September 22, 2020
What are the Biggest Challenges Facing Manhattan in 2020?
The French-American Foundation hosted a Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00pm ET with guest speaker Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, to discuss the most pressing challenges facing the borough in 2020. The event was moderated by Simon Tafoya, Young Leader ’18 and Managing Director at PayIt.
Gale Brewer: Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Borough President of Manhattan. Since she took office in 2014, she has successfully passed legislation to reform the deed restriction process, add ‘caregivers’ to the city’s anti-discrimination law, remove criminal history questions from initial employment applications (the “Fair Chance Act”), and enforce requirements for street numbers on buildings in Manhattan (to aid emergency workers). She has also spearheaded community planning initiatives at the South Street Seaport, in East Midtown, and in other neighborhoods to address development and zoning issues.
Simon Tafoya: Simon Tafoya is a Managing Director at PayIt, a payments platform designed for public services. Previously, he served as Senior Director for Policy and Federal Relations for Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado. Simon joined the office of Governor Hickenlooper in 2012, where he led efforts from the Governor’s office on economic development, technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity, among other issues. Simon’s previous work includes serving as legislative staff in Washington D.C. for the office of Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and later in the office of Senator Mark Udall of Colorado.