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 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.

Episode 40 - 176,000, with Patrick Orecki

May 11, 2018
176,000 is the number of New Yorkers statewide currently enrolled in Health Home, a Medicaid program that coordinates care for individuals with complex health needs. CBC Research Associate Patrick Orecki summarizes the state's experience with the Health Home initiative.

You can read CBC's report "Options for Enhancing New York's Health Home Initiative" here: https://cbcny.org/research/options-enhancing-new-yorks-health-home-initiative

Episode 39 - 4, with Sally Goldenberg

May 04, 2018
4 is the number of neighborhood rezonings that have been passed under Mayor de Blasio. Sally Goldenberg, Politico's Senior Reporter on real estate and housing, joined Ben and Maria to discuss the rezonings that have passed, those that haven’t, possible future rezonings, and more on housing and real estate.

Episode 38 - 5.8% with Ana Champeny

April 27, 2018
5.8% - the increase in city-funded spending in the New York City Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2019. Ana Champeny joins Ben and Maria to discuss increased spending, new initiatives, taxes, reserves, and more.

Episode 37 - $307.45 with Anita Laremont

April 18, 2018
$307.45 - the minimum per square foot price for selling air rights in East Midtown. NYC Department of City Planning General Counsel and Chief Data Officer Anita Laremont discusses the de Blasio's administration's approach to commercial and neighborhood development, including the East Midtown rezoning, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing, and more.

Episode 36: $168.3 billion with Dave Friedfel

April 04, 2018
$168.3 billion is the size of New York State's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. CBC's David Friedfel joined WT[D]P to discuss spending in this year's budget, as well as how the MTA, NYCHA, and New York City fared in the process.

Episode 35: 17%, with Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

March 25, 2018
17% is the increase in the average bonus paid by Wall Street in 2017, bringing the average bonus to more than $161,000. NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discusses Wall Street, the State and City budgets, State pension funds and more in remarks to CBC and a Q & A with Ben and Maria.

Episode 34: $9.5 Billion

March 18, 2018
$9.5 billion is CBC’s estimate of the extra taxes New Yorkers will pay due to the cap on the state and local tax deduction, known as the SALT cap, enacted in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Andrew Rein, director of CBC's Special Committee on Federal Tax Changes, discusses the impacts on NY and what the State and City should do in response.