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So Much to Do

A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises
Ravitch, Richard, 1933- (Book - 2014 )
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"Every city and every state needs a Richard Ravitch. In sixty years on the job, whether working in business or government, he was the man willing to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing New York. Trained as a lawyer, he worked briefly for the House of Representatives, then began his career in his family's construction business. He built high-profile projects like the Whitney Museum and Citicorp Center but his primary energy was devoted to building over 40,000 units of affordable housing including the first racially integrated apartment complex in Washington, D.C. He dealt with architects, engineers, lawyers, bureaucrats, politicians, union leaders, construction workers, bankers, and tenants-virtually all of the people who make cities and states work. It was no surprise that those endeavors ultimately led to a life of public service. In 1975, Ravitch was asked by then New York Governor Hugh Carey to arrange a rescue of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, a public entity that had issued bonds to finance over 30,000 affordable housing units but was on the verge of bankruptcy. That same year, Ravitch was at Carey's side when New York City's biggest banks said they would no longer underwrite its debt and he became instrumental to averting the city's bankruptcy. Throughout his career, Ravitch divided his time between public service and private enterprise. He was chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 1979 to 1983 and is generally credited with rebuilding the system. He turned around the Bowery Savings Bank, chaired a commission that rewrote the Charter of the City of New York, served on two Presidential Commissions, and became chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball. Then, in 2008, after Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal and New York State was in a post-financial-crisis meltdown, Spitzer's successor, David Paterson, appointed Ravitch Lieutenant Governor and asked him to make recommendations regarding the state's budgeting plan. What Ravitch found was the result of not just the economic downturn but years of fiscal denial. And the closer he looked, the clearer it became that the same thing was happening in most states. Budgetary pressures from Medicaid, pension promises to public employees, and deceptive budgeting and borrowing practices are crippling our states' ability to do what only they can do--invest in the physical and human infrastructure the country needs to thrive. Making this case is Ravitch's current public endeavor and it deserves immediate attention from both public officials and private citizens"--
Authors: Ravitch, Richard, 1933-
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Ravitch
Title: So much to do
a full life of business, politics, and confronting fiscal crises
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Prologue
Beginnings
One Brick at a Time
Governor Rockefeller's Xanadu
City on the Brink
New York and America after the Storm
Guns, Wolves, and Stainless Steel : Rebuilding the MTA
On the Public-Private Seesaw
Becoming Lieutenant Governor
The Great Shell Game : Facing the New York State Budget
One Country : Recognizing the State Budget Crisis
Postscript
Summary: "Every city and every state needs a Richard Ravitch. In sixty years on the job, whether working in business or government, he was the man willing to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing New York. Trained as a lawyer, he worked briefly for the House of Representatives, then began his career in his family's construction business. He built high-profile projects like the Whitney Museum and Citicorp Center but his primary energy was devoted to building over 40,000 units of affordable housing including the first racially integrated apartment complex in Washington, D.C. He dealt with architects, engineers, lawyers, bureaucrats, politicians, union leaders, construction workers, bankers, and tenants-virtually all of the people who make cities and states work. It was no surprise that those endeavors ultimately led to a life of public service. In 1975, Ravitch was asked by then New York Governor Hugh Carey to arrange a rescue of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, a public entity that had issued bonds to finance over 30,000 affordable housing units but was on the verge of bankruptcy. That same year, Ravitch was at Carey's side when New York City's biggest banks said they would no longer underwrite its debt and he became instrumental to averting the city's bankruptcy. Throughout his career, Ravitch divided his time between public service and private enterprise. He was chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 1979 to 1983 and is generally credited with rebuilding the system. He turned around the Bowery Savings Bank, chaired a commission that rewrote the Charter of the City of New York, served on two Presidential Commissions, and became chief labor negotiator for Major League Baseball. Then, in 2008, after Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in a prostitution scandal and New York State was in a post-financial-crisis meltdown, Spitzer's successor, David Paterson, appointed Ravitch Lieutenant Governor and asked him to make recommendations regarding the state's budgeting plan. What Ravitch found was the result of not just the economic downturn but years of fiscal denial. And the closer he looked, the clearer it became that the same thing was happening in most states. Budgetary pressures from Medicaid, pension promises to public employees, and deceptive budgeting and borrowing practices are crippling our states' ability to do what only they can do--invest in the physical and human infrastructure the country needs to thrive. Making this case is Ravitch's current public endeavor and it deserves immediate attention from both public officials and private citizens"--
Subject Headings: Ravitch, Richard, 1933- Lieutenant governors New York (State) New York Biography New York (State) Politics and government 1951- Businessmen New York (State) New York Biography Political consultants New York (State) New York Biography Finance, Public New York (State) History New York (State) Economic policy New York (N.Y.) Economic policy U.S. states Economic policy BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political. bisacsh BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Business. bisacsh HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA) bisacsh POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development. bisacsh
Topical Term: Lieutenant governors
Businessmen
Political consultants
Finance, Public
U.S. states
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Political
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Business
HISTORY United States State & Local Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
POLITICAL SCIENCE Public Policy City Planning & Urban Development
LCCN: 2013043888
ISBN: 9781610390910
1610390911
9781610390927
Branch Call Number: B Ravitch R
Research Call Number: IR 14-5040
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