2020 Virtual Digital New York

July 23, 2020  
12:55PM - 4:25PM
Technology and Information Toolkit for NY's Government
Event Description

City & State's 2020 Virtual Digital New York event will take what we have done for years with our in-person event and transform the program with new situations that have come out of COVID 19.  It will continue to gather New York's information leaders from government and industry, for a dynamic program of candid discussion and thought-provoking presentations on the innovative ideas being used to improve the delivery of services to both citizens and government agencies.

Tariq Habib, NY MTA
Tariq Habib is the Chief Information Security Officer at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he's responsible for all aspects of MTA Information Security strategy and Operation. He brings a unique perspective of someone who is experienced in Intelligent Transportation Systems programs as well as has broad experience in the Security strategy and operations. With many years of Information Security experience, he's promoting an evolution of the security and risk management models. He has strong understanding of threat landscape, public policy and critical infrastructure systems security. Prior to his role as the CISO of MTA, he worked as the Chief Technology Officer for MTA Bridges & Tunnels.
Richard T. Jacobs, FBI
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.
Deshard Stevens, HRC
Deshard Stevens serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, an agency charged with enforcing some of most progressive civil rights laws in the nation. As CIO, he supports the agency mission by providing information and technology solutions that foster innovative and operational excellence while ensuring agency compliance with industry best practices and guidelines. Deshard is a transformational leader with over 10 years of experience managing, developing, and implementing business strategies and technical solutions. He was a recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award from the New York City Public Sector CIO Academy. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC), and holds a Master of Business Administration.
Chairman Asm. Clyde Vanel
Assembly member Clyde Vanel serves the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose and parts of Floral Park. Clyde Vanel is an attorney, entrepreneur, private pilot and community advocate for Cambria Heights, New York. Clyde is also chair of Subcommittee on Internet and New Technologies. He is the owner and operator of Vanel Law Firm, P.C. where he focuses on intellectual property law, business law and wills and estate planning. Clyde is also an Internet entrepreneur. He is the owner and operator of TrademarkReady.com which provides trademark filing and protection services. Additionally, Clyde is the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America, Inc. The organization trains and exposes the community and youth to the field of aviation. Through the organization, many youth and community members have been trained in pre-flight of an aircraft and aviation-related trainings. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science and Technology Law. Clyde Vanel was raised in Cambria Heights, New York, with nine siblings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Borough President of Manhattan. Since she took office in 2014, she has successfully passed legislation to reform the deed restriction process, add ‘caregivers’ to the city’s anti-discrimination law, remove criminal history questions from initial employment applications (the “Fair Chance Act”), and enforce requirements for street numbers on buildings in Manhattan (to aid emergency workers). She has also spearheaded community planning initiatives at the South Street Seaport, in East Midtown, and in other neighborhoods to address development and zoning issues. In 2018, Brewer served as Chair of the Large Cities Council of the National League of Cities, and has been named a member of their 2019 Human Development federal advocacy committee, which advocates NLC policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity, and immigration reform. Brewer previously served on the City Council for 12 years, serving as the founding chair of the Technology Committee and leading the Government Operations Committee. There, the Council passed her legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, requiring all City data be published online, and protecting domestic workers from abusive practices. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Ruth Messinger, NYC Deputy Public Advocate, Director of the city’s Federal Office, and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Brewer has an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College.
Kamal Bherwani
GCOM Software
Kamal Bherwani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), brings more than 30 years of global technology and operating experience with multi-billion-dollar enterprises across both the public and private sectors in CEO (Chief Executive Officer), CIO (Chief Information Officer), CTO (Chief Technology Officer), and CDO (Chief Digital Officer) roles. Most recently, he served as the Chief Technology Officer of Inversora Agroindustrial Global, leading technology strategy, architecture and operations as well as global private and venture capital technology investments. He has also spent a significant portion of his career in New York City under the administration of multiple Mayors, including as the first Chief Information Officer of the City’s Health and Human Services domain, comprised of several agencies focusing on social services, criminal justice and health.
Commissioner Jessica Tisch
Jessica Tisch was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) by Mayor Bill de Blasio in December 2019. As Commissioner, she oversees the largest municipal IT organization in the country, with a wide portfolio ranging from public safety to human services to economic development. Commissioner Tisch previously served as Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology at the New York City Police Department, where she spearheaded efforts to use technology to transform the NYPD's fundamental business processes, including how officers are dispatched and respond to 911 calls, take crime reports, investigate, and search for wanted or missing persons. She managed the development and implementation of the flagship Domain Awareness System, which is at the heart of the NYPD's crime fighting and counterterrorism operations. Under her leadership, every officer was equipped with a smartphone, giving them access to real-time information in the field, as well as improving their accessibility to the public. Commissioner Tisch also managed the implementation of the NYPD's body-worn camera program and drove additional efforts to improve transparency and public access, including creating online platforms to deliver timely crime and traffic statistics, and implementing secure systems to allow people to access vehicle accident reports, pistol permits, and Crime Stoppers information. In addition to driving the wholesale replacement of the NYPD's technology infrastructure, Commissioner Tisch oversaw the NYPD's efforts to open a new 911 Call Center in the Bronx. She was also responsible for a pioneering interagency effort with the MTA to make NYPD's radios work in the subways. Commissioner Tisch began her public service career in 2008, when she joined the NYPD. She is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School, and other than that brief stint in Boston, a lifelong New Yorker!
Ana Rua, Gov Affairs Mngr,
Crown Castle
Driven by telecommunications’ ability to empower communities, Ana Rua leads New York Government Affairs City & State strategy at the nation’s largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure, Crown Castle. An immigrant from Colombia, Rua has spent her career in New York paying it forward on the American Dream by working with the intention of social responsibility at public and private institutions. Prior to her role at Crown Castle, Rua was part of the team that spearheaded Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $500M initiative to connect the most rural and remote regions of New York State with high-speed internet access, traveling to 56 of the state’s 62 counties to facilitate the program’s implementation. Also, at Governor Cuomo’s office, she inherited a $70 million portfolio of legacy projects in dire need of management and by coordinating with utilities, establishing availability of services and ensuring minority and women-owned businesses got seat at the table, the projects are now on track and on-budget. In her current work for Crown Castle, where she paves the way for next generation wireless infrastructure with the aim of transforming the digital landscape of the region. By educating and informing residents, influencers, municipal staff, and elected officials, she helps shape public policy and opinion, generates advocates, and builds community relationships with the objective of connecting those in disenfranchised and far-reaching communities with tools to empower themselves via telecommunications. “I get a tremendous sense of purpose because I work in this industry that has a fundamental focus to make people’s lives easier, better and more connected,” she says.
Joshua Breitbart, Deputy CTO
Mayor’s Office of the CTO
Joshua Breitbart, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, leads the effort to meet the Mayor’s goal of universal, affordable, high speed internet service for all New Yorkers. Prior to joining the City in 2015, he was the Director of Field Operations and a Senior Research Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute. Previously, as Policy Director for People’s Production House, he helped form the 40-organization coalition New Yorkers for Fair and Affordable Utility Service and co-produced the educational film The Internet Is Serious Business. Josh has also co-founded two successful nonprofit organizations, Rooftop Films and Allied Media Projects, and was a founding board member of the Center for Urban Pedagogy. He attended Deep Springs College and Columbia University, and is a fourth-generation resident of Brooklyn, New York.
René Agüero, Sr. Mngr, Security Spc Public Sector
René Agüero MSBA, CISSP, has been with Splunk for 5 Years. Rene is currently the Sr. Manager of Security Specialization for Public Sector and SLED at Splunk leading security initiatives regarding security operations, advanced detection and fraud use cases across Splunk customers and prospects. Prior to Splunk he was at Rapid7. At Rapid7, Rene helped architect Rapid7 deployments and services ranging from Vulnerability Management, Penetration Testing, User Threat Actor Detection and Attribution. Prior to Rapid7, Rene worked in the financial sector in Southern California as an IT Manager where he designed networks and security solutions to keep PII and Credit Card data secure through the use of FWs, IPS/IDS and various encryption methods. Rene received a Master of Science in Business Administration with emphasis in InfoSec, IT Audit and Computer Forensics from California Polytechnic University Pomona. Rene has appeared on Associated Press and their consuming news agencies on topics like the End of XP and the Anthem healthcare breach.
Daniele Loffreda, Sr Advisor, SLED & Healthcare
Daniele Loffreda is Senior Advisor, State/Local Government and Education (SLED) and Healthcare in Ciena’s Solutions Development organization. In this role he leads Ciena’s initiatives applying next generation networking technologies to help these sectors deliver higher quality experiences to their constituents through disruptive technologies, optimized cloud strategies, virtualized infrastructure and improved data security. Daniele has more than 25 years of experience helping customers leverage Information, Communications and Technology solutions provide greater value, streamline their operations and generate higher returns on network investments. In addition to his current role at Ciena, Daniele has worked in pioneering roles at AT&T, Sprint and Fujitsu. He has presented at numerous industry conferences, and published articles and posts on next generation network connectivity as a critical foundation of enterprise transformation.
Joseph Hemway, VP IT & CIO
Pratt Institute
Joseph M. Hemway A Brooklyn native, Joe Hemway was selected as Pratt Institute’s first Vice President of Information Technology & CIO in June of 2006. He gained over 35 years of experience in technology and higher education administration at five universities in New York City. Joe’s areas of responsibility include a wide array of Pratt’s administrative and academic computing efforts, including information and cybersecurity, networks, telecommunications, and operational support services. He oversees a variety of advanced labs and digital fabrication and output centers that include robotics, machine learning, AI, AR/VR, data visualization and digital transformation. Joe received his Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and a Bachelor's Degree from St. Francis College. He is passionate about the social role of technology in creating new models of education to broaden its impact, particularly for disadvantaged groups. Joe has served on the Alumni Board of Directors at St. Francis College since 2007 and was President of the Board for two terms from 2008 to 2014. His other philanthropic/humanitarian activities include a range of disaster relief response efforts and fundraising for children with severe illnesses. Joe views his work both inside and outside of Pratt as part of his lifelong mission to rehumanize technology and to reclaim the innate creative capacity we all have within us.
Camille Joseph-Goldman, Group VP for Gov. Affairs
Charter Communications
Camille C. Joseph-Goldman is currently a Group Vice President for Government Affairs at Charter Communications. In this role, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman oversees and manages all government affairs, strategic partnerships and investments, consumer protection and telecommunications regulation from New Jersey to Maine, which includes the company’s large presence in New York State and throughout New England. Mrs. Joseph-Goldman previously served as New York City's youngest appointed Deputy Comptroller. As Deputy Comptroller for Public Affairs, she served as the inter-governmental liaison to the public, mayoral agencies, federal, state, and local authorities. In addition, the bureau she spearheaded handled all external functions, including community relations and outreach, contact with the media, financial education forums, and other duties – including the Community Action Center, which provides information and assistance to New Yorkers who have complaints about inadequate or lack of municipal services. Mrs. Joseph-Goldman has an extensive background in politics and public policy and is dedicated to promoting the public interest. Previously, she served as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Adviser in the Office of United States Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand. As a member of the Senator’s senior team, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman was responsible for advancing Senator Gillibrand’s public policy priorities as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders statewide. She was also the National African American Vote Deputy Director for the Obama Presidential Campaign in 2012. In this role, she worked with national campaign leadership to develop and implement constituency outreach strategies to increase African American voter registration, motivation and turnout in key battleground states. Mrs. Joseph-Goldman was the Campaign Manager and Political Director for former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner’s 2013 mayoral campaign, and has worked on several other national, state, and local campaigns. She also served as Director of Youth Engagement for SHOW UP New York, an organization focused on increasing civic participation among youth and people of color throughout New York State. Born and raised in the Bronx, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman earned a BA in Politics and History as a Presidential Scholar as well as her MA in Politics at New York University. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, participates as a mentor at various youth empowerment programs across the City, and is involved in several educational and healthcare initiatives for undeserved youth in Jamaica and Haiti. Most recently, Mrs. Joseph-Goldman joined the board of the National Action Network, one of the leading civil rights organizations in the country founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton. She also serves as a trustee for the Citizen’s Budget Commission of New York City, a civic organization whose mission is to achieve constructive change in the finances and services of New York State government.
Ray LaChance, Co-Founder & CEO
ZenFi Networks
As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi Networks, LaChance applies his leadership and proven industry expertise to build and deliver innovative communication infrastructure solutions to enterprise, carrier and wireless mobility providers in the New York and New Jersey metro markets. In this role, LaChance oversees all aspects of business operations for the company that recently merged with Cross River Fiber, and effectively leads a team of nimble, forward thinking experts to solve clients’ network challenges created by the proliferation of mobile data. In addition to his role at ZenFi, LaChance is also a founding member of Conexcity, a network integrator focused on fiber optic and mobile network planning, engineering, and deployment solutions for mobile network operators, tower owners and telecommunications service providers throughout the New York metro market. LaChance is a Network Technology industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience managing teams that design, build and operate complex, high-capacity communication networks for large enterprises, carriers and wireless mobility providers. Prior to ZenFi and Conexcity, he served as President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect, LLC from 2004 to its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower Fiber Networks. LaChance was also the Co-Founder of Realtech Systems Corp., an enterprise network integration and professional services firm, where he served as President and CEO. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Welcome and Introduction


Keynote Remarks By Jessica Tisch, Commissioner, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Citywide Chief Information Officer with introduction by Camille Joseph Goldman, Group Vice President, Government Affairs, Northeast Charter Communications


Special Presentation by Kamal Bherwani, CEO of GCOM Software


    Keeping Up with Evolving Technology and Security through COVID 19

    As the COVID-19 crisis wears on, government work with data surrounding its impact has evolved along with it.  New York City, one of the hardest hit by the epidemic, continues to grow as a worldwide leader and driver of technological innovation. Experts on this panel will assess how well government and the private sector are keeping up with rapidly evolving systems, how to include technologies like two factor authentication which can be easily audited and some form of zero trust which requires additional authentication steps, what opportunities exist for future growth, best practices to protect particularly sensitive data in areas including health care, education, and cybersecurity .and how New York can remain a global leader in the technology sector.

    • Richard T. Jacobs, Assistant Special Agent In-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI
    • Tariq Habib, Chief Information Security Officer, MTA
    • TBD, Dataminr
    • René Agüero Sr. Manager, Security Specialization Public Sector, Splunk
    • Joseph Hemway, Vice President of Information Technology & CIO, Pratt Institute
    • TBD, Microsoft

    Special Presentation by Adobe


      Leading NY’s Communities Into a Better Tech Tomorrow

      From the pandemic to the outcry of demonstrators, NY has been through a lot these past few months. Because New Yorkers were all isolated for so long, we relied on technology for a sense of community and connection.  New Yorkers were able to observe and understand their communities like never before.  As we make changes to better prepare for future crises and we rebuild and remodel systems like policing, healthcare and person to person communication, our communities will rely on technology and government leadership more than ever to progress into a better tomorrow. At this round table we discuss ways we can use technology to impact our communities by working hand in e-hand.

      • Deshard Stevens, Chief Information Officer, New York City Commission on Human Rights
      • Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer
      • Ray LaChance, Co-Founder and CEO,  Zenfi Networks
      • TBA, Google

      Technology for Resilient Infrastructure Amid COVID 19

      Even with the latest innovations in place, the infrastructure and technology used to keep New Yorkers safe, healthy, moving and connected are never invincible as we have seen in this pandemic. Our panelists will discuss how government agencies are balancing digital vs. analog, expanding broadband access, implementing 5G networks, protecting net neutrality, modernizing transportation technology and how the public and private sector can work together to build resilient infrastructure and public safety services in the face of a second wave or a similar emergency situation.

      • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Chairman, Internet and Technology Committee
      • Joshua Breitbart, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer, City of New York
      • Patrick A. Murphy, Commissioner, NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
      • Ana Rua, Government Affairs, NY City & State, Crown Castle
      • Daniele Loffreda, State/Local Government, Education & Healthcare Industry Advisor, Ciena

      Sessions Conclude

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