While the New York City subways have received many headlines for their state of disrepair, much of the city and state’s infrastructure is inadequate. Funding has been a big issue, and the problems have been exacerbated by letting infrastructure wear out before replacing it, rather than incorporating improvements to keep our roads, railways, bridges, utilities and other critical lifelines up-to-date. City & State’s Rebuilding New York Summit will feature discussions that dissect the biggest infrastructure issues, including funding for repairs, policy recommendations, and where the city and state has seen its biggest successes and shortcomings.
2019 Rebuilding NY Summit
Registration & Networking Breakfast
Introduction by Steve Cohen, NY Trustee, Gateway Development Partners
Keynote Speaker Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Impact of Rebuilding New York’s Transportation Systems
New York is taking steps to meet its growing transportation infrastructure needs. The city is revamping its bus network, increasing ferry routes, and expanding bike sharing options to the outer boroughs. Albany has also passed congestion pricing, although the details are still to be determined, and legalized e-bikes and e-scooters. However, these improvements can have big impacts on people’s lives, most notably seen with the partial shutdown of the L train. In addition, major initiatives like the Gateway Program have faced resistance from the federal government. What impact can we expect when thinking about these transportation changes? What is the cost of refusing to make these changes?
- Zachary Bernstein, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (moderator)
- State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, Chair of the Committee on Environmental Conservation
- New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, Chairman, Transportation Committee
- James Wong, Executive Director, NYC Ferry Division, New York City Economic Development Corporation
- Frank Reig, CEO, Revel
- Rich Kassel, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company
- Scott Doering, General Manager, Roadway Charging and Management, Conduent Transportation
Getting Ahead of Issues in Aging Institutions and Infrastructure
From utilities to hospitals to housing and universities, New York’s public resources are showing their age. While overhauls of these critical assets will come at a high cost, it remains financially prudent and politically responsible to be proactive and address these concerns before they reach a crisis point. How can policymakers and industries prioritize long-term investment to get ahead of public resource and infrastructure needs? What are the necessary steps to fund and execute these crucial upgrades? How can sustainability and longevity be prioritized into these plans?
- Suri Kasirer, President, Kasirer (moderator)
- Deborah Goddard, Executive Vice President for Capital Projects, NYCHA
- New York City Councilwoman Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Chair, Committee on Public Housing
- New York City Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Chair, Housing and Buildings
- Lorraine Grillo, President, New York City School Construction Authority
- Lawrence Roman, Chairman, WDF, Inc.
- Tyson Hackenberg, Vice President, APTIM
Innovations: Transforming How We Think about Construction and Development
How can new technologies, practices and other new developments be harnessed to improve efficiency, safety, sustainability, and outcomes for the evolution of NY? What underserved areas of construction and development are most primed for technological disruption? What is the role MWBEs play in this transformation process?
- Annie McDonough, Tech & Policy Reporter, City & State (moderator)
- Leena Panchwagh, Chief Information Officer, New York City Department of Buildings
- Youssef Kalad, Program Director, NYCx, Mayor’s Office of the CTO
- Joshua Sohn, Partner, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Rebuilding New York Through Capital Planning & Public Private Partnerships
Effectively addressing New York’s building needs require public-private sector partnerships and strategic capital planning. Our panelist and industry experts will provide an assessment related to the planning, execution and management of assets for capital and public-private projects currently slated, or already in progress. Panelist will also discuss the tools which can be used to build innovative urban solutions that improve New York.
- Steven C.F. Anderson, Managing Director, InfrastructureUSA.org (moderator)
- Janno Lieber, Chief Development Officer, MTA and President, MTA Capital Construction
- Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
- Melinda White, CEO, Transit Wireless
- Duncan Kisia, Assistant Director of Planning & Regional Development, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey