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AIDS Services in New York City are in a 'Very Perilous Time,' warns Adjunct Prof. Regina Quattrochi

AIDS Services in New York City are in a 'Very Perilous Time,' warns Adjunct Prof. Regina Quattrochi

Crain�s New York reports that, owing to a significant policy shift by New York City, government funds are going to hospitals and clinics for medical care of AIDS patients instead of to community-based social services and prevention programs, forcing sharp cutbacks on many nonprofit organizations.

All kidding aside, Newark's Mayor Booker relates his policy challenges and success

All kidding aside, Newark's Mayor Booker relates his policy challenges and success

Dean Ellen Schall and Mayor Cory Booker.

     In a public conversation at NYU Wagner before more than 125 students, Newark, N.J., Mayor Corey Booker offered hard-won insight, progress reports and humor in describing how his administration's strategies to reduce recidivism are contributing to broad civic improvement.

     Mayor Booker fielded questions October 8, 2009, about his pattern-breaking efforts from Ellen Schall, Dean of Wagner, and the audience on a day when, as it happened, he was attracting national attention for countering quips delivered by TV talk-show host Conan O'Brien at Newark's expense. The mayor told students that New Jersey's largest city is simply "not the butt of jokes," but conceded that matching O'Brien laugh-for-laugh is no easy challenge.

     But Booker had the audience chuckling at several points, even as he described serious and substantial efforts since his election in July, 2006, to set a national standard for urban transformation. He noted he has created several public/private partnerships and brought together civic group to rehabilitate and green the city's parks and playgrounds, doubled affordable housing construction, and set up model programs to assist at-risk youth and empower ex-offenders to thrive in meeting their family obligations.

     Booker said with evident pride that only 3 percent of the ex-offenders who participated in an innovative fraternity on fatherhood begun by the city two years ago have been re-arrested, showing that carefully tailored programs can end a publicly and personally tragic cycle of recidivism. He said he calls the fatherhood program DADS, or Delta Alpha Delta Sigma, he joked. He hopes that by working to bring proven business analytical measurements and operational management techniques to the city administration, such efforts will be scaled up and replicated elsewhere. "Most cities," he said, "don't have a mature prisoner-reentry system."

     The 39-year-old Mayor Booker said he's working to turn the city's well-regarded charter schools -- currently overseen by Wagner alumnus De'Shawn Wright -- "from "islands of excellence to hemispheres of hope." With the help of philanthropic organizations and researchers, transferring the Newark charters' formula for high achievement to the rest of the 45,000-student school system is achievable, he said.

     "Hopelessness is probably one of the worst toxins in any city, it's a cancer, and it really undermines what you're trying to do," said the mayor. But in referring to his deepening involvement in public service, he then added, "It hasn't been easy, but it's been so rewarding."

     The evening event was sponsored by The NYU Wagner Students for Criminal Justice Reform and The Black Allied Law Students Association.

 

 

Alumnus an Honoree in Crain's "40 Under 40" List of Up and Comers

Alumnus an Honoree in Crain's "40 Under 40" List of Up and Comers

The annual “40 Under 40” issue of Crain’s New York for 2015 honors NYU Wagner alumnus Gary Rodney (MUP, 1999). As President of the New York City Housing Development Corp., Rodney is at the forefront of carrying out Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over 10 years. Don't miss the profile.

 

Alumnus Wins National Public Service Award

Alumnus Wins National Public Service Award

NYU Wagner alumnus David Smith (MPA, '76) has won a prestigious 2008 National Public Service Award from the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for excellence in public service at all levels of government. Smith is the County Administrator, Maricopa County, Arizona.

ASPA and NAPA established the National Public Service Awards in 1983 to honor individuals whose accomplishments are models of sustained public service within and outside the work environment.

 

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