The Politics of Development: Moynihan Station and the Complexity of Major Public Projects
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Nearly 400,000 people use Penn Station every day, twice as many as used it when it was built. In 1993, the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed the conversion of the Farley Post Office building into a new Penn Station. Despite longstanding support from nearly every stakeholder, the project is only now ready to break ground 20 years later. What was behind the delays? Why are delays inherent to so many major public development projects? Are there lessons to be learned here for future planning? What are the prospects for the transformation of Manhattan's far west side?
This event is part of the Port Authority Lecture Series, presented by Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy, the graduate program in International Affairs, and The Center for New York City Affairs.
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This event features remarks by:
• Timothy Gilchrist, president, Moynihan Station Development Corporation.
• Christopher O. Ward, executive director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The opening remarks are followed by discussion with:
• Vishaan Chakrabarti, director, Real Estate Development Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.
• Anna Hayes Levin, commissioner, New York City Planning Commission and former member, Manhattan Community Board No. 4
• Juliette Michaelson, senior planner, Regional Plan Association.
• Tokumbo Shobowale, chief of staff, Office of NYC Mayor for Economic Development.
The discussion is moderated by:
• Greg David, director, Business Reporting Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
This event is generously supported by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Additional support has been provided by the Milano Foundation and the Sirus Fund.
Vishaan Chakrabarti, director, Real Estate Development Program, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University.
Greg David is the editor of the Crain's New York Business and director of Business Reporting Program, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Timothy Gilchrist, president, Moynihan Station Development Corporation.
Anna Hayes Levin
Anna Hayes Levin, commissioner, New York City Planning Commission and former member, Manhattan Community Board No. 4
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Juliette Michaelson, senior planner, Regional Plan Association.
Tokumbo Shobowale, chief of staff, Office of NYC Mayor for Economic Development.
Christopher O. Ward, executive director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Andrew White is Director of the Center for New York City Affairs at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. He is a writer on New York City politics, government, neighborhoods and grassroots movements.