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Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2002

Center Criticizes Governor for Ruling Out East River Tolls and Reinstatement of Commuter Tax

In response to Governor Pataki's announcement that he won't impose tolls on East River crossings or reinstate the Commuter Tax, the Center for an Urban Future urges all gubernatorial candidates to keep an open mind about new revenue-raising mechanisms that would allow the city to help itself.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2002

Performing Miracles

When it comes to neighborhood revitalization, community arts groups have a thing or two to show business.

Report - October 2002

Bumpy Skies

In this report on New York's air transport industry, the Center illustrates that JFK and LaGuardia fared worse than most U.S. airports in the year after September 11th and still face structural threats to future competitiveness.

Report - August 2002

Red Hook and Gowanus Reborn

Commissioned by the Red Hook/Gowanus Chamber of Commerce, this report details the industrial and maritime revival of the Red Hook and Gowanus neighborhoods.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2002

Doing Our Marketing

To attract fast-growing, high-wage firms, New York City should talk up our Tudors and our test scores--not our tax breaks.

Report - August 2002

Rebuilding Job Training from the Ground Up

Nearly a year after the disaster of September 11, New York City has begun a long-overdue reform of its workforce development system. In this report, the Center finds the early returns encouraging—-but warns that heavy lifting lies ahead.

Report - August 2002

A Prescription for Failure

This report on biotechnology in New York shows how Albany's $200 million biotech plan bypasses New York City, where the state has its best chance to grow the industry.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2002

Another Disappointing Year From Albany

For years, Albany lawmakers have been indifferent, at best, to New York City's interests. In this article for the Gotham Gazette, the Center's Jonathan Bowles shows that the 2001-2002 legislative session was no different.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

Re-Knitting the Safety Net

Analysis and recommendations from the Center for an Urban Future on how to reorient welfare, in New York City and the nation, into a system that encourages, supports and rewards work.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

An Interview with Lawrence Mead

The Center's David Fischer talks with political scientist Lawrence Mead, a leading scholar on poverty and welfare and a prominent voice in the debate over reauthorization of the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

Testimony - June 2002

A Case For a Sector-Based Economic Development Strategy

Testimony of Center Research Director Jonathan Bowles before the New York City Council's Economic Development Committee.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

The Nonprofit Margin

New York City spends millions every year to help nonprofits provide needed social services in the five boroughs. So why doesn't the city let these linchpin organizations take advantage of tax incentives for relocation to alternative business districts the city promotes to for-profits?

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

Mike Has the Right Idea on Welfare Reform

Mayor Bloomberg's welfare reform proposal seeks to balance the obligation to work with the supports families need to escape dependency. (Originally published in Newsday, June 11, 2002.)

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2002

A Needy City is Let Down by Albany

In the recently passed state budget, Albany officials continue to give short shrift to New York City, even after September 11. (Originally published in the New York Daily News, May 27, 2002.)

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2002

New York State of Blind

If it doesn’t work hard to attract the job-creating entrepreneurs of the future, NYC will lose its reputation as "The Greatest City in the World."

Testimony - April 2002

Remarks at WIA Reauthorization Forum

On April 25, the Center's David Fischer spoke at a forum on reauthorization of the federal Workforce Investment Act in New York City sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2002

Training Wreck

In the latest installment of NYC Inc., the Center's David Fischer examines why New York City has fared so poorly in connecting the business community to job training and workforce development systems.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2002

Albany Should Stop Stiffing New York City

This op-ed was originally published in New York Newsday, April 11, 2002.

Report - April 2002

Sympathy but no Support

This report by Center research director Jonathan Bowles illustrates how even after September 11, state government in Albany has continued a decade-long pattern of shortchanging New York City.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2002

Retention Deficit Disorder

Will New York finally adopt an incentive policy that keeps businesses in the city without giving away the store?

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