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Testimony - March 2019

A Call to Increase Support for New York City’s Growing and Diverse Older Adult Population

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Aging, Christian González-Rivera, CUF's senior researcher, details the need for more support, matching the City's growing and diverse older adult population.

Testimony - March 2019

INVESTING IN PARKS TO BENEFIT NEW YORKERS FOR DECADES TO COME

In this testimony before the NYC Council Committee on Parks and Recreation, Eli Dvorkin, CUF’s editorial and policy director, shares new data and findings about the city's aging parks infrastructure and outlines recommendations that urge new investment in parks maintenance and operations while developing additional revenue sources and addressing the broken capital construction process.

Report - February 2019

New York’s Older Adult Population is Booming Statewide

Over the past decade the number of New Yorkers ages 65 and over increased by 26 percent, making up a larger share of the state’s population than ever before.This data analysis provides a new level of detail about the aging of the population in cities and counties across New York State and finds that the aging population is not only driving population growth statewide, but is more diverse than ever before.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2019

15 Ideas for Expanding Economic Opportunity in New York in 2019

New York's State Legislature has passed major new legislation in the first days of 2019, beginning the year on a high note. Now lawmakers have an opportunity to take similarly bold steps to reduce income inequality statewide to help thousands more New Yorkers build the skills and educational credentials needed to get ahead in today's economy.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2019

Op-Ed: Seize the moment to fix NYC’s broken capital construction system

New York City's capital construction process is plagued by delays and cost overruns—a longstanding challenge that DDC's new reform plan seeks to fix. But for these reforms to stick, every agency with a hand in the process will have to commit to the shared goal of improving project delivery.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2019

OP-ED: Support Remedial Education Reforms to Help More Students Succeed

Traditional remedial education has become just another stumbling block on the road to a college credential. By investing in comprehensive remedial education reform, New York State can lift up underprepared students and put thousands more on track to a brighter economic future.

Report - December 2018

State of the Chains, 2018

Our eleventh annual ranking of national retailers in New York City finds a year-over-year decrease in the number of chain store locations for the first time since this study began.

Report - December 2018

Deeper in Debt: For-Profit Schools Driving Student Loan Default in New York State

Nearly a quarter of undergraduate students in New York State who take out student loans either default or are at high risk of default after five years, driven by disproportionately high default rates at the state’s for-profit schools. The data underscores the need to tackle the student debt crisis in New York and suggests that state policymakers should take steps to hold the most default-prone institutions accountable.

Testimony - November 2018

The Future of the Garment Center

In this testimony before the New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles details his support for a more calibrated plan to preserve what’s left of the unique fashion ecosystem in Manhattan’s garment district.

Report - October 2018

Out of Reach: Too Few New Yorkers Are Earning a High School Equivalency Diploma

Earning a high school equivalency can open the door to better jobs, skills-building programs, and a postsecondary education for the nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers without a high school diploma. But the number of New Yorkers earning a high school equivalency is just half what it was in 2010, and overall trends are cause for concern.

Report - September 2018

The Promise of Apprenticeships in New York

Apprenticeships increase economic mobility for people without a college degree, help employers find diverse and qualified employees, and are an ideal training model for New York's fastest-growing industries. New York can do much more to realize their potential.

Report - September 2018

Starting Later: Realizing the Promise of Older Entrepreneurs in New York City

A growing number of New Yorkers over 50 are quietly but purposefully turning to entrepreneurship, boosting the city’s economy and helping scores of older New Yorkers become more financially secure. As the city's population ages, New York has a major opportunity to further expand encore entrepreneurship and support aspiring entrepreneurs who are starting later.

Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2018

Op-Ed: Creating Middle Class Jobs By Upgrading NYC’s Aging Infrastructure

An ambitious plan to revitalize public infrastructure can provide New Yorkers with well-paying jobs and lay the foundation for a stronger city.

Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2018

Op-Ed: Getting New York’s Excelsior Scholarship Program Right

Governor Cuomo is right to focus on college affordability, but his Excelsior Scholarship program is only reaching a small number of New Yorkers. With a few tweaks, New York can make Excelsior a powerful engine of educational opportunity.

Report - August 2018

Excelsior Scholarship Serving Very Few New York Students

The Excelsior Scholarship program promises free tuition at CUNY and SUNY colleges. But only 3 percent of public college students are able to take advantage of Excelsior, and students in New York City are especially neglected.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2018

Op-Ed: Getting Ahead of Automation in New York

About 12 percent of New York State's workforce, more than 1.2 million jobs statewide, could be largely automated using technology that exists today. To get New Yorkers ready, policymakers and legislators must double down on a skills-building agenda.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2018

Op-Ed: Revitalizing New York’s Aging Parks Infrastructure

With more than 100 million parks visitors each year and the city’s population at a record high, New York’s 1,700 public parks have never been busier. But age and underinvestment in basic maintenance in has taken a toll. By investing wisely in parks' revitalization, these essential open spaces can continue to thrive into the next century and beyond.

Report - June 2018

A New Leaf: Revitalizing New York City’s Aging Parks Infrastructure

New York City's public parks are busier than ever. But the combination of advanced age and decades of insufficient maintenance means that parks across all five boroughs are facing serious infrastructure challenges.

Testimony - June 2018

Protecting NYC Students from Poorly Performing For-Profit Colleges

In this testimony before the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, Matt Chaban, CUF's policy director, details how many for-profit colleges in the state leave students with a little education and huge debts they struggle to repay because they did not receive the education they were promised.

Report - June 2018

State of Work: The Coming Impact of Automation on New York

Millions of jobs in New York State will feel the effects of automation in the coming decades. These jobs are not necessarily disappearing, but they are transforming, as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced robotics tackle more roles in the workplace. Policymakers should act now to help New Yorkers prepare for the changes that are coming to the world of work.

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