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Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

June 11, 2014
Local Government Leadership Institute
Strategies to Encourage Civic Engagement: Transparency, Technology and … Twitter?

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center Real Estate Studies and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, in partnership with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, hosted the fifth Local Government Leadership Institute on June 11, 2014.  The Institute is a regional seminar designed to combine practical advice and discussion of local government issues with effective leadership and management training. The Institute’s goal is to inform and challenge local government leaders through constructive engagement on regional issues. The day started with the keynote address by Comptroller Thomas F. DiNapoli. A panel discussion titled “New Tools of the Trade” followed. The panel discussion was moderated by Patricia E. Salkin, Dean, Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law. Each presenter summarized their own creative approaches, highlighting their recent success stories and discussed some of the inherent challenges they face.  The panelists included:

  • Dorothy Goosby, Councilwoman, Town of Hempstead and President of the Association of Towns
  • Janice Jijina, P.E., AICP CEP, LEED AP, Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
  • Ralph J. Krietzman, Mayor, Village of Great Neck
  • Lawrence C. Levy, Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University®

A luncheon keynote address followed featuring Lily Liu, Co-Founder and CEO of PublicStuff.  Based in New York City, PublicStuff is one of the first civic tech startups focusing on civic engagement and service request automation.  PublicStuff was named one of the 2012 Top 25 Startups to Watch by Business Insider.  In 2013, Liu herself was honored as one of the top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs by Forbes.  Ms. Liu delivered an excellent presentation and she answered many questions from the audience.