NEW YORKS FISCAL CRISIS:
A PANEL OF BUDGET DIRECTORS SEEKS SOLUTIONS

At Baruch College, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003

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Budget directors from six New York City mayoral administrations will come together at Baruch College on Wednesday, January 22, 8:30 am to discuss solutions to New York Citys daunting fiscal crisis. Sponsored by Baruch Colleges School of Public Affairs and the Citizens Budget Commission, A Roundtable of Budget Directors convenes at Baruchs Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th St.), 14th floor, Room 220.

Participants at this unusual event include men and women who have served as New York City budget directors in the administrations of John Lindsay, Abraham Beame, Edward Koch, David Dinkins, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. Mark Page, the Budget Director for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will be joined by David Grossman (Lindsay Administration, 1971-73), David Kummerfeld (Beame Administration, 1976-77), James R. Brigham, Jr. (Koch Administration, 1978-81), Alair Townsend (Koch Administration, 1981-85), Paul I. Dickstein (Koch Administration, 1985-89), Philip Michael (Dinkins Administration, 1990-93), Carol OCleireacain (Dinkins Administration), Abraham M. Lackman (Giuliani Administration, 1994-95), Robert M. Harding (Giuliani Administration, 1998-2000), and Adam Barsky (Giuliani Administration, 2000-01). The present and former finance experts will weigh the merits of tax increases, service cuts, borrowing, and other fiscal measures that might bail the city, now facing a $3 billion plus budget gap.

The panel will also provide a rare opportunity for former budget directors to compare past experiences dealing with the Citys complex and politically charged budget process. The discussion will be moderated by Dall Forsythe, New York State Budget Director under Governor Mario Cuomo. Mr. Forsythe, currently the Chief Administrative Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of New York, is a noted expert on budgets and finance and the author of several books.

This event is the second in a series by the Baruch School of Public Affairs organized to mark the establishment of the Archives of Municipal Finance and Leadership at Baruch College. The Archives contain extensive material from the New Yorks 1970s fiscal crisis.

To reserve seating for this event, please RSVP to (212) 802-5735 or e-mail the School of Public Affairs at SPA_conferences@baruch.cuny.edu

Contact:
Zane Berzins
(212.802.2881)
Vince Passaro (212.802.2916)