NYC Politics and Policy in the Age of de Blasio

Bill de Blasio began his mayoralty vowing to “put an end to economic and social inequalities.” It’s the pledge that, probably more than any other, helped get him elected. How has he done so far in keeping his promise? What policies might be most effective in reducing inequality in the city? Can any mayor really change the distribution of income in their city?



Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science. Director, Urban and Social Policy Concentration. Director, United States Specialization, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University 

Ester R. Fuchs is Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Director of the Urban and Social Policy Program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She served as Special Advisor to the Mayor for Governance and Strategic Planning under New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2001 to 2005. She is the Director of, an online voter engagement initiative. 

While at City Hall, Prof Fuchs coordinated the restructuring of the City’s After School (OST) programs, streamlined social services through the Integrated Human Services Project (Access New York); and merged the Department of Employment with the Department of Small Business Services to align the City’s workforce development programs with the growing sectors of the economy. Prof. Fuchs was the first woman to serve as chair of the NYC Charter Revision Commission in 2005. She currently serves on the NYC Workforce Investment Board and the Committee on Economic Inclusion of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). She is a member of the boards of the Fund for the City of New York, Citizens Union and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Prof. Fuchs is a frequent political commentator in print, broadcast and new media and lectures internationally. She is the author of Mayor’s and Money: Fiscal Policy in New York and Chicago (University of Chicago Press). Prof. Fuchs received a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY; an M.A. from Brown University; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. 


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