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 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.

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.