Video: State of New York’s Infrastructure

Event - May 2014

Video: State of New York’s Infrastructure

Building on the findings and recommendations of Caution Ahead‒ our report on New York City's aging infrastructure‒ Center for an Urban Future and City & State held a half-day conference on May 15, 2014 to discuss three infrastructure areas vital to our city's future: transportation, buildings and utilities.

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On May 15, 2014, the Center for an Urban Future and City & State held a high-profile half-day conference focused on the issues and recommendations from our Caution Ahead report.

Panel 1: Transportation

  • Co-Moderator: Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future
  • Lori Ardeto, 1st Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT)
  • Joan McDonald, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)
  • Tom Prendergast, Chairman, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

The panel discussed the existing capital plans for the MTA, NYSDOT and NYCDOT as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the long term needs of the region and how the city could generate necessary funding going forward.


Panel 2: Buildings

  • Co-Moderator: Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future
  • Co-Moderator: Nick Powell, City & State City Hall Bureau Chief
  • Lorraine Grillo, President & CEO, NYC School Construction Authority
  • Holly Leicht, Regional Administrator, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Shola Olatoye, Chairwoman, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
  • Feniosky Pena-Mora, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design and Construction
  • Seth Pinsky, EVP, Fund Manager, RXR Realty

The second panel discussed what effect aging infrastructure has on New Yorker's quality of life, and what plans are in the works to upgrade and enhance NY's housing and buildings.


Panel 3: Utilities

  • Co-Moderator: Adam Forman, Research Associate, Center for an Urban Future
  • Gil C. Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority
  • Michael Santorelli, Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute (ACLP) at New York Law School
  • Charles Zielinsky, Of Counsel, Bryan Cave LLP

With revenue streams stretched thin, the third panel discussed how much private or public investment for utilities can be brought to the table, and what will be the cost to ratepayers or taxpayers in the five boroughs?