Ravitch to discuss transportation underfunding, November 11

October 28, 2013

ravitchRichard Ravitch, former Lieutenant Governor of New York will present the Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture, “The Tragedy of Transportation: Underfunding our Future” on Monday, November 11. The event will be held at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy’s Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Ravitch is a lawyer, businessman, and public official who has been engaged in private and public business for more than 50 years, drawn to public service as a lifelong New Yorker. Educated at Columbia College and Yale Law School, he has become known as “Mr Fix-It” because of his “renaissance man” abilities to problem solve difficult problems. In 2012, he co-chaired the New York State Budget Crisis Task Force. He served as Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York from 2009 to 2010.

Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Ravitch served as chairman of the New York State Urban Development Corporation, the Bowery Savings Bank, HRH Construction Corporation, and AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. He also was called upon by Major League Baseball to negotiate a labor agreement on behalf of the owners. Mr. Ravitch was also selected by Governor Hugh Carey to lead the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in 1979 during the agency’s most troubled time. He is widely credited as having been the catalyst for the restoration of the MTA in subsequent years.

A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP to Stephanie Kose by phone at 848-932-2832 or by e-mail to kose@ejb.rutgers.edu.

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center is a national leader in the research and development of innovative transportation policy. Located within the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, the Center brings to bear the full array of resources of a major research university on transportation issues of regional and national significance. The Bloustein School has established national and international reputations for excellence in educational and research programs in the areas of urban planning, urban studies, public health, and public policy.


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