"There's nothing comparable to public service" - Former Mayor Edward I. Koch [Video]
Former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, who died in the early-morning hours Feb. 1, led an informative, entertaining hour of discussion in the fall of 2010 at NYU Wagner about his eventful three terms at City Hall – years that sparked a remarkable turnaround in the condition and character of much of New York City, noticeable to this day.
Joining Koch was Jonathan Soffer, NYU Polytechnic associate professor of history and author of a critically acclaimed biography, Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City (Columbia University Press, 2010), as well as Wagner's dean Ellen Schall, who introduced Koch as “my mayor," noting that she had worked extensively for city government, including as the commissioner of juvenile justice.
“City government, I say to all my students, is really the most amazing opportunity,” she commented. “It allows you to work on incredibly important issues, have much more authority as a young person that you have any reason to have, and make a huge amount of difference.”
Koch spoke passionately about the merits of embarking on a career in public service.
“There’s nothing comparable to public service,” he said. “More than saying ‘How am I doin’?’ … more than that I said 10,000 times that public service is the most noble profession if it’s done honestly and if it’s done well. And that’s why people serve. There’s nothing like it.”
In this videotape of the Oct. 14, 2010 conversation at Wagner, the former mayor begins speaking at marker 15:48.
2010 Public Service Career Expo Attracts Over 100 Employers
2010 Public Service Career Expo
The 2010 Public Service Career Expo was extremely successful. More than 300 students and alumni from five nationally recognized schools of public affairs attended, with just over 100 employers participating, 96 of them with the goal of recruiting candidates for existing jobs and internships.
Both students and employers offered postiive feedback about the diverse representation of public service organizations at the March 11th Expo, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street in Manhattan. Among the participating organizations were: Accenture; Fitch Ratings; Moody's Investor's Service; Citizens Budget Commission; New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; International Rescue Commitee; UNDP & UNICEF; New Leaders for New Schools; Congressional Research Service; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; New York City Department of Environmental Protection; New York City Economic Development Corp., and many others.
In addition to NYU Wagner, this year's Expo consortium of schools included Carnegie Mellon, Heinz College, School of Public Policy & Management; Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy; The George Washington University Trachetenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration; and Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenshp & Public Affairs.
2012 Public Service Career Expo - March 8
On Thursday, March 8, NYU Wagner will host the 10th annual Public Service Career Expo (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion South 125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th avenues), New York, N.Y.). This year's Expo will provide students and alumni with the opportunity to connect with 125 public-service employers throughout the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Examples of participating employers include: U.N.D.P, Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC Department of Small Business Services, Moody's Investors Service, the William J. Clinton Foundation, MDRC, Synergos Institute, US Dept of Education, Achievement First, MTA NYC Transit, Karbone, Parsons Brinkerhoff and much more. See the full list of participating organizations here.
Please note: The Public Service Career Expo is only for NYU Wagner and consortium school students and alumni. Attendees must bring a current school ID or a resume listing their past or present consortium school graduate education in order to enter the Expo.
The Public Service Career Expo is hosted in partnership with NYU Wagner; Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management; Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs; and University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.
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.