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Voters Displeased By Congress, Want Action on Substantive IssuesNationwide Survey Initiated by New York University Registers Widespread Doubts, Lack of Confidence
NYU Wagner's John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress today released the results of a national survey that finds widespread dissatisfaction with Congress and pent-up demand for action on worrisome long-term issues such as global warming, Social Security and Medicare, and even aging bridges and roads.
Wagner Faculty Op-EdsProfessors Dall Forsythe and Dennis Smith weighed in with recent op-ed essays in the Albany Times-Union and New York Post, respectively. Prof. Forsythe, who served as budget director under Gov. Mario Cuomo, co-authored an opinion piece May 17 arguing for a change in the state government's fiscal year. He said a July 1 fiscal year, which 46 states already have, would create more time for legislative participation, better information about revenues, and an opportunity to produce a completed budget on time. Prof. Smith, meanwhile, co-wrote an essay May 9 that underscores the risks of paying newly hired New York City police officers just $25,100 a year, a 40-percent drop compared to the previous contractual starting pay for rookie officers.
Wagner Professor Calls for Citizen Disaster Preparedness in Christian Science Monitor Op-ed"Americans believe disaster will strike just about anywhere but home," writes NYU Wagner�s Paul Light in today�s Christian Science Monitor. "Such complacency can only breed the kind of chaos seen on the streets of New Orleans after Katrina."
Wagner Professor Discusses Management Challenges Facing American Red Cross on The News Hour with Jim LehrerIn an interview on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Wagner Professor Paul Light comments on how weaknesses in management systems and the organization of the board impact the operational performance of the American Red Cross.