DCAS provides shared services to support the operations of New York City government. What are those services? How does DCAS work with other city agencies? The Inside Citywide podcast aims to answer these questions and many more by providing listeners with a behind-the-scenes look at New York City government, how it works, and the public servants who make it happen.
Inside Citywide is hosted by Nick Benson and Belinda French and produced by Michael Santos.
Did you know New York City has its own program similar to the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps? The Urban Fellows program is a highly-selective, nine-month fellowship program where fellows from across the country explore current urban issues impacting public policy. Fellows work in mayoral offices and New York City government agencies and participate in seminars and volunteer service opportunities. This episode, our guests discuss the program, its impact, and how to get involved.
New York City has the most aggressive climate goals in the country, including being carbon neutral by 2050. In this episode, guests Ben Furnas, Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Sustainability, and Anthony Fiore, DCAS Deputy Commissioner for Energy Management, discuss the steps New York City is taking to achieve its climate goals. Topics of conversation include sourcing renewable energy to power NYC, supporting electric vehicle infrastructure, retrofitting buildings across the five boroughs, dramatically reducing emissions from city government operations, and much more.
Working for the City of New York offers employees a good job and a rewarding mission. With over 400,000 employees, the City hires people of every background. This episode focuses on career opportunities working for the City of New York, including the types of jobs available, the advantages of working for the City, how to navigate the civil service system, and much more. The guests are DCAS Executive Deputy Commissioner Dawn Pinnock and NYC Department of Correction Assistant Commissioner Claudette Hamilton.
Only seven American companies have more employees than the City of New York. While most of the city's 400,000 employees are essential workers who continued to report to job sites during the pandemic, a substantial portion of the workforce transitioned to telework. In this episode, we discuss how the city sustained its operations while teleworking and its ongoing transition back to the office.
Will electric vehicles replace the internal combustion engine and break the world's dependency on fossil fuels? As the City of New York builds towards an all-electric municipal vehicle fleet by 2040, the city is also preparing for widespread public adoption of EVs. We are joined for this conversation by Keith Kerman, NYC's Chief Fleet Officer and DCAS Deputy Commissioner for Fleet Management, and Jen Roberton, Senior Transportation Policy Advisor for the NYC Mayor's Office of Climate and Sustainability.
We take a behind-the-scenes look at the City of New York's COVID-19 response efforts, including sourcing personal protective equipment, building the city's PPE stockpile, and setting up field hospitals, testing sites, and vaccination sites. Our guests: Jamie Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, and Adam Buchanan, Chief Contracting Officer for the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.