- June 2019
CUF Research Sparks $43 Million in New Funding for City Parks
The FY 2020 final budget includes $43 million in new funding for parks maintenance and staffing needs—the largest single-year increase in parks funding to date. This allocation closely mirrors the recommendations from our report on parks, A New Leaf: Revitalizing New York City's Aging Parks Infrastructure.
- May 2019
NYC parks need more money, here’s how to raise it
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council should commit to increasing the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation budget by $100 million this year. But to make sure this investment is sustainable for the long-term, the city needs to get creative about alternative sources of revenue. In this City and State op-ed, CUF Editorial Director Eli Dvorkin lays out new ideas for generating funding for parks.
- April 2019
OP-ED: The Opportunity Ahead for the New CUNY Chancellor
No institution is better positioned than CUNY to help lower-income and first generation students earn a postsecondary credential and get on the path to a successful career. In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher argue that the incoming chancellor can seize this moment and help CUNY realize its potential as a launchpad into the middle class.
- April 2019
Rethinking Public Benefits for the Future of Work
Our forum examined what New York City policymakers can do to develop and implement the next generation of public benefits for the future of work, including portable benefits for independent contractors, lifetime training accounts to make upskilling affordable, new approaches to childcare and retirement, and other innovative programs designed to update the social safety net for the growing independent workforce.
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