NYC After the Election

Thu. Nov 4, 2021 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
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Thinkers and activists at the forefront of city politics discuss the biggest issues in New York and imagine its comeback.


  • Eli Dvorkin (Editorial and Policy Director of Center for an Urban Future)

  • Jeffrey Fagan (Director of Columbia University's Center for Crime, Community, and Law)

  • Elizabeth Yeampierre (Co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance and Executive Director of UPROSE)

  • Moderated by L. Joy Williams (President of the Brooklyn NAACP, Host of #SundayCivics)

From climate change and COVID to election reform and criminal justice, New York's new mayor will contend with some of the most challenging problems the city has faced in years. What measures and reforms will the city's new leaders implement to ensure fair elections, combat rising violent crime amid calls for police reform, and contend with the threats of climate change that are more visible now than ever before? What can become of this great city and its inhabitants under the promise of a new administration? 

This program is offered in partnership with Queens Public Library & Brooklyn Public Library. 

NYPL's Voter Engagement Initiative is made possible by the GoVoteNYCFund in The New York Community Trust, Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, Antoinette Delruelle and Joshua L. Steiner, and The Rattner Family Foundation.

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Eli Dvorkin is the Editorial and Policy Director of the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), where he oversees the development of all publications and advances CUF's research agenda to help build a more equitable city. Eli has presented at local and national conferences on issues that reflect his wide-ranging research expertise: building stronger pathways into tech careers, boosting college success, supporting grassroots arts organizations, strengthening public parks infrastructure, and making New York a more livable city for people of all ages and abilities. 

Jeffrey Fagan is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. His research focuses on fairness and accuracy in the administration of criminal justice, with emphases on race, policing and police reform, capital punishment, firearm violence and regulation, drug policy, and juvenile crime and punishment. He served on the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Science from 2000-2006. He was an expert consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice in its investigation of the Ferguson (Missouri) Police Department, the lead expert witness for plaintiffs in the civil rights trial on the New York City Stop and Frisk policy, an expert witness on capital punishment to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2010-2016. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. 

Elizabeth Yeampierre is an internationally recognized Puerto Rican environmental/climate justice leader of African and Indigenous ancestry, born and raised in New York City. Elizabeth is co-chair of the Climate Justice Alliance, a national frontline led organization and Executive Director of UPROSE, Brooklyn's oldest Latino community-based organization. Elizabeth was the 1st Latina Chair of the USEPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council and opening speaker for the first White House Council on Environmental Quality Forum on Environmental Justice under Obama. Elizabeth has been featured in The New York Times as a visionary paving the path to Climate Justice. She was named by Apolitical as Climate 100: The World's Most Influential People in Climate Policy and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass Abolitionist Award FD200. Recently, she has spoken at Oxford University, the Ethos Conference in Brazil and the Hague. Twitter: @yeampierre @uprose. IG: @uprosebrooklyn. FB: UPROSE Bk.

L. Joy Williams has made a name for herself as a respected, intelligent voice in modern politics with over a decade of experience in politics and over 15 years in public speaking. Demonstrating a strong talent as a political planner and tactician, both in political campaigns and government, L. Joy has been a regularly featured commentator on MSNBC, NY1, and PBS. L. Joy currently serves as the President of the Brooklyn NAACP and the Legislative Coordinator for the New York State NAACP Conference of Branches. She is the Chairman Emeritus of Higher Heights for America and now serves as Chair of the Higher Heights PAC. Recognizing the need for civic education and engagement in an accessible format, L. Joy created #SundayCivics to teach civics using the current political landscape. 


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