We work together on some of DASNY’s biggest projects. You are part of DASNY’s role as the nation’s largest issuer of low-cost, tax-exempt bonds and one of the nation’s biggest public builders with a construction pipeline of almost $6 billion. Together, we have shaped the landscape of New York, right here in New York City and across the state, from Buffalo to Long Island. With your help DASNY is delivering on the broadest array of construction projects in our history, with almost one thousand.
Here at DASNY, we are working to develop a deep understanding of the value we add to our clients and how we can best portray that value.
The first product of this work is now available as our new capabilities brochure. It is unlike any other DASNY has produced. It successfully answers the primary question any client or potential client would ask: What can DASNY do for me?
As the year comes to a close, it provides an excellent opportunity to look back at the successes we have all shared and how we achieved them. DASNY is incredibly fortunate to have clients and partners who all work toward the same goal of making New York State a better place to live, work and learn. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support throughout the year and I look forward to expanding our relationships and reaching ever higher in the year to come.
As all of you know, partnering with DASNY can deliver enormous opportunity to your firms. By working with us, you will have the opportunity to enhance DASNY’s ability to deliver for its clients and the people of New York State. Through that work, you will grow your firms experience and build connections that will provide you with business in the future. Our partnership we fully expect to be a two-way street.
It is an enormous privilege to be the leader of DASNY. It is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I am leader of the nation’s number one issuer of low-cost, tax-exempt bonds and one of its biggest public builders. This means I have an obligation to ensure DASNY operates like a private enterprise fully committed to our public mission. It means I have an obligation to make sure the almost 1,000 projects in our construction pipeline, valued at about $6 billion, are delivered efficiently. It is an obligation to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. And it is an obligation to ensure the needs of DASNY’s clients are supported in every endeavor.
As New York State’s developer, DASNY is creating new capacity for MWBE firms to grow and succeed as we deliver projects that make New York an attractive place to live, work and learn. We are financing and building the institutions necessary for New Yorkers to access best in class health care and world class schools. We are shaping resilient and sustainable communities. I am sure all of you here today can recognize the value of this work.
At DASNY, we know a great deal about building strong communities. We are the nation’s number one issuer of low-cost, tax-exempt bonds and one of its biggest builders. We are New York State’s developer. It is our job to create the foundation for communities across New York to prosper. For that to happen, there must be access to best-in-class health care and education. Our communities must be sustainable and resilient. And they must embrace all of their members. There is enormous value in this work. Any business seeking a new location for their headquarters or a place to open a subsidiary examines the surrounding community.
New York State will host its annual MWBE Forum on Oct. 5-6. It is an exciting opportunity for MWBE firms to learn about how to connect with the State and build partnerships with staff and contacts in their industries. DASNY takes its role at the Forum and its work with MWBE contracting seriously. We have long been a leader in the field, a role we continue to build on. I have established accountability for MWBE contract participation at every level of the DASNY organization.
We are here thanks to the hard work of the teams at DASNY, the Office of Mental Health and our contracting partners. DASNY is proud to be partnering with the Office of Mental Health to deliver this project. The $250 million, 226,000-square-foot facility, complete with 250 adult and 12 adolescent beds, will provide a safe and supportive home. It will also serve as a testament to the resiliency of New Yorkers. Just four years ago, this campus was hammered by flooding from Superstorm Sandy, incurring millions of dollars in damage.
The work DASNY does across New York provides a constant source for opportunity. We are the number one issuer of low-interest, tax-exempt bonds in the nation and we are one of its biggest public builders.
These two lines of business – public finance and construction – combine into a powerful force. More than $3 billion in funds for new construction projects flowed through DASNY last fiscal year. Those projects are delivering thousands of jobs across New York as DASNY lays the economic foundation for a strong and sturdy future.
When Governor Cuomo asked me to take on the responsibility of leading DASNY, he requested I apply all I have learned from experience in both the public and private sectors to enhance DASNY’s impact on New York.
As I told the Governor, serving at DASNY is not just a job. It is a mission. It is a mission to help make New York a better place to live, work and learn. It is a mission to create thousands of jobs; a mission to promote safety and well-being for our state’s most vulnerable residents and a mission to create centers of educational achievement for the rising generation. It is a mission to support equal opportunity.
Today is more than a ribbon cutting. It is a coronation. The Advanced Science Research Center is the crowning achievement of CUNY’s Decade of Science. The center’s public gathering spaces and design that pushes interaction are already breaking down barriers among scientific disciplines. By crossing these traditional lines, the researchers at the Advanced Science Research Center will take medicine in a new direction. They will discover new ways to fight terrorism and prepare us for climate change.
Posted April 1, 2016
By Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO
As a sports fan, one of my favorite times of year is March. To me, what makes the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments exciting is the fact that it is “one and done.” While the superior team will generally win a five or seven game series, anything can happen in one game. Each year seems to have its share of Cinderella stories.