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Lawrence Levy - Hofstra University. Hempstead, NY, US

Lawrence Levy Lawrence Levy

Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies | Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY, UNITED STATES

Dean Levy works close with Hofstra’s academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study

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Before joining Hofstra, Lawrence Levy spent 35 years as a reporter, editorial writer, columnist and PBS talk show host, winning many of journalism’s top awards, including Pulitzer Finalist, for in-depth works on suburban politics, education, taxation, housing and other key issues. As a journalist, he was known for his blending of national trends and local perspectives and has covered six presidential campaigns. As executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies, he has worked with Academic Director Christopher Niedt to give it a truly national profile. He works especially close with Hofstra’s strong academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study, forge alliances with other institutions, not-for-profit groups and government agencies and promote the study of the suburbs nationwide. Levy is a member of a Brookings Institution advisory panel and led a collaboration between Hofstra and Boston College to create a first-in-the nation suburban ecology initiative, and another alliance between Hofstra and Cornell to sponsor the Local Government Leadership Institute. Before joining Hofstra, he was senior editorial writer and chief political columnist for Newsday. Levy has been a guest contributor to CNN.com, the New York Times.com, covering the 2008 presidential campaign from a suburban perspective. He also writes a regular column on politics for the Albany Times Union, and appears regularly on local and national television.

Industry Expertise (1)

Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (6)

Suburban Spaces and Development

Suburbs

Education

Taxation

Politics of the Suburbs

Suburban Voters

Education (1)

Boston University: B.S., Journalism, Film & English Literature 1972

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Larry Levy Named to City & State's Power List

City & State  online

2019-04-17

The former Newsday columnist and PBS host is a recognized expert on suburban politics and policy, and helped develop the National Center for Suburban Studies into a respected institution that frequently provides expertise to suburban communities grappling with sustainability, economic revitalization and demographic change. Since joining Hofstra, Lawrence Levy has forged critical research alliances with institutions like Harvard, NYU and Cornell and generated nearly $4 million in grants, gifts and contracts for the school.

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The Suburban Myth of Health and Wealth

US News & World Report  online

2019-03-26

On the surface, Nassau County is a wealthy and thriving suburban enclave in New York City's backyard...

"From the 20,000-foot level, we have one of the wealthiest and healthiest suburbs in America," says Lawrence Levy, executive dean of Hofstra University's National Center for Suburban Studies. "But the closer you get to the ground, the more you realize the unrecognized disparities.

"I am in a community where quality and outcomes in health care are terrific, whereas there are neighborhoods and villages cheek to jowl where you could be in the inner city," Levy says. "Much of the country (has) fallen victim to this myth of wealth and wellness in the suburbs."

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Study spotlights lack of teacher diversity on LI

Newsday  print

2019-03-08

Hiring of black and Latino schoolteachers in Long Island's public schools failed to keep pace with a decadelong surge in minority enrollments, leaving thousands of students without role models of their own race or ethnicity and limiting opportunities for teachers of color, Hofstra University researchers conclude in a study...

The new 42-page analysis by the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University was written by William Mangino, chairman of the Department of Sociology, and Lawrence Levy, the center's executive dean.

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Young people worry homeownership is impossible, poll says.

Fox 5 NY  tv

2019-02-19

Hofstra Dean of Suburban Studies Larry Levy said that homeownership, particularly in the suburbs, wasn't nearly as widespread until the G.I. Bill after World War II.

"Federal, state and local officials have got to take a step back and look at a number policies," Levy said. "They have to look at student loan forgiveness but they also have to look at things like things like encouraging rental units to build in areas where they want to live."

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Curran Becomes First Woman Elected As Nassau County Executive

CBS 2 News  tv

2017-11-08

Hofstra University’s Larry Levy said to expect the previously impermeable Republican block to reach back if they want to keep their jobs.

“It will be difficult for Curran to get things done, but I think the Republicans on the legislature saw the so-called handwriting on the wall and saw that people obviously voted for change,” Levy said...

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Analyst: Curran’s historic win could herald bipartisan work in Nassau legislature

Long Island Herald  print

2017-11-08

Nassau County elected its first female county executive on Tuesday, as Laura Curran, a legislator from Baldwin who campaigned almost exclusively on rooting out public corruption, defeated Jack Martins, a Republican former state senator.

According to political analyst Larry Levy, of Hofstra University, the win could make for some genuine bipartisan work at the county legislative level...

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Failure of GOP health bill may take toll on Trump administration

News12 Long Island  

2017-03-24

Hofstra political analyst Larry Levy says the bill's failure may even present a silver lining for the president.
"I think he's probably better off with this thing not passing, and then he can try to make some deals on other things that people care about," says Levy...

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Long Islanders Stand to Lose with Loan Cut on Hold

WNYC  radio

2017-02-28

Long Island homeowners could be on the hook for hundreds of dollars more in loan payments, after the Trump administration halted a planned cut in Federal Housing Administration loan premiums last month.

A new report by Christopher Niedt of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University finds that could cost more than 4,500 borrowers on Long Island an average of $800 dollars more a year.

Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the center, said that's ironic.

"While proportionally black and Latino homeowners were hurt the most, the most people hurt were the same white working class homeowners who really powered him to the presidency."

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The Politics of America's Suburbs (podcast)

The Bond Buyer  online

2017-02-28

How are the nation's suburban municipalities shaping up politically and financially? Larry Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University discusses how the 2016 presidential election played out in the suburbs and whether the changing landscape in Washington D.C. will impact borrowing for infrastructure projects.

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'Dog whistle' tactics as old as American politics Coded racial language makes 2016 campaign comeback

Long Island Herald  online

2016-11-07

With terms like “forced busing” and “states’ rights” now relics of a different political era, the new dog whistles include the terms “inner city” and “criminal alien,” and even Trump’s campaign slogan, according to Lawrence Levy, of Rockville Centre, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

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Op-ed: Suburban voters make a president, and they can break him, too

CNN.com  online

2016-12-16

Once again, as they have almost every four years since they became the dominant voting bloc, the "swinging" suburbs picked the winner of a US presidential election.

But if suburbanites hold the keys to the White House, as well as control of Congress, these independent-minded voters also offer a doorway to winning after the election. If the President-elect and leaders of both major parties want to build coalitions for legislation, they will look to the centrist sensibilities of suburbanites for policy compromises that might isolate partisans on the far right and left.

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Debate stage set at Hofstra with all eyes on Long Island

News12 Long Island  

2016-09-26

For political analysts, it's a day of work that could go down in history. Hofstra University Political Analyst Larry Levy says it’s a really big deal for the university. “We only had a couple of months to put this together, which usually we spend more than a year on, and the two candidates are so close in a confrontation really for the ages.”...

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Schools face new challenges as poverty grows in inner suburbs

The Washington Post  online

2015-02-27

“The commercial tax base that can take the burden off of homeowners is often pretty meager, and the burden falls on people who already are struggling just to stay in their homes,” said Lawrence Levy of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

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Cuomo Boasts of New York’s Rebirth, but Hits Snags

The New York TImes  online

2014-05-22

Lawrence C. Levy, an expert on suburban politics at Hofstra University, said Mr. Cuomo’s platform was meant to appeal to every demographic, including liberals and suburban homeowners crushed under the weight of high property taxes. He said the governor’s attempt to pair forceful advocacy on social issues with restraint on taxes and spending could be difficult to achieve.

“If he succeeds,” Mr. Levy said, “he positions himself as not only a different kind of Democrat, but for him, a different kind of Cuomo.”

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