Center For Working Families

2011 Policy Conference

 

Co-Conveners

ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York  • Citizen Action of New York • Communication Workers of America • Community Voices Heard • Demos  • Drum Major Institute • Service Employees International Union Local 1199 • Fiscal Policy Institute • Make the Road New York • National Employment Law Project • New Deal for New York • The Progressive Caucus of the New York City Council • Progressive States Network • Public Policy and Education Fund • Strong Economy for All Coalition • Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ • VOCAL-NY

Agenda

8:30-9:00    Registration

9:00-9:30    Welcome

  • Dave Palmer, Executive Director, Center for Working Families
  • Council Members Brad Lander and Melissa Mark-Viverito, Co-Chairs of the New York City Council Progressive Caucus

9:30-11:00   Plenary

Job Creation and Fair Share Taxation

  • Opening Remarks: Bob Master, Legislative and Political Director, Communications Workers of America District One
  • Hon. Karim Camara, NYS Assembly and Chair of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus
  • Steven Kest, Fight for a Fair Economy, SEIU
  • Brenda McPhail, Community Voices Heard
  • James Parrott, Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute: NY’s Unemployment Crisis and Income Polarization

11:00-12:00  Concurrent Panels

Green Jobs are Real: Next Steps for New York

  • MODERATOR: Anthony Ng, Green & Equitable Economies Strategist, Center for Working Families
  • Miranda Massie, Legal Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Jackson Morris, Senior Policy Advisor, Pace Energy & Climate Center: The New York Solar Jobs Act
  • Hon. Kevin Parker, New York State Senate and ranking member, Committee on Energy and Telecommunications
  • Devashree Saha, Senior Policy Analyst, The Brookings Institution – Metropolitan Policy Program: Sizing the Clean Economy – A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre, Executive Director, United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park (UPROSE)

The Right to Retire: How to Win Pensions for All New Yorkers

  • MODERATOR: Chloe Tribich, Communications Director, Center for Working Families
  • John Adler, Retirement Security Campaign Director,  SEIU
  • Teresa Ghilarducci, Director, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at the New School: Reinventing Retirement Security
  • Hon. Rory Lancman, New York State Assembly and member, Committee on Labor

How Public Banking Could End the Credit Crunch & Fuel Job Growth in New York

  • MODERATOR: Sunshine Ludder, Senior Economic Policy Strategist, Center for Working Families
  • Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow, Demos
  • Barbara Dudley, Co-Chair, Oregon Working Families Party
  • Ben Geyerhahn, Director of Special Projects, Small Business Majority
  • Frank Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Hon. Michael Miller, New York State Assembly and member, Committee on Banks
  • Resource: Banking on America – How Main Street Partnership Banks Can Improve Local Economies – Report by Heather McGhee and Jason Judd of Demos (April 2011)

Taking Stock of New York’s Health Care Exchange

  • MODERATOR: Jessica Wisneski, Legislative Director of Citizen Action of New York and the Public Policy and Education Fund of New York
  • Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives, Community Service Society: New York State Insurance Exchange
  • Hon. Richard Gottfried, NYS Assembly and Chair, Committee on Health
  • Hon. Liz Krueger, New York State Senate and ranking member, Committee on Finance
  • Celia Wcislo, Assistant Division Director, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East: Massachusetts Health Care Reform

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:15   Plenary

How to Beat Back the Big Bucks: The Opportunity for “Voter-Owned” Public Financing in New York State

  • MODERATOR: Jeannette Galanis, National Field Director, Public Campaign
  • Pete Grannis,  First Deputy Comptroller, Office of the State Comptroller
  • Michael Malbin, Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute: Should NYC’s Campaign Finance System be a Model for NY State (and others)?
  • Hon. Gary Holder-Winfield, Connecticut General Assembly
  • Hon. Gustavo Rivera, New York State Senate

2:15-3:00     Closing Keynote: Barbara Ehrenreich

  • Introduction: Sunshine Ludder, Senior Economic Policy Strategist, Center for Working Families
  • Closing: Joe Rappaport, Policy Director, Center for Working Families

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