Summer 2001

Deputy Mayor Becomes Newest Trustee


Deputy Mayor for Operations Joseph J. Lhota was appointed to The City University of New York Board of Trustees in May by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and confirmed by the New York State Senate.

As Deputy Mayor for Operations, Lhota is the Mayor's chief operating officer and advises on financial and budgetary management of the City. He also serves as Acting Mayor when the Mayor is out of town. Lhota previously served as New York City's Budget Director and Commissioner of Finance, and during his tenure the City's budget achieved two successive years of record-setting surpluses.

A graduate of Georgetown University and holder of a Harvard MBA, Lhota was an investment banker specializing in municipal finance with First Boston and PaineWebber before joining the Giuliani administration in 1994.

Lhota, is not the first member of his family to serve the people of New York City. His father is a retired New York City Police Department lieutenant, his paternal grandfather was a New York City firefighter, and his maternal grandfather was a taxi driver.


From Academe to FBI Academy


Some law enforcement officers wait a quarter of a century to be accepted into the FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Virginia. At 30, Lt. Darryl Caraballo of the CUNY Public Safety Service was one of the youngest in the Academy when he graduated this spring.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the ten-week Academy Program, which is accredited by the University of Virginia, offers advanced legal, investigative, management, and fitness training for selected officers who have proven records as professionals with their agencies. In the class of 264 were law enforcement officers from all 50 states and 23 countries. Caraballo was only the second CUNY officer to be admitted. Lt. Sandy Seda, now Chief of Public Safety at New York City College of Technology attended last year.

Being a student is something Carabello is used to. He postponed graduation from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in order to attend the Academy and expects to complete his baccalaureate degree in Public Administration at John Jay in the fall. In the meantime he will continue to serve as the Staff Administrative Lieutenant at CUNY Public Safety West 57th Street headquarters, a position he has held since 1996. His duties include command line administration, recruit background investigation and training, and inservice training. He had previously served in Hunter College's Department of Public Safety.

"It is a little strange when you work as an officer on campus and then go as a student," he said. "By not being in uniform you get a broader picture of how people are feeling and what is going on." He added that he preferred working for the University rather than in a police department because he has the opportunity for much more positive interaction with students and faculty.


Queens Alumnus Named Senior Vice Chancellor


Allan H. Dobrin, Commissioner of New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, was named Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer by the Board of Trustees in May.

His appointment was recommended by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein following a national search. Known as the city's chief technology officer and Internet guru, he has created a 24-hour virtual City Hall on the Web at www.nyc.gov.

Photo: André Beckless

Dobrin has held senior executive managerial positions for more than two decades, including high level positions in three mayoral administrations. He currently is responsible for directing technology policy and overseeing the performance of more than 3,000 technologists in 48 agencies with a budget of more than $1 billion.

As senior vice chancellor and COO, he will have responsibility for finance, information technology, facilities management, and human resources. He will take a leading role in achieving three key objectives: transferring increased authority to the college presidents; providing an administration more accountable to and supportive of the campuses; and working with them to ensure the development and measurement of best practices.

A graduate of Queens College, Dobrin has completed all but his Ph.D. dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught in the master's degree program in Public Administration at Baruch College. Describing himself as "a child of two immigrant parents, who received a first-rate education at CUNY," Dobrin adds that he has pursued his careers in civic service "because I think I can make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers. I believe CUNY, at this time and with this administration, is making that difference."


Ed Rogowsky, In Memorium


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.


CUNY Budget Hopes Urged in Albany


Chancellor Matthew Goldstein is seen here with Queens State Senator Frank Padavan, left, and Staten Island State Senator John J. Marchi during a May 22 visit to Albany, where he urged improvements in the Senate version of the 2001-2002 CUNY State Budget. Chancellor Goldstein has frequently met with all members of the New York City Senate majority members, including Senators Guy Velella, Serphin Maltese, and Roy Goodman.


Stellar High-Fivers Rounding First Base


Photo: André Beckless

Thanks to the $1 million dollar bequest of a generous New Yorker who was partial to anonymity, the High Five Scholarship Program is now up and running.

Planned to last ten years, the Program will fund about 30 outstanding students from Brooklyn, City, or Queens Colleges at $10,000 a year for four years. The first High Five class-this year consisting of three City College and two Brooklyn College students-has just completed its freshman year and, in addition to one New Yorker, is comprised of natives of Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Guyana, and Venezuela. They are seen here at the inaugural High Five Scholarship Dinner on May 7 dinner, along with CUNY leaders and three representatives of the donor's estate.