P3 Summit 2019

January 24, 2019  
Museum of Jewish Heritage
9:00AM - 3:30PM
Building New York’s Infrastructure with Public-Private Partnerships
Event Description

City & State's 2019 P3 Summit will convene New York's infrastructure leaders and P3 experts for a day-long, dynamic program of candid discussion and thought-provoking presentations on the complexities of public-private partnerships and the ways to successfully execute and manage P3s.


Derek Utter
Derek Utter
Chief Development Officer, PANYNJ
Eric Mercer
Eric Mercer
Transit Wireless
Michael Canavan
Michael Canavan
Federal Highway Administration, New York Division
Ydanis Rodriguez
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez
Chairman, Transportation Committee
Eric Clement
Eric Clement
Head of Strategic Investments Group, NYCEDC
Suri Kasirer
Suri Kasirer
President, Kasirer LLC
Amy Paulin
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin
Chair, Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee
Councilman Ben Kallos
Chair, Planning Dispositions and Concessions Committee
Darren Bloch
New York City Mayor's Office of Strategic Partnerships
Eric Enderlin
Eric Enderlin
President, NYC Housing Development Corporation
Elizabeth McCarthy
Elizabeth McCarthy
Chief Financial Officer, PANYNJ
Carl Oliveri
Carl Oliveri
Partner, Construction Practice Leader, Grassi & Co.
Patrick Askew
Patrick Askew
Executive Vice President, Capital Program, NYCEDC

Registration & Networking Breakfast


Introduction by Eric Mercer, Director of Wireless Business Development, Transit Wireless


Keynote Speaker Derek Utter, Chief Development Officer, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey


The Role of P3s in Urgent Transportation and Infrastructure Needs

The New York City Subway remains in the headlines for its desperately needed repairs and updates. Meanwhile large infrastructure projects across the city and state are in progress, including new airports, roads and bridges. In his 2019 budget address, Governor Cuomo called for expanded use of design-build for complex projects across the state. This panel will discuss all of this as well as the role of P3s in these projects, and how P3s can be better utilized to improve vital transportation infrastructure. 


  • Jeff Coltin, Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
  • Michael Canavan, Acting Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, New York Division
  • Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair, New York City Council Transportation Committee
  • Eric Clement, Head of Strategic Investments Group, NYC Economic Development Corp
  • Suri Kasirer, President, Kasirer LLC

Making the Case for P3s

We convene a panel to discuss the case for P3s, as well as potential drawbacks that need to be addressed in order to make public projects and other partnerships the City may face run smoothly and efficiently. Are P3s the answer to the various inefficiencies in public partnerships? Do P3s connect the strategic workforce plan of organizations with regional workforce development priorities? What types of projects are P3s ideal for and what projects might be ill-suited for P3s?


  • Zach Williams, Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
  • State Assembly Member Amy Paulin, Chair, Corporations, Authorities, and Commissions Committee
  • Council Member Ben Kallos, Chair of the Planning Dispositions and Concessions Committee
  • Darren Bloch, Senior Advisor, Director, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships



P3s As a Source for Innovation

We bring together this panel to discuss whether or not P3s have served as innovators in their respective projects. Have past and current P3 projects been successful in this regard? What can be done to foster an environment for more innovation? What is the government’s role?


  • Annie McDonough, Tech and Policy Reporter, City & State NY (Moderator)
  • Eric Enderlin, President, New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC)
  • Toya Williford, Executive Director, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
  • Mark Chambers, Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
  • Francis Sacr, Chief Financial Officer, Gateway Program Development Corp.

Legal and Financial Issues with P3 Implementation

The implementation of P3 projects raises legal and financial issues that are uncommon with traditional public sector procurements. How do we navigate the intersection of government and industry and know the mechanics to drive forward a successful public-private partnership? There’s political, financial, legal, and practical considerations involved in the acquisition, development, construction, operation, and disposition of publicly owned assets. The panelists will discuss the risks and rewards of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Design Build (DB), methods of repayment and funding, and preempting potential roadblocks.


  • Debra F. Laefer, Professor of Urban Informatics & Director of Citizen Science, Center for Urban Science & Department of Civil and Urban Eng., New York University (moderator)
  • Elizabeth M. McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer, Port Authority of NY & NJ
  • Senator Kevin Parker, Member, Finance Committee
  • Patrick Askew, Executive Vice President, Capital Program, New York City Economic Development Corporation
  • Carl Oliveri, Partner, Construction Practice Leader, Grassi & Co

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