Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Micah Lasher is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Chief of Staff in the Office of New York State Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman. He advises the Attorney General on organizational direction and agency priorities and serves as the Attorney General’s representative to other branches of government.
Lasher previously served as Director of the Office of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and as Executive Director of External Affairs for the New York City Department of Education. He has also worked as an Aide to Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and was a founding partner of the political consulting firm SKDKnickerbocker. A lifelong New Yorker, Lasher graduated from Stuyvesant High School and received his B.A. in Sociology from NYU.
Public Policy and Planning in New York
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of New York City's governments and politics. We will examine the changing role of the mayor and other elected officials, organization of the municipal government, and the way in which state and regional governments affect public services and city policies. The course will explore the way in which political and economic forces affect public policies with an emphasis on land use planning and physical development, mayoral control of public schools, economic development, the redevelopment of lower Manhattan, congestion pricing, and waterfront development.