2020 New Legislators Virtual Retreat

December 15, 2020  
12:30PM - 4:30PM
Event Description

On December 15th, City & State is hosting a half day afternoon retreat for incoming New York State legislators. Esteemed speakers, officials and public policy leaders will discuss a broad array of topics new members are expected to learn on the job.   The event is intended to foster a comfortable environment in which the legislators can ask open questions and receive honest answers.   City & State is proud to present a platform for the newly elected leaders of New York to hear from industry experts and leaders to share information and education and formulate relationships that can help throughout their term.


Shannon Young
Albany Health Reporter, POLITICO New York
Shannon Young covers health care for POLITICO New York in Albany. She has covered state government in Massachusetts and Connecticut for the Associated Press and in Ohio for Gongwer News Service. Previously she reported on state and federal politics for The Springfield Republican in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Boston University.
Elisabeth Benjamin
Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society
Elisabeth Benjamin is the Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society, where she supervises health policy, health advocacy, and consumer health assistance programs that annually help 130,000 consumers and small businesses enroll in and use health insurance or access low-cost health care. She is a co-founder of Health Care for All New York. She has conducted groundbreaking litigation and health policy research that has led to significant health coverage and health care reforms. Ms. Benjamin has received a number of honors, including: City & State Health Power 100; Crain’s Notable Women in Health Care (2018); New York State Health Foundation Luminary Award (2016); the Progressive Leadership Award (2014); Families USA State Health Advocate of the Year Award (2011); and the Public Health Association of NYC Special Merit Award (2009). Ms. Benjamin is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard School of Public Health and Columbia Law School and clerked for the Honorable Robert Sweet in the Southern District of New York.
Jasmine Gripper
Jasmine Gripper
Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education
Jasmine Gripper is the Executive Director of the statewide advocacy group Alliance for Quality Education. She initially embarked on a career as an educator, but shifted to advocacy after realizing education policies steeped in inequity were harming children and limiting their potential. In order to affect genuine change and address the growing opportunity gap it was time for a career shift. Jasmine moved to Cleveland, OH to work as a Field Organizer for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. In 2013 she then joined the team at the Alliance for Quality Education, a perfect combination for her background as an educator and organizing talents. In 2016 she was named as one of City and State’s 40 under 40 rising stars and in 2020 made the Education Power 100 list. Jasmine is dedicated to empowering parents, students and community members to dismantle systemic racism in education to create well resourced, high quality, culturally relevant community schools in every Black & Brown neighborhood.
Sandra Doorley
Monroe County District Attorney & President, District Attorneys Association of New York
Elected in 2011, Sandra Doorley is the first female District Attorney in Monroe County history. In 2015 and 2019, Doorley was re-elected to her second and third four year terms. Prior to assuming office, Doorley served the District Attorney’s Office with distinction for nearly twenty years, successfully prosecuting thousands of high profile criminal cases and compiling an impressive record of victories. After joining the office in 1992, Sandra Doorley served under two consecutive administrations in the following capacities: · Chief of the Felony DWI Bureau (2004-2005) · Deputy Chief of the Major Felony Bureau (2005-2008) · Second Assistant District Attorney (2008) · First Assistant District Attorney (2008-2011) · Homicide Bureau Chief (2008-2011) In January 2011, Sandra Doorley was honored by the New York State District Attorney’s Association with the Robert M. Morgenthau Award in recognition for her “professional accomplishments, honesty, integrity and commitment to the fair and ethical administration of justice. In July of 2015, at the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York Summer Conference, The New York State Prosecutor’s Training Institute awarded Sandra Doorley the Prosecutor of the Year Award. At a later conference, Sandra Doorley was sworn in as President-Elect of DAASNY, placing her in line to be President in June of 2020. Sandra Doorley is a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Law and performed her undergraduate studies at the University at Albany. She currently lives with her family in Webster.
Michael Hardaway
Founder and CEO, Hardaway Wire
Michael Hardaway is founder and CEO of Hardaway Wire, a political intelligence firm for CEOs and government officials. Hardaway previously served as longtime spokesman for Hakeem Jeffries, joining him during his first term in Congress and helping propel Jeffries into Democratic Leadership. When Jeffries was elected Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, he appointed Hardaway to oversee messaging for the 232 Democrats in the House of Representatives. Hardaway helped lead the messaging strategy surrounding the impeachment of Donald Trump, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement and the nation’s first major criminal justice reform overhaul, the First Step Act. Hardaway began his career in Chicago working for Barack Obama. He went on to work in multiple capacities for Obama through his rise to become the forty-fourth president of the United States. Hardaway also worked in the U.S. Senate for Dick Durbin, the Senate Minority Whip, and Bill Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Florida. Hardaway is a member of UNICEF's Next Generation, a group of leaders who have raised over $12 million to support UNICEF’s work to save children around the world, and Robert F. Kennedy Young Leaders, a network of professionals who share a commitment to effecting change. In response to acrimony unearthed by the Trump presidency, Hardaway founded the Bipartisan Dinner Group, a private gathering of government officials, reporters and lobbyists committed to mending relationships across the aisle.
Jamaal T. Bailey
New York State Senator, 36th District
Senator Jamaal T. Bailey was elected to the New York State Senate on November 8th, 2016. He serves the 36th Senatorial district, which covers the Bronx neighborhoods of Norwood, Bedford Park, Williamsbridge, Co-op City, Wakefield, Baychester and the Westchester city of Mount Vernon. He is the Chairman of the Codes committee; and a member of the Judiciary; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Finance; Ethics and Internal Governance; Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business committees. Prior to his chairmanship, as the ranking member on the Codes committee, Senator Bailey dedicated his first term in office to advocating for criminal justice reform. He has spearheaded speedy trial, bail, and discovery reform in the senate. Recently, in the 2019 budget, he was able to achieve reforms in all three areas. Under his leadership, he was able to repeal the “Blindfold Law” and implement open and automatic discovery. Additionally he was able to ensure that defendants will be entitled to a speedy trial. This past year, he was able to spearhead monumental police reforms in the legislature, including the repeal of CRL 50-A, which served as a bar to police disciplinary records. Senator Bailey also passed legislation codifying the Attorney General serving as a Special Prosecutor in the event of police involved killings, legislation that requires that police must report a weapon discharge within 6 hours, and that police must provide for the medical & mental health needs of those under arrest or in custody who require it. Senator Bailey is a lifelong resident of the 36th District. He grew up in the Wakefield section of the Bronx and attended P.S. 83 in Morris Park and later attended MS 181 in Co-op City. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany and received his law degree from CUNY School of Law. From a young age, Jamaal was involved in his community. He played in North Bronx Little League, has been a member of the Butler Memorial United Methodist Church, and is a member of the Williamsbridge Branch of the NAACP. During his senior year at SUNY Albany, he served as an intern for New York State Assemblyman, Speaker Carl Heastie where he was able to immerse himself in the legislative process, coming up with an idea for legislation that ultimately became law. Prior to his election in the State Senate, Jamaal served as the Community Relations Director for Speaker Heastie and as the District Leader of the 83rd Assembly District for six years.
Craig M. Johnson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Long Point Advisors
Craig M. Johnson is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Long Point Advisors and has been a long-respected figure in New York politics. He is regarded as an insightful leader and trusted counselor to individuals and businesses as they navigate the New York State government ecosystem. With over two decades of experience in elected office, government affairs, law, politics, and business, Craig has earned a reputation for being a skilled negotiator, accomplished lobbyist, seasoned political strategist, and savvy business evaluator who possesses a track record of accomplishments and success for his clients at various levels of government. He is the author of several articles, op-eds, and client alerts on a variety of topics. Craig has represented numerous clients on a wide range of issues before the State Legislature, the Governor's office and executive branch agencies, including the Empire State Development Corporation, Department of Agriculture and Markets, Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Department of Financial Services, Insurance Department, Department of Environmental Conservation and Office of General Services. Craig has also represented clients before several local governments including New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Previously, Craig served as a member of the New York State Senate for two terms, representing the 7th Senate District (Northwest Nassau County). When he was elected to the State Senate in a February 2007 special election, Craig became the first Democrat to represent the 7th Senate District in over one century. During his first term, Senator Johnson served as the ranking Democrat on the State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. When the Democrats took majority control of the New York State Senate in 2009, Senator Johnson was appointed chairman of the Senate Committee on Investigations, Government Operations and Taxation. Senator Johnson also served on the Education, Health, Local Government, Insurance, and Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committees. He also served as the Senate member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Review Board as well as a member of the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness. During his tenure as Chairman of the Senate Investigations Committee, Senator Johnson undertook several investigations and conducted hearings into several issues, including the investigatory practices of New York State’s Office of Medicaid Inspector General, the collection of Native American cigarette taxes, the modernization of New York State’s Alcohol Beverage law, the secondary ticket market in New York State, the financial condition of New York State’s racing industry, and the water quality in Southwestern Nassau County. Immediately prior to his tenure as a member of the New York State Senate, Craig served as a member of the Nassau County Legislature for three terms. During his tenure on the Nassau County Legislature, Craig served as chairman of the Finance Committee, and played a significant role in helping to bring Nassau County back from the brink of municipal bankruptcy. Subsequent to his tenure in the State Senate, and prior to founding Long Point Advisors, Craig spent five years at Dentons, a global law firm. As a Principal in the firm’s Public Policy and Regulatory practice, Craig successfully represented individuals, for-profit businesses and not-forprofit corporations in a variety of legislative and legal matters before state and municipal legislatures and regulatory agencies. Craig also counseled clients on political law matters. Craig also worked at Bloomberg LP, where he was responsible for the development of Bloomberg Law’s integrated market strategies for key segments of the legal marketplace. Most recently, Craig served as Vice-President of Government Affairs for Altice USA, Inc., the fourth largest cable company in the United States. At Altice USA, Craig oversaw the lobbying and advocacy efforts throughout the company’s 21-state footprint. For his public policy work, Long Island Business News named Craig as a member of its “40 under 40” club, City & State recognized him as a “40 under 40 Rising Star”, and the Long Island Press named him to its Power List for two consecutive years. He has also been honored by several associations and civic groups for his legislative and community work. Craig graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1993 with a degree in History. He received his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from St. John’s University School of Law in 1996 and was an editor on the Law Review. He and his wife, Elizabeth Kase, live in Long Island, New York with their three children, Benjamin, Samuel and Lucy, and one goldendoodle, Reagan.
Corey Stoughton
Attorney in Charge, Legal Aid Society of New York
Corey Stoughton is the Attorney in Charge of the law reform practice at the Legal Aid Society of New York, the country’s largest and oldest public defender, where she directs strategic litigation and policy work relating to criminal law issues. She previously led litigation and policy strategy at Liberty, the UK’s preeminent domestic human rights organization and served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Justice under President Obama. Prior to joining government, Corey was a senior attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York affiliate of the ACLU, were she led litigation and advocacy campaigns and worked as an adjunct clinical professor of law at New York University School of Law. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School and clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Kemp Hannon
Of Counsel, Brown & Weinraub
Kemp Hannon served in the New York State Senate for 29 years, representing the central communities of Nassau County. Twenty-three of his years in the Senate were spent as Chairman of the Health Committee. Throughout his public career, he fought to lower taxes, raise allocations for education funding, and improve the delivery of healthcare for all residents in New York. Known for his intellect and ability to grapple with complex issues, Kemp complemented his ardent constituent advocacy with pivotal state legislation, particularly in the areas of good government, business, and health care. As an attorney and policy wonk, Kemp chaired numerous task forces, civic programs, and charitable endeavors. In addition to his leadership role on the Health Committee, he also served as chairman of the Housing Committee. He is regarded as the spearheading force behind both the reauthorization of the Health Care Reform Act and the development of New York’s Assisted Living Program. Additionally, he helped the state enact several popular health programs including Child Health Plus, Healthy New York, Family Health Plus, the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Program, early intervention efforts, and insurance coverage for autism, prostate and breast cancer screenings. A lifelong resident of Nassau County he is a graduate of Chaminade High School, Boston College, and Fordham Law School.
Scott Wexler
Managing Director, Ostroff Associates
Scott joined Ostroff Associates, Inc. in January 2006. He has over 35 years of experience in government relations, public affairs, and association management. For more than 30 years, Scott has served as executive director of the Empire State Restaurant & Tavern Association (ESRTA), a small business trade association based in Albany. As executive director, he manages the Association’s legislative program utilizing direct lobbying, grassroots activity, and electoral strategies to advance the association’s agenda. Scott has developed many personal relationships over the years giving him access to key decision-makers in all branches of government. Prior to his time with ESRTA, Scott was executive director of the Student Association of the State University of New York from 1982 – 1985 providing him with experience in association management, fundraising, and meeting planning. Scott served on the Albany City School District’s Board of Education for six years, including three years as board president. His work in that position gave him experience in education financing, budgeting, and capital construction. During his tenure at Ostroff Associates, Scott has worked on a wide variety of issues including economic development, financial services, gaming, hospitality, insurance, labor, procurement, small business and tax policy. He is widely viewed as one of the leading experts in New York State’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the New York State Liquor Authority. Scott has a degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He and his wife Mary Alice reside in Delmar and have two children.
Diana A. Ostroff
Managing Director, Ostroff Associates
Diana joined Ostroff Associates in 2011 and brings 27 years of experience representing the private sector. Her background has led her to develop a broad range of knowledge and expertise on an extensive number of issues impacting a vast number of industries. She is a passionate advocate for her clients and brings energy, enthusiasm, professionalism and integrity to each issue she works on. Prior to joining Ostroff Associates, Diana served as Vice President of Advocacy and Communications for one of New York’s largest regional Chamber of Commerce, where she established and managed all State and Federal advocacy efforts. She served as Assistant Vice President of the Life Insurance Council of New York State, Inc. (LICONY), representing insurers that together provide the vast majority of life, disability, and long-term care insurance and annuity benefits in the state. She also served as Assistant State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business. Diana began her career as a lobbyist for The Business Council of New York State, Inc., where she managed all aspects of New York State legislative and regulatory initiatives addressing Consumer Products & Services, E-Commerce/Privacy issues, Contract Procurement, Financial Services, Contract Procurement, and Insurance for the clients of The Business Council. Throughout her career, Diana has developed, coordinated and implemented affirmative and defensive policy positions and lobbying activities in response to legislative, regulatory and executive actions on behalf of some of the most well-respected corporations in the world. She has worked on a range of state and federal issues always with a goal on improving the business climate and enhancing the economic vitality of the state. Diana was named to City & State’s “Women Power 100” list in 2018, 2019 and 2020, which recognizes women who are key influential figures in the world of New York politics and government. She currently serves on the Board of Living Resources and the Executive Advisory Board for Siena College’s School of Business. Diana received her MBA from the College of Saint Rose and her Bachelor degree in Marketing Management from Siena College. She resides in Loudonville with her husband and two sons.
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging
Lorraine has over 3 decades of experience in 4 business sectors: Corporate, Non-profit, Government, and Politics. She has excelled in each, although non-profit is where her commitment lives, and politics is where she thrives. Currently, Lorraine is Commissioner to the Department for the Aging. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York, the largest urban public university system in the world. Previously she worked at AARP as the Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement, President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation, a network for Latino organization throughout the East Coast. Lorraine also served as the 65th New York State Secretary of State. Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez obtained her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a Toll Fellow and has earned certificates from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s School of Non-Profit Management. She is dedicated to her family, particularly her nieces, nephews, and grandsons.
Bill Hammond
Senior Fellow for Health Policy, Empire Center for Public Policy
Bill Hammond is director of health policy at the Empire Center, an Albany-based think tank focused on New York State. Bill generates data, analysis and commentary illuminating how decisions made in Albany and Washington affect New York’s patients, providers and taxpayers as well as the state’s broader economy. Bill has authored reports explaining New York’s surging Medicaid costs, critiquing a proposed state-run single-payer health care system and documenting Albany’s excessive reliance on health insurance taxes, among other topics. Before joining the Empire Center in 2016, Bill spent almost three decades in newspaper journalism, most recently as a columnist and editorial board member at the New York Daily News from 2005 to 2015. Before joining the Daily News, Hammond wrote for The New York Sun, The Daily Gazette of Schenectady and The Post-Star of Glens Falls. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Politico New York, the New York Post, City & State, the Albany Times Union, The Buffalo News and The 74.
Robert Diamond
Partner, Capitol Counsel, LLC
Robert Diamond is a partner with Capitol Counsel, LLC and leads the executive branch practice. Diamond brings a unique mix of two decades of private sector, government, and political experience to the firm. He has served at the highest levels of government, as a senior aide in the Obama-Biden White House, and for Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY). He has advised on campaigns at all levels, including most recently as the New York State Director for the Biden-Harris campaign; and has led as a senior executive at major private sector companies. Diamond speaks and publishes regularly on a range of public policy issues. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC.com, The Huffington Post, Defense News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The New York Daily News. Diamond also appears routinely on television and radio. EDUCATION: United States Naval Academy – B.S. POSITIONS HELD: Biden-Harris 2020 Campaign – New York State Director Stratagem Public Affairs, New York, NY – Founder and CEO Tishman Speyer, New York, NY – Managing Director, Public Affairs. A leading global real estate investment management firm with assets under management of nearly $50 billion across 30 global markets. President Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C. – Special Assistant to the President and Director of Private Sector Engagement. Diamond was responsible for the strategic management and oversight of the Obama administration’s interaction with the private sector across all policy areas. He advised the president and other senior White House officials on their day-to-day interaction with members of the business community, from Fortune 500 CEOs to local Chambers of Commerce and small business owners. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York, NY – Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. Diamond led the executive chamber’s outreach and engagement with mayors, county executives, and local elected officials across New York. Obama for America, New York, NY – New York State Director and National Veteran and Military Family Vote Director. Oversaw all campaign operations in the state while simultaneously serving as the national veterans and military families vote director for Obama for America 2012. Realty Capital International LLC, New York, NY – Senior Vice President. A global real estate investment banking and advisory firm. Bear Stearns & Co. Inc., New York, NY – Vice President. Oversaw the structured equity products/equity finance group. United States Navy – A surface warfare officer by training, Diamond was stationed onboard the guided missile destroyer USS Bulkeley (DDG-84) and completed deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as the aide to the Navy’s chief of legislative affairs in the Pentagon and as a naval liaison officer to the U.S. House of Representatives. Diamond also served as a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Veterans and Military Families Council, where he was responsible for promoting the president’s agenda across the national veterans’ community. MEMBERSHIPS AND RECOGNITIONS: Truman National Security Project – Security Fellow with the progressive national security leadership institute. Regional Director of the Truman Project’s New York City Chapter from 2007 – 2012.
Charles Khan
Organizing Director, Strong Economy For All Coalition
Charles Khan is the Organizing Director at the Strong Economy For All Coalition, a Coalition of Labor Unions and Community groups focusing on budget & legislative driven campaigns to fight for economic equality, funding for public goods, and corporate accountability in New York State. He also works at the Center For Popular Democracy co-directing on Wall St. & Corporate Accountability organizing throughout the national network. He specializes in campaign logistics, popular education, coalition building, direct action and grasstops organizing. He is a leader with the Hedge Clippers, a national organization dedicated to shining a light on the damage that private equity and hedge funds have on our communities and making sure they are held accountable. He has organized and advised on campaigns across a wide range of issues from progressive tax policy at the state and federal levels, including Medicare4All, racial justice policy, Fight For $15 and The Tax March.
Patrick Orecki
Senior Research Associate, Citizens Budget Commission
Patrick Orecki is a Senior Research Associate at the Citizens Budget Commission, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic research organization in New York. He provides analysis of the State budget and policy, focusing on health policy, the Medicaid program, and transportation investments. Prior to joining the CBC, Patrick served at the New York State Division of the Budget working on budgeting and policy for the Medicaid program and a portfolio of public health programs. Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from SUNY Geneseo and a Master of Public Administration from Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Paula White
New York Executive Director, Educators for Excellence (E4E-NY)
Paula L White is the New York executive director of Educators for Excellence (E4E-NY), a teacher advocacy organization serving a membership of 14,000+ New York City public school educators. Her work at E4E advances the twofold mission of elevating the teaching profession and improving outcomes for children. She has been featured across various media including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, providing a strong policy perspective on issues ranging from career and college readiness to teacher evaluation and teacher diversity in schools. Ms. White’s career in education includes teaching elementary grades; founding and leading a public charter school; and serving as a state Chief Turnaround Officer in charge of statewide school improvement. She was an appointed member of the New Jersey Council for Young Children and served also on the editorial board of a professional journal published by the National Council of Teachers of English. She holds degrees from Spelman College and Columbia University.

Welcoming Remarks By Zach Williams, Albany Reporter, City & State NY


Navigating the Budget: 

Each year the Governor and state legislators work to craft the state’s spending plan. While the January-to-June period gets the most attention, the process of developing the budget is an ongoing enterprise, giving New Yorkers ample opportunity to stay engaged and involved year-round.  What is this process like?  What is the timeline, biggest expenditures, balance of power, etc.?

  • Moderator: Annie McDonough, Tech reporter, City & State NY
  • Patrick Orecki, Senior Research Associate, Citizens Budget Commission
  • Charles Khan, Organizing Director, Strong Economy For All Coalition
  • Scott Wexler, Managing Director, Ostroff Associates

Intergovernmental Affairs: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded an “all-hands-on-deck” response from all levels of government. Mayors, council members, state legislators, governors, as well as the Administration and Congress, are all working to ensure that response and recovery efforts are locally implemented, state managed, and federally supported.  How legislators work with local and federal government on all issues relating to New York.

  • Moderator: Jeff Coltin, City Hall reporter, City & State NY
  • Robert Diamond, Partner, Capitol Counsel & Former Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Gov. Andrew Cuomo
  • Michael Hardaway, Founder, Hardaway Wire, & Former Communications Director to Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
  • Diana Ostroff, Managing Director, Ostroff Associates
  • Hon. Craig M. Johnson, Founder & CEO, Long Point Advisors & Former Senator

Public Safety & Criminal Justice: 

New York has been dealing with emergency management, public safety issues and criminal justice questions this year more than ever.  Going forward, what will be NY’s response to COVID-19 and natural disasters, police-community relations, bail reform, recreational marijuana and more.

  • Moderator: Rebecca Lewis, City & State NY reporter
  • Senator Jamaal Bailey, Chair, Codes Committee
  • Sandra Doorley, President, District Attorneys Association of New York, and Monroe County District Attorney
  • Corey Stoughton, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society
  • Stanley Richards, Executive Vice President, The Fortune Society, Inc.


    Education looks nothing like it ever has.  In its biggest cities and smallest towns how is New York handling remote education and distance learning, school funding, education standards, state assessments, etc.

    • Moderator: Susan Arbetter, Host, “Capital Tonight”
    • Jasmine Gripper, Executive Director, Alliance for Quality Education
    • Paula White, Executive Director, E4E-New York
    • Robert N. Lowry, Jr., Deputy Director for Advocacy and Communication, New York State Council of School Superintendents

      Health Care: 

      The Coronavirus Pandemic shook up New York like almost no other health crisis in recent history. Looking at 2021, how can leadership better respond to COVID-19’s second or third waves, rising Medicare costs, paying for medical care, etc. 

      • Moderator: Shannon Young, Albany Health Reporter, Politico New York
      • Bill Hammond, Senior Fellow for Health Policy, Empire Center for Public Policy
      • Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society
      • Former Senator, Kemp Hannon, Of Counsel. Brown & Weinraub
      • Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, Commissioner, NYC Department for the Aging

        Sessions Conclude

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