2019 Protecting New York Summit

July 31, 2019  
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Solutions for Prevention, Management and Recovery in New York
Event Description

City & State’s Protecting New York summit will offer industry executives, public sector leaders and academics the opportunity to share ideas about how to discuss New York’s security strategy from elections to community policing and the tools needed to be recognized as a national leader in homeland security and emergency management.  The full-day event brings insights and perspectives across industries within New York’s public safety and security initiatives and programs.

James P. O'Neill, NYPD Commissioner
James O'Neill
New York City Police Commissioner
James P. O’Neill was appointed the 43rd New York City police commissioner in September 2016. He developed the NYPD’s neighborhood-based policing model that is credited with producing stronger police and community relationships while continuing to drive down crime. Police Commissioner O’Neill grew up in Brooklyn and began his career in 1983 with the then-independent Transit Police Department, where he rose to lieutenant by the time of its 1995 merger with the NYPD. He then worked at the police academy and the warrant squad, and when promoted to captain he was assigned as the executive officer of the 52nd Precinct. He later served as the commanding officer of the Central Park, the 25th, and the 44th Precincts. Promoted to inspector and then deputy chief, Commissioner O’Neill served successively as commanding officer of the Vice, Narcotics, and Fugitive Enforcement Divisions. In March 2014, he was appointed commanding officer of Police Commissioner William Bratton’s office. As chief of patrol from June 2014, he developed Neighborhood Policing — anchoring officers in sectors and providing them with off- radio time to connect with community members and work at local problem-solving and crime-fighting. Following his December 2014 promotion to chief of department, the NYPD’s highest uniformed rank, Commissioner O’Neill ensured that Neighborhood Policing was the largest, best-funded, best-staffed community-policing initiative ever undertaken in the United States. It has fundamentally changed the way the NYPD safeguards New York City, and as a result crime has fallen to levels not seen in more than 70 years.
Linda A. Lacewell
Linda A. Lacewell
Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services
Richard T. Jacobs
Assistant Special Agent In-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI's New York Office
Richard T. Jacobs is the assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch in the FBI’s New York office. The branch investigates national security and criminal cyber matters and responds to cyber incidents in the New York metropolitan area. In 2014, Mr. Jacobs helped establish the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency initiative targeting cyber crime and technology-based fraud schemes. Following graduation from the FBI Academy in 1999, Mr. Jacobs was assigned to New York where he investigated a variety of securities fraud matters. From 2002 to 2005 he played the role of a corrupt stock broker in a market manipulation undercover operation which resulted in the conviction of 49 individuals. In June 2010, he was selected to lead a Manhattan-based securities fraud unit which handled the Bernard L. Madoff and the Galleon Group insider trading investigations. He transitioned from financial crimes to cyber investigations in June 2013 as the acting assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch, and was named assistant special agent in-charge in October 2014. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Jacobs was a risk manager on Wall Street. He holds a CISSP certification, a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information technology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Jainey Bavishi
Jainey J. Bavishi
Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Recover
Jainey K. Bavishi currently serves as the Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery, where she leads the City’s OneNYC resiliency program, preparing the city for the impacts of climate change. She previously served as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she led the implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President's Climate Action Plan. In the final year of the Obama Administration, she was responsible for embedding and institutionalizing climate resilience considerations across Federal programs and policies; advancing climate equity to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on low-income and other vulnerable communities; and developing innovative approaches to climate adaptation finance. Prior to this, Jainey served as Executive Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was responsible for initiating, expanding and managing the start-up public-private partnership, which focused on enhancing disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, she was Director of External Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC. She was also the Founding Director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, a coalition of community-based leaders in the Gulf Coast region that focused on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. Jainey has a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelor’s degree in public policy and cultural anthropology from Duke University.
Jaime Williams
Assemblywoman Jaime R. Williams
Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Emergency Response/Disaster Preparedness
CM Donovan Richards
New York City Councilman Donovan Richards
Chairman, Committee on Public Safety
Council Member Donovan Richards, a lifelong resident of Southeast Queens and the Rockaways, was elected to the New York City Council in March 2013. Richards chaired the Environmental Protection committee for two years and was the co-chair of the Mayor’s OneNYC plan, shepherding in the City’s 80 by 20 resiliency plan. Richards was appointed to chair the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises in the second half of his first term. He worked to negotiate and pass Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability, two affordable housing plans that have captured thousands of affordable units. Richards worked to usher in neighborhood rezonings in East Midtown and East New York, and secured $288 million in investments for his own local rezoning in Far Rockaway. In January 2018, Richards started his second term by being named Chair of the Public Safety Committee. He has held oversight hearings on the NYPD’s crowd control and protest protocols, marijuana enforcement strategies, lack of resources in the Special Victims Division, gang enforcement measures, and school safety. He is also a member of the Council’s Leadership team and lead Council Member on the city’s Fresh program task force.
Joe Borelli
New York City Councilman Joe Borelli
Chairman, Committee on Fire and Emergency Management
Joe Borelli was elected to serve the constituents of the 51st Council District in a special election held on November 3, 2015. His district includes the South Shore of Staten Island. Joe previously represented his South Shore constituents in the New York State Assembly. He was the ranking minority member of the Assembly Cities Committee, and he also served on the Health, the Housing, the Transportation, the Mental Health, Banks, Education, and Energy Committees. He was a staunch advocate against energy cost increases, and the common core curriculum. Prior to his career as an elected official, Joe served as Chief of Staff to Councilman Vincent Ignizio since 2007, formerly serving in the same role for Ignizio in the state Assembly since 2005. Dedicated to improving the quality of life on Staten Island, Joe was successful in coordinating the development of several Park and Rides here on Staten Island, securing funds to outfit nearly every classroom on the South Shore with a Smartboard and has worked with the Parks Department on the renovation and construction of several parks on Staten Island. Throughout his career in state and city government, Joe has proven himself to be a leader in the movement to reduce taxes, tolls, and fees in New York City.
Nicholas Lalla
Nicholas Lalla
Cyber NYC, NYC Economic Development Corp.
Nicholas Lalla is an executive-level strategist, ecosystem builder, and impact investor dedicated to solving problems that matter to cities and urban communities. As an assistant vice president for urban innovation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Nicholas serves as project lead for Cyber NYC, a $100 million public-private investment aimed at growing New York City’s cyber ecosystem. Previously, Nicholas was a strategy consultant at Deloitte, working in the urban, innovation, and social impact sectors. His clients included Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, a Rolls-Royce-backed tech incubator, and the Aspen Institute.

Registration & Networking Breakfast


Opening Keynote James O’Neill, Commissioner, NYPD

Introduction By: Peter Bailey, Chief Strategy Officer, Dataminr


Strengthening the Security and Resilience of the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

Franco Cappa, Cyber Security Advisor, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


    Cybersecurity in a Rapidly Changing Tech Environment

    From politically-motivated hacks to data breaches at businesses, digital information is increasingly vulnerable to those seeking to do harm. Governments and business must keep up with technological developments in order to keep data secure. But in an ever-changing technological environment, including the development of 5G, artificial intelligence, and more, what is being done to ensure personal and confidential information is kept safe?


    • Pano Yannakogeorgos, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs (moderator)
    • Richard Jacobs, Assistant Special Agent In-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI's New York Office
    • Nicholas Lalla, Senior Project Manager for Urban Innovation & Member of the Cyber NYC, New York City Economic Development Corporation
    • Kenneth Carnes, Chief Information Security Officer, New York Power Authority
    • John Shegerian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, ERI

      Securing New York's Infrastructure

      The way we view safety was completely changed on September 11, 2001. And since then, various terrorism incidents have occurred in major cities across the world, including New York. How is New York staying ahead in terms of counterterrorism planning and defense against future attacks? What is being done to protect our transportation infrastructure, real estate and construction industries, utilities, financial institutions, and public spaces? How are local, state, and federal security entities working together to stop future incidents?


      • Holly Lynch, Citizen Advocate (moderator)
      • Roger L. Parrino Sr., Senior Advisor Security and Emergency Management, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
      • New York City Councilman Joseph Borelli, Chairman, Committee on Fire & Emergency Management



        One on One Discussion with Linda A. Lacewell, Superintendent, New York State Department of Financial Services and Jon Lentz, Editor in Chief, City & State NY


            Disaster Management and Prevention: Solutions to Keep New York Protected

            From disaster response to emergency preparedness and management, protecting a city and state as large as New York requires many resources. Paying for these resources and other services can be challenging for governments to handle on their own. Solutions such as public-private partnerships and other collaborations between government and businesses can help. Our panel looks into these solutions and discusses how such joint efforts work.


            • Assemblywoman Jaime R. Williams Chairwoman, Subcommittee on Emergency Response/Disaster Preparedness
            • Jainey Bavishi, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
            • New York City Councilman Justin Brannan, Chairman, Committee on Recovery and Resiliency 
            • Todd Metro, Senior Manager, Safety & Security, New York Road Runners

              The Media, Free Speech and Terrorism

              The freedom of speech has long come with limits to avoid chaos and physical harm, such as not yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. In the age of social media, we’ve seen these limits tested again. With an increase in hate crimes and terrorist incidents instigated via traditional and social media, who is in charge of protecting people from real world violence that begins with a social media post, livestreaming or a Youtube video? Is the media in danger of losing the public’s trust because of rogue politics and a communications revolution that accelerates the spread of misinformation, fake news and harmful and suspicious claims? Hear from our panel of experts on possible solutions.


              • Ben Max, Executive Editor, Gotham Gazette (moderator)
              • John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, NYPD
              • New York City Councilman Donovan Richards, Chairman, Committee on Public Safety

              Event Concludes

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