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Testimony - June 2024

Preparing Asylum Seekers and Migrants for the Workforce

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committees on Immigration and Small Business, CUF Senior Editor Dori Block details that more is needed to help build the capacity of the city’s immigrant-serving organizations and support more of the newest New Yorkers, including investing in adult literacy programs and easing restrictions on workforce training programs so they can work with more migrants.

Testimony - June 2024

How NYC Policymakers Can Boost Transfer Student Success at CUNY

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Higher Education, CUF Editorial & Policy Director Eli Dvorkin argues that most CUNY students who intend to transfer from a community to a four-year college and complete a bachelor’s won’t reach that finish line. He recommends new and baseline investments in CUNY's transfer student initiatives to boost college completion rates.

Report - May 2024

Solving the Staffing Crisis Facing NYC’s Human Services Organizations

Human services nonprofit organizations are critical to New York City’s functioning and well-being, delivering the lion’s share of safety net services to vulnerable New Yorkers. The sector also faces a staffing crisis that directly threatens its ability to deliver these much-needed services. The average human services nonprofit has more than 15 percent of its positions vacant, as well as unsustainably high levels of staff turnover.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2024

NYC needs a new world-class college

In this Daily News op-ed, Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Fisher Brother's Winston Fisher argue that establishing a prestigious new undergraduate university would enable the city to spark new job growth and strengthen the city’s talent pipeline for years to come.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2024

Why NYC Needs a Citywide Cultural Festival

In this City Limits op-ed, Eli Dvorkin and Winston Fisher call on the Adams administration to launch the city’s first annual five-borough cultural festival—helping the city tackle several challenges at once.

Report - May 2024

50 Ideas for a Stronger and More Equitable Queens

Queens is the city’s largest gateway for immigrants, and is also arguably New York’s most important launchpad to the middle class. Yet, given rising rents, climate change, an aging population and other challenges, Queens has significant work to do to ensure all of its residents can fully participate in the borough’s prosperity. This report presents bold policy ideas from 50 Queens leaders for what city leaders can do to create a stronger, more equitable Queens.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2024

Investing in the arts and artists to tackle New York’s biggest challenges

In this Times Union op-ed, Editorial & Policy Director Eli Dvorkin and Creatives Rebuild New York's Sarah Calderón urge state policymakers to make the arts and artists a centerpiece of an inclusive economic development agenda.

Report - May 2024

Closing NYC’s College Attainment Gap

Most well-paying jobs in New York City today go to individuals with a postsecondary degree, and studies suggest that this will only accelerate in the decade ahead. But there are still glaring racial, ethnic, and geographic gaps in college attainment rates across New York City.

Data - May 2024

Preparing for the End of the Affordable Connectivity Program in New York City

Few places nationally have benefited from the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) as much as New York City. With full funding for the program expiring at the end of April, nearly one million households across the five boroughs are poised to lose this subsidy—with the most significant impact felt in the city’s lowest-income communities.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2024

To Build a Greener New York City, Start With CUNY

Meeting New York City’s ambitious climate goals will require a massive retrofit of its buildings, which make up almost 70 percent of the city’s carbon footprint. To begin, a major new initiative is needed to build a greener CUNY using incoming federal and state funding.

Testimony - April 2024

Harnessing CUNY’s Talent to Build a Green Future

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Higher Education, CUF Senior Fellow for Climate and Opportunity John Surico calls for the city to build a greener CUNY, not just to help the city meet its crucial emissions reduction goals, but also to provide much-needed infrastructure improvements. CUNY's own sustainability-focused initiatives are the secret weapon to decarbonization of CUNY buildings.

Report - March 2024

Boosting Transfer Student Success at CUNY

Thousands of New York City public high school graduates every year start at a City University of New York community college and then transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree. But the large majority of CUNY students who intend to transfer and complete a credential fall short of doing so. Improvement is possible with a few strategic steps from CUNY and modest investments from city and state leaders.

Testimony - March 2024

Implementing Innovative Ways To Fund Parks and Open Spaces

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Parks and Recreation, CUF Senior Fellow for Climate and Opportunity John Surico makes the case for why, and how, city leaders can establish sustainable sources of recurring funding for parks.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2024

Generating the new revenues needed to support NYC’s parks

In this amNewYork op-ed, CUF’s Senior Fellow for Climate & Opportunity John Surico and Editorial & Policy Director Eli Dvorkin argue that city leaders need to get creative and seek out new sustainable sources of funding for parks—and put forward actionable ideas to do just that.

Report - March 2024

Big Ideas to Help NYC Thrive in the Post-Pandemic Economy

New York has overcome the immediate economic tests of the pandemic, but the city still has to keep pace with a vastly changed landscape. Meeting this moment will require a seismic shift in how city officials approach economic development. This report offers five big, immediately actionable ideas that city policymakers can implement to make New York even stronger.

Testimony - March 2024

The importance of investing in CUNY

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committees on Finance and Higher Education, CUF Senior Editor Dorian Block strongly encourages the Council to fully fund CUNY in the FY 2025 budget, outlining four key areas where these investments can have the greatest impact.

Report - March 2024

50 Ideas for a Stronger and More Equitable Brooklyn

In many ways, Brooklyn is a shining star of the city's post-pandemic recovery. Despite all its progress, Brooklyn has significant work to do to ensure all of its residents can fully participate in the borough’s growing prosperity. This report presents bold policy ideas from 50 exceptional Brooklynites for what city leaders can do to create a stronger, more equitable Brooklyn.

Report - February 2024

50 Ideas for a Stronger and More Equitable Bronx

It will be nearly impossible to create a more equitable economy in New York without putting the Bronx at the forefront. This report presents bold policy ideas from 50 exceptional Bronxites for what city leaders can do to create a stronger, more equitable Bronx.

Testimony - February 2024

Supporting the Needs of Immigrant Older Adults

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Aging and Committee on Immigration, CUF Data Researcher Rachel Neches details the need to support the rapidly growing older immigrant population in New York.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2024

Job training sector needs funding to help asylum seekers prepare for workforce

In this Times Union op-ed, Jonathan Bowles argues that to prepare asylum seekers for independence, more investments in English classes, job training programs, and immigrant-serving workforce development providers will help these newcomers prepare to enter the workforce and become productive New Yorkers.

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