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Professor Dall Forsythe of NYU Wagner named to state arbitration panel in NYC Transit impasse

Professor Dall Forsythe of NYU Wagner named to state arbitration panel in NYC Transit impasse

      The New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) has designated a three-person public arbitration panel -- including Professor Dall W. Forsythe of NYU Wagner -- with power to determine terms and conditions of employment for New York City's 36,000 NYC Transit employees. 

      PERB designated John E. Zuccotti as the public member of the panel after the New York City Transit Authority (TA) and Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU Local 100) jointly appointed him to serve as the panel chairman, in accordance with provisions of the State's Taylor Law. 

     The panel that Zuccotti will chair is tripartite in nature, and includes, along with the chair, one member selected directly by the TA, and one directly by Local 100.  PERB designated Professor orsythe as the public employer panel member and Roger Toussaint as the employee organization's panel member.  Forsythe is a former Director of the Budget for New York State. Toussaint is the president of TWU Local 100.

Zuccoti, a New York City resident, served for nearly a decade beginning in 1981 as the Impartial Arbitrator under agreements between the TA and both TWU and the Amalgamated Transit Union.  As Deputy Mayor of the City of New York from 1975-77, he was heavily involved with all aspects of the financial bailout of the city, including negotiations on a variety of wage, pension and operational issues, and in 1978 he helped facilitate settlement of the MTA/TWU collective agreement.

     The TA and Local 100 are parties to a contract that expired on January 15, 2009.  The negotiations for that contract involved a three day strike by Local 100 against the TA, which ended through an agreement secured with the assistance of a three person PERB mediation team that brought the transit workers back to work.  Later, an arbitration panel ultimately established the terms of the agreement that is now expired.

      The arbitration panel is empowered to hold hearings on all matters related to the dispute, and is charged with making a "just and reasonable" determination in accordance with criteria set forth in the Taylor Law.  The panel's determination is final and binding upon the parties, except for any provision which requires an enactment of law for it to be implemented.

Professor Zhan Guo Wins Award for Best Paper

Professor Zhan Guo Wins Award for Best Paper

Dr. Zhan Guo, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Transportation Policy and Director of Research at the Rudin Center, has won the award for Best Transportation Paper, presented by the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2. Professor Guo's paper, "Does the Built Environment Affect the Utility of Walking? A Case of Path Choice in Downtown Boston," was published in Transportation Research D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 14 in 2009.

Quality Communities Workshop: “Advancing Transportation – Land Use Connection” (June 13, 2006)

Quality Communities Workshop: “Advancing Transportation – Land Use Connection” (June 13, 2006)

This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss and influence New York�s approach to integrating transportation investment decisions with community land use planning. Invited participants include: municipal officials, regional leaders, professionals, civic and business groups, and academic experts. Allison L. C. de Cerre�o, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Rudin Center will be moderating a plenary session on current transportation � land use planning landscape in New York State as well as facilitating a panel on how NYSDOT can better support NYS communities in linking their transportation-land use decisions. This workshop will be held in Binghamton, NY. For registration information please visit

Read an article related to the workshop by the Press and Sun Bulletin in Binghamton, NY.

Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act

Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act

On October 25, 2005, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service will be co-hosting a public forum on the �Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act� with the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. The event will be held at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914, 9th Floor from 5:30 � 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. Valid ID is required. For further information, email or call (212) 998-7545.

Recovery, Rebuilding & A Memorial: What do New Yorkers Think? Citizens Gather at Forum Co-Sponsored by NYU to Discuss and Vote on Their Approaches to Rebuilding New York

Recovery, Rebuilding & A Memorial: What do New Yorkers Think? Citizens Gather at Forum Co-Sponsored by NYU to Discuss and Vote on Their Approaches to Rebuilding New York


Over 600 citizens came together on February 7, 2002, at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan to discuss their ideas about the vision and values that should drive the recovery and rebuilding of downtown New York City in the wake of the destruction of the World Trade Center. They included those affected most directly by the September 11th disaster –survivors, families of victims, and downtown Manhattan workers, residents and small business owners – and police officers, firefighters, students and parents as well as foundation and NGO leaders and elected and appointed government officials.

Entitled “Listening to the City”, the forum was co-sponsored by members of the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York, a program of the Regional Plan Association, New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (Center for Excellence in New York City Governance, Institute of Civil Infrastructure Systems, and the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management), the School of Law, and the Furman Center For Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Using “electronic town meeting” tools – wireless laptop computers, polling keypads and trained facilitators from AmericaSpeaks – participants talked about the impact of September 11th; the economic, social and infrastructure principles for rebuilding; and the form and spirit of an appropriate memorial at the World Trade Center site.

Several common themes regarding downtown Manhattan’s future emerged from these discussions; key among them, that downtown Manhattan become a “vibrant, 24-hour mixed-use community” and that it be a “seamless transportation hub [with] all types of transportation (underground, surface, ferries) linking all parts of region.” The participants also said that any “memorial should be integrated into [the] total picture.”

Without focusing on an exact design or structure, the collective thinking about the essence of any memorial centered on a few themes: a sacred place to mourn; something reflecting the magnitude of what happened and its global impact; and honoring the heroism of the police, firefighters and emergency service workers as well as the “everyday people” that died.

Arthur Fried

“This was the start of a broad public conversation among the people of New York City and the region. It is their vision that will help to create our future,” said Arthur J. Fried, executive director of the NYU Center for Excellence in New York City Governance and a forum organizer.

“We’ve heard some good ideas from government and civic leaders, and from those in the architecture and real estate communities, about how to rebuild downtown,” adds Fried. “To those we are adding the voices of the residents, the workers, the survivors, the relatives, and the rescue workers heard here today. They have a profound understanding of the events of September 11th and of the needs of the city and will be most affected by how the city changes.”

Among the public officials who attended and delivered remarks were Charles Gargano, chairman and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation; Louis R. Tomson, executive director of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation; and Dan Doctoroff, the NYC deputy mayor for economic development. A final report from this forum, the first of several planned by the Civic Alliance, will be presented to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to help guide its planning and rebuilding efforts. Mr. Tomson, in closing the meeting, stated that “the report coming out of today’s work will be something that we rely on very heavily as we go forward.” A much larger event involving specific building proposals is being planned for later this year.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Fund for the City of New York, key financial supporters of the operations of the Center for Excellence, also provided funds to support Listening to the City. Beyond providing a $75,000 grant, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s President Stephen Heintz also helped secure funding from other groups. Other funders were: The Commonwealth Fund, the Ford Foundation, the JM Kaplan Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the FB Heron Foundation, the Fund for the City of New York, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the Schumann Fund for New Jersey.


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