Albany, NY — The Empire Center for Public Policy has released a policy guide and briefing book focused on the most important issues confronting New York at the start of 2023 state legislative session.

The Next New York: Renewing and Reforming the Empire State” is a compendium of 11 research papers by New York-based policy experts, offering a total of 63 reform priorities for consideration in 2023 and beyond.

“We launched this ambitious research project to chart a path forward for our state, combining fresh ideas with proven approaches that can work again,” said Tim Hoefer, Empire Center’s president and CEO. “In the wake of the pandemic disruption, the time is overdue to embrace new approaches to growing policy challenges—and to dust off some proven approaches that can work again. It’s time to shape the Next New York.”

The 11 chapters of “The Next New York” include:

  • “Getting a Grip on the State Budget” by E.J. McMahon, founding senior fellow of the Empire Center and adjunct fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research;
  • “Restoring Public Safety” by Rafael Mangual, Nick Ohnell Fellow and head of research for the Policing and Public Safety Initiative at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and a member of the Council on Criminal Justice;
  • “Rethinking K-12 Public Education” by Ray Domanico, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and director of education policy;
  • “Medicaid and Health Care” by Bill Hammond, senior fellow for health policy at the Empire Center;
  • “Addressing Mental Health” by Stephen Eide, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and contributing editor of City Journal;
  • “Heading off New York’s Home-Made Energy Crisis” by James Hanley, Empire Center fellow for energy and environmental policy;
  • “Transportation and Transit” by Nicole Gelinas, Manhattan Institute senior fellow and contributing editor of City Journal;
  • Housing New York” by Howard Husock, a senior fellow in Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal;
  • “Taming a ‘Taylor Made’ Public-Sector Workforce” by Ken Girardin, fellow at the Empire Center;
  • “Opening a Wider Window on New York Government” by Cameron Macdonald, executive director of the Government Justice Center and adjunct fellow at the Empire Center; and
  • “Voter Access, Election Integrity” by Kenneth M. Moltner, attorney and Government Justice Center board member.

Limited print copies of “The Next New York” are available on request from the Empire Center, Project content also is posted at a dedicated website,

The Empire Center, based in Albany, is an independent, not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank dedicated to promoting policies that can make New York a better place to live, work and raise a family.

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