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 New York’s transportation infrastructure, including the City, State, and public authorities such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York State Thruway Authority, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Committee has tracked changes in the State budget related to the MTA’s capital program and the Thruway’s replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Committee has also advocated for the expansion of design-build procurement to the City of New York. 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 chronicling the MTA’s Access-a-Ride program for paratransit service and will offer policy options for increasing the program’s efficiency and effectiveness.
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 launched in mid-2011 to find ways to reduce the more than $1 billion 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, released in May 2014, evaluates the cost of picking up garbage and recycling. The Committee’s third report released in September 2014, Getting the Fiscal Waste Out of Solid Waste Collection in New York City, proposes cost efficiencies. The Committee’s most recent piece, published in February 2016, Can We Have Our Cake and Compost It Too? An Analysis of Organic Waste Diversion in New York City, explores the potential cost to taxpayers of diverting food scraps and organic material from landfills as part of the City’s environmental agenda.
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.