[Postponed] Leading Change in Great Cities: A Conversation with Former New York City First Deputy Mayor, Anthony Shorris

Mon, Apr 6, 2020, 12:15 pm
Open to the public with rsvp to ccrosby@princeton.edu
Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
Princeton Environmental Institute

This event is postponed until Fall 2020.


Anthony E. Shorris, MPA '79, currently John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs Visiting Professor, most recently served as the First Deputy Mayor of New York City from 2014-18 where he was responsible for the day to day work of New York's 375,000 public employees and its $88 billion annual operating budget.  Prior to that, he was Vice Dean, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of the New York University Langone Medical Center, including its hospitals and medical school.  Before serving at the Medical Center, Shorris was a member of the faculty of the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and Director of its Rudin Center for Transportation Policy.  From 2003 to 2007, he taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs where he also directed the Policy Research Institute for the Region.  He held the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy chair at Princeton from 2003 to 2004.  Shorris has taught classes on homelessness, education economics, poverty and public policy, and crisis management during his time at the Woodrow Wilson School.

From 1984 to 1988, Shorris served as New York City's Deputy Budget Director, acting as an architect of Mayor Edward I. Koch's Ten-Year Housing Plan.  Under Mayor Koch, he would go on to serve as the New York's Commissioner of Finance from 1987 to 1989.

From 1991 to 1995, Shorris served as First Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the oldest public authority in the nation and one of its largest.  He subsequently served as the 11th Executive Director of the Port Authority from 2007 to 2008. During his tenure, the agency acquired Stewart Airport and continued the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. 

From 2000 to 2003, Shorris served as Deputy Chancellor for Operations and Policy at the Board of Education of the City of New York, the largest public school system in the nation, where he worked with Chancellors Harold O. Levy and Joel I. Klein.  In 2006 to 2007, he also led the development of Governor Eliot Spitzer’s education reform initiative while serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the gubernatorial transition.  

Shorris's work on education, infrastructure and financial management has been published by The New York Times, The Newark Star-Ledger, The Nation Magazine, and by The Century Foundation.  He has consulted widely with public and non-profit organizations and is currently serving as Senior Advisor with McKinsey & Company.