New York City faces the serious challenges of any major city, specifically when it comes to inequality and climate risk. But with democratic majorities at both the city and state level in government, addressing those challenges is more possible now than it’s been in decades. And some real experts are at the table, notably J. Phillip Thompson, the city’s deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives. Who comes to the job with years of experience as a scholar, coalition builder, and urban planner. Laura Flanders discusses.