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Thomas Gais

Director, Rockefeller Institute of Government

A Conversation with Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch

December 9, 2010

In this video, Thomas Gais introduces Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch to this Rockefeller Institute forum, acknowledging his work and thanking him for enhancing our understanding of New York's fiscal crisis. The Institute forum was Ravitch’s final public appearance in Albany while serving in office. Answering questions from Institute Deputy Director Robert Ward, the Lieutenant Governor repeated his previous warnings about the state’s structural budget gap. Elected leaders in New York and other states must make politically risky choices involving spending, taxes and public-employee pensions if the states are to maintain higher education, transportation and other essential services in coming years, Lieutenant Governor Ravitch said.

Video: Richard Ravitch opening remarks
Video: Conversation with Richard Ravitch and Robert Ward
Question-and-Answer session