Past Event Features

Time & Date:
Thursday, July 13th
8:00am – 12:00pm

New York Academy of Medicine
1216 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

Past Event Features

Join us on July 13 for an important conference on the state of New York’s transportation and infrastructure. Specifically, City & State will highlight economic development in Smart Cities, tech and innovation in urban development, and smart infrastructure. Experts in transportation, building, and utilities infrastructures will lead discussions on the obstacles, advantages, and endeavors involved with urban development. If you are involved in the intersection of transportation, infrastructure and government in New York, this is a must-attend event.


8:00am        Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:40am        Introductory Remarks by Alana P. Cantillo, Director of Government Affairs, Charter Communications

8:45am         Keynote Remarks Matthew Driscoll, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation

9:15am          How Transportation Fuels Infrastructure in a Smart City

As outdated transportation infrastructure reaches the limits of capacity; investment in safe, reliable, and connected transit networks is vital to bringing economic success for New York’s communities. Technology is key to delivering the required growth cost-effectively. This session will address the importance of transit to local and national economic growth.


  • Carlo Scissura, President and CEO, New York Building Congress (moderator)
  • Councilmember Daniel Garodnick, Chair, Committee on Economic Development 
  • Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair Committee on Transportation
  • Husam Ahmad, Chairman and CEO. Welcome to HAKS
  • Cordell SchachterChief Technology Officer, Department of Transportation, New York City  


10:00am        Business Strategies for the City of Tomorrow

Whether you’re a well-known company or young innovation firm, doing business in New York’s public sector marketplaces can be extremely worthwhile, but full of potential complications. This session encourages critical thinking about business-driven solutions to address urban development issues and explore how to compete and succeed in the New York market.


  • Jeff Coltin, Reporter, City & State (moderator)
  • Jennifer Hensley, General Manager, LinkNYC
  • Jeff Merritt, Director of Innovation, NYC Mayor's Office of Tech and Innovation
  • Daniel Queally, Deputy CIO, Metropolitan Transportation Authority


10:45am       Urban Planning & Smart Infrastructure

In a world where infrastructure is truly smart, creative innovation leads to transformations across New York.  This includes approaches in efficient design and construction, changes regarding improved health and productivity, and increased performance in a low-carbon society with a sustainable urban plan. We discuss the transformation of NY’s urban strategy, current innovations, and the future of our infrastructure.


  • Nicole Gelinas, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, & Contributing Editor,  City Journal (moderator)
  • Dom Leon-Davis, Communications Director, Office of Assemblymember Michael Blake
  • Assemblymember Clyde Vanel, Chair, Subcommittee on Infrastructure
  • Brian W. Simon, Director of the firm’s Government Relations Group, Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP


11:30am        Sessions Conclude


For more information on programming and speaking opportunities, please contact Lissa Blake at or call 646-517 2741 

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