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The Freshman Congressional Perspective
April 7 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Join the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable for a conversation with freshmen Congressional representatives Ritchie Torres (D-NY) and Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) following their first three months as part of the 117th United States Congress. The two freshmen representatives will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, minimum wage and foreign affairs, among other issues, and will share their perspectives as first time members of the House of Representatives during a historic pandemic and what it is all likely to mean for the alternative investment industry.
Rep. Andrew Garbarino is a Congressional representative for New York’s 2nd district and is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Small Business. Prior to winning his seat in Congress he served four terms as a member of the New York Assembly, where he represented the 7th district. During his tenure in the Assembly, he fought to increase state funding for Long Island school districts, to protect environment including the Great South Bay, to oppose tax hikes, and to support law enforcement. Before joining the New York Assembly he worked as an attorney at the William R. Garbarino Law Offices, his family’s law firm. He holds a BA in history and classical humanities from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University.
Rep. Ritchie Torres is a Congressional representative for New York’s 15th district and is the vice chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a member of the House Committee on Financial Services. He is also a member of The Congressional Black Caucus; is chair of the Task Force on Economic Recovery for The Congressional Hispanic Caucus; is a member of The LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus; The Congressional Progressive Caucus; The Future Forum Caucus and The Labor Caucus. Prior to being elected to Congress, he spent seven years as the New York City Councilmember for the 15th district, where he served as the chair of the Committee on Public Housing and was a deputy majority leader. In 2013, at the age of twenty-five, Ritchie became New York City’s youngest elected official and the first openly L.G.B.T.Q person elected to office in the Bronx. As chair of the Oversight and Investigations Committee he focused on taxi medallion predatory loans and NYC’s Third Party Transfer Program.
The discussion will be facilitated by Robert Akeson, Managing Director, Investment Banking at Riverside Management Group.