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 33 - $32.2 billion

March 08, 2018
$32.2 billion is the size of the 2017-2026 Capital Plan of the Port Authority of NY and NJ. This podcast features Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton, followed by a discussion on public-private partnerships, airport renovations, the fate of Gateway, and the 42nd Street bus terminal.

Episode 32 - 86

March 01, 2018
This episode's data point is 86 - as in the CBC's 86th Annual Awards Dinner. One of several awards given at the gala is the Felix G. Rohatyn Award, which recognizes champions of New York and sound fiscal management. This year's Rohatyn Award honoree is former Federal Reserve Board Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer, and this episode presents his remarks. He covers two broad topics: first, national fiscal policy, and second, financial markets.

Episode 31 - $418 million

February 15, 2018
$418 million is the amount Governor Andrew Cuomo wants New York City to commit to the Subway Action Plan, the emergency plan to address repairs to the distressed subway system. Politico NY senior reporter Dana Rubinstein discusses this and other pressing transit issues.

Episode 30 - $72.4 billion

February 08, 2018
$72.4 billion is total Medicaid spending in the NYS Executive Budget for FY 2019. CBC's Senior Advisor for Health Policy Dr. Charles Brecher joined WT[D]P to discuss progress on Medicaid reforms and the potential impact of federal actions on health care in New York.

Episode 29 - $88.7 billion

February 02, 2018
$88.7 billion is the NYC Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2019, released yesterday by Mayor Bill de Blasio. City-funded expenditures are up 4.3 percent over fiscal year 2018. Wall Street Journal City Hall reporter Mara Gay joined WT[D]P to wade into the preliminary budget's details.

Episode 28 - $14.3 billion

January 25, 2018
New York taxpayers could lose as much as $14.3 billion in federal tax deductions because of the capping of the state and local tax deduction in the new federal tax law. NYS Budget Director Robert Mujica and NYC First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan discuss the potential impact and possible responses at a special conference event.

Episode 27 - $168.2 billion

January 18, 2018
$168.2 billion is the NYS Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019. Dave Friedfel joins WT[D]P to discuss budget growth, school aid, medicaid, economic development, and proposals to deal with the impact of federal tax law changes.

Episode 26 - $3.2 billion

January 12, 2018
$3.2 billion -- how much New York City spent on economic development in 2016, including tax expenditures, operating costs, and capital spending.

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