Mayor Bill DeBlasio and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy to speak at Regional Plan Association’s Annual Assembly at the Waldorf Astoria

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut will address the Regional Plan Association’s annual Assembly on Friday, April 25, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

The daylong conference will examine longstanding and emerging challenges facing the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region, including soaring costs of living, persistent poverty and uneven access to opportunity, inadequate infrastructure and inflexible government institutions. RPA will present new research developed for the Fourth Regional Plan that pinpoints both the region’s advantages and the threats to its long-term success.

Other speakers at the day long event will include Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation; former Port Authority Executive Director Christopher Ward; New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski;  Xavier de Souza Briggs, Vice President of Economic Opportunity & Assets, Ford Foundation; Joseph Boardman, President & CEO, Amtrak; Dawn Zimmer, Mayor of Hoboken; Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice; and many more.

The Assembly will feature timely discussions on needed reforms to public agencies such as the Port Authority; how to create enough affordable housing in a high-cost region; the need to make New York City streets safer, more livable and more accommodating to all modes of transportation; and the challenge of paying for growing infrastructure needs at a time of declining gas-tax revenue and shrinking federal support.

Another session will look at how we can learn from disasters such as Hurricane Sandy to make our vulnerable coastal region more resilient to climate change. The discussion will feature the release of a report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, co-written by Rob Pirani and Laura Tolkoff of RPA, on what changes are needed in federal policy to improve climate resiliency.




Regional Plan Association is America’s oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy organization. RPA works to improve the economic competitiveness, infrastructure, sustainability and quality of life of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. A cornerstone of our work is the development of long-range plans and policies to guide the growth of the region. Through our America 2050 program, RPA also provides leadership in the Northeast and across the U.S. on a broad range of transportation and economic-development issues. For more information, please visit

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