Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2023Retooling SYEP for New York City’s Changing Economy
In this new commentary, CUF Fellow David Fischer credits city officials for expanding NYC's Summer Youth Employment Program but argues that SYEP could be doing much more to prepare the mostly low-income youth it serves for a labor market utterly transformed from when the program began.
Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2023We must pass legislation to make capital construction more efficient
This new op-ed in Crain’s New York Business by CUF’s Jonathan Bowles and Trust for Public Land’s Carter Strickland urges Governor Hochul and the Legislature to pass a set of bills that would lead to a measurable improvement in the speed at which New York City builds parks, resilience projects, libraries, and other critical infrastructure.
Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2023How to help New Yorkers by reducing red tape for nonprofits
In this NY Nonprofit Media op-ed, CUF's Jonathan Bowles and Brooklyn Community Foundation's Jocelynne Rainey urge city and state policymakers to help strengthen and stabilize the financially vulnerable nonprofit sector by reducing the unnecessary administrative burdens that government agencies impose on nonprofits.
Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2022Let’s swiftly implement ‘New’ New York blueprint
In this Crain’s New York Business op-ed, CUF's Jonathan Bowles and Fisher Brothers' and Area15's Winston Fisher urges city and state leaders to re-imagine economic development to focus more on transit, open space, cultural vibrancy, housing, sanitation, and safety, which in today's talent-driven economy are as vital to the city’s future economic competitiveness as any tax incentive or sectoral strategy.
Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2022Building the fairer city we all deserve
In this Daily News op-ed, CUF's Jonathan Bowles and Fisher Brothers' and Area15's Winston Fisher outline six immediate actions the Adams administration should prioritize to make progress toward a more equitable New York City.
Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2022Boost NYC’s Tech Sector to Ensure a Full Jobs Recovery and Stronger Future for New Yorkers
In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF’s Jonathan Bowles and Tech:NYC Executive Director Jason Myles Clark lay out the opportunity for Mayor Adams to invest in the city's tech sector to spark a more complete jobs recovery and get many more New Yorkers into well-paying tech jobs.
Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2022Let’s overhaul the city’s capital process for the sake of our parks, playgrounds and libraries
In this Crain’s New York Business op-ed, CUF’s Jonathan Bowles and New Yorkers for Parks Executive Director Adam Ganser urge the Adams administration to reform the city’s notoriously costly and time-consuming capital process for parks, libraries, and other vital social infrastructure.
Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2022Mayor Adams, it’s time to level up K-12 computing education across NYC
In this City & State NY op-ed, CUF Editorial & Policy Director Eli Dvorkin and Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund Director Amber Oliver urge Mayor Adams to strengthen and grow computing education in the city’s schools to expand access to well-paying tech careers and ensure that New Yorkers of color and women are fully represented.
Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2022Strengthening pathways to entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers
In this Daily News op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Vice President of Global Philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase Jeanique Druses make the case for why city and state leaders should embrace the opportunity to strengthen pathways to entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers.
Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2022Make New York City a national leader in employment for people with disabilities
In this op-ed for City Limits, CUF Researcher and Multimedia Specialist Melissa Lent and Editorial and Policy Director Eli Dvorkin lay out the opportunity for the mayor and City Council to make New York City a national leader in employment for people with disabilities.
Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2022Boost equity with TAP access for part-time students
In this op-ed for Times Union, CUF's Jonathan Bowles urges the State Legislature to support Gov. Hochul's proposal to expand the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to the nearly 200,000 SUNY and CUNY students who are enrolled on a part-time basis.
Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2022Strengthening Natural Areas to Tackle Unemployment and Climate Change
In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF Editorial and Policy Director Eli Dvorkin makes a case for the city to invest in NYC’s natural areas to spark thousands of green jobs while strengthening the city’s forests and wetlands.
Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2022Eight Steps Mayor Adams Should Take to Expand and Improve Workforce Development
In this Crain's New York Business op-ed, CUF Editorial and Policy Director Eli Dvorkin outlines eight steps the Adams administration should take to make the investments and policy changes needed to help New Yorkers reenter the workforce while building ladders to economic mobility.
Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2022New York City’s economic recovery should be top priority
In this City & State op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher argue five ways the city’s new administration can help boost economic recovery at a time with rising inflation, fewer jobs than before the pandemic, and a shift to remote work.
Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2021To ensure an inclusive recovery, encourage and support minority-owned businesses
In this Crain's New York Business op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Vice President of Global Philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase Jeanique Druses urge the city to spark the creation of thousands of new Black- and Latino-owned businesses as part of ensuring an inclusive recovery in New York.
Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2021Harness NYC’s libraries to spread equity
In this Daily News op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles urges the incoming generation of city leaders to give libraries the resources they need to keep pace with growing demand for their programs and services — and meet the challenges of the post-pandemic recovery.
Commentary/Op-Ed - September 2021Eight Ideas to Drive New York’s Economic Recovery Now
In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and Winston C. Fisher urge current and soon-to-be elected city leaders to take swift action on eight ideas that would help create jobs right now and lay the foundation for a stronger and more inclusive economy over the long run.
Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2021Upward mobility starts underground: Give community college students free MetroCards
In this New York Daily News op-ed, CUF's Jonathan Bowles urges the city to eliminate CUNY students' transportation costs as a way to help more students remain on the path to a college credential.
Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2021Tech Jobs in the City are Growing; Here’s How to Make Sure New Yorkers Can Fill Them
In this Gotham Gazette op-ed, CUF's Eli Dvorkin and Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund's Amber Oliver urge the city's next mayor to take several steps to ensure that every New Yorker is equipped with the skills, tools, and opportunities they need to thrive in a digital world.
Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2021Building big without breaking the bank: How New York City should fix a broken capital construction
In this New York Daily News op-ed, CUF Executive Director Jonathan Bowles and New Yorkers for Parks Executive Director Adam Ganser argue that reforming the city’s broken capital construction process is a huge opportunity to help the city realize significant cost savings during a period of protracted fiscal uncertainty.