Micah Lasher
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 Chief of Staff in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman. In his role as Chief of Staff, Lasher helps run an agency of more than 1,700 employees, advises the Attorney General on a wide range of matters, and serves as the Attorney General’s representative to other branches of government.

In the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Lasher served as Director of the Office of State Legislative Affairs for the City of New York, responsible for the formulation and advancement of the City's comprehensive legislative agenda.  Prior to his work in City Hall, Lasher was Executive Director of External Affairs for the New York City Department of Education, managing communications, legislation and government relations for the nation's largest school system. He has also worked as an aide to Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and was a founding partner of a political consulting firm, now known as SKDKnickerbocker.

A lifelong New Yorker, Lasher graduated from Stuyvesant High School and received his B.A. in Sociology from NYU.  He serves on the boards of the Community Service Society and the Riverside Park Conservancy.

Semester Course
Fall 2014 URPL-GP.2415.001 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.

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