President's Corner

I am a firm believer in the adage that in order to move forward, it is paramount to look at where you have been. Seeking lessons from the past provide clarity on the choices we make today. This means that I am routinely reaching out to people who have had experience working for or working with DASNY to help us chart our course forward. 

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. 

Below are excerpts followed by a link to the full podcast:

Good evening. It is wonderful to be here with all of you tonight. As you know, DASNY and Construction Managers are frequent partners. 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.

Here at DASNY, we are working hard to develop a deep understanding of the value we add to our clients and how we can best portray that value.

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. 

Good afternoon and welcome. We are excited to host this event, and we are thrilled you are able to join us today. Many of you are new, while others have partnered with DASNY for quite some time. To those who have worked with us before, thank you for helping find solutions for our clients, and thank you for giving us the opportunity to work with your many of your clients.

Thank you, and good evening. I am honored to be here today to speak to all of you.

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.

Thank you, Al, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo for giving us the opportunity to be heretoday. Many thanks also to each of you for making the commitment to be here.

In addition to key members of DASNY’s professional staff, I am delighted to have members of the DASNY Board here with us today. Our Board Chair Alfonso Carney is joined by Gerard Romski, Beryl Snyder, Charles Abel, Russell Biggs and our newest member, Paul Ellis. Welcome!

Good afternoon. I want to thank Governor Cuomo for giving us the opportunity to be here today. It is an honor and a privilege to speak with all of you.

This afternoon, you will embark on a journey to opportunity. You will hear from public and private sector leaders in the financial, accounting and legal services sectors about how to build partnerships that will bring your companies business. You will hear how New York State and its partners are building capacity among minority and women owned business enterprises to broaden opportunity.

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. More than 300 DASNY professionals are trained in MWBE contract compliance monitoring.