As state and local expenditures are equivalent to more than one-fifth of the United States GDP, this report–Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting: What Is the Reality–arrives at an important time. In examining and grading the budgeting and transparency practices of all 50 U.S. states, the new report also highlights states with the most effective […]
- November 2, 2017
- October 31, 2017
The gender gap on the City Council is likely to continue to widen, with female representation dropping to as low as 23.5 percent after the election next week, according to an analysis by the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG). While women account for 52 percent of New York City’s population, only 47 […]
DA Vance Invests $7.1 Million in Social Enterprises to Employ At-Risk Youth and Formerly Incarcerated New YorkersOctober 23, 2017
Grants Mark First Social Enterprise Funding by a Law Enforcement Agency in the United Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $7.1 million in three social enterprises – run by Drive Change, Sweet Generation Bakery, and The HOPE Program – creating employment opportunities and career training for at-risk youth and […]
- October 5, 2017
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $3,750,000 to enhance and expand innovative programs for youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system. The three-year grants awarded to The Door and Graham Windham are expected to serve approximately 500 New Yorkers ages 16- to 24-years-old each year. The […]
- September 22, 2017
The latest issue of CUNY Matters, the University publication about the people and programs of The City University of New York, profiles the work of ISLG. AT TIME OF DEEPLY POLARIZED NATIONAL POLITICS, a rare point of bipartisan agreement is the need to change decades of policies that have made the United States the most […]
- June 7, 2017
CUNY ISLG Working with Dallas, Oakland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Tulsa to Measure and Track Equality Among Residents The CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG), in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), announced the selection of five cities to receive support to develop a tool to track progress towards […]
- May 16, 2017
In the latest issue of Narrowing The Gap, we draw on the 2016 Equality Indicators and other data to explore some of the issues that seniors face in accessing preventive healthcare, including income and insurance status.
- April 7, 2017
In this issue, we explore the limited transit options for people with a physical disability. Read it here.
Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform Releases Report Calling for Closure of Rikers IslandApril 2, 2017
Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform Releases Report Calling for Closure of Rikers Island CUNY ISLG Executive Director Michael Jacobson Led a Subcommittee Developing a Plan to Develop a Smaller, More Humane and Effective Jail System Today, the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform released its […]
District Attorney Vance Announces $15 Million in Funding to Enhance Reentry Services in New York CityMarch 29, 2017
Investment to Support Existing Service Providers and Spur New Programming Through “Reentry Innovation Challenge” District Attorney’s Office Also Funding Contract to Create Blueprint for New Manhattan Criminal Court Resource Center New Requests for Proposals Available at CJII.org Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced two significant investments aimed at creating innovative programming […]
- February 27, 2017
$45.9 Million Awarded to Create and Construct Five Neighborhood-Based “Youth Opportunity Hubs” Additional $12 Million Awarded to Expand Existing Family and Youth Development Programs 100 Organizations in Four Underserved Neighborhoods to Benefit From Investments Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity […]
- February 2, 2017
Racial and Ethnic Minorities are the focus of February’s Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it.
Five Promising New York City Political Leaders Selected for Inaugural Class of the Lindsay Fellowship ProgramJanuary 12, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NEW YORK, NY—Today the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance announced the selection of the inaugural class of the Lindsay Fellowship Program. Named for former Mayor John Lindsay, the fellowship program engages promising, newly elected Council Members and State Legislators to broaden and deepen their understanding of the many different constituencies […]
- January 10, 2017
Immigrants are the focus of January’s Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read the full issue.
- December 21, 2016
The December issue of Narrowing The Gap focuses on Single Parents. Click here to read it.
- November 18, 2016
A new report released by the Equality Indicators, a project of the City University of New York Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation, found that inequality has changed very little over the past year, demonstrating the difficulty in combating enmeshed disparities in a city like New York.
- October 31, 2016
Just 14 days till the Equality Indicators officially release NYC’s 2016 change score! Visit http://www.equalityindicators.org on Monday, November 14th to see if NYC’s 2015 score went up, down, or stayed the same. In the meantime, results from the 2016 Public Survey are in! We asked 3,003 New Yorkers what the number one inequality issue is […]
- October 27, 2016
Yesterday, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance spoke with the Citizens Budget Commission about the investments his office is making under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII). He highlighted investments his office is making in public safety, crime prevention, and justice reform.
New CJII Funding Opportunities for Programs on Early Diversion, Foster Care Youth, and Social EnterprisesSeptember 30, 2016
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced several new requests for proposals (RFPs) under the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) aimed at increasing options to divert young adults and adults from the criminal justice system, supporting young people who are transitioning out of foster care, and improving employment opportunities for young people and formerly incarcerated people.
CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is the technical assistance consultant to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for CJII. ISLG manages the grantees funded under CJII, and provides oversight and performance measurement throughout the lifetime of the initiative.
- September 27, 2016
Women are under-represented at the state and federal levels of government, but how do they fare at the local level? New York Magazine dissects the Equality Indicators new special report, “Who Runs Our Cities?” which looks at women’s representation at the local level. Read the article here.
- September 26, 2016
Women comprise half of the population, but are highly under-represented at all levels of government. While other studies look at women’s representation at the federal and state level, a new report from ISLG’s Equality Indicators examines their representation at the local level. Read the new report here.
- September 8, 2016
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- August 16, 2016
A new series highlighting the work of organizations who work to reduce inequality in New York City and beyond. An organization is a Change Maker if they serve one or more of the 12 disadvantaged populations in the Equality Indicators, or others who face inequalities in their daily life. Their work positively impacts these populations’ […]
- July 26, 2016
Not long ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posed the question of whether the country and its leaders are insufficiently attentive to the needs of those ‘too small to fail’—in this case, our nation’s children—an important counterpoint to the discussion of institutions considered ‘too big to fail’. Although debates on inequality are frequently defined by discussion of tax rates, access to education, and minimum fair and living wages, we overlook one of the most obvious and potent levers at our disposal: investment in childhood development and early intervention.
- July 5, 2016
Read our July issue of Narrowing The Gap focused on Religious Minorities here.
- May 31, 2016
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- May 23, 2016
Citylimits.org article marking the close of Women’s History Month cites ISLG Equality Indicator data on female representation in government as proof more work still needs to be done on gender equality. Click here to read the full article
- May 4, 2016
Seniors are the focus of May’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read the full issue.
- April 8, 2016
The Equality Indicators’ Research Director, Besiki Kutateladze, and Project Manager, Victoria Lawson, have co-authored a new article in Social Indicators Research. Read the full article, “A New Look at Inequality: Introducing and Testing a Cross-Sectional Equality Measurement Framework in New York City,” here.
- April 6, 2016
Michael Jacobson discussed crime and punishment in New York City for CUNY TV’s Forum. He was joined by Reuven Blau, reporter for the New York Daily News; Ronald Day, associate vice president of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society; and Jacqueline McMickens, Esq., former commissioner of the New York City […]
- April 6, 2016
Mayor de Blasio’s HOME-STAT program (Homeless Outreach & Mobile Engagement Street Action Team) will be overseen by CUNY ISLG’s Executive Director, Michael Jacobson. The program seeks to count and identify every homeless person through daily canvassing of the streets. The goal is to connect the homeless to outreach workers who can link them to shelters […]
- April 6, 2016
Individuals with Physical or Intellectual Disabilities are the focus of April’s Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read the full issue.
- March 5, 2016
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- March 3, 2016
Women are the focus of March’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it. Every month the Equality Indicator’s team focuses on 1 of 12 populations adversely affected by inequality and captured by the Equality Indicators. We expand on the original work we produced in The Equality Indicators report. All issues are posted […]
- February 22, 2016
Race & Ethnicity is the focus of February’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it. Every month the Equality Indicator’s team focuses on 1 of 12 populations adversely affected by inequality and captured by the Equality Indicators. We expand on the original work we produced in The Equality Indicators report. All issues […]
- January 19, 2016
The use of cost-benefit analysis in juvenile and criminal justice is growing given that positive net financial and social benefits are potentially significant and instrumental for changing the price tag on public safety. Increasingly, every level of government is making targeted investments into safely reducing their jail and prison population.
- January 11, 2016
CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is seeking proposals from educational institutions to provide college-level classes in prisons operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
- January 7, 2016
Immigrants are the focus of January’s issue of Narrowing The Gap. Click here to read it. Every month the Equality Indicator’s team focuses on 1 of 12 populations adversely affected by inequality and captured by the Equality Indicators. We expand on the original work we produced in The Equality Indicators report. All issues are posted […]
- January 7, 2016
We have a winner! David from Brooklyn takes first prize for his photo: Glass Half Full or Half Empty. View his photo here.
Michael Jacobson In The New York Times Discussing ISLG’s Work With Manhattan District Attorney’s OfficeDecember 4, 2015
CUNY ISLG’s Michael Jacobson discusses ways ISLG is helping Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance vet proposals for programs aimed at preventing people from being criminals and helping convicts enter the workforce. $250 million has been allocated to these programs. Some of the programs aim to address early traumas that studies show lead to crimes.
- October 15, 2015
Krugman Keynote from Equality Indicators Conference
- October 15, 2015
I have called NYC home for over 60 years. Living and working as a government official and City University of New York (CUNY) Sociology Professor in it, I never fail to find something new, remarkable, or strange about it every day.
- September 25, 2015
To celebrate the launch of our Equality Indicators project, we are holding a conference on equality in New York City.
- September 1, 2015
We have launched a comprehensive research endeavor looking at how those most likely to experience inequalities fare across 96 measures related to economy, education, health, housing, justice, and services over time. The project, Equality Indicators, examines the extent of inequalities faced by various disadvantaged groups including children, people with disabilities, the elderly, immigrants, individuals involved in the justice system, racial and ethnic minorities, religious minorities, non-traditional families, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals.
- June 11, 2015
What role does evidence play in plea bargaining? A new study by ISLG researchers shows that it varies by type of evidence and type of plea offer.
- February 23, 2015
ISLG Executive Director Michael Jacobson is leading a panel at the Eastern Sociological Society annual meeting on Friday about the future of mass incarceration.
- February 9, 2015
At an upcoming conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, ISLG executive director Michael Jacobson will discuss how we can rethink punishment, from the states’ perspective. The conference, Race, Justice, and Community: Can We All Get Along?, is the 10th annual Harry Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America and will be held at John […]
- January 8, 2015
Our final community meeting to help develop our equality indicators was a success. Many of the same people and organizations who were at our first meeting were also at this final meeting. We brainstormed with community members different groups that will find these indicators useful and how they could use them. Community members suggested that […]
- December 16, 2014
In an article titled “Performance Indicators: How to Lie with Indices,” the Economist was right in certain respects: international indices are becoming increasingly popular and many of them are methodologically flawed. But the article neglected to acknowledge how one can build more reliable performance measures—and such measures do exist.
- December 5, 2014
Executive Director Michael Jacobson will be speaking at Princeton on Monday about the role of civil society in creating a more effective criminal justice system.
- November 11, 2014
How can we best measure equality—and inequality—in New York City in a way that helps policymakers and practitioners identify specific changes that will lead to greater equality? Our new project at the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance is trying to answer that question. And we’re looking for input from NYC’s many communities to help shape our research from the beginning.