Savas, E. S.
Heinemann, H. Erich
Wriston, Walter B.
Choose your battles for maximum impact on the city's budget and quality of life, and make a persuasive case so the public will rally behind you. In every battle, the aims must be clear, incontrovertible, and fair, and translate into tangible improvements. Here are some ideas:
Shake up the Police Department. As the NYPD has grown ever larger (which is good), it has become increasingly inefficient. Because too many cops are manning telephones and desks, when those jobs could be done far less expensively by civilians, the department wastes a healthy chunk of its $1.75 billion yearly budget.
Give up the fight over the shape of the Board of Education, and focus instead on two critical goals: making the schools safer and more habitable. The Division of School Safety is larger than all but eight of the nation's police departments, but is ineffective and mismanaged. And the Division of School Facilities has allowed hundreds of buildings to crumble under a backlog of fifty thousand repair orders.
The city needs a radical change in how it does business. The challenges you face are difficult, but the opportunities are stunning.
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Walter Wriston former Chairman, Citicorp
Stanley Crouch Author, Notes of a Hanging Judge
Stephen Berger former Executive Director, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Charles Morris Author, The Cost of Good Intentions
Margaret Mahoney President, Commonwealth Fund
Richard Cornuelle Author, Reclaiming the American Dream: The Role of Private Individuals and Voluntary Associations
Mortimer Zuckerman Publicher, Daily News
Richard Nathan Director, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institutle of Government
Mitchell Moss Director, Urban Research Center, New York University
Harley Brooke-Hitching President, Equitites, Ltd. an inner-city development firm
H. Erich Heinemann Chief Ecnomoist, Landberg Thalmann
Elizabeth McCaughey Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
Daniel Biederman President, Grand Central Partnership
E.S. Savas Chairman, Department of Management, Baruch College
Joel Kotkin Author, Tribes: How Race, Religion, and Identity Determine Success in the New Global Economy
Peter Cove Founder, America Works, a job-placement firm
William Stern former Chairman, Urbank Development Corporation