NY's Path to Ranked Choice Voting: Bronx Forum

February 11, 2021  
Webinar
Webinar
Thursday
2:00PM - 3:15PM
Presented by Spectrum
Event Description

The virtual forum will bring together policymakers, leaders from government, advocacy professionals, academia, media, technology and more.

New York voters will see a big change in the next election cycle with the implementation of ranked-choice voting. Our diverse panel will discuss the major issues on ranked choice voting and its effect on the Bronx. Topics to be addressed include the following:

-How exactly will ranked-choice voting work in New York City? 

-What are the pros and cons? Who benefits? Who is disadvantaged? 

-How to inform voters? Risk of confusion? 

-How will this affect campaigning? Less negative campaigning? Coalition campaigning?

-What kinds of candidates will benefit from this? Who will be hurt by it? 

Speakers
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Raymond McGuire
New York City Mayoral Candidate
Raised by a single mother and his grandparents in Dayton, Ohio, Ray McGuire and his two brothers didn’t have much growing up. But they had family, faith, church, a loving home and a deep-seated belief that education was their ticket to anywhere. With a lot of student loans and borrowed money, Ray went to Harvard, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college. He then enrolled in a four-year JD/MBA program at Harvard University. After earning degrees in law and business at the same time, Ray went to New York for a job on Wall Street. Over the last 36 years, Ray has led businesses responsible for generating $20+ billion a year in revenue supporting public and private sector clients around the world. He recruited and built teams to do multi-billion-dollar deals, and he advised the CEOs of companies on how to help their businesses grow, thrive and create jobs. For the last 13 years, Ray was the head of global corporate and investment banking at Citigroup and the longest-tenured head of investment banking in the history of Wall Street. As a Citi Foundation Board member, Ray helped the firm improve the lives of people in low income communities. He also recently helped write a groundbreaking report on the economic impact of systemic racism. Through mentoring, Ray has held the door open for many others including those who grew up like him. Ray gives back to the city by serving on the boards of the New York Presbyterian Hospital, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has also served on advisory boards for the Council of Urban Professionals, Sponsors for Educational Opportunities, Management Leadership for Tomorrow and others. Ray is married to Crystal McCrary McGuire. Together they are raising three children.
Vanessa Gibson
Vanessa L. Gibson
New York City Council Member
Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson proudly represents the Bronx’s 16th Council District. As the West Bronx’s voice at City Hall, she passionately advocates for affordable housing, low income families, seniors, job creation, and meaningful opportunities for our youth. During the 2014-2017 session, Gibson served as Chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Safety, and has the distinction of being both the first woman and first person of color to hold this role. As Chair, she had oversight of the operations and budget of NYPD, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the District Attorneys and the Special Narcotics prosecutor, and Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice. Gibson has been a leader in school safety reform, championed criminal justice reform legislation, and is a vocal proponent of anti-gun violence programs. Under her leadership, the Council was able to secure funds necessary to expand the NYPD’s headcount almost 1300 officers in FY16, and expand the DAs baselined budgetary allocation by over $21 million in FY17, with over half of the money going to the historically underfunded boroughs of the Bronx and Staten Island. Currently, Gibson is a Deputy Leader and Chairs the Subcommittee on Capital Budget where she helps oversee the City’s capital investments.
Camille Joseph-Goldman
Camille Joseph-Goldman
Group Vice President, Government 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.
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Susan Lerner
Executive Director, Common Cause
Susan Lerner is the executive director of Common Cause/New York. She joined Common Cause in December, 2007. She writes and speaks extensively on voting rights, election reform, campaign finance, redistricting, ethics, transparency and other good government issues, and is a go-to source for reporters and editorial board writers throughout New York State on these issues This year, Susan is leading Let NY Vote, a statewide coalition of grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, individuals, and unions, working together to modernize NY's voting laws. In 2012, Susan spearheaded Common Cause/NY’s well-regarded redistricting reform effort, that resulted in the federal court adopting several of the proposed reform districts for the congressional district map in use today. Prior to joining Common Cause/NY, Susan was the executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign and led Californians for Fair and Independent Judges, a statewide coalition of groups active on federal judicial nominations. As a member of the New York and California bars, she was a litigator for almost 20 years. Susan is a graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU School of Law.
Agenda
2:00pm

Opening Remarks By Camille Joseph-Goldman, Group Vice President, Government Affairs, Charter Communications

2:10pm

Mayoral Candidate Interviews

Ray McGuire, NYC Mayoral Candiadate

2:20pm

Roundtable Discussion 

New York voters will see a big change in the next election cycle with the implementation of ranked-choice voting. Our diverse panel will discuss the major issues on ranked choice voting and its effect inthe Bronx. Topics to be addressed include the following:

-How exactly will ranked-choice voting work in New York City? 

-What are the pros and cons? Who benefits? Who is disadvantaged? 

-How to inform voters? Risk of confusion? 

-How will this affect campaigning? Less negative campaigning? Coalition campaigning?

-What kinds of candidates will benefit from this? Who will be hurt by it? 

Panelists:

Council Member Vanessa Gibson    
Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause

3:10pm

Closing Remarks

3:15pm

Session Concludes

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