June 13, 2022
56 Visionary Leaders From Across Sectors Will Develop Actionable Recommendations for Vibrant, Strong, Inclusive Business Districts and Region
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York Governor Kathy Hochul today appointed 54 leaders from across New York City’s business, labor, academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to join the “New” New York blue-ribbon panel, which will examine the future of New York City and the region’s economy. Announced in May and co-chaired by Robin Hood CEO Richard Buery and former Sidewalk Labs CEO Daniel Doctoroff, the 56-member panel will develop actionable strategies for the recovery and resilience of the city’s commercial districts, challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and longstanding and systemic challenges facing New York City and the region.
“We can only create the prosperous, inclusive New York City we need by bringing everyone to the table, and that’s what we are doing,” said Mayor Adams. “This group of leaders from across the city, the state, and the region will recommend steps we can take immediately to strengthen our city’s economic engines, while putting forward the big ideas we must consider to build a post-pandemic city that works for all New Yorkers and all who come here. I look forward to working with Governor Hochul and the members of the ‘New’ New York panel to deliver on that vision.”
“This panel represents a diverse cross-section of New Yorkers with a track record of thinking big to develop innovative policies to drive growth in all five boroughs and beyond,” said Governor Hochul. “New York has demonstrated incredible resiliency over the last few years, and we owe it to New Yorkers to rebuild and revitalize our economy and ensure everyone has an opportunity to succeed. I have the utmost faith in the ‘New’ New York panel to deliver a bold, actionable, and equitable plan to move our city, region, and state forward.”
The panel will examine issues such as how and where people work and the use of space in key commercial centers, with the goal of minimizing vacancy, catalyzing vibrancy, and bolstering the tax base. The recommendations will support an inclusive economic recovery for New York City and the region with increased opportunities for New Yorkers to thrive in family-sustaining jobs. The panel will recommend specific, immediate initiatives that will serve as the basis of a shared city-state agenda, as well as long-term, transformative ideas for the city and state to consider.
Panelists will work closely with city and state economic development leaders, including New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer, New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Andrew Kimball, New York State Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Workforce James Katz, and Empire State Development President and CEO Hope Knight.
The panel will begin meeting in June 2022 and provide recommendations by the end of 2022.
Co-chaired by Buery and Doctoroff, the “New” New York Panel includes the following members:
Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul also named Julie Stein as executive director of the “New” New York panel. Stein is an MIT-trained urban planner who has worked at the New York City Economic Development Corporation for nearly 12 years in roles focusing on neighborhood development, asset management, and stakeholder engagement.
“New York City is at a critical moment in our history, and we must be intentional, creative, and inclusive as we chart the future of the greatest city on earth,” said New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. “I am excited to create a more prosperous and equitable New York, as we work hand in hand with esteemed thought leaders representing the nonprofit, business, academic, and philanthropic sectors.”
“New York has turned moments of economic uncertainty into opportunities for growth and reinvention, and this one will be no different,” said New York State Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Workforce James Katz. “Working together, New York City, New York State, and the private sector have the capacity to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19 to New York City’s regional economy and emerge with one that is stronger and fairer for all New Yorkers. On behalf of Governor Hochul, I look forward to working with our partners in the Adams administration and this impressive panel of New Yorkers.”
“We are pleased that such an impressive set of established and emerging leaders representing the interests of New Yorkers have been brought together to build a stronger, more inclusive, and vibrant city,” said Richard R. Buery, co-chair, ‘New’ York York panel; and CEO, Robin Hood. “We’re grateful for their commitment to the future of New York and know they will bring tremendous insight to the process.”
“The ‘New’ New York Panel, a true cross section of leaders from across the city’s business and civic institutions, has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revitalize our commercial districts for these extraordinary times,” said Daniel Doctoroff, co-chair, ‘New’ New York panel; and former CEO, Sidewalk Labs. “We look forward to working with this esteemed group to chart a path towards an economic recovery and resilience that strengthens the future of our great city.”
“I’m thrilled to be working with such an illustrious panel of New Yorkers that reflects the breadth and expertise of our city,” said Julie Stein, executive director, ‘New’ New York. “This group includes urban planners and labor leaders, technologists and philanthropists, investors and academics, and community leaders — a diversity of perspective that will help us build an economy in which everyone is uplifted and included.”