The Obama Agenda: Overcoming Poverty in New York and the Nation

The Obama Agenda: Overcoming Poverty in New York and the Nation

Milano and the Center for New York City Affairs presented the 2009 Bill Green Forum.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Obama administration’s 2010 budget plan include resources and tools for large-scale job creation, increased benefits for low-income and unemployed people, refundable tax credits, and the prospect of new flexible funds for child and family services. What is Washington offering the states, and how will New York respond? Can the nation develop a new framework for reducing poverty, or are these initiatives simply old programs in new packages, with more dollars attached?

Speakers: David Hansell, Commissioner, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Ron Haskins, Co-director, Center for Children and Families, The Brookings Institution Margarita Rosa, Executive Director, Grand Street Settlement Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs Veronica White, Director, New York City Center for Economic Opportunity

Moderator:  Andrew White, Director, Center for New York City Affairs at The New School

Read the transcript.

The Bill Green Forum memorializes the late Honorable Bill Green (1929–2002), who represented the East Side of Manhattan in Congress from 1978–1992. Bill Green was an independent thinker who frequently crossed the aisle to collaborate on critical issues such as the environment, urban policy, and affordable housing. He served as a trustee of The New School and a board member of Milano. This forum, which pays tribute to his deep commitment to bipartisanship, is generously funded by the Taconic Foundation, on whose board he also served. Presented by Milano and the Center for New York City Affairs. Additional support provided by the Sirus Fund and the Milano Foundation.