Who’s Driving Your Taxi? Professor Russo Wants You to Know

Pasqualino “Pat” Russo, Esq. Adjunct Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Pasqualino “Pat” Russo, Esq.
Adjunct Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

A nationwide discussion has been sparked regarding the accuracy, reliability, and adequacy of the public safety requirements that are imposed on for-hire vehicle (“FHV”) providers.  Much of the debate has centered around whether the breadth and scope of driver vetting requirements imposed on drivers providing services through new transportation network companies, or “TNCs,” are comparable to those vetting requirements that have been established for traditional for-hire vehicle providers.  This discussion is compounded by the fact that in several jurisdictions TNCs are operating “rogue,” or outside of the regulatory framework, which has many consumer rights advocates and law enforcement officials questioning whether TNCs are doing enough to protect the riding public.

Adjunct Professor Pat Russo, and his colleague Matthew Daus who is a Distinguished Lectured at the Transportation Resaerch Center of CCNY, have completed a formal study of policies and procedure for background investigations of for-hire drivers.

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John Jay Well-Represented at ASPA 2015


The MPA program was excited to have a large contingent attend the American Society for Public Administration annual meeting March 5-10 in Chicago. 3 students and 9 faculty presented research, 4 faculty members served as discussants on panels, and every attendee received a copy of “Public Administration Evolving” edited by Dr. Marilyn Rubin, Director of the MPA-PPA program. In addition the MPA Student Association sponsored 25 students, who applied and were selected to attend the conference using differential tuition funding. A full list of John Jay attendees, some pictures from the conference, and a list of the projects presented by John Jay faculty and students can be seen by clicking on “Read More”.

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After John Jay: Higher Education in Public Administration

Crystal Charles, 3rd-year MPA Student
Crystal Charles, 3rd-year MPA Student

While many students in the MPA program see a Masters of Public Administration as their final educational destination, some students choose to move beyond this degree and pursue other educational avenues, including law degrees (J.D’s) and doctorates in public administration or related fields (PhD’s). One of those students is Crystal Charles, who is currently applying to PhD programs in public administration for Fall 2015. Crystal agreed to chat with MPA Newsletter editor Peter Federman about her experience and how John Jay has helped her pursue her dream of a terminal degree. Click “Read More” to find out more about Crystal’s educational journey.

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MPA Students Present at NECoPA 2014

From left to right: Bieu Tran, Michael Bensimon, Dr. Patrick O’Hara, Julia Von Ferber, Natalie Wenzler and Theresa Middleton.

This November, 12 John Jay students and three faculty members attended the 2014 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA). A regional conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), NECoPA’s annual meeting is a chance for public administration students, faculty and practitioners from New England and the Tri-State Area to gather together to share research and network. Drs. Nicole Elias, Lois Warner, and Patrick O’Hara along with MPA students Natalie Wenzler, Bieu Tran, Michael Bensimon, Theresa Middleton, Julia Von Ferber, Sherrad Belin and Peter Federman presented research projects ranging from off-duty police employment issues to the use of technology in public agencies. Below, Julia Von Ferber discusses her experience at NECoPA with MPA Newsletter editor Peter Federman. Read more

Become a city leader: The Urban Affairs specialization

Many incoming students are not aware that the John Jay MPA Program offers a specialization in Urban Affairs. logoThis specialization is intended for those students interested in issues such as urban development, social and economic analysis of urban areas and dealing with problems in urban and community settings. Like other MPA specializations, Urban Affairs requires three core classes, but these classes are taken through the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, also part of the CUNY system.

Our editor, Peter Federman, interviewed one student who has chosen this specialization and asked him to expand a little on the various benefits and challenges of a program that takes place on two campuses. Jason Rochford began his John Jay career in the Inspector General program, but is now an Urban Affairs specialist. Click “Read Here” to learn more about this specialization and Jason’s experience in the program.

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Faculty Attend NASPAA, APPAM 2014; John Jay College Wins Two Awards

logoThe Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA) are the two major membership associations of public policy and public administration programs, respectively, in the United States and abroad. NASPAA is also the organization entrusted with accrediting Master of Public Administration programs and ensuring that educational standards are met and maintained. The conferences were co-held in Albuquerque, NM in November this year, as recognition of their shared mission towards robust public policy and administration education and scholarship.  Several John Jay professors and administrators, including Dr. Elaine Yi Lu, Dr. Karin Martin, Dr. Leigh Graham, and Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet attended APPAM while Dr. Lu and Dr. Marilyn Rubin represented the department at NASPAA.  Drs. Lu and Martin shared their thoughts on the conferences with MPA newsletter editor Peter Federman.

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MPASA Wins OSL Award

MPASA Teamwork Award 2014Congrats to the MPA Student Association (MPASA) for receiving the “Teamwork Award” at the Office of Student Life (OSL) Award Ceremony on Monday, May 5th for the 2013-2014 academic year.
MPASA is represented by President Ohakwe Odum, VP Crystal Charles, Treasurer Camisha Dyce, and Secretaries Shanelle Rodrigues and Natalie Wenzler. They were nominated by their OSL advisor, Katherine Outlaw. There are over 50 student organizations in OSL eligible for the award.The mission of MPASA is “to inform and inspire students of public administration by providing them with a forum for social and professional development. MPASA provides students with both professional and academic networking opportunities.”

If you are interested in participating in MPAPSA, please email Natalie Wenzler at natalie.wenzler@jjay.cuny.edu.

Prof. Heath Brown joins MPA Faculty

SHU Faculty  PortraitsDr. Heath Brown joins the MPA program this fall as an Assistant Professor, where he will concentrate on courses and research in public administration, American politics, and interest groups. His current agenda focuses on the intersection of immigration, advocacy, and the Presidency. Dr. Brown is teaching the introductory course PAD 700 this fall.

He was born and grew up in Brooklyn. He earned his Master’s in International Affairs and Ph.D. from The George Washington University where his dissertation examined the personnel politics of charter schools. Dr. Brown is the author of Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition, a study of how interest groups influence an incoming Presidential administration.

Click Read More to learn more about Dr. Brown’s current research agenda and plans for his future at John Jay.

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Prof. Robin Kempf joins MPA Faculty

RobinKempfRobin J. Kempf joins the department this fall as an Assistant Professor.  Her research interests relate to government accountability, the development and evolution of institutions, the politics of policy implementation, and law and society.  She is teaching PAD 701: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption and PAD 758: Ethics, Integrity and Accountability.

Ms. Kempf earns her PhD this month in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs and Administration, where she was a University Graduate Fellow and a Research Fellow with the University’s Institute for Policy & Social Research. She also holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University.

Click Read More to learn more about Professor Kepmf’s plans for her career at John Jay.

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