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Wed 04.26.2017

Conflicts of Interest in Government Relations

When: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

Where: At The Center   

Refreshments will be served at 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6:00pm. 

Mr. Schwartz is President and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering, a firm that specializes in transportation planning and engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Florida.

Previously Mr. Schwartz held several positions with NYC Dept. of Transportation including Chief Engineer/First Deputy Commissioner from 1986-1990 and Traffic Commissioner from 1982- 1986. He has also been an adjunct professor at Cooper Union and L. I. University and writes a weekly column on traffic for The New York Daily News and blogs for Engineering News Record and PBS.

Mr. Schwartz specializes in creative problem-solving for seemingly intractable situations. He is an expert at getting people out of their cars and into other forms of transportation. He is also proficient at moving those people who remain in their cars more swiftly and safely. Mr. Schwartz has created many win-win-win situations whereby traffic moves better, pedestrians are safer and the community gains more sidewalk and green space. He’s been called an Urban Alchemist for making grass grow from asphalt. Mr. Schwartz, often referred to by his nom de plume “Gridlock Sam”, introduced the word “gridlock” into the lexicon during the 1980 NYC Transit strike. He has authored more than 200 professional papers and presentations, written several books and chapters in books and received numerous awards for his work.

This lecture will clarify ethics and conflicts of interest rules so that attendees will have a basis for decision making. Mr. Schwartz will discuss such topics as gifts, lobbying, restrictions upon employing a former government official, the bidding process, and pay-to-play. Case studies will be presented and discussed.

Speaker: Sam Schwartz, P.E., President/CEO, Sam Schwartz Engineering

Organized by: Municipal Engineers of the City of New York (MENY)

Price: Free for MENY and AIANY members, $10 for general public.

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