The Center for New York City Affairs has a long tradition of covering the day's most important political events at the city, state, and national level. This year, join our Politics and Policy Series, a thought-provoking and stimulating series of events featuring the hands-on experience and intellects of both American and Global politics experts in order to dissect the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, while also providing an international perspective. Check out our previous events featuring Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, top political strategists, and campaign organizers. 

By Ayling Zulema Dominguez

You weren’t supposed to run for office. Mother from La Isla and dad from the South Bronx. Born in a place where zip code determines your destiny. Bearing a long, hyphenated name peppered with R’s to roll. Working class and never had a plan to go into politics. But there you are. Beating out a powerful, nearly 20-year Democratic incumbent. Eyes wide and mouth agape as you were told the news. Telling us that your victory belongs to us. It is our victory. And you couldn’t be more right.


Urban Matters | NYC Politics

When Insurgents Take Over City Hall

By Juan González

In his new book, Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America's Tale of Two Cities, longtime New York journalist Juan González poses the question: Was the 2013 mayoral election “just a curious digression in the convoluted history of New York City politics, a transitory attempt to resurrect past liberal policies? Or was it something more?” Here’s his answer, excerpted with his permission from the book’s introduction.


Podcast | Feet in 2 Worlds, Immigrant Voices

Between Fear and Hope – Young Immigrants in Post-Election America

Fear and dread have swept through immigrant communities following Donald Trump’s election as president.  Trump has promised to immediately deport 2 to 3-million undocumented immigrants but no one really knows what will happen when Trump takes office. Feet in 2 Worlds invited a group of young immigrants to talk about their responses -in both words and deeds – to the incoming administration.


Urban Matters | Elections, National Politics

We Don’t Know What’s Coming; We Do Know Who We Are

A Post-Election Statement from the Center for New York City Affairs

Distress; frustration; apprehension; anger: Those were among the intense post-election post-mortem emotions unpacked during a staff meeting in the offices of the Center for New York City Affairs this morning. 


Urban Matters | Elections, National Politics

Our Trump: Made in New York

By Peter Eisenstadt and Robert W. Snyder

Despite Donald Trump's unpopularity with New York State voters—71% hold unfavorable views of him, more than any other candidate—it helps to remember that he is the product of New York City and its political culture. His career tells us a lot about changes in a supposedly liberal city and state—especially when it comes to media manipulation, the politics of resentment, and the blurring of public and private interests.


Politics & Policy Event Series

The Politics and Policy Series is a thought-provoking, stimulating series of courses and events. The series combines in-class lectures and assignments with the hands-on experience and intellects of both American and Global politics experts in order to dissect the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, while also providing an international perspective.

2016 Primary Elections | National Politics, Elections

Voting Rights in 2016 Elections | National Politics,  Elections  

Mr. Smith Goes to Prison | Justice, National Politics  

Money in Presidential ElectionsNational PoliticsElections

Event | National Politics, Inequality & Poverty

Hillary Clinton Lays Out Economic Vision at The New School

“This auditorium has a rich tradition of bringing people together to exchange views and ideas, which is critical to addressing important social and economic issues,” New School President David Van Zandt told a capacity crowd at The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street. “Though The New School doesn’t endorse any candidate, we do welcome opportunities to hear proposals and insights from distinguished political leaders.”

On this particular occasion, the “distinguished political leader” was none other than Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Taking the stage to a boisterous standing ovation inside The New School’s historic auditorium Monday, the former senator and secretary of state detailed her fiscal agenda in the first major policy speech of her presidential campaign.


Event | New York City Politics, National Politics, Elections

Grassroots Politics: From Brooklyn to the White House (2014)

No, Bill de Blasio hasn't announced his candidacy for president...yet. But the same type of grassroots politics that gave Mayor de Blasio his start and propelled him to the mayoralty helped turn a little-known, freshman senator from Chicago's South Side into the President of the United States. Learn how from Mitch Stewart, who, as Obama's 2008 Iowa caucus director and 2012 battleground states director, helped oversee the campaign's field operations in its most critical contests. .

Mitch Stewart, founding partner, 270 Strategies; Zakiyah Ansari, advocacy director, NY State Alliance for Quality Education; Michael Blake, principal, Atlas Strategy Group; Susan Lerner, executive director, Common Cause New York; Jeff Smith, assistant professor of politics & advocacy, The New School 

Event | New York City Politics, New York State Politics

The City & The State: Conflict or Collaboration? (2014)

Is tension is inevitable between Albany and NYC or it is just that there's a new mayoral administration and an election-year governor, and press and politicos are shining the spotlight in search of every conflict. As Mayor de Blasio seeks to fulfill campaign promises and pursue the agenda that got him elected, a popular Governor Cuomo has his own program to fulfill. 

Michael Benjamin, political columnist, New York Post; former NYS Assemblyman (D-Bronx); Thomas Kaplan, political reporter, The New York Times; Michael Powell, columnist, The New York Times; Liz Krueger, New York State Senator (D-Manhattan)

Laying the Foundation for Greatness:
A conversation with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (2014)

How can city government overcome the divide that has made New York a tale of two cities? Public Advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his vision for addressing the pervasive issues of social inequality and economic disparity, and proposes policy innovations in economic development for the future of the city. Remarks by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio followed by a discussion with Andrew White, director, Center for NYC Affairs.