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Baruch College and Citizens Union Host City Council Speaker Forum November 20

NEW YORK, NY - November 13, 2013 -Who will be the next City Council Speaker? Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs and Citizens Union are hosting a City Council Speaker Forum that will feature an open discussion with the candidates for City Council Speaker, the second most powerful position in New York City government.

The forum is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., November 20, on the Baruch campus and is co-sponsored by City & State and the New York Public Interest Research Group. Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

All candidates for Speaker have been invited to attend and participate. Council members who are confirmed to attend include: Dan Garodnick (D-District 4), Annabel Palma (D-District 18), Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-District 8), Jimmy Vacca (D-District 13), Jimmy Van Bramer (D-District 26), Mark Weprin (D-District 23) and Jumaane Williams (D-District 45)

Doug Muzzio, Baruch Professor of Public Affairs, will moderate the discussion with the candidates. Professor Muzzio is a sought-after political analyst and on-air commentator on city, state and national issues. He has taught courses in a wide variety of areas, including U.S. urban politics and government, leadership and strategy, campaigns and elections, and public opinion and public policy.


WHAT:  City Council Speaker Forum

WHEN:  6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20

WHERE: Newman Vertical Campus, Baruch College (Room 14-220),

               55 Lexington Avenue (entrance at 25th Street)


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: or (212) 227-0342, Ext. 39



About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

About Citizens Union:

Citizens Union is a nonpartisan good government group dedicated to making democracy work for all New Yorkers. Citizens Union serves as a civic watchdog, combating corruption and fighting for political reform. Citizens Union works to ensure fair and open elections, honest and efficient government, and a civically-engaged public. Citizens Union is made up of New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds and political beliefs, connected to our communities and united in our commitment to put the city’s long-term interest ahead of all special interests. Principled and pragmatic, Citizens Union is an independent force for constructive reform, driving policy and educating the public to achieve accountable government in the City and State of New York.


Manny Romero, (646) 660-6141,

Rachael Fauss, (212) 227-0342 (Ext. 22),





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