The Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center was founded in 1988 and originally located at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2017 it moved to Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. It is funded by a grant from the State of New York and an endowment from the estate of Howard J. Samuels.
The mission of the Samuels Center is to provide high-quality empirical knowledge on policies and practices important to the State of New York. It seeks to inform elected officials at the local, state and federal levels, government and nonprofit administrators, foundations, political advocates, media professionals, and academic scholars. In the past, the Samuels Center has carried out studies and evaluations on comparative state and local policies, successful advocacy and community development strategies, the politics of education and education reform, higher education for low-income women, and the political mobilization of immigrant groups.