Edward T. Rogowsky,
who died suddenly on March 18, was the city editor and host of "Metro
View," CUNY-TV's weekly public affairs program and director of the
CUNY Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs. Much of
his life was passionately devoted to New York's civic affairs and
education in the public interest.
As his undergraduate
mentor at Brooklyn College (and Senior Vice Chancellor Emeritus),
Julius C.C. Edelstein, noted at a memorial event at the Graduate
Center on May 2, Rogowsky helped found CUNY's first urban analysis
center "in the birthing time of urban studies as a significant academic
discipline." He also noted that Rogowsky was "an accomplished lyricist"
and "had more friends than Croesus had goldpieces."
Rogowsky was professor emeritus of political science at his alma
mater, Brooklyn College, where he also directed the Graduate Center
for Worker Education. He was one of 13 members of the New York City
Planning Commission, to which he was appointed by Brooklyn Borough
President Howard Golden in 1990. On the City Planning Commission
he was one of the drafters of new zoning rules for sex-oriented
businesses, pressing his concern for the protection of constitutional
rights of homosexuals.
He also played a prominent role in shaping the redevelopment of
Brooklyn, receiving many honors, including citations from the American
Planning Association, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the New
York Metropolitan Chapter of the American Planning Association.
A founding member and vice president emeritus of the Flatbush Development
Corporation, Rogowsky co-authored a monograph, Changing Brooklyn:
The Revitalization of Downtown and the Building of MetroTech, that
appeared last year, as well as many earlier books and articles about
politics, voting and economic development in New York City.
At the memorial service his friend of more than 25 years, Vice Chancellor
Jay Hershenson, expressed pleasure that Chancellor Goldstein and
the Board of Trustees had acted quickly to name the Edward T. Rogowsky
Internship in Government and Public Affairs at CUNY in his honor.
Chancellor Goldstein, recalling in his remarks a shared fondness
for show tunes, summed up simply, with a nod to Cole Porter, "You're
the Top, Ed Rogowsky." (Porter's perfectly appropriate "I Happen
to Like New York" was performed later in the program.) Goldstein
also announced a separate Rogowsky scholarship to support a paid
summer internship in city government, with an initial subvention
of $20,000 from his office.