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Gerrard P. Bushell President's Corner

ENR/DASNY Higher Education Conference

I know each and every one of you is very busy. There is an enormous amount of work taking place right here in New York City. Much of it is the result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic investment in infrastructure. DASNY is proud to support these important projects. They are essential to maintaining the stature, attractiveness and competitiveness of our city and our state. They are also major investments in our state’s infrastructure that are essential to the futures of our preeminent public and private colleges and universities.  

2017 NYS MWBE Conference: One DASNY

Thank you to Governor Cuomo for your leadership and commitment to supporting MWBEs throughout our great state. The Governor is driving results and DASNY stands out only because of the commitment he has made to successful MWBE participation. DASNY is a leader in offering solutions for financing, designing and building capital projects.

Leadership in MWBE Contracting

As the President and CEO of DASNY, I have the privilege to lead an organization that serves as a bridge between the State of New York, and New York’s colleges and universities as their financier and builder.  In this role, we are delivering on one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature achievements. He has set the benchmark with a 30 percent minority- and women-owned business participation rate on State contracts.  For the first quarter of this fiscal year, I am proud to say DASNY is not only meeting this goal -- we are exceeding it. We ended the first quarter with an MWBE participation rate of 33 percent. 

Building Upon Successes

It has been an incredible two years since I accepted Governor Cuomo’s challenge to lead DASNY and became the first DASNY President and CEO to be confirmed by the New York State Senate. Over these past two years, we have changed the direction of DASNY, using a renewed focus on our clients as a springboard. We are providing them with a wider array of solutions, from broadening the use of a hybrid financing structure that combine tax-exempt and taxable bonds, to delivering projects with design-build and other alternative methods. 

Bond Buyer Podcast: NY Dormitory Authority Chief Checks In

DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell sat down with the Bond Buyer’s Andrew Coen for a podcast in March. They covered wide-range of topics, including Dr. Bushell’s success in his first two years, potential impact of the changes in Washington on the municipal bond market, and the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for free-tuition for middle class New Yorkers at the State’s public universities and colleges. They concluded by discussing Dr. Bushell’s goals for the future.

Where are they now? Paul Williams

I recently invited my predecessor, Paul T. Williams, Jr., to sit down with me in our New York City office for a chat about what he learned from his leadership role at DASNY and to learn about what he is doing now, almost two years after he departed. We sat down in the Executive Conference room for about an hour, the south-facing view of lower Manhattan shrouded in clouds. It was a great opportunity to catch up as we talked about his past, present and future.

DASNY President and CEO Gerrard Bushell Addresses Construction Management Association of America

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? 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.

DASNY 2017 Overview Brochure

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?

DASNY sets high marks in 2016 and looks to the future

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.

DASNY Hosts Legal/Underwriter Networking Event

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.

DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell address to NAMC

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.

MWBE Forum, DASNY Event Speech

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.

MWBE Forum, Keynote to kick off Financial, Accounting and Legal Services Panels

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.

DASNY’s MWBE Success and Focus

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.

DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell delivers remarks at ceremonial ground breaking at South Beach Psychiatric Center

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.

DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell delivers keynote address at the National Minority Business Council’s 44th Anniversary Celebration Dinner

Gerrard P. Bushell NMBC Speech

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.

Gerrard P. Bushell Celebrates One Year Anniversary at DASNY

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.

Prepared remarks by Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO for the May 20 ribbon cutting at CUNY’s Advanced Science Research Center.

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.

Final Four

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.

John Jay College of Criminal JusticeUniversity at BuffaloSliderBronx Community CollegeCharles Evans Inniss Memorial LibraryFiterman HallHarlem HospitalUniversity at AlbanySUNY OswegoNiagara FallsAlbany Public LibrarySUNY CortlandHerbert H. Lehman CollegeDelmar Justice CenterBinghamton UniversitySUNY Geneseo
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