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  • What's The [Data] Point? $72.4 Billion, with Charles Brecher

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    What's The [Data] Point? Episode 30 -- $72.4 Billion, with Charles Brecher [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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  • What's The [Data] Point? $88.7 billion, with Mara Gay

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    What's The [Data] Point? Episode 29 -- $88.7 billion, with Mara Gay [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    On Thursday, Feburary 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his preliminary budget proposal for city fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1. On Friday, February 2, Mara Gay of the Wall Street

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  • What’s The [Data] Point? $14.3 Billion, with Robert Mujica and Dean Fuleihan

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 28 -- $14.3 Billion, with Robert Mujica and Dean Fuleihan [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    State Budget Director Robert Mujica and New York City First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan spoke at a CBC event on Wednesday, January 24 to discuss the

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  • 10 Burning Questions After Cuomo’s State of the State and Budget

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    Gov. Cuomo during his budget presentation (photo: The Governor's Office)


    Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his executive budget for the next fiscal year on Tuesday, centering his presentation around the threat to New York posed by the new federal tax code and possibilities for combatting it and other policies from Washington, D.C. The budget address came almost two weeks after Cuomo’s State of the State speech, at which he presented his 2018 policy agenda.

    In both cases, Cuomo left unsaid key aspects of major proposals -- most notably

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  • What’s The [Data] Point? $3.2 Billion, with James Patchett

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 26 -- $3.2 Billion, with James Patchett [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    James Patchett is the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city's nonprofit arm dedicated to spurring job and industry growth, managing special

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  • What’s The [Data] Point? 2.7%, with Alex Heil of the Port Authority

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 24 -- 2.7%, with Alex Heil of the Port Authority [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    Alex Heil, chief economist for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, joined the podcast to discuss his economic forecasts for the Port Authority region; key trends around use

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  • State Faces Budget Deficit Ahead of Possible Gut Punch from Washington

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    Gov. Cuomo and top aides (photo: The Governor's Office)


    With the state facing a larger than usual expected budget shortfall for its next fiscal year, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been railing against the devastating impact proposed federal tax reforms would have on New York state finances.

    The controversial reform plan that is still being negotiated in Washington, D.C. would either modify or completely eliminate the ability of New Yorkers to deduct state and local taxes from federal tax burdens and likely have deep economic impact for

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  • What's The [DATA] Point? 1996, with Chris Jones of the Regional Plan Association

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 23 -- 1996, with Chris Jones of the Regional Plan Association [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    The Regional Plan Association (RPA) just released its latest comprehensive 25-year regional plan -- The Fourth Plan -- to help New York, New Jersey, and

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  • With Phase One Going on Trial, Cuomo’s Buffalo Investment Moves Ahead with Broken Reform Promises

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    Gov. Cuomo (photo: Governor's Office)


    As federal corruption trials loom for several associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the administration is forging ahead with Buffalo Billion II, the second phase in an ambitious plan to revitalize Buffalo’s beleaguered economy and help transform Upstate New York into a hub of technology innovation and jobs. The first phase saw the massive alleged bid-rigging and kickback scandal that rocked state politics when outlined in September 2016 by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and will loom over

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  • What’s The [Data] Point? 10, with Michael Jacobson

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 22 -- 10, with Michael Jacobson [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    Michael Jacobson is the executive director of the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and is involved in efforts to close the Rikers Island jail complex. Previously, he

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  • What’s The [Data] Point? $26 billion

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 21 -- $26 billion, with Martha Stark [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    The property tax system in New York is complex and controversial. New York City will take in $26 billion in property taxes this year from resident and business property owners -- the largest

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  • What's The [DATA] Point? 44, with City Council Member Dan Garodnick

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 20 -- 44, with City Council Member Dan Garodnick [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    City Council Member Dan Garodnick has represented his Manhattan district for the past 12 years. At the end of this year, he's leaving the Council due to term limits. He joined

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? $67 billion

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 19 -- $67 billion, with Jay Kriegel of Related Companies and Americans Against Double Taxation [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    $67 billion is the amount of state and local taxes paid that New York State residents deduct from their federal tax returns each year, under a deduction,

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  • De Blasio's Record on Budgeting and Fiscal Health

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    De Blasio during a budget presentation (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)


    This article is part of a series on Mayor de Blasio's first term record as he seeks reelection this fall, in partnership with WNYC radio and City Limits. Find all pieces of the series here.

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  • What's The [DATA] Point? 348 and 74

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 18 -- 348 and 74 [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    This week's data points are 348 and 74 as we bring you a two-part show, each featuring the author of a new CBC report out this week.

    348 is the number of Local Development Corporations and Industrial Development Agencies in

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  • What's The [DATA] Point? $95 billion

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 17 -- $95 billion [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

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    This week's data point is $95 billion, the current value of all of the future retiree benefits, except pensions, already earned by current retirees and current workers of New York City. This amount, referred to as

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? 1936

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    What’s The [Data] Point? Episode 16 - 1936, with Gerald Benjamin of SUNY New Paltz  [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    geraldbOn Election Day, November 7, New Yorkers will be asked whether the state should hold a constitutional convention. It is a quesion that appears on the ballot every 20 years, mandated by the

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? 60-plus

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 15 - 60+  [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    For this episode of the podcast, something different: an excerpt from a live Citizens Budget Commission event where two experts discussed government debt and financing, looking at Detroit and Puerto Rico as examples, and evaluating what lessons may apply to New York City and what kind of risk the city is facing with its debt. The two experts, who have a combined more

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? 4, with Greg David

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 14 - 4, with Greg David of Crain’s New York[You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    For this episode of the podcast, we were joined by Greg David of Crain’s New York to discuss his recent in-depth article on Mayor Bill de Blasio and de Blasio's record as mayor. Just a few weeks ahead of Election Day, when de Blasio will either be given a second term or not, it was the perfect time to discuss de Blasio's record on the city's

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? 95, with City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 13 - 95 with City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland[You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    For this episode of the podcast, we were joined by City Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who has chaired the powerful finance committee and is leaving the City Council at the end of the year. Ferreras-Copeland could have run for one more term, and was seen as a leading contender to become the next City Council

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? 77,651, with the City Housing Commissioner

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 12 - 77,651 with Maria Torres-Springer, housing commissioner in the de Blasio administration [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    For this episode of the podcast, we bring you excerpts of a speech the city's housing commissioner, Maria Torres-Springer, gave at a Citizens Budget Commission event on Wednesday, September 20, followed by 15 minutes of Q-and-A with the commissioner. You'll hear a brief

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  • What’s The [DATA] Point? $66 billion

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 11 - $66 billion - a Back to School episode with CBC's Dave Friedfel & Riley Edwards  [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    This week we're back to school and the data point is $66 billion: the amount New York's school districts received in revenue during the 2015-2016 school year. Gotham Gazette's Ben Max and CBC's Director of State Studies Dave Friedfel discuss school funding: how much districts receive and whether

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  • Deputy Mayor Outlines Accountability Measures for MWBE Program

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    Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, left, & Mayor de Blasio (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)


    Since Mayor Bill de Blasio created the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises last September, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery has been focused on establishing a system of accountability to meet the new targets set by the de Blasio administration for contracting with M/WBE firms and helping those firms to build capacity.

    Appearing last week on the “What’s the [Data] Point?” podcast from Gotham

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  • What's The [DATA] Point? 30% with Deputy Mayor Richard Buery

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 10 -- 30% with Deputy Mayor Richard Buery [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    This week's data point is 30% -- the share, based on dollar value, of city contracts to be awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses by fiscal year 2021, according to a goal set by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2016. This would be an increase from 14 percent in fiscal year 2016. New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery joins the podcast

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  • What's The [DATA] Point? $1.5 billion

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    What's The Data Point? Episode 9 -- $1.5 billion, [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes]

    For this episode of the podcast, we were joined by Alex Matthiessen, President of Blue Marble Project and Campaign Director for Move New York, the "congestion pricing" plan that aims to help repair and improve the city's mass transit, roads and bridges, while reducing traffic and creating more equity in tolling around the city.

    Matthiessen expains the details of the

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