City & State’s Webinar Series: Legislative Perspective On Coronavirus Pandemic

April 07, 2020  
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Event Description

On April 7, 2020, join City & State's Webinar Series: Legislative Perspective On Coronavirus Pandemic, as we address the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 and its effect on New York. Speakers will assess the city, state and federal response to coronavirus, including resources, budget, legislation, prospects and the overall impact of the ongoing outbreak.

Topics to Include:

•What’s in the state budget to combat the coronavirus?

•How was state health care spending cut? Final Medicaid details? Impact?

•What more can the state do? Any pending legislation responding to coronavirus?

•Assess the city, state and federal response (de Blasio, Cuomo, Trump) to coronavirus

•Prospects and timelines for experimental treatments and vaccines

•Pandemic’s impact on the functioning of democracy


Click play on the video below to watch the webinar.

Assembly Member Richard Gottfried
Chair, Health Committee
Richard N. Gottfried represents the 75th Assembly District, covering Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Murray Hill, Midtown and part of the Lincoln Center area of Manhattan. He is a leading state health policymaker, not only in New York but also nationally. He was a major architect of New York’s landmark managed care reforms, and continues to fight for stronger consumer and provider protections and public support for universal access to quality, affordable health care. He is the lead Assembly sponsor for the N.Y. Health Act to create a universal publicly funded single-payer health plan ensuring health care for ALL New Yorkers. His legislative work includes the passage of: the Child Health Plus Program; the Health Care Proxy Law; simplification of enrollment in publicly financed programs; the HIV Testing and Confidentiality Law; promotion of stronger primary and preventative care and formation of accountable care organizations; and the legalization of medical marijuana. In the Legislature, he has been the leading proponent of patient autonomy, especially in end-of-life care, and reproductive freedom. Assemblymember Gottfried is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, Cornell University, and Columbia Law School. He is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine; a member of the American Public Health Association, New York Civil Liberties Union, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Art Students League, and the China Institute.
Senator Gustavo Rivera
Chair Health Committee
State Senator Gustavo Rivera represents the 33rd Senate District in the Bronx. Since taking office, Senator Rivera has focused his efforts on addressing issues of health inequity. In 2018, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins appointed Senator Rivera as the Chair of the Senate Health Committee. He is collaborating with colleagues, stakeholders, and constituents to improve health outcomes, increase access to health coverage, and ensure a financially viable health care system. Senator Rivera served as the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee for six years. In that role, he passed three smoking ban laws, and has been a champion of harm reduction policies. He is currently the main sponsor of the “New York Health Act.” In 2011, Senator Rivera launched the Bronx CAN Health Initiative. This health initiative shapes policies that will help tear down some of the institutional barriers that stand in the way of Bronxites having a healthier lifestyle.
Jon Lentz, Editor-in-Chief
City & State NY
As Editor-in-Chief, Jon Lentz manages the editorial team, edits print and online stories, works with freelance reporters and oversees the popular First Read emails. Lentz also develops and moderates panel discussions and conducts live one-on-one interviews for City & State’s many events. When he has time, Lentz continues to report and write for the magazine. A Nebraska native, Lentz graduated from Macalester College with a degree in linguistics. After a stint at a weekly Twin Cities newspaper, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, spending two years teaching English in a small Transylvanian town. He came to New York to study at Columbia University, where he earned two master’s degrees in journalism. He then interned with Reuters in Washington, D.C., and in New York City. He has been on the City & State staff since January 2011. He and his wife, Annie, live in Astoria, Queens.
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