What's The [Data] Point? is a podcast from Gotham Gazette and Citizens Budget Commission looking at important issues in New York policy and government. GG, which is published by Citizens Union Foundation, and CBC are both watchdogs dedicated to analyzing and explaining New York public policy and holding government accountable. The podcast will touch on a variety of issues that have significant impact to the everyday lives of New Yorkers as well as the workings of city and state government. It is hosted by Ben Max of Gotham Gazette and Maria Doulis of Citizens Budget Commission, and produced by JaVon Rice of GG and Kevin Medina of CBC, with special guests on some episodes. Each episode is titled with a significant data point that helps frame the discussion.
The podcast launched June 9, 2017; find and listen to episodes through the links below, and/or download them wherever you get your podcasts (iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, etc). And, let us know what you think! We're on Twitter @TweetBenMax & @GothamGazette & @MariaDoulis & @cbcny.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 9 - $1.5 Billion — August 16, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Alex Matthiessen, President of Blue Marble Project and Campaign Director for Move New York, discuss 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.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 8 - $17 Billion — August 10, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Shola Olatoye, chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), the country's largest public housing authority, with over 400,000 people residing in its thousands of units across the city.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 7 - 2008 — August 3, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest John Breit, a CBC Trustee, PhD Physicist, and former risk adviser to Merrill Lynch and the New York City Comptroller’s Office for the pension funds.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 6 - 100,000 — July 27, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development discussed the rezoning of East Midtown, the de Blasio administration's new jobs plan, and the recent tweaks to the administration's housing plan.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 5 - 30 Days — July 13, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Jamison Dague, director of infrastructure studies at Citizens Budget Commission discuss issues facing the city's subway system, recent announcements made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that relate to the MTA, CBC analysis of transit system problems, and what to watch for as the MTA enters its summer "state of emergency."
What's The [Data] Point? Ep 4 - $32.5 billion — July 6, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Janno Lieber, new Chief Development Officer at the MTA discuss the state of the subways, MTA management and budgeting, major projects the MTA is undertaking and balancing them with upgrading and repairing the current subway system.
What's The [Data] Point? Ep 3 - $780 million — June 29, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discuss the lack of reform in Albany after the bid-rigging scandal in the Governor Cuomo's economic development programs that will see several of the governor's associates and donors on trial this fall.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 2 - 44% — June 22, 2017 — Ben Max of GG, Maria Doulis of CBC, & guest Alyssa Katz of the Daily News editorial board discuss New Yorkers' satisfaction with city services, quality of life in the city, and more, based on results from CBC's survey of New Yorkers.
What's the [DATA] point? Ep 1 - $85.2 Billion — June 9, 2017 — Ben Max of GG and Maria Doulis of CBC launch the What's The [Data] Point? podcast with a breakdown of the recently-passed city budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins July 1, 2017. What you need to know!