The New School luncheon conversation featuring Hon. James Florio, Former Governor of New Jersey, and Hon. William Weld, Former Governor of Massachusetts.
The office of the governor in New York is about to change hands for the first time in 12 years, likely representing a seismic shift - not just in ideology, but in management, leadership and appointments. A day of in-depth discussion on the challenges facing New York in health care, affordable housing, public education and government reform.
Hon. James Florio
Representative from New Jersey; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., August 29, 1937; attended the public elementary schools in Brooklyn; received high school equivalency diploma from State of New Jersey; B.A., Trenton (N.J.) State College, 1962; graduate work, Columbia University, New York, 1962-1963; J.D., Rutgers University Law School, 1967; admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1967 and commenced practice in Camden; served in United States Navy, 1955-1958, ensign; lieutenant commander, United States Navy Reserve, 1958-1975; assistant city attorney for Camden City Legal Department, 1967-1971; solicitor for the New Jersey towns of Runnemede, Wood-Lynne, and Somerdale, 1969-1974; assemblyman, New Jersey State Legislature, 1970-1974; unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 1977 and unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1981; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1975, until his resignation January 16, 1990; elected Governor of New Jersey in 1989 and served from January 16, 1990, to January 18, 1994; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1993.
Fred P. Hochberg
Fred P. Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Under his leadership, in fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank approved $24.5 billion in export financing, a 70 percent increase over the past two years, which supported $34.4 billion worth of exports and 227,000 American jobs at more than 3,300 US companies. Of these authorizations, more than $5 billion was for small businesses, a record for the bank. The bank also tripled its renewable energy export financing. From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration. Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation.
Hon. William Weld
A lawyer by training, Weld's wide-ranging intellect drew him to the study of languages, classics, chess, and sports. He earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1966. He received a diploma in international economics from Oxford University, with distinction, in 1967. In 1970, he received his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He left private legal practice in 1973, to serve as Assistant Minority council to the House Judiciary Committee as it considered impeachment proceedings against President Nixon. Mr. Weld reentered private practice until President Reagan appointed him United States Attorney for Massachusetts (1981-1986). Mr. Weld went on to serve as Assistant U.S. Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Governor Weld, a Republican, won reelection to a second term of office with a margin in the popular vote exceeding seventy percent. He resigned the Governorship after being appointed Ambassador to Mexico by President Clinton, however he never served. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms successfully blocked the nomination by refusing to hold hearings to discuss it. Mr. Weld returned to private legal practice and published several political novels.