Twilight of the Budget Monitors:
Baruch School of Public Affairs Initiates Annual Conference on Municipal Finance and Leadership

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BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY – NY State Comptroller Alan Hevesi on Wed. Nov. 17 will highlight this year's list of participants in a wide-ranging discussion of the implications of the passing of New York City's Financial Control Board, as the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College hosts its first Annual Conference on Municipal Finance and Leadership.  

Each year the series will feature speakers who will consider issues and government procedures relating to planning, strategies, and management of the New York City budget.  

This year's discussion, entitled “Twilight of the Budget Monitors,” stems from the experiences that occurred during New York City's fiscal crisis of the mid-seventies and looks ahead to the expected “sunset” of the Financial Control Board and the Municipal Assistance Corporation in 2007.

Hevesi will be joined by Municipal Finance Competition winners Dr. Kim Moody and Michael Spear, and roundtable participants Diana Fortuna, president of the Citizens Budget Commission; Stanley E. Grayson, president   & COO of M. R. Beal & Company; Frank Mauro, executive director of Fiscal Policy Institute; and Jeffrey Sommer, acting executive director of the NYS Financial Control Board. The discussion moderator will be economist Rosemary Scanlon

The event takes place Wed., Nov. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (beginning with continental breakfast) at Baruch College's Newman Conference Center, located at 151 East 25th Street (btw. Lexington & Third Avenues), 7th Floor.

More information is available by calling 212.802.5735 or e-mailing spa_conferences@baruch.cuny.edu.

The program is sponsored in part by a grant from the New York Community Trust.