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Keeping the Water On: New York Must Address Infrastructure, Costs

Publications - April 2015

Keeping the Water On: New York Must Address Infrastructure, Costs

In this op-ed in the Gotham Gazette, CUF researcher Adam Forman argues that with last year’s spike in water main breaks throughout all five boroughs, Mayor de Blasio should hold firm on increasing water rates and consider additional methods to finance and modernize New York’s water infrastructure.

Aging Gas Lines: Signs of Progress, But Improvements Still Needed

Data - March 2015

Aging Gas Lines: Signs of Progress, But Improvements Still Needed

The recent tragedy in the East Village brought renewed attention to the city’s infrastructure. And while aging gas mains and service lines remain an issue, both Con Edison and National Grid have significantly improved the safety and efficiency of the distribution system in recent years.

NYC's Share of Private Sector Jobs

Data - March 2015

NYC's Share of Private Sector Jobs

Though jobs have grown in nearly every region of the state over the last decade, New York City’s share of the state’s private sector jobs has skyrocketed – growing from from 43.0 percent in 2004 to 46.5 percent in 2014.

Mayor discusses CUF report on New York's aging infrastructure

Impact - February 2015

Mayor discusses CUF report on New York's aging infrastructure

In a January 2015 interview with The Nation, Mayor de Blasio corrects interviewer with the exact data from our Caution Ahead report.

State of the Chains, 2014

Publications - December 2014

State of the Chains, 2014

Our 7th annual ranking of national retailers in New York City shows the largest year-over-year increase in the number of chain stores in four years, with Queens experiencing the fastest growth in new stores.

Prompted by CUF Report, City Council examines economic impact of aging infrastructure

Impact - November 2014

Prompted by CUF Report, City Council examines economic impact of aging infrastructure

Prompted by CUF's Caution Ahead report, City Council held a hearing on the economic impact of New York's aging infrastructure.

NYC’s Growing Self-Employed Population

Data - November 2014

NYC’s Growing Self-Employed Population

New York City is now home to nearly a quarter million self-employed workers, and this segment of the workforce increased by 31 percent between 2000 and 2012. As of 2012, 6.5 percent of the city’s working adults were self-employed, up from 5.7 percent in 2000.

Small Business Success

Publications - November 2014

Small Business Success

A blueprint for turning more of New York City's small businesses into medium-sized and large businesses.

A call to sustain New York’s economic vitality by improving infrastructure

Publications - November 2014

A call to sustain New York’s economic vitality by improving infrastructure

At a November 2014 hearing before the New York City Council Committee on Economic Development and Transportation, the Center’s Adam Forman highlighted how improving New York’s infrastructure is vital to sustaining the city’s economic vitality, and proposed three ways that public officials could begin rehabilitating city-wide infrastructure.

City Must Act to Close MTA Funding Gap

Publications - October 2014

City Must Act to Close MTA Funding Gap

In this op-ed in the Gotham Gazette, the Center’s Adam Forman argues that with almost half of the MTA’s five year capital budget still unfunded, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council should not only put pressure on Albany, but also allocate more city dollars in order to close the $15.2 billion funding gap as the city’s direct contribution to MTA has fallen from $950 million in 1989 to less than half of that in 2013.

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