Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center

The Samuels Center sponsors research on state and local polices in New York, provides a forum for the thoughtful discussion of state-level public issues, and serves as information source on politics and public policy in the Empire State.

The Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center was founded in 1984 in honor and memory of Howard J. Samuels. It was originally situated at the CUNY Graduate Center. In 2017, it was relocated to Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. The Center is supported by a grant from the State of New York and an endowment from the Samuels estate.

The mission of the Samuels Center is to fund and present comprehensive research on policies and practices central to New York policymaking and administration. The Center’s research reports are intended to inform elected officials, as well as to advise public sector and nonprofit managers, political advocates, media professionals, and academic scholars. The Center also aggregates web sites and source materials to facilitate informed political and policy analysis in New York.

Link to the tabs below for a biography of Howard J. Samuels, members of the advisory board, the research reports funded by the Center (forthcoming), and sources of information about New York’s governments, politics, and public policies.

Each academic year the Center funds three grant proposals of between $8,000 and $14,000 to study public policy in New York. The 2017-18 request for grant proposals has been issued with a due date for submission of July 10, 2017. Link to Samuels Center RFP

To inquire about the work of the Samuels Center, email