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Stretching City Dollars in a Crisis: Reforming NYC's Capital Construction Process for Libraries & Beyond

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Faced with mounting budget deficits and little prospect of federal relief, New York City will need its public dollars to stretch further than ever in the difficult months ahead. But as CUF's research has shown, New York's flawed capital construction process frequently results in months-long delays and cost overruns that stretch into the millions, limiting the efficiency and effectiveness of these vital investments in libraries, cultural organizations, parks, and other public institutions.

Now change is in the air. In January 2019, the city's Department of Design and Construction (DDC) launched a major reform effort to speed up capital projects and cut down on delays—and this initiative is showing promise. However, in some areas, delays and cost overruns persist, and there is broad consensus that further improvements are needed—and not just by DDC. This forum discussed the progress the administration has made in improving the capital process, examined where problems remain, and explored what city and state leaders can do now to build on the reforms underway and make further progress to maximize the impact of capital dollars in a time of fiscal crisis.

Speakers included:

  • Lorraine Grillo, Commissioner, NYC Department of Design & Construction
  • Vanessa L. Gibson, Council Member, NYC Council
  • Brad Lander, Council Member, NYC Council
  • Dennis Walcott, President & CEO, Queens Public Library
  • Iris Weinshall, Chief Operating Officer, New York Public Library
  • Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, Architectural League of NY
  • Karen Sheehan, Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration, Brooklyn Public Library
  • Carter Strickland, New York State Director, Trust for Public Land

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    Karen Sheehan, Brooklyn Public Library

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    Commissioner Lorraine Grillo

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    Councilmember Vanessa Gibson

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    Julie Sandorf

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    Rosalie Genevro, Architectural League of NY

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    Carter Strickland, Trust for Public Land

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    Iris Weinshall, New York Public Library

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    Dennis Walcott, Queens Public Library

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    Councilmember Brad Lander

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