Archived events and presentations

March 30, 2011, New York. A forum sponsored by the Community Service Society of New York and The New York Immigration Coalition. Important new research findings about housing conditions experienced by immigrant New Yorkers were presented, along with a new policy brief, Housing the City of Immigrants. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick was a discussant, along with Chung-Wha Hong (The New York Immigration Coalition), Seema Agnani (Chhaya Community Development Corporation), and Andr’s Mares Muro (Mirabel Sisters Cultural and Community Center).

March 24, 2011, New Paltz. Financing Education through Income Taxes? A forum with Assemblyman Kevin Cahill sponsored by the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), in collaboration with the SUNY New Paltz School of Education and the New Paltz Central School District Board Legislative Action Committee. Panel discussion with FPI’s Frank Mauro, Martin Reid of the NYS School Boards Association, and Gerald Benjamin of CRREO.

March 23, 2011, Albany. The New York State Budget and the Economic Status of New York – a plenary at New York State Community Action Association’s 5th Annual Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security, presented by FPI’s Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness.

March 22, 2011, Manhattan. Bloomberg State & Municipal Finance Briefing: Closing the Gaps. The crisis in state finance seems to be stabilizing as deficits narrow and governors promise to balance budgets. Meanwhile tax revenue continues to be significantly short of spending levels, and federal subsidies end are ending. This conference looked at what the implications for municipalities as they work to maintain services and critical infrastructure. FPI’s James Parrott participated in a panel discussion, “New York State: The Revenue Reality” at 1:15 pm along with Robert Kurtter of Moody’s and and former NYC Comptroller William Thompson, Jr.

March 15, 2011, Albany. Transitional Jobs Programs: Lessons from Implementation of a Statewide Workforce Development Program. New York State’s nascent Transitional Jobs Programs, drawing on successes in New York City and Erie County and funded from ARRA Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Contingency Funds, has already helped people on public assistance move “off the rolls” by creating 3,000 paid transitional jobs. FPI participated in a legislative briefing sponsored by Community Voices Heard. Read FPI’s return on investment study, 2008 >>

March 14, 2011, Manhattan. Banking for the Future: A New Paradigm For Rebuilding Our Nation’s Infrastructure, a conference sponsored by Manhattan borough president Scott M. Stringer in cooperation with Bernard L. Schwartz, Congressman Steve Israel and the Steven M. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College. FPI’s James Parrott was among the speakers, which also included Pennsylvania’s former governor Ed Rendell, Congressmen Steve Israel and Jerrold Nadler, business leader Bernard Schwartz, Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward, New York Building Congress President Richard T. Anderson, New York State Public Service Commission Chairman Garry A. Brown, and Citi Infrastructure Investors co-head Felicity B. Gates.

March 10, 2011, Manhattan. A Losing Proposition: Taxpayer Dollars Funding Poverty-Wage Jobs, a public forum with New York City Comptroller John Liu on NYC development subsidies and job quality. creation. A new study by the Fiscal Policy Institute, Good Jobs New York, and the National Employment Law Project shows that companies receiving over $2 billion in taxpayer-funded subsidies pay poverty-level wages to a significant number of their workers. Sponsored by Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education (CUNY) & City College Center for Worker Education (CUNY).

March 9, 2011, Albany. Colloquium on New York’s Fiscal Condition and Public Sector Labor Relations. Presented by the Rockefeller Institute and the New York Capital Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. Speakers included E.J. McMahon, senior fellow, Empire Center for New York State Policy, and Frank Mauro, executive director, Fiscal Policy Institute; Robert B. Ward, deputy director, Rockefeller Institute, moderated the discussion.

February 24, 2011, Elmira. New York State Budget Briefing. At a briefing hosted by Catholic Charities of Chemung County, Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Kathy Dubel of Catholic Charities spoke about the budget choices currently facing the New York State Legislature. Attendees represented a wide range of human services and other organizations from Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties. FPI’s budget briefing book: New York State’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook for 2011-2012.

February 19, 2011, Albany. Annual Caucus Weekend: the 40th annual conference of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators. FPI’s Frank Mauro participated in a panel discussion, “Examining the Executive Budget: Budgeting with Consideration of Equitable Alternatives.”

February 14, 2011, Albany. Balancing the New York State Budget 2011-2012. This presentation – by Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness – was made at a budget briefing for legislators, staff and advocates. The briefing was sponsored by Growing Together NY, Strong Economy for All Coalition, AFL-CIO, AFSCME NY, ATU, CSEA, CWA District 1, NYSUT, PEF, SEIU Local 32BJ, TWU, and UFT.

February 10, 2011, Garrison. Funding Schools: Alternatives to Local Property Taxes. Hosted by Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (D-Ossining), this forum included a presentation by Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (D-Kingston) on his proposed legislation (A.447) to provide that the state assume all costs of basic quality education through a formula, identifying mandatory basic services and their associated costs. A panel of experts discussed the proposal, including FPI’s Frank Mauro, E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, and Martin Reid of the New York State School Boards Association.

November 16, 2010, Middletown. Progressive Taxation Forum. FPI’s Frank Mauro will make a presentation on federal, state and local tax policies, and how those policies can be made fairer. Sponsored by the Democratic Alliance of Orange County. At the Wallkill Town Hall, 99 Tower Drive, Building A, at 7:30 pm.

November 14, 2010, Albany. Strengthening Social Security and Medicare – a forum on issues to be debated by Congress in December. Featured speaker: Professor Eric Kingson, Syracuse University School of Social Work, co-founder of the national campaign Social Security Works. Panel discussion will follow, with Congressman Paul Tonko, Andrew Coates, MD, and FPI’s Frank Mauro. Sponsored by: Capital District Alliance for Universal Healthcare, Hunger Action Network of New York State, Troy Area Labor Council, Capital District Chapter Physicians for a National Health Program, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, Single Payer New York, and Capital Area Council of Churches. Free and open to the public. At Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State Street (parking lot entry is on Chestnut Street between Dove and Swan). Information: Andreas Kriefall, 518-434-7371, or Richard Propp, 518-482-0420, vpropp@verizon.net. Flier >>

November 3, 2010, and ongoing, New York. Post-Election Analysis: Now What? This hour-long television program on CUNY TV is hosted by Brian Lehrer, the popular host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. FPI’s James Parrott is a guest on the show, along with Greg David of Crain’s, Edward-Isaac Dovere (The Capitol & City Hall), Celeste Katz of the New York Daily News, Nancy Scola of TechPresident, and Paul Starr (Princeton University, The American Prospect). Air times: 11/3/10 at 7:30 pm; 11/4/10 at 2 am; 11/6/10 at 10 am; 11/7/10 about 11 pm (exact time depends on previous programming).

October 4, 2010, New York City. The Settlement Summit: Inclusion, Innovation, Impact. This unique conference kicked off the 100th anniversary of the United Neighborhood Centers of America, where the USA-based settlement house movement began about 125 years ago, the lower east side of Manhattan. As part of the conference, FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick spoke on the economic impact of immigration on the United States, together with Ben Johnson (American Immigration Council).

September 29, 2010, New York City. Financing our Future: A Conversation on the 2010 Midterm Elections. Sponsored by Wagner Policy Alliance, NYU Wagner Economics and Finance Association, NYU Stern Social Enterprise Association, and NYU Department of Politics. A panel discussion of the classic debate between debt financing and social policy, in the context of the 2010 midterm elections: According to the Treasury Department the US federal budget deficit is expected to reach $1.56 trillion this fiscal year. Stimulus spending is needed to spur job creation and address high unemployment rates and long-term sustained recovery. Panelists were Robert M. Shrum, Senior Political Advisor and NYU Wagner Professor of Public Policy, and FPI’s James Parrott. Moderated by Shanna Rose, NYU Professor of Public Finance.

September 21, 2010, New York City. Building an Informed Workforce: Strategies to Support New York’s Immigrant Communities. As part of this conference sponsored by the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development and others, FPI Senior Fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated in a panel discussion of the state of the immigrant workforce in New York City, together with Priscilla Gonzalez (Domestic Workers United), Myles Lennon (Laborers Local 10) and a representative from the New York State Department of Labor, moderated by Hector R. Cordero-Guzmen (Ford Foundation).

September 16, 2010, Baltimore. The Effects of the Great Recession on Neighborhoods. FPI chief economist and deputy director James Parrott was the guest speaker at the first of the Johns Hopkins University Social Policy Seminars in 2010-2011.

September 8, 2010. Slow Growth in NY Jobs: 1 in 6 still Jobless or Underemployed. An interview with FPI’s James Parrott. Reported by Mike Clifford, Public News Service – NY. Audio >>

September 3, 2010, New York City. Latest Job Numbers. Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC. Former Congressional Budget Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and economist James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute break down the latest monthly jobs report.

August 27, 2010, Monticello. The Senior Legislative Action Committee (SLAC) of Sullivan County celebrates Social Security’s 75th birthday at 10 a.m. at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center (at the intersection of Broadway and Jefferson Street in the Village of Monticello). Guest speakers: U.S. Representative Maurice Hinchey and the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Frank Mauro. Information: Priscilla Bassett, 845-985-7901.

August 13, 2010, White Plains. New York State Senate Hearing: The Future of Property Tax Relief in New York State. Experts in the fields of tax, local government, and education, including FPI’s Frank Mauro, testified on the following questions and more: Should New York State take over the county share of Medicaid? Should New York State expand the real property tax circuit-breaker? Is there a more efficient, fairer way to fund our public schools? How can school districts and localities to share resources and services to operate more efficiently and reduce costs? Flier >>

August 11, 2010, Albany. If Andrew Cuomo is New York’s next Governor, what can we expect from his policies, his politics and his personality? Susan Arbetter of the Capitol Pressroom hosts a discussion with FPI’s Frank Mauro and columnist, professor, and activist Paul Bray. Also see – The New NY Agenda: A Plan for Action by Andrew Cuomo.

July 28, 2010, New York City. More than a Wage: Building the Economic Security of Women and Families in New York City. A funders’ conference on the newly released Self-Sufficiency Standard Report for New York City 2010, which examines what it takes to live and thrive economically in each of New York City’s five boroughs. Presenters were Merble Reagon (Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement), Donna Addkison, (Wider Opportunities for Women) and James Parrott of FPI; moderated by Sangeeta Budhiraja (Ms. Foundation for Women).

July 27, 2010, Albany. Press conference: New York Not-for-Profits Fighting Governor’s Vetoes. Governor Paterson’s vetoes eliminated funds for the 2010 fiscal year and previous years promised by legislators to not-for-profits for a variety of critical services and needed programs in local communities throughout the state. FPI’s Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness spoke at the press conference. Sponsored by the New York AIDS Coalition, New York State Catholic Conference, New York State Community Action Association, New York Library Association, New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Fiscal Policy Institute and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. More information: Ron Deutsch (mkd67@aol.com, 518-469-6769).

July 27, 2010, New York City. Press conference: New York Not-for-Profits Fighting Governor’s Vetoes. Governor Paterson’s vetoes eliminated funds for the 2010 fiscal year and previous years promised by legislators to not-for-profits for a variety of critical services and needed programs in local communities throughout the state. FPI’s James Parrott spoke at the press conference. Sponsored by the Human Services Council, AIDS Service Center NYC, Council of Senior Centers and Services of NYC, East River Development Alliance, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Food Bank of New York City, Housing Works, Hunger Action Network of NYS, NYC Coalition of Non-Residential Domestic Violence Service Providers, University Settlement, Welfare Rights Initiative at Hunter College, and the Fiscal Policy Institute. More information: Allison Sesso (sessoa@humanservicescouncil.org, 212-836-1127) or Bich Ha Pham (bhpham@fpwa.org, 212-801-1311).

July 26, 2010, Albany. Many Not-for-Profits Lack State Cash. FPI’s Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorker for Fiscal Fairness were interviewed by Liz Benjamin of Capitol Tonight.

July 19, 2010, New York City. Turbulent Economic and Budget Times: What Lies Ahead and How Should Grantmakers Respond? James Parrott of FPI and Susan Stamler of United Neighborhood Houses made presentations as part of a briefing and discussion moderated by Doug Bauer of the Clark Foundation. The meeting was convened by Philanthropy New York to discuss the philanthropic sector’s appropriate response to the current fiscal environment. After briefings on the city and state budgets, participants discussed whether grantmakers should try to fill the funding gaps created by government budget cuts, whether grantmakers should speak out about budget cuts and share their experience with government leaders, and other questions. Related materials >>

July 15, 2010, New York City. Covering Elections in 2010: A training workshop for ethnic and community media journalists. With the economy and politics in turmoil, what are the election trends? What does it mean for New York’s communities? Panelists included Susan Stamler (United Neighborhood Houses), Bob Hennelly (WNYC News), Andrew Beveridge (Queens College Sociology Department and CUNY Graduate School), Errol Louis (New York Daily News) and David Dyssegaard Kallick of FPI. Sponsored by New York Community Media Alliance, cosponsored by Amsterdam News, CUNY TV, Feet in Two Worlds, Fiscal Policy Institute, Gotham Gazette, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Peoples Production House, WNYC and the World Journal. More from Feet in Two Worlds >>

July 10, 2010, New York City. Working New York. James Parrott was interviewed by host Mark Riley. WWRL.

July 1, 2010, Albany. Debate on the New York State Budget. Susan Arbetter of the Capitol Pressroom hosted a discussion with FPI’s Frank Mauro, David Liebschutz of the Center For Governmental Policy and EJ McMahon of the Empire Center for New York State Policy. (Segment begins at about 25:28.)

July 1, 2010, New York City. The New York State Budget – The Revenue Bill. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro spoke to Robert Knight on WBAI’s Wake Up Call. (Segment begins at about 17:00.)

June 30, 2010, Washington, DC. Testimony by David Dyssegaard Kallick before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick testified at a public hearing held by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to hear ideas from members of the public. He spoke about the relationship between immigration and economic growth and about the importance of federal support for state and local governments.

June 23, 2010, Albany. The Capitol Pressroom: Wall Street Should Be Part of New York State’s Budget Solution. Susan Arbetter hosted a discussion with Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute and former Secretary of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, and Andreas Kriefall of the Hunger Action Network of New York. At 30:35.

June 21, 2010, New York City. Spend Now, Deal with Deficit Later? FPI chief economist and deputy director James Parrott participated in a spirited debate on the Fox business program, Varney and Company. (00:6:34)

June 16, 2010, New York City. New York Budget Cuts. Frank Mauro, Executive Director of FPI, was interviewed by Andrea Bernstein on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC.

June 15, 2010, Albany. The New York State Budget. Frank Mauro, Executive Director of FPI, spoke with WAMC’s Steve Felano on Vox Pop. Aired on WAMC and Northeast Public Radio stations. Podcast >>

June 2, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott made a presentation on New York’s economic and fiscal crises at a meeting of private and public sector labor union representatives and others convened by Local 1180 of the Communications Workers of America.

May 21, 2010, Manhattan. The Recession and Fiscal Crises: Government Responses in a Federal System. A public forum sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center Department of Economics. Four economists provided their perspectives on the budget crises at the federal, state and local levels. Speakers included Ronnie Lowenstein (NYC Independent Budget Office), Frank Braconi (NYC Comptroller), Timothy Goodspeed (Graduate Center and Hunter College), and James Parrott of FPI.

May 21, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott spoke at a American Constitution Society for Law and Policy forum on the need to amend New York’s securities regulation laws to authorize pension funds and other institutional investors to seek civil law remedies in cases of fraudulent investment advice. Related: Fighting for the Right to Sue Over Pension Fraud.

May 20, 2010, New York City. Educational Equity in the Midst of the Great Recession. A funders’ conference on the State and City education budgets – given the Education and Budget Reform Act of 2007 (which provided billions in new operating aid to New York City and a new, simpler, and more equitable funding formula) and subsequent cuts in funding as the the State faced the impact of the “Great Recession.” Presenters included Frank Mauro of Fiscal Policy Institute, Geri Palast (Campaign for Fiscal Equity), and Michael Rebell (Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University); moderated by Kavitha Mediratta (New York Community Trust). Related materials >>

May 20, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott presented a briefing on the current economic situation and the New York City and New York State budgets to the Executive Committee of the New York City Central Labor Council.

May 11, 2010, New York City. New York City Council Committee on Finance Public Hearing. James Parrott presented testimony on prevailing wage for building service workers in buildings owned or managed by persons receiving financial assistance from the City.

April 29, 2010, Rochester. Bob Smith, host of WXXI’s 1370 Connection, interviewed FPI’s James Parrott on New York Has the Ways and Means: How and Why Wall Street Should Give Back to Main Street, a study from FPI and the Center for Working Families.

April 27, 2010, New York City. New York City Council Committee on Economic Development Public Hearing. James Parrott presented testimony on the feasibility of requiring a unified economic development budget as a reporting requirement.

April 22, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott made a presentation on “Poverty in New York City” at a meeting of the board of directors of the Daphne Foundation.

April 20, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott spoke to a meeting of the new York City Council’s newly-formed Progressive Caucus about revenue options including the possibility of reforming the City’s personal income tax reform and the possibility of eliminating the exemption for carried interest in the City’s unincorporated business tax.

April 19, 2010, New York. Pataki’s Policies Haunt Albany: The New York State Budget Crisis. Frank Mauro spoke with Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash, co-hosts of Building Bridges on WBAI. Listen to the podcast >> (Segment starts at about 44:50.)

April 19, 2010, Albany. A Five-Year Plan to Eliminate New York’s Structural Deficit? FPI’s Frank Mauro was a panelist, joined by EJ McMahon of the Empire Center for New York State Policy and Elizabeth Lynam, Citizens Budget Commission. The forum began with remarks from Senator Liz Krueger, chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, and Assemblyman Herman D. Farrell, chair of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Sponsored by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. Video of Frank Mauro’s remarks >>

April 13, 2010, Manhattan. Jams Parrott presented a briefing on the recession in New York and city and state budget challenges to program officers at the New York Community Trust.

April 7, 2010. Campaign launches TV ads focused on closing corporate tax loopholes and asking Wall Street to help bail out Main Street. The Better Choice Budget Campaign announced a statewide advertising campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to raise revenues in ways that minimize damage to the state’s fragile economy. Materials from the press conference include the press release and a policy brief from FPI, Establishing a Fair, Adequate and Economically Sensible State-Local Tax System. Watch the ad >>

April 2, 2010, Albany. Joint Senate-Assembly Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services. Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst, presented testimony.

March 31, 2010, Albany. The Capitol Pressroom: Can New York Be Saved? Susan Arbetter and Jay Gallagher hosted a discussion with David S. Liebschutz, Director of Strategic Planning and Analysis at the Center for Governmental Research; Frank Mauro, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute and former Secretary of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee; and EJ McMahon, the Director of the Empire Center for New York State Policy, a project of the Manhattan Institute. Listen to the podcast >>

March 27, 2010, New York City. All Things New York, WWRL. Host Rennie Bishop and David Dyssegaard Kallick discussed the diverse occupations of New York immigrants from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

March 25, 2010, Manhattan. New York City in the Great Recession: Divergent Fates by Neighborhood and Race and Ethnicity. James Parrott presented FPI’s recent report to the Workforce Development Task Force. Flier >>

March 19, 2010, Buffalo. Governor Paterson’s 2010-11 Executive Budget and its Implications for New York Families and the State’s Economy. Sponsored by the Fiscal Policy Institute, WNYALF, Hunger Action Network of NYS and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Flier >>

March 18, 2010, Albany. Funding Public Higher Education in New York State. As part of a program on SUNY’s future that is being sponsored by the Albany Chapter of United University Professions, Frank Mauro discussed revenue raising and cost saving options for balancing the New York State budget in an economically responsible manner. News report >>

March 17, 2010, Stony Brook. Choices for closing the state budget gap: What’s best for the economy, and what’s ahead for SUNY? David Dyssegaard Kallick made a presentation. Cosponsored by CWA Local 1104, CSEA, GSEU, PEF, UUP-SB (West Campus and HSC chapters), and the Stony Brook RA Union. Flier.

March 18, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott participated in a panel discussion at the United Nations on financial transaction taxes sponsored by the Global Social Economy Group.

March 17, 2010, New York City. The Ravitch Plan. WNYE-FM (91.5 FM). Frank Mauro discussed the budget process reforms recommended by Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch with host Bill Henning on “The Communique.”

March 16, 2010, Albany. New York State Budget and Fiscal Policy. Frank Mauro, Executive Director of FPI, and Ken Adams, President and CEO of the Business Council of New York State, spoke with Vox Pop host David Galletly about the New York State budget. They also addressed listeners’ questions and comments. Aired on WAMC and Northeast Public Radio stations. Podcast >>

March 12, 2010, Albany. Raise Taxes to Balance the Budget. In discussing Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch’s fiscal reform plan on Capitol Tonight, FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro explained why tax increases should be part of a balanced approach to closing New York State’s projected budget gap.

March 11, 2010, New York City. The Ravitch Plan. On the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, discussed Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch’s plan to reform the New York State budget process and to borrow money to help solve New York State’s fiscal problems.

March 12, 2010, Washington, DC. Lifting U.S. Workers: The Economics of Immigration Reform. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick spoke about Immigrants and the Economy, which finds that immigration and economic growth go hand in hand in the 25 largest metro areas of the United States. Other panelists included Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute, who discusssed Immigration and Wages, which finds that immigration boosts the wages of native-born workers overall, and Benjamin Johnson of the American Immigration Council, who discussed Raising the Floor for American Workers, which concluded that immigration reform would increase wages, generate tax revenue, and support jobs.

March 7, 2010, Manhattan. Town Hall Meeting on Jobs hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. FPI’s Michele Mattingly was one of the speakers.

March 6, 2010, Queens. Town Hall Meeting on Jobs hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. FPI’s Michele Mattingly was one of the speakers.

March 4, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott and Frank Mauro presented a briefing on the the economy and the New York State and New York City budgets at a special joint meeting of the executive boards of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council.

March 3, 2010, Poughkeepsie. Briefing on the New York State Budget by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness (NYFF), and the Hunger Action Network of New York State (HANNYS). Hosted by Dutchess Outreach, at the Family Partnership Center.

March 2, 2010, Elmira. Briefing on the New York State Budget. At the Catholic Charities offices at 215 East Church Street, noon to 2 pm. Flier.

March 1, 2010, New York City. New York City Council General Welfare Committee Public Hearing. James Parrott presented testimony on the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on New York City.

March 1, 2010, Rochester. Briefing on the New York State Budget. At the NYSUT Conference Center, 30 North Union Street, 10:30 am to noon. Flier.

February 27, 2010, Manhattan. James Parrott made a presentation on the economic crisis and the need for federal mass transit operating assistance at a national emergency meeting of unions representing workers at transit systems serving 60 percent of the nation’s mass transit ridership. This meeting led to the formation of the national Coalition to Keep America Moving.

February 23, 2010, Albany. Joint Senate-Assembly Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services – Continued from February 10. Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst, presented testimony at this hearing.

February 22, 2010, Albany. Capital Tonight. FPI’s Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness appeared as guests, discussing the revenue-raising and cost-saving options released earlier that day by the Better Choice Budget Campaign.

February 22, 2010, Albany. Advocates urge the governor and legislature to make “better choices” to balance the state budget – calling for more federal aid, and for Wall Street to help Main Street. FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, and a diverse group of statewide organizations joined forces to explore alternatives to state budget cuts that would further erode jobs and desperately needed services. Materials from the press conference include a chart of revenue-raising and cost-saving options and a statement of support.

February 13, 2010, Albany. Annual Caucus Weekend Budget Workshop – at the 39th annual conference of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators. FPI’s Frank Mauro presented sections of The People’s Budget: Budget Equity XIX: “How Should New York Balance Its Budget During the Current Recession?” (pp 4-7) and “The Right Choice for New York: A Fair, Adequate & Economically Sensible Tax System” (pp 37-43).

February 10, 2010, Albany. Joint Senate-Assembly Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Human Services. Carolyn Boldiston, FPI’s Senior Fiscal Policy Analyst, presented testimony at this hearing.

February 9, 2010, New York City. Briefing on Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary FY 2011 New York City Budget. The briefing showed that the Mayor’s proposed budget cuts and the state budget-related contingency cuts will worsen unemployment and hardship; increased federal fiscal aid and progressive income tax increases are the best ways to mitigate the impact. Presented by James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist.

February 4, 2010, New York City. New York State’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook for 2010-2011. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s twentieth annual budget briefing, revised.

February 2, 2010, Albany. New York State’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook for 2010-2011. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s twentieth annual budget briefing, revised.

February 1, 2010, Albany. Joint Senate-Assembly Hearing on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget Proposal – Economic Development. James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, presented testimony at this hearing.

January 27, 2010, New York. Assembly Hearing: Tax evasion through employee misclassification. Conducted by the Assembly Standing Committee on Labor. FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott presented testimony at this hearing.

January 20, 2010, Albany. Paterson’s ‘Budget of Necessity.’ FPI’s Frank Mauro was a guest on New York Now as part of their live coverage of the release of the state budget release. Also on the show: David Liebschutz, the director of strategic planning and analysis at the Center for Governmental Research. [2:25]. Video >>

January 13, 2010, Albany. Senate Hearing: Employee Misclassification in New York’s Underground Economy. Conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Labor. FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott presented testimony at this hearing. Article from the Legislative Gazette.

January 13, 2010, Albany. Mending the Patchwork: a new report from the Empire Justice Center examining county-by-county inequities in child care subsidy administration in New York State. FPI’s Carolyn Boldiston, who provided data analysis for the report, participated in the press conference. Press release, report summary, full report. Article from the North Country Gazette.

January 7, 2010, Albany. Joint Senate-Assembly Hearing: IOLA and the future of Civil Legal Services in New York State. Conducted by the Senate Standing Committee on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary, and Assembly Standing Committee on Judiciary. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro presented testimony at this hearing.

December 14, 2009, New York City. NYC: A Tale of Two Recessions: While Wall Street recovers, New York City’s Main Street economy remains mired in the “Great Recession.” Presentation by James Parrott as part of the ongoing Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity. Based on FPI’s recent comprehensive report on the state of working New York City.

December 4, 2009, New York City. Breakfast Forum with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Sponsored by the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY). A panel of financial experts responded to the Comptroller’s remarks, including FPI’s James Parrott; Alan Lubin of NYSUT; BALCONY Co-Chairs Bruce Ventimiglia (Saratoga Capital) and Thomas Lee (NYS Teachers Retirement System); Barry Weprin (Milberg, LLP); and Gregg Hymowitz (Entrust Capital). More >>

December 1, 2009, Rochester. Bob Smith, host of WXXI’s 1370 Connection, interviewed FPI’s Frank Mauro on the new study, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, from the Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy (ITEP).

November 23, 2009, New York City. Future of New York Conference. Co-sponsored by the major urban research institutes at universities across the city: CUNY’s Center for Urban Research, the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs, Columbia’s Center for Urban Research & Policy, NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate & Urban Policy, and the Pratt Center for Community Development (Pratt Institute). FPI’s Frank Mauro spoke about the impact of New York State’s fiscal situation on New York City. More >>

November 19, 2009, New York City. Discussion of state’s current budget problems. FPI executive director Frank Mauro was a guest on Wake-up Call, WBAI.

November 12, 2009, New York City. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick spoke at a discussion forum sponsored by World Education Services to examine the characteristics and contributions of New York’s well-educated immigrants, identify obstacles that limit immigrants’ access to professional and academic opportunities, and highlight programs and practices that leverage immigrant talent. More >>

November 10, 2009, New York City. Unemployment tops 10% – Where can we turn? James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute spoke at this a panel discussion about the current employment and economic climate in New York City. Other speakers included David Jones (President, Community Service Society), Robert Lieber (Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, New York City), and Rae Rosen (Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York); moderated by Sarah Bartlett of CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. Sponsored by Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government, Baruch University School of Public Affairs. Program aired on CUNY-TV at 9 am, 3 pm and 9pm. Repeated December 6 at 4 pm. More information >>

November 9, 2009, New York City. TaxRAPP 2009. The New York City Department of Finance’s annual conference for tax practitioners was a day of presentations and panel discussions featuring tax policy experts, distinguished business and tax practitioners, and government officials. FPI’s Frank Mauro and Greg David of Crain’s served on a panel focused on state and local tax policies in an economic downturn and moderated by Ronnie Lowenstein of the NYC Independent Budget Office.

October 26, 2009, Albany. Senate Finance Committee Public Hearing on Governor Paterson’s Proposed 2009-2010 Deficit Reduction Plan. James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of FPI, presented testimony.

October 21, 2009, Albany. Assembly Ways and Means Committee Public Hearing on Governor Paterson’s Proposed 2009-2010 Deficit Reduction Plan. Frank Mauro, Executive Director of FPI, and Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, presented testimony.

October 19, 2009, Hopewell Junction. Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute discussed the workings of New York State’s current property tax system as part of a public forum on Property Tax Relief for New Yorkers hosted by Assemblyman Marcus Molinaro. Also as part of this forum, John Whiteley of the New York State Property Tax Reform Coalition discussed property tax relief and reform options for New York State. Mauro and Whiteley have worked together as part of the Omnibus Consortium for Property Tax Relief and Reform. Video >>

October 15, 2009, New York City. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick was interviewed on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio at the New York Historical Society as part of a project entitled New York’s Hudson River: An Audio Portrait of 400 Years of History. Kallick and others discussed the essays they wrote for New York 400: A Visual History of America’s Greatest City. About 15 minutes. Audio >>

Joshua Freeman (Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center), Clarence Taylor (Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center), and David Dyssegaard Kallick of FPI. Freeman and Taylor are both professors of history.

October 13, 2009, Albany. Roundtable Meeting: Real Property Tax Exemptions. Convened by Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform, chaired by Senator Liz Krueger, as mounting property tax exemptions impose greater burdens on taxpayers and potentially act a hurdle to property tax reform. FPI’s Frank Mauro was among the participants.

October 8, 2009, Albany. FPI’s Frank Mauro and E. J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute appeared on Capital Tonight to discuss Governor Paterson’s request that the legislative leaders come up with $2.5 billion in mid-year deficit reduction ideas in addition to the $500 million in state agency budget cuts that the Governor ordered earlier in the week. In his remarks, Mauro explains why $3 billion in real tax increases and/or real budget cuts over the next six months would not be good for the state’s economy. He also explains why the federal government has an important interest in helping the states to balance their budgets during national recessions that negatively affect the finances of almost every state government. Video – about 12 minutes of spirited discussion >>

October 7, 2009, Schenectady. More, Better, Greener Jobs and Economy in New York. FPI’s James Parrott was a panelist, together with Ray Gillen (Schenectady Metroplex), Miquela Craytor (Sustainable South Bronx), and Rob Simpson (Syracuse/Central New York Metropolitan Development Association). Part of a conference – Revitalizing NY: Building a New Economy Through Sustainable Development, cosponsored by the New York State Department of State and Empire Empire State Future. Summary of proceedings, including James Parrott’s remarks starting on page 48 >>

September 24, 2009, Rochester. Bob Smith, host of WXXI’s 1370 Connection, interviewed FPI’s James Parrott on the state of New York’s economy. For more information, see The State of Working New York 2009.

September 21, 2009, Albany. Creating Economic Security during an Economic Recession. Frank Mauro, FPI’s executive director, and Stanley Aronowitz, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, spoke at the annual membership conference of the Hunger Action Network of New York State. The theme of the conference was “A Healthy Future: Healthy Schools, Economy, Work, Food, and Healthcare for All.” Flier. More >>

September 14, 2009, Albany. New York State Network for Economic Research: A Focus on Human Capital. James Parrott, FPI’s Deputy Director and Chief Economist, made a presentation on “The State of Working New York.” Other presenters included keynote speaker Isaac Ehrlich (University at Buffalo, Journal of Human Capital), Donald J. Boyd (Rockefeller Institute), Jaison R. Abel (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), John Porter (State University of New York), Thomas Conoscenti (New York University), and Eamon Moynihan (Cost of Living Project). Sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute of Government. More, including audio and video >>

September 3, 2009. Dealing with New York State’s Budget Deficit. Dave Galletly hosted FPI’s Frank Mauro and Michael Breslin, Albany County Executive. On VoxPop, WAMC’s daily call-in talk program.

September 1, 2009, Utica. Health Care & You: Clearing Up the Myths. Facts about health care reform, including the particulars about each of the health care proposals in Congress and their impacts on seniors, families, small businesses, and others. FPI’s Frank Mauro, Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, and Mary Clark of Citizen Action were the speakers at this forum co-sponsored by the Public Policy and Education Fund, NYFF and FPI.

August 24, 2009, Rochester. Fighting for Real Health Care Reform. Topics discussed: what’s on the table in Congress right now, how to pay for reform, and the importance of a strong public option. Speakers included Dr. Jim Gaden, Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, and FPI’s Frank Mauro. Sponsored by Rochester & Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation and Metro Justice. More >>

August 4, 2009, Long Island City, Queens. Faces of the Unemployed. Unemployed New Yorkers, state senators and advocates for the jobless call for reform of New York State’s unemployment insurance system. FPI’s James Parrott spoke at a press conference convened by Senator George Onorato, chairman of the State Senate Labor Committee. Video of press conference >>

June 24, 2009, New York City. Bronx Community Board 7 Public Hearing on the Kingsbridge Armory Project. Research associate Michele Mattingly presented testimony.

June 23, 2009. New York State’s Business Climate and Fiscal Health. Alan Chartock hosted FPI’s Frank Mauro and Kenneth Adams of the Business Council of New York State. On VoxPop, WAMC’s daily call-in talk program.

June 1, 2009, Albany. Small City School Districts Annual Conference. FPI’s Frank Mauro was a panelist for the discussion, “State Budget: What Have We Learned and What Can We Expect in 2010?” The panel was moderated by Susan Arbetter, WMHT-TV. Other panelists were Robert Lowry, Deputy Director, NYS Council of School Superintendents; John Cape, Public Finance Management and Former Director, NYS Division of Budget; and Fred Wachtmeister, Board of Education, Plattsburgh Central School District.

May 28, 2009, East Hampton. Economic Impact of Immigration on the East End – A forum hosted by Hon. Tim Bishop, U.S. House of Representatives; Hon. Fred W. Thiele, New York State Assembly; Hon. Anna Throne-Holst, Southampton Town Council. Invited speakers included: Joe Gergela, Long Island Farm Bureau; Cathy Mural, New York State Farm Bureau; Judy Brink and Gail Greenwood, Dowling College; David Dyssegaard Kallick, Fiscal Policy Institute; MaryAnn Slutsky, Long Island Wins; Melinda Rubin, H2A Visa Program; Elvira Sochacki, Department of Labor.

May 21, 2009, New York City. Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform Public Hearing. Chief economist James Parrott presented testimony on reforming New York State’s business tax system.

May 14, 2009, Garden City. Immigration on Long Island: New Directions and Opportunities for Civic Engagement, convened by the Center for Social Innovation at Adelphi University. Keynote speaker: Michele Wucker, executive director of the World Policy Institute. Panelists: FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick, Professor Margaret Gray of Adelphi, and Hon. Edward Romaine, Suffolk County Legislator. Press release, flier.

May 7, 2009, New York City. New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor and Committee on Contracts. James Parrott presented testimony on outsourcing public services to the private sector.

April 30, 2009, Rochester. Public hearing to weigh the fairness of the state’s Corporate Franchise Tax and the effectiveness of its tax expenditures. Held by the New York State Senate’s Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform. More information: James Schlett, Select Committee Administrator, 518-455-2293 or schlett@senate.state.ny.us.

April 30, 2009, New York City. Rent Guidelines Board Public Hearing. Chief economist James Parrott presented testimony on the the economic situation of New York City’s low- and moderate-income households.

April 22, 2009, New York. City Talk: a program of CUNY-TV hosted by Doug Muzzio of Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. Guests: E.J. McMahon of the Manhattan Institute and FPI’s James Parrott.

April 22, 2009, Long Island City. Panel discussion: Immigrant Contributions to New York’s Economy. Part of the 6th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week. FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick spoke, along with Tara Colton, Center for an Urban Future; Nikki Cicerani, Upwardly Global NY; David Lipscomb, Sovereign Bank; Suma Kurien, Center for Immigrant Education & Training. Moderated by Sewell Chan of the New York Times. At LaGuardia Community College.

April 21, 2009, Albany. WAMC’s Vox Pop featured “New York State Fiscal Policy,” with guests Frank Mauro of FPI and Bob Ward of the Rockefeller Institute. Page with link to podcast.

April 20, 2009, Painted Post. As part of a series of presentations, “The Economy and You,” Frank Mauro spoke on “Balancing the New York State Budget in a Fair and Sensible Manner.” Sponsored by Peaceful Gatherings, a group with the mission of providing learning opportunities for peace and social justice. Flier.

April 6, 2009, Albany. Roundtable discussion of Senate bill 1241 (IDA Reform), held by the Local Government Committee in collaboration with the Labor and Commerce, Economic Development, and Small Business Committees. FPI’s Frank Mauro, an invited speaker, distributed and discussed copies of two publications: The Economic Development Benefits of Prevailing Wage and Building Up New York, Tearing Down Job Quality (section 4, on prevailing wages).

March 13, 2009, New York City. Economic Crisis: How the Fallout will Affect the Health, Well-Being and Security of Children and Families. A child health forum sponsored by the Children’s Health Fund and the National Center for Children in Poverty. FPI’s Frank Mauro spoke about immediate and longer-term concerns with respect to New York State’s fiscal situation. Other speakers included Hon. Bill de Blasio, New York City Council, Stephanie Gendell of the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, and Daniel Lowenstein of the Primary Care Development Corporation. More >>

March 13, 2009, Bronx. Navigating the Fiscal Crisis: A Forum for Non-Profits. Presentations by Shaun M. Belle, Mount Hope Housing Company, Inc.; Linda Cox, Bronx River Alliance; Ellen Greeley, UJA Federation; Gayle Jennings, JP Morgan Chase Foundation; Ilene Marcus, MET Council; Jason McGill, New York Regional Association of Grantmakers; James Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute; Daniel Quintero, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club; and William Smith, Aging in America. Sponsored by the Bronx Forum, a partnership of the Bronx Borough President’s Office, Hostos Community College, and Jewish Community Relations Council of NY/CAUSE-NY. Flier.

March 12, 2009, Albany. New York State Senate Select Committee on Budget and Tax Reform Public Hearing. FPI executive director Frank Mauro presented testimony exploring progressive changes to New York State’s personal income tax system.

March 4, 2009, Albany. New York State Assembly Committee on Local Governments Public Hearing on Industrial Development Agencies. FPI executive director Frank Mauro submitted testimony.

February 18, 2009, Elmira. Briefing on the New York State Economy and Budget. Presenters: Frank Mauro, FPI, and Ron Deutsch, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Sponsors: Catholic Charities, Chemung County Housing Coalition, Every Child Matters Coalition of Chemung County, Labor-Religion Coalition. Flier.

February 18, 2009, Rochester. Briefing on the New York State Economy and Budget. Presenters: Frank Mauro, FPI, and Ron Deutsch, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Sponsored by Assembly Member Susan John and the Eastside Democrats. Flier.

February 14, 2009 Albany. Annual Caucus Weekend Budget Workshop. As part of the 38th annual conference of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators, Assemblyman Carl Heastie hosted a workshop on the state budget. FPI’s Frank Mauro was one of the speakers.

February 13, 2009, Poughkeepsie. Community Discussion: The Proposed New York State Budget. Speakers: FPI’s Frank Mauro, Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network of New York State. Sponsored by Dutchess Outreach, Inc. and the Family Partnership Center. Flier.

Through February 13, 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark. NYChildren: Photographs of immigrant children – and children of immigrants – living in New York City. Photos by Danny Goldfield, with text by David Dyssegaard Kallick. The exhibit was at Gallery Fedt. Flier. For more information: David Dyssegaard Kallick, 212-721-7164, ddkallick@fiscalpolicy.org.

February 4, 2009, Albany. Joint hearing of the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means Committees on Workforce Issues. FPI executive director Frank Mauro presented testimony at this hearing.

February 2, 2009, New York City. Back to the Future? Gauging Employment Prospects in New York City in 2009. A speech by Lesley Hirsch (NYC Labor Market Information Service) with respondents Errol Louis (NY Daily News), Jason Bram (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Jim Brown (NYS Department of Labor), Theodore Gershon (Columbia University) and FPI’s James Parrott. Part of New York City Jobs Outlook & Trends Forum 2009. Agenda.

January 30, 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen meets New York: What can Denmark learn from the American experience with multiculturalism? A debate at Kulturhuset Indre By featuring FPI’s David Dyssegaard Kallick; Danny Goldfield of NYChildren; Garbi Schmidt, Social Research Institute; Carl Pederson, author; and Jon Kaldan, Denmark’s Radio. Flier.

January 22, 2009, New York City. NYC in Fiscal Crisis: Labor’s Role Today and in the 1970s. In discussions about the current Wall Street collapse and its impact on the city budget, the specter of the 1970s is often invoked. Is it a fair or helpful comparison? Panel discussion with George Arzt, Joshua Freeman, Bruce McIver, James Parrott and Alan Viani; moderated by Richard Steier. Sponsored by FPI together with Metro NY Labor Communications Council, Gotham Center and SEIU 32BJ. Flier.

January 14, 2009, Albany. Balancing New York State’s 2009-2010 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner. The Fiscal Policy Institute’s nineteenth annual budget briefing.

2008

December 15, 2008, Latham. Economic Security / Poverty Reduction Forum: An exploration of ways to increase connections, communications and cooperation among statewide organizations concerned with poverty, economic security and social justice issues in New York State. Convened by Frank Mauro, Fiscal Policy Institute; Denise Harlow, New York State Community Action Association; Ron Deutsch, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness; Brian O’Shaughnessy, Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State; Lee Cutler, New York State United Teachers.

November 25, 2008, Albany. Do today’s youth have the same level of opportunity for socio-economic mobility as previous generations? Members of the Capital Region BOCES New Visions Law & Government Program discuss the potential for upward mobility in socio-economic status during times of economic crisis with Albany City Council member Corey Ellis; University at Albany sociology professor Richard Lachmann; and FPI executive director Frank Mauro. Moderated by WAMC’s Maryanne Malecki. Audio >>

November 14, 2008, New York. Crisis, Innovation, Opportunity: Impacting Local Development with Global Resources – The annual Asian American Community Development Conference sponsored by the Asian Americans for Equality, Inc. (AAFE), and others. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated in a panel discussion, “How can Local Communities Benefit from Globalization?”

November 12, 2008, New York. The Current Economic Crisis and its Impact for Regional Construction and Development. A forum presented by McGraw-Hill Construction and Zetlin & De Chiara LLP. Industry leaders and economic experts, including FPI’s James Parrott, shared their suggestions for navigating the challenges of this troubled market. Details.

November 7, 2008, New York. The Rebuilding of the World Trade Center, a talk by FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick. Part of “Contemporary Issues in New York City Politics,” a discussion series sponsored by the Marymount Manhattan College Division of Social Sciences, and presented as part of the political science class, “Power and Politics in the City.”

October 29, 2008, New York. New York’s Economic and Fiscal Challenges in the Wake of the Financial Markets Meltdown: A presentation by FPI chief economist James Parrott to the board of the Abyssinian Development Corporation.

October 27, 2008, New York. TaxRAPP 2008: Tax Representatives and Practitioners Program, an annual conference sponsored by the NYC Department of Finance. FPI executive director Frank Mauro participated in a panel discussion, “New York City – New York State Tax Conformity: Is it Attainable?” Agenda.

October 22, 2008, New York. New York’s economic and fiscal challenges: With the end of Wall Street as we knew it, what lies ahead? A presentation by Frank Mauro and James Parrott to the executive boards of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council.

October 10, 2008, White Plains. How to Deal with the Looming New York State Budget Deficit. A discussion forum sponsored by the Westchester Women’s Agenda and the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester; presentation by FPI executive director Frank Mauro. Flier.

October 7, 2008, Syracuse. Beyond the Gas Tax: A Symposium on Funding Future Transportation Needs. FPI executive director Frank Mauro will speak on a panel, “Options Beyond the Gas Tax.” At the State Fair Grounds (the Martha Eddy Room in the Art and Home Center), 1-5 pm. Draft agenda.

September 29, 2008, Garden City. Hispanic Business Development Conference. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick presented at a workshop, “Hispanics in the US Economy.”

September 24, 2008, Melville. The Looming State Budget Deficit: Effective Responses. A discussion forum sponsored by FPI, the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Presentations by Ron Deutsch of NYFF and Iris Lav, deputy director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

September 15, 2008, New York City. Hearing on How Best to Secure the MTA’s Financial Future, before the New York State Commission on MTA Financing (Ravitch Commission). James Parrott presented testimony.

September 8, 2008, Rochester. Bob Smith, host of WXXI’s 1370 Connection, interviewed FPI’s Trudi Renwick on New York’s new poverty numbers, and Rochester’s poverty profile. For more information, see FPI’s release on new data released by the Census Bureau on August 26.

August 23, 2008, Elizabethtown. Achieving a Fairer Tax System. A discussion forum sponsored by the Lincoln Pond Association. Presentations by John Whiteley (of the Tri-County Committee for Property Tax Relief and the NYS Property Tax Reform Coalition) and Frank Mauro of FPI, followed by a general discussion.

August 18, 2008, Albany. Property Tax Caps: The Massachusetts Experience and Lessons for New York. Returning for a special session, the New York State legislature is poised to consider the governor’s call to place caps on our state’s school property taxes. How would the property tax cap proposal work and what are the consequences? Sponsored by FPI and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness. Featured speaker: Iris Lav of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

August 15, 2008, New Paltz. Short Term Tax Relief and Long Term Tax Reform: An Omnibus Bill Approach. Tax reform options are receiving little attention during the current property tax debate as elected officials, the media, advocates and the general public look for ways to deliver more immediate property tax relief.

In this presentation, FPI’s Executive Director Frank Mauro makes the case for the Omnibus Property Tax Relief and Reform Act. He argues that immediate relief is best provided by a well-targeted property tax circuit-breaker; and that to ease the pressure on the local property tax base over the longer term, the state should implement a 10-year plan for gradually taking over $6 billion of local school costs, an additional $1 billion of Medicaid costs, and $3 billion of the cost of basic municipal services.
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August 9-10, 2008, Long Island. FPI executive director Frank Mauro was a guest on WLIW’s public affairs show, Crosson and Welles, for a program on the topics “New York State Comptroller’s Take on Budget Crisis” and “Millionaire’s Tax: On the Money?” Other discussants included Thomas DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller, Joye Brown, Newsday columnist, Newsday, and Robert Gaffney, president of Dowling College.

August 6, 2008, New York City. Discussion of state budget and impact of policy on working class (at about 29:38). FPI executive director Frank Mauro was a guest on Wake-up Call, WBAI.

August 5, 2008, Rochester. The federal minimum wage is up…but what does that mean to lower income workers in New York? Bob Smith, host of WXXI’s 1370 Connection, interviewed FPI’s Michelle Mattingly, author of a new study on the subject.

August 4, 2008, New York City. Governor Paterson Plays the Depression Card – Proposes Massive Cuts Instead of Millionaire’s Tax. Senior economist Trudi Renwick was a guest on Building Bridges, WBAI.

July 31, 2008, Hyde Park. Teaching Hudson Valley holds its annual summer institute for teachers, librarians, and others who work with children to focus on the culture, ecosystems, and history of the Hudson Valley. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick made a presentation on immigration in the Hudson Valley.

July 29, 2008, New York City. Governor Paterson’s speech on the state’s financial situation with commentary from senior economist Trudi Renwick. On the Economy hosted by Bloomberg’s Tom Keene.

July 29, 2008, New York City. Recorded at Wall Street. FPI chief economist James Parrott was interviewed on German Public Radio.

June 26, 2008, New York City. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated in a panel discussion of The Truth about Immigration sponsored by Alwan for the Arts. Other panelists included Mehdi Bozorgmehr (Associate Professor in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center and City College), Philip Kasinitz (Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center), John H. Mollenkopf (Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, CUNY Graduate Center), and Maritsa Poros (Assistant Professor in Sociology, City College). Moderated by Anny Bakalian (Associate Director of the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center (MEMAC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY).

June 13, 2008, White Plains. The Future of Property Tax Relief in New York State, a New York State Senate Public Hearing. The public was invited to testify on whether New York should  take over the county share of Medicaid; expand the real property tax circuit-breaker; find a more efficient, fairer way to fund public schools; impose a school property tax cap; or consolidate school districts or local governments.  Flier.

June 11, 2008, Schenectady. At a regional town meeting convened by Governor Paterson’s Economic Security Cabinet, Trudi Renwick, senior economist at the Fiscal Policy Institute, presented a new report from FPI showing that for thirty percent of people in working families (5.7 million New Yorkers), family earnings fall short of basic family budget standards. More needs to be done to ensure that work supports are available to all families in New York struggling to make ends meet and to ensure that all who are eligible for benefits receive them.

June 2, 2008, New York City. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated in a panel discussion of “Migration, Economics and Justice.” Part of a conference, Immigration, Justice and Crime: Where Do We Go From Here? presented by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, Room 630T. Brochure.

May 22, 2008, New City. FPI executive director Frank Mauro was the keynote speaker at a public meeting on the property tax circuit breaker. Hosted by State Senator Thomas Morahan and Assemblymembers Ellen Jaffee and Kenneth Zebrowski, Jr. at the Rockland County Legislative Chambers. Handout: Property Taxes in New York: A State Problem Calling for a State Solution.

May 22, 2008, Albany. The Empire Justice Center presented “Unraveling the Myths of the Foreclosure Crisis,” a legislative briefing to highlight regional foreclosure data and solution strategies. Participants learned about the significant statewide impacts and hardest hit areas; proposed legislation; and how nonprofit agencies can help. Co-sponsored by FPI. Flier.

May 20, 2008, Albany. Senior economist Trudi Renwick teamed up with Gerald Norlander of the Public Utility Law Project to present The Economics of Low Income Energy Assistance in New York: No Wonder They Call Economics the “Dismal” Science at the 2008 Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) Statewide Conference. Brochure.

May 18, 2008, Latham. The New York State Labor Religion Coalition held its biannual statewide conference. FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick spoke about immigration in New York State, followed by a discussion of ways to engage the public around a broader discussion of issues related to immigration. Overview, program information.

May 16, 2008, Greenburgh. Public meeting of the Alternative Funding and Fiscal Reform for Public Education (AFFIRM Ed) task force, convened by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins to explore ways to provide reliable, adequate funding for public education. This public meeting was intended to inform the ongoing effort of AFFIRM Ed to address this important issue and the many related issues, including tax reform. Flier.

May 14, 2008, Saratoga Springs. Senior economist Trudi Renwick participated in a panel discussion of property tax reform at the 2008 Conference on State Taxation sponsored by the Business Council of New York State. Agenda, presentation.

May 14, 2008, Brooklyn. Senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick discussed the anticipated impact of the economic downturn on New York’s at-risk communities and neighborhoods, given experience from past recessions, at Brooklyn Nonprofit Day: Proactive Responses to the Economic Downturn. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Connection and Citi Foundation. FPI presentation.

May 7, 2008, Long Island City. Chief economist James Parrott discussed the anticipated impact of the economic downturn on New York’s at-risk communities and neighborhoods, given experience from past recessions, at Queens Nonprofit Day: Proactive Responses to the Economic Downturn. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Connection and Citi Foundation. FPI presentation.

May 5, 2008, Florida. Executive director Frank Mauro joined New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness at an event calling for IDA reform – greater transparency and accountability – against the backdrop of a deal coming together between Beech-Nut and the Montgomery County IDA. Mauro noted that an agreement to forego PILOT payments would set a very bad precedent, potentially allowing one particular employer to not contribute at all to the cost of county, town and school district services. Press release.

May 5, 2008, Latham. Senior economist Trudi Renwick discussed property taxes and the enacted state budget in a presentation to the Long Island Federation of Labor.

May 1, 2008, New Paltz. Executive director Frank Mauro spoke about the economics of tax reform at a meeting of the Ulster County Legislature’s Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding and Tax Reform. News articles: Property tax burden takes center stage in speech by fiscal expert (May 3, Kingston Daily Freeman); The problem with property taxes discussed (May 2, Mid-Hudson News). Radio: Listen to MP3 (May 1, WAMC).

May 1, 2008, Goshen. Executive director Frank Mauro spoke about the state budget and related tax issues with an emphasis on school finance and property tax relief. Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther also spoke. Forum was sponsored by the Orange County Democratic Alliance.

May 1, 2008, Manhattan. Chief economist James Parrott discussed the anticipated impact of the economic downturn on New York’s at-risk communities and neighborhoods, given experience from past recessions, at 2008 NONPROFIT DAY: Proactive Responses to the Economic Downturn, for Manhattan, Bronx & Westchester. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Connection and Citi Foundation. Brochure. FPI presentation.

April 26, 2008, Saratoga Springs. Senior economist Trudi Renwick discussed the economic benefits that Latinos provide to the local economy. Part of an evening of “Fun, Learning and Fundraising” to benefit the Saratoga County EOC Latino community Advocacy Program and the Giving Circle. Flier.

April 11, 2008, Corning. Senior economist Trudi Renwick was the luncheon speaker at the NYS Community Foundations Retreat hosted by Grantmakers Forum of New York. Trudi spoke about the impact of the New York State budget on upstate communities. Agenda.

April 10, 2008, Syracuse. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at the meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief.

April 9, 2008 Albany. FPI executive director Frank Mauro participated in a panel discussion, “Partnerships that Shape Economic Development,” part of the 2008 Spring Institute of the Empire State Capital Area Chapter of American Society for Public Administration, Developing the Upstate Economy: Infrastructure, Incentives and Innovations. Other panelists were Jayme B. Lahut (Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority) and Rocco Ferraro (Capital District Regional Planning Commission); moderator is Robert McEvoy (Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, University at Albany). Flier.

March 28, 2008, Amsterdam. FPI and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness will speak at a budget briefing and review of the Better Choice Budget Campaign, the six gap-closing strategies that will make the tax system more equitable and are supported by over 100 community-based, faith based, labor and other organizations. Co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Independent Living and Fulton-Montgomery Community College. At the RCIL offices, 347 West Main, 10-11:30 am. Call NYFF (518-452-2130) or Fiscal Policy Institute (518-786-3156) for more info. Please contact Donna Gillette (315-797-4642, donna.gillette@rcil.com) to RSVP or for accommodations. Flier.

March 27, 2008, Syracuse. FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the Hunger Action Network of New York State will present a budget briefing and review of the Better Choice Budget Campaign, the six gap-closing strategies that will make the tax system more equitable and are supported by over 100 community-based, faith based, labor and other organizations. Co-sponsored by the Syracuse Alliance for a New Economy (SANE), ACTS, and the Central Labor Council. At the Southwest Community Center, 401 South Avenue, 7-9 pm. Call NYFF (518-452-2130) or Fiscal Policy Institute (518-786-3156) for more info. Flier.

March 20, 2008, New York City. The Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club held a meeting focused on income inequality and economic justice in New York City. Jeremy Reiss of the Community Service Society and David Dyssegaard Kallick of FPI made presentations; Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh responded.

March 7, 2008, Rochester. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness spoke at a budget briefing and review of the Better Choice Budget Campaign, the six gap-closing strategies that will make the tax system more equitable and are supported by over 100 community-based, faith based, labor and other organizations. Co-sponsored by Metro Justice and NYSUT.

March 6, 2008, Latham. FPI executive director Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness spoke at a budget briefing and review of the Better Choice Budget Campaign, the six gap-closing strategies that will make the tax system more equitable and are supported by over 100 community-based, faith based, labor and other organizations. Co-sponsored by the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County.

March 6, 2008, Hyde Park. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at Changing the Property Tax System in New York, a conference for local leaders and lawmakers. The conference was hosted by the Tax Reform Effort of Northern Dutchess (TREND) and sponsored by the Northern Dutchess Alliance. Other speakers included Robert McKeon of TREND and John Whiteley, Tri-County Committee for Property Tax Relief. Presentations: Mauro, McKeon, Whiteley.

March 5, 2008, Atlantic City. FPI deputy director and chief economist James Parrott presented FPI’s analysis of the 08-09 Executive Budget at the leadership conference held by Communications Workers of America, District 1.

March 4, 2008, New York City. Senior economist Trudi Renwick was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Welfare Reform Network. Renwick discussed the state budget.

March 3, 2008, Albany. FPI executive director Frank Mauro participated in a panel discussion, “The Unfinished Business of State Aid Reform,” at the annual issues conference of the New York State School Boards Association’s State Legislative Network. Other panelists included James Dawson, a member of the NYS Board of Regents and a professor of geology at SUNY Plattsburgh; Dr. Richard Timbs, executive director of the Statewide School Finance Consortium; and Gary Bixhorn, chief operating officer of the Eastern Suffolk BOCES. More.

March 2, 2008, New York City. David Dyssegaard Kallick presented the findings of Working for a Better Life: A Profile of Immigrants in the New York Economy, at the Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village.

February 29, 2008, New York City. The Women’s City Club presented “Poverty: The Forgotten Cause.” FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick was a panelist along with Sheila Kamerman (Columbia University School of Social Work), Bich Ha Pham (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) and keynote speaker Senator Liz Krueger. More.

February 28, 2008, Binghamton. FPI executive director Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness spoke at a budget briefing and community forum co-sponsored by the Women Studies Department and Citizen Action of Binghamton.

February 28, 2008, Ithaca. FPI executive director Frank Mauro and Ron Deutsch of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness spoke at a budget briefing and community forum co-sponsored by the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County. Flier.

February 27, 2008, Albany. Presentation by FPI Deputy Director and Chief Economist James Parrott before the New York State Economic and Revenue Consensus Forecasting Conference. Parrott was one of five economists invited to speak at the conference, which gave Budget Director Laura Anglin and leaders of the Senate and Assembly fiscal committees the opportunity to hear testimony from leading state and national economic experts. By March 1, the legislature and governor must issue a joint report containing the consensus economic forecast and estimates of receipts for the 2008-09 fiscal year.

February 25-26, 2008, Albany. The New York State Community Action Association hosted the Second Annual Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick was one of the featured speakers. More information, flier.

February 21, 2008, Buffalo. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 08-09 Executive Budget at a Budget Briefing and Community Forum sponsored by FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Coalition for Economic Justice, the Partnership for the Public Good and the Homeless Alliance of Western New York.

February 20, 2008, Elmira. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 08-09 Executive Budget at a budget briefing workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities, Chemung County Housing Coalition, Every Child Matters Coalition of Chemung County, and the Southern Tier Labor-Religion Coalition.

February 15, 2008, Albany. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at the Budget Workshop scheduled for the annual conference of the New York State Association of Black & Puerto Rican Legislators.

February 12, 2008. Setting the Context for Commission Deliberations. Prepared by Frank Mauro, executive director of FPI, for the February 12, 2008, meeting of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief. Additional links:

February 11, 2008, Central Islip. The Long Island Immigrant Alliance sponsored a public discussion about immigrants in Long Island, with presentations by Brian Stedge-Stroud of Long Island WINS, Norman Eng of the New York Immigration Coalition, and FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick.

February 7, 2008, Long Island. The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island Forum on the State Budget. The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island hosted a presentation on the state budget for nonprofit agencies by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick. More here.

January 29, 2008, Albany. The New York State Association of Counties coordinated a discussion on Immigration and the Changing Face of New York State’s Population: Implications for County Government as part of their 2008 legislative conference. Senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick participated as a panelist, along with with state labor department economist Kevin Jack, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, Cornell Professor Max Pfeffer, and Dina Refki of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society. More here.

January 29, 2008, Rhinebeck. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at a briefing and community forum on the local impact of the 2008 state budget hosted by the Real Majority Project and Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner.

January 25, 2008, Albany area. FPI executive director Frank Mauro was a guest on New York Now, the WMHT state news show hosted by Susan Arbetter.

January 17, 2008, New York City. New York State’s Economic and Budget Outlook for 2008-2009, sponsored by the Community Service Society.

January 15, 2008, Albany. New York State’s Economic and Budget Outlook for 2008-2009.

January 14, 2008, Latham. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s outlook for the 2008-2009 state budget at a meeting of the Capital District Chapter of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State.

January 14, 2008, Albany. FPI executive director Frank Mauro discussed FPI’s outlook for the 2008-2009 state budget at a meeting of the legislative representatives of the labor unions that comprise the New York State AFL-CIO.

2007

October 31, 2007, Washington DC. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick participated in a telephone press conference organized by Citizen Action and the Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities to illustrate the impact of a budget veto on New Yorkers’ vital human needs. Read ECAP’s press release and report.

October 24, 2007, Albany. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented TANF Spending in New York at a meeting convened by the New York Children’s Action Network (New York CAN) Income Security Subcommittee.

October 18, 2007, Washington DC. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick participated in a panel discussion of “Universal versus Targeted Work Support” at the Bridging the Gaps National Conference. Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). More here.

October 16, 2007, Mineola. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at a press conference held by a coalition education and tax reform groups to release a new report examining Long Island’s property tax crisis in depth, exposing common misconceptions and analyzing various reform proposals. News coverage here.

October 16, 2007, Albany. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick spoke at a 30-year anniversary recognition of the Food Stamp Program sponsored by the Nutrition Consortium of New York State, the NYS Child Care Coordinating Council of NYS, FOCUS Churches, Empire Justice Center, and FPI. The event was a call to action to strengthen the Food Stamp Program through the 2007 reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Press release from the Nutrition Consortium here.

September 27, 2007, Buffalo. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented New York’s Empire Zone Program as part of a panel discussion of “Who Benefits? State and Local Subsidy Reform.” Part of a conference, The High Road Runs Through the City: Advocating for Economic Justice at the Local Level, sponsored by the Cornel ILR School and others.

May 31, 2007, Bath. Town Hall Meeting on the federal budget hosted by CSEA and the Steuben Central Labor Council. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick spoke about how the 2008 budget will affect affect Steuben County families. More information here.

May 29, 2007, Clifton Park. Town Hall Forum on No Child Left Behind hosted by Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand. Panelists included FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick, Mike Apostle and Elizabeth Day of Mechanicville High School (principal, and 2005 NYS teacher of the year), and Dr. L. Oliver Robinson and Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder (superintendent and deputy superintendent of the Shendehowa Central Schools). Local parents, teachers and tax-payers were invited to attend and share their concerns.

May 20, 2007, Monticello. Panel discussion hosted by the Kairos Project, a collaborative effort of the New York State Labor-Religion Coalition, St. John’s Episcopal Church (of Monticello), the Rural and Migrant Ministry, Trinity Church and the citizens of Sullivan County, followed by an open community discussion and a potluck dinner. Panelists included Frank Mauro of FPI, Judge Josephine Finn of the Village of Monticello, and Dick Riseling, a member of the board of the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development.

April 28, 2007, Buffalo. The Western New York Health Care Campaign hosted a legislative breakfast and panel discussion, Improving Access to Health Care & Policy Solutions. Panelists included Frank Mauro of FPI, Dr. Kim Griswold of the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine, Ona Sherman of Northern Customs Services, Inc., Dr. Michael Noe of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, Jennifer Cunningham of Knickerbocker, SKD, and Danielle Holahan of the United Hospital Fund of New York. More information here.

April 5, 2007, Amsterdam. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 07-08 Executive Budget at a Budget Briefing Workshop sponsored by FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and Medicaid Matters.

March 31, 2007, Binghamton. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick made a presentation on the living wage at a meeting sponsored by Citizen Action of the Southern Tier.

March 22, 2007, Greece. The Alliance for Quality Education and 230 other groups sponsored “A Town Meeting for Equal Funding for Our Schools.” FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick was one of the speakers. More information here and here. And photos here:

March 22, 2007, Geneseo. The Alliance for Quality Education and UUP Geneseo sponsored “Our Kids Can’t Wait: Funding K-12 Education in New York State” on the proposed state budget and school aid 2007-08. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick served on the panel along with Jane Fowler-Morse and Thomas Manko.

March 21, 2007, Albany. FPI and the Center for Economic and Policy Research sponsored a seminar to discuss the eligibility gap between needs and resources when working families cannot access the benefits that they are eligible for. More at www.bridgingthegaps.org.

March 22, 2007, New York City. FPI and the Center for Economic and Policy Research sponsored a seminar to discuss the eligibility gap between needs and resources when working families cannot access the benefits for which they’re eligible. More at www.bridgingthegaps.org.

March 16, 2007, Albany. FPI and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness sponsored a briefing by corporate income tax expert Michael Mazerov of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities on Governor Spitzer’s proposed corporate tax reforms and how they interact with the New York’s recent move to “Single Sales Tax” apportionment of corporate income. More here.

March 15, 2007, Utica. The Resource Center for Independent Living, Medicaid Matters New York, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the Fiscal Policy Institute sponsored a Budget Briefing Workshop.

March 2, 2007, New York City. Rekindling Reform sponsored Health Care in the Spitzer Era: Opportunities and Challenges. Hon. Richard Gottfried, Chair of the State Assembly Health Committee, gave the keynote address; Len Rodberg of Queens College/CUNY moderated. Discussants included James Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute; Denise Soffel, Community Service Society of NY; Charles Bell, Consumers Union; Ed Donnelley, NYS AFL-CIO; and Mark Hannay, Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign.

March 1, 2007, Ithaca. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 07-08 Executive Budget at a Budget Briefing Workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities.

March 1, 2007, New York City. FPI and Demos sponsored a lunchtime discussion of FPI’s recent policy document, One New York: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity. Discussants include FPI senior fellow David Dyssegaard Kallick; Senator Craig Johnson; Adrienne Shropshire, executive director of Jobs with Justice; and Brad Hoylman, senior vice president of the Partnership for New York City.

February 28, 2007, Seneca Falls. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 07-08 Executive Budget at a Budget Briefing Workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes.

February 28, 2007, Elmira. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 07-08 Executive Budget at a Budget Briefing Workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities, Chemung County Housing Coalition, Every Child Matters Coalition of Chemung County, and the Southern Tier Labor-Religion Coalition.

February 28, 2007, Owego. FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 07-08 Executive Budget at a Budget Briefing Workshop sponsored by Catholic Charities (Justice and Peace Ministry and Tioga Outreach Center) and the Social Justice Committee of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Parish.

February 28, 2007, Rhinebeck. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at a briefing and community forum, “The Truth About Our Tax System and the Local Impact of the 2007 State Budget,” hosted by the Real Majority Project and Dutchess County Legislator Joel Tyner.

February 15, 2007, Poughkeepsie. The Family Partnership’s Task Force on Jobs and Economic Security, Dutchess Outreach and the Dutchess County Interfaith Council FPI and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness will hosted a briefing and community forum on Governor Spitzer’s 2007-08 Executive Budget and its Implications for New York Families.

February 9, 2007, Buffalo. FPI chief economist James Parrott spoke at a Budget Briefing and Community Forum sponsored by FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, the Coalition for Economic Justice, the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, the Empire State Economic Security Campaign and the Hunger Action Network of NYS.

February 9, 2007, Long Island. The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island Forum on the State Budget. The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island hosted a presentation on the state budget for nonprofit agencies by FPI senior economist Trudi Renwick.

February 8, 2007, Rochester. FPI executive director Frank Mauro spoke at a Budget Briefing and Community Forum sponsored by FPI, New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness, Metro Justice, the Empire State Economic Security Campaign and the Hunger Action Network of NYS.

February 8, 2007, New York City. The Community Service Society’s Public Policy Department hosted a briefing by FPI staff members on Balancing New York State’s 2007-08 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner. FPI economists James Parrott and Trudi Renwick presented.

February 7, 2007, Albany. The Fiscal Policy Institute released its seventeenth annual budget briefing document, Balancing New York State’s 2007-08 Budget in an Economically Sensible Manner, at a breakfast in the Albany Room on the Concourse.

February 2, 2007, Albany. The Fiscal Policy Institute and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness sponsored a meeting on “fair exchange,” a way for governments, employees and communities to utilize standard business investment principles in their dealings with businesses, particularly when providing subsidies or concessions. The keynote presentation was by Deborah Groban Olson, an attorney from Detroit and author of Fair Exchange: Providing Citizens with Equity Managed by a Community Trust, in Return for Government Subsidies or Tax Breaks to Business, a description and critique of legal and historical precedents for Fair Exchange published by the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy in October 2006.

2006

June 23, 2006, Rochester. Finger Lakes Regional Forum on the Federal Budget.

June 16, 2006, Goshen. Mid-Hudson Regional Forum on the Federal Budget.

June 9, 2006, Saratoga Springs. Capital District Region Forum on the Federal Budget.

May 25, 2006, Albany. Legislative Briefing on the Federal Budget.

April 29, 2006. New York State Chapter of the American Association of University Women annual meeting. Fiscal Policy Institute Senior Economist Trudi Renwick led a workshop on school finance reform.

April 3, 2006, Albany. Fiscal Policy Institute Senior Economist Trudi Renwick participated in a panel discussion, When the Levees Break: Unveiling the Disadvantage of Race, Class and Gender, held as part of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State’s 29th Annual Conference.

March 22, 2006, Albany. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro was one of the speakers at a conference on A Future for Working New Yorkers: Ideas for the Next Governor which was co-sponsored by the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy and the Center for an Urban Future. Also speaking were William Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Jane Knitzer, Director of the National Center for Children in Poverty, and a Clinical Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Responding to the presentations by Johnson, Knitzer and Mauro were the Honorable John Dunne (former State Senator and former Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Civil Rights in the George H. W. Bush administration) and Assembly Member Deborah Glick.

March 8, 2006, Albany. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro made remarks as part of a panel on “Private Partnerships – Policy Issues,” at Innovative Transportation Financing and Contracting Strategies, a conference sponsored by the NYS Department of Transportation and the City University of New York’s Transportation Research Center. Presentation in PDF. More here.

March 1, 2006, Albany. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick was one of the presenters at the annual New York State Economic and Revenue Forecast Consensus Conference. Dr. Renwick’s presentation is available in PDF format.

February 23, 2006, Ithaca. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 2006-07 New York State Budget.

February 23, 2006, Elmira. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the 2006-07 New York State Budget at an event sponsored by Catholic Charities, Chemung County Housing Coalition, Every Child Matters Coalition of Chemung County, and the Southern Tier Labor-Religion Coalition.

February 18, 2006, Albany. As part its annual legislative conference, the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators hosted a workshop on the Executive Budget. FPI executive director Frank Mauro was one of the speakers at this workshop, along with representatives of the Governor’s Budget Division and the Assembly Ways & Means Committee.

February 18, 2006, Albany. In conjunction with the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators’ annual legislative conference, FPI executive director Frank Mauro was one of the speakers at a workshop, sponsored by the Public Employees Federation’s Black Caucus, on the economic challenges facing unionized workers in New York State. This workshop was free and open to the public.

February 16, 2006, Utica. Frank Mauro of FPI and Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network of New York State presented a briefing on the state budget. This briefing was sponsored by the Regional Center for Independent Living, Catholic Charities and the Community Food Bank of Utica.

February 16, 2006, Saratoga Springs. At a meeting of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick made a presentation on school finance reform.

February 15, 2006, Puughkeepsie. FPI’s 16th Annual Budget Briefing, sponsored by The Hunger Action Network of New York State and the Dutchess Welfare Reform Coalition.

February 15, 2006, White Plains. FPI’s 16th Annual Budget Briefing, sponsored by the Hunger Action Network of New York State and the Westchester Children’s Association.

February 9, 2006, New York City. FPI’s 16th Annual Budget Briefing, sponsored by the Community Service Society’s Public Policy Department.

Selected Presentations from 2005 and Prior Years

February 23, 2005, Amityville. FPI’s 15th Annual Budget Briefing.

February 14, 2005, Latham. Review of President Bush’s Social Security Reform Plan, for the Interfaith Alliance of New York State.

February 13, 2005, Schenectady. Review of President Bush’s Social Security Reform Plan.

February 12, 2005, Loch Sheldrake. The Future of Social Security, a Community Forum sponsored by the Sullivan County Senior Legislative Action Committee.

February 12, 2005, Ithaca. Tax Policy 101 hosted by Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.

February 8, 2004, Johnstown. FPI Senior Economist, Trudi Renwick discussed the impact of the federal deficit and other federal economic policies on NYC.

February 2, 2005, New York City, and January 25, 2005, Albany. FPI’s 15th Annual Budget Briefing.

June 26, 2003, Washington DC. FPI and Good Jobs First organized and hosted a symposium on Ending the Economic War Among the States. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro presented Ideas for Ending or De-escalating the Economic War Among the States. For more information on the work of Good Jobs New York, a joint project of FPI and Good Jobs First, please visit http://www.goodjobsny.org or contact project director Bettina Damiani at 212- 414-9394.

May 28, 2003, Ithaca. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro and SENSES Executive Director Ron Deutsch presented Deciphering the New York State Budget Process (http://fiscalpolicy.org/May28FlyerinHTML.htm) at the Tompkins County Library in Ithaca. Outline of topics covered here (http://fiscalpolicy.org/democ_budget.htm).

April 29, 2003, Middletown. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro presented an analysis of school funding in New York State at an Orange County Education Summit hosted by the Democratic Alliance.

April 23, 2003 Utica. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of Governor Pataki’s Executive Budget and alternative approaches to balancing the NYS budget at a public forum hosted by Utica Citizens in Action.

February 18, 2003, Elmira and Ithaca. FPI Budget Briefings.

February 12, 2003, New York City. FPI’s 13th Annual Budget Briefing, hosted by the Community Services Society of New York.

February 4, 2003, Albany. FPI’s 13th Annual Budget Briefing.

January 13, 2003, Manhattan. New York City and State Budget Crisis 2003: What Can We Do About It? Frank Mauro, FPI Executive Director, and Bill C. Thompson, City of New York Comptroller, spoke at a Community Service Society Issue Forum at the CSS offices in Manhattan.

September 26, 2002, Syracuse. Secrets of the State Budget Process. FPI Executive Director spoke at
Syracuse’s Thursday Morning Roundtable on how the NYS budget process actually works, how it has changed in recent years and why attempts to “reform” this process have met with very little success.

September 23, 2002, Albany. Hunger Action Network of New York State, 20th Annual Membership Conference. Two workshops were led by FPI: Senior Economist Trudi Renwick discussed the role of publicly funded transitional jobs in making welfare reform work, and Executive Director Frank Mauro explained why closing NYS’s budget gap through service reductions and regressive fee increases will hurt the state’s economy.

September 7, 2002, Elmira. Southern Tier Labor-Religion Coalition’s annual solidarity supper. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick delivered the keynote address, “Pulling Apart: Poverty, Income Inequality, and Injustice in New York State.”

July 19, 2002, Val-Kill. TANF Reauthorization Forum: Trudi Renwick summarized FPI’s research on the impact of the business cycle on welfare caseloads and spending. Susan Antos, Greater Upstate Law Project summarized GULP’s reseach on sub-state devolution.

June 7, 2002, New York City, and June 6, 2002, Albany. Update on TANF Reauthorization. Co-sponsored by the FPI and the Greater Upstate Law Project.

February 28, 2002, Buffalo. The Civil Service Employees Association hosted a special presentation of FPI’s 2002-2003 budget briefing.

February 16, 2002, Albany. As part of the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators’ Annual Weekend, Frank Mauro joined Assembly Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve, State Senator David Paterson, Assemblymembers Carl Heastie and Adam Clayton Powell IV, Governor Pataki’s Deputy Budget Director John Cape, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s chief budget advisor Dean Fuleihan to discuss Governor Pataki’s proposed budget for the 2002-2003 state fiscal year.

February 14, 2002, Ithaca. Frank Mauro presented an analysis of New York State’s FY 02-03 budget as part of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs’ Spring 2002 Colloquium Series. For the full line up of speakers that spring click here.

February 7, 2002, Colonie. Frank Mauro presented FPI’s analysis of the New York State budget to the United University Professions’ Legislative Committee. He also discussed the state government’s declining support for higher education.

February 7, 2002, New York City. James Parrott and Trudi Renwick presented FPI’s analysis of the NYS and NYC budgets to the the Human Services Council of New York City, a membership organization of over 200 voluntary, not-for-profit agencies.

February 6, 2002, New York City. The Community Service Society hosted a special presentation of FPI’s 2002-2003 budget briefing. Speakers included Richard Sims (Director of Tax Policy, Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy) and FPI staffers Frank Mauro, James Parrott and Trudi Renwick.

February 1, 2002, Schenectady. Governor Pataki’s Budget and You. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro and SENSES Executive Director Ron Deutsch spoke at a meeting of the Hamilton Hill Forum (organized by the Schenectady Inner City Ministry). Mauro discussed alternatives to the Governor’s overall strategy for balancing the 2002-03 state budget. Deutsch discussed the proposals in the Governor’s 2002-03 budget proposal for using the accumulated balances in New York’s TANF block grant accounts in the federal treasury to pay for programs (such as New York’s Tuition Assistance Program) that have traditionally been paid for with state tax dollars.

January 25, 2002, Albany. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro spoke at a United University Professions Leadership Conference about New York State’s fiscal situation and the legal battles between the Governor and the Legislature over their relative powers in the state budget process.

January 23, 2002, Albany. FPI’s 12th Annual Budget Briefing with presentations by FPI staff members and Lawrence Mishel, Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute and co-author of EPI’s biennial publication, The State of Working America.

January 14, 2002, Albany. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro spoke to 200 senior bankers from around the state at the New York State Bankers Association Annual Bankers’ Day in Albany. Mauro discussed the impact of the World Trade Center disaster on New York State’s budget and the need for business, labor and civic leaders to work together to obtain federal reimbursement for the NYS and NYC tax revenue losses that are directly attributable to the disaster.

January 14, 2002, Albany. The Aftershock Roundtable coordinated by Family Planning Advocates of NYS, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, UJA-Federation of New York, and United Way of New York State. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro presented an update on Congressional proposals to increase the federal share of state Medicaid costs during the current recession.

August 16, 2001, Rochester. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro discussed the U. S. Census Bureau’s new American Community Survey on WXXI’s 1370 Connection. The first results from the American Community Survey were released by the Census Bureau on August 6 and this new product will provide a new and important source of data on the demographic, economic and social characteristics of the American people.

August 11, 2001, Long Island. Frank Mauro was the featured guest on WLNY’s The Cutting Edge, which runs on Long Island’s Channel 55 and metro-area cable television systems. Mauro joined the program’s regulars (Long Island Association President Matthew T. Crosson, Newsday’s Deputy Editorial Page Editor Carol Richards, and lawyer and former Suffolk County Executive John Klein) to discuss Newsday’s August 12, 2001, editorial on the New York State budget process.

May 3, 2001, New York City. FPI’s New York State Social Security Public Education Project met at the Century Foundation. The meeting was chaired by FPI’s Kathy McCormack and featured a presentation by Christian Weller, an economist from the Economic Policy Institute. Weller discussed the current status of the debate surrounding Social Security, the latest projections for the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund, the President’s proposal for private accounts and viable and effective alternatives for ensuring the long-term solvency of the fund.

April 30, 2001, Schenectady. The First 100 Days of the Bush Administration. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro spoke at the Monday Noon “Table Talk” series sponsored by the Friends of the Schenectady County Library.

April 23, 2001, Poughkeepsie. Public Forum on the New York State Budget. Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute and Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network of New York State discussed how the 2001-02 state budget will affect families, working people, senior citizens, the environment, taxpayers, schools and you.

March 22, 2001, New York City. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro presented FPI’s evaluation of New York State’s use of its federal welfare reform (TANF) block grant funds to a meeting of the Citizens Committee for Children of New York.

March 22, 2001, New York City. Does Money Matter? School Finance Reform in New York State. NYS Comptroller H. Carl McCall and FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro were the featured speakers at an Education Policy Breakfast organized by the New York University School of Education.

March 21, 2001, New York City. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro spoke to the Board of Directors of the Community Service Society of New York about the New York State budget process, how it has changed in recent years and how it can be improved.

March 20, 2001, Saratoga Springs. FPI Senior Economist Trudi Renwick presented a workshop on the New York State Self-Sufficiency Standard at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Community Action Association.

March 16, 2001, New York City. What Can the United States Learn from the European Union’s Experience in Controlling and Reducing Corporate Subsidies? The Fiscal Policy Institute and Queens Labor Resource Center co-sponsored this presentation by Dr. Kenneth Thomas, a professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and author of Competing for Capital: Europe and North America in the Global Era.

March 2, 2001 Scarsdale. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro provided a briefing on the 2001-2002 Executive Budget proposal at a community forum sponsored by Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

February 20, 2001, Schenectady. New York State Government at the Millennium: Is it an Effectively Functioning Democracy? FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro spoke to the Senior Elfun Society.

February 17, 2001, Albany. Annual Legislative Conference of the Black, Puerto Rican and Hispanic Legislative Caucus.

For the education workshop – a discussion of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) litigation and the ways in which the state should respond to the judge’s decision in this case – FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro joined Regent Adelaide Sanford, UFT President Randi Weingarten, and attorney Joseph Wayland, who represented the CFE in its successful challenge to the constitutionality of New York State’s method of financing elementary and secondary education. This workshop was organized by Assemblymember Barbara M. Clark and her staff.

For the budget workshop. Frank Mauro and representatives of the Governor and the Senate and Assembly leaders discussed the Governor’s Executive Budget for 2001-2002. This workshop was organized by Deputy Speaker Arthur O. Eve and his staff.

Albany: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 Economic Development and Taxes Budget Hearing. FPI testified at the Legislative Fiscal Committees (the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Ways and Means Committee) annual joint hearing on the Human Services portions of the state budget as proposed by the Governor. Click here for a copy of the testimony.

February 12, 2001, Albany. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro presented FPI’s analysis of the Executive Budget to legislative representatives of the labor unions that comprise the New York State AFL-CIO.

February 12, 2001, Schenectady. Careers in Economic Policy. FPI Executive Director Frank Mauro at Union College in Schenectady New York at an event co-sponsored by the Economics Club and the Graduate Management Institute.

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