On the evening of November 22, NYU SPS students were treated to an amazing fireside chat with Brian Benjamin, the Lieutenant Governor of New York State (center). The discussion, moderated by Adem Bunkeddeko, executive director of Coro New York (left), and Lisa Blau, founding member of the Leadership Now Project (right), gave attendees an insider’s view of how government can truly work for the people.
The event, held at the School’s 7 East 12th Street address, was hosted by Coro New York, the City’s premier civic leadership training organization, which trains youth and their adult partners to bring youth voice into policy-making; and by Leadership Now, an organization of business and thought leaders who are taking action to protect American democracy. Hosting events such as this one at NYU SPS underscores Dean Angie Kamath’s commitment and the School’s mission to encourage discussion around pressing issues that impact our society and lives.
During the chat, the Lieutenant Governor shared his professional journey from investment banking to the New York State Senate to being part of New York State leadership. He also talked about the ways in which he is using his position to address the challenges of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and how NYS is creating new opportunities for residents and businesses.
In addition to shedding light on the State’s efforts to make things better and more equitable for all, the Lieutenant Governor spoke about several of the priorities that New York will need to focus on as we move into 2022. This included the need to get through the pandemic, which is the only way to move forward with a plethora of other initiatives.