Committees of trustees oversee the Commission’s staff research and take policy positions based on that research. CBC has three standing committees that address recurring issues: Budget Policy, Competitiveness and Transportation. The CBC also creates ad hoc committees to examine issues that do not fall under the auspices of these standing committees, but are seen as important to the Commission’s mission. Currently, there are three ad hoc committees: Economic Development, Solid Waste Management and Port Authority. Other recent ad hoc committees have included State and Local Realignment, Rent Regulation, Public-Private Partnerships, Parks and Public Authority Reform.
Walter Harris, Co-Chair
Alair A. Townsend, Co-Chair
This committee reviews the annual city and state budgets and develops policy positions on the proposed and adopted budgets. The Committee also identifies topics for research in the areas of collective bargaining, pension benefits and public employee health insurance.
David R. Greenbaum, Co-Chair
Vishaan Chakrabarti, Co-Chair
This Committee is concerned with how the New York metropolitan region can become more competitive for jobs and residents. It has undertaken comparative analyses of public infrastructure important to business activities and completed a project on the impact of “green” policies on the competitiveness of New York City. Early in 2013 the Committee released a scorecard on the competiveness of the New York region in attracting educated and talented workers, and the staff will be updating that scorecard in future years.
Kenneth D. Gibbs, Co-Chair
Steven M. Polan, Co-Chair
This committee focuses on the finances of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Committee recently oversaw a report on the financing of the MTA’s capital program and ways to balance its operating budget. In the summer of 2015, the ad hoc Port Authority Committee which had conducted work on the Authority’s budgeting process and the profitability of the PATH and maritime port operations was merged into the Transportation Committee. Work is now in progress on options for the unfunded MTA capital plan and on tax policy with respect to services under the jurisdiction of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Economic Development & Housing
Sheila Davidson, Co-Chair
Mark Willis, Co-Chair
This Committee assesses the effectiveness of state and municipal economic development and housing programs and seeks to identify ways to make public sector efforts in this arena more cost-effective and accountable. It completed studies of the State’s Empire Zone program and the New York Power Authority, and continues to monitor the State Regional Councils. In late 2013 the Committee released a report outlining options for making more effective use of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The Committee's current work is analyzing housing affordability in New York City, including the nature of the affordability problem, the administration's housing proposals, and the viability of public housing.
Solid Waste Management
Carol Rosenthal, Co-Chair
Michael Ryan, Co-Chair
This committee was launched in mid-2011 to find ways to reduce the more than one billion dollars per year cost to taxpayers of disposing of New York City’s garbage. The Committee released its first report in May 2012 on the savings from reducing reliance on long-distance exporting to out-of-state landfills and expanding use of waste-to-energy plants. The Committee’s second report will evaluate the cost of picking up garbage and recycling and propose cost efficiencies.
Thomas J. Brodsky, Co-Chair
Justin S. Steinberg, Co-Chair
This committee seeks to identify and highlight a New York City or State government agency that demonstrates an innovative approach to providing government services. The CBC awards this prize at its annual dinner both to celebrate creative thinking and to share government achievements with the public and other agencies. To learn more, click here.