government. Martha Stark, a former Commissioner of the Department of Finance, joined the podcast to discuss the complexities of the system for valuing and taxing real property and why reform is badly needed.

Episode 20 - 44 days

November 16, 2017
44 is the number of days left in Council Member Garodnick’s tenure, which is coming to an end after 12 years due to term limits. Council Member Garodnick has been a voice of reason in the City Council, having raised important questions about the city budget, economic development, and contracts. He chairs the City Council’s Committee on Economic Development, is on the budget negotiating team, and in his final months has been fighting to pass reform of the commercial rent tax.