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CUF Inspires Mayor de Blasio’s 100,000 Good Jobs Plan

Impact - June 2017

CUF Inspires Mayor de Blasio’s 100,000 Good Jobs Plan

CUF has been the leading organization calling attention to the need for middle class job creation in New York City. The de Blasio administration’s 100,000 good-paying jobs plan follows several of CUF’s recommendations to increase the number of quality jobs in New York City.

CUF Recommendation Leads to Bill on Nightlife Reform

Impact - June 2017

CUF Recommendation Leads to Bill on Nightlife Reform

The New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs held a hearing on a package of initiatives to support New York’s nightlife industry, many of which CUF called for in an April 2017 op-ed.

CUF Research Influences City’s 2018 Budget

Impact - June 2017

CUF Research Influences City’s 2018 Budget

CUF has long studied the importance of New York City’s public libraries and the challenges facing the city's seniors. Mayor de Blasio and the City Council's 2018 budget followed our recommendations to include infrastructure investments for branch libraries and increased support for the city's aging population.

CUF Recommendation Leads to $335M Budget Boost for NYCHA

Impact - April 2017

CUF Recommendation Leads to $335M Budget Boost for NYCHA

CUF’s Caution Ahead report and subsequent op-ed called on policymakers to repair crumbling facades at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings. The de Blasio administration's FY18 executive budget includes $355 million in new money to do just that.

The Unkindest Cuts: New York Has the Most to Lose if the NEA Is Abolished

Data - March 2017

The Unkindest Cuts: New York Has the Most to Lose if the NEA Is Abolished

The Trump administration's plans to dismantle the National Endowment for the Arts will hurt hard-working artists across the country. Nowhere will these cuts be felt more deeply than in New York City, which receives one out of five NEA grants, worth $15.5 million in 2016. These funds support everything from major museum exhibitions to upstart performance groups, and, above all, good jobs for thousands of New Yorkers.

Taking to TASC: Too Few New Yorkers Are Passing the High School Equivalency Exam

Data - March 2017

Taking to TASC: Too Few New Yorkers Are Passing the High School Equivalency Exam

After the New York State Department of Education switched from the GED to a new high school equivalency exam, TASC, in 2014, the number of New York adults obtaining their HSE fell by half. The Center’s report is a first-ever look at the number of the New Yorkers that are taking and passing the new HSE exam since New York State changed test providers.

CUF Inspires Plan to Create College Savings Accounts for Kindergarteners

Impact - January 2017

CUF Inspires Plan to Create College Savings Accounts for Kindergarteners

In 2013, the Center for an Urban Future called on New York City to launch a kindergarten-to-college savings program, modeled on a successful initiative in San Francisco, to help increase the number of low-income children who go on to attend college. At the end of 2016, Mayor de Blasio announced that the city is finally piloting a similar plan, which will create $100 college savings accounts for roughly 10,000 kindergartners

CUF Recommendation Pushes Passage of Health Aide Bill

Impact - January 2017

CUF Recommendation Pushes Passage of Health Aide Bill

CUF’s "6 Ways the State Can Expand Economic Opportunity in 2016” commentary called on the state to pass "breakthrough" legislation creating career opportunities for home health aides. In December, the governor signed this crucial bill into law.

CUF Forum Leads to Statewide Workforce Development Funding

Impact - December 2016

CUF Forum Leads to Statewide Workforce Development Funding

CUF's "Integrating New York's REDCs with Workforce Development" symposium led to New York State making workforce training a priority area for Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) in 2016.

Where Immigrant New Yorkers Go to Work

Data - October 2016

Where Immigrant New Yorkers Go to Work

Immigrants form an essential part of New York City's workforce. This data brief reveals where the city's immigrants go to work, including industries with a surprisingly high proportion of immigrant workers and others where immigrants are almost completely left out.

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