Hosted by: David Brand, Jeff Simmons


A rebroadcast of City Watch normallly heard Sundays at 10am. It is a forum for detailed discussion and analysis of social, economic, and political issues affecting New Yorkers.  We air the voices of the people living and working in the communities, the researchers, government leaders, budget advocates, and organizers, and provide an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter. Our questions and dialogue help to make the issues come alive for our listeners, and shows also focus on culture, commerce, and controversy - always with an eye toward highlighting the issues of the day. 

Jeff Simmons has more than three decades of experience in private and public sector communications, media, and journalism. Since joining Anat Gerstein, Inc. as Executive Vice President in 2012, Jeff has provided strategic communications and public relations services to nonprofits through New York City. He previously served as Senior Vice President for Communications at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the country’s largest Business Improvement District. Prior to that, he oversaw communications for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. for eight years, and served as Campaign Advisor to Thompson in 2009 and Campaign Manager in 2005, as well as serving as Communications Director for David Paterson in his campaign for New York State Lieutenant Governor. Jeff spent 17 years as a journalist at New York 1 News, New York Daily News, New York Post, and The (Bergen) Record of Hackensack. His freelance writing has appeared in Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, Metrosource, The Advocate, and New Jersey Monthly Magazine, and regularly leads workshops on nonprofit communications. Jeff lives in Queens.

David Brand, a journalist and licensed social worker, is a Senior Reporter and Editor at City Limits. Previously, David served as managing editor of the Queens Daily Eagle since the paper's founding in June 2018. Earlier, David served as a social worker at various supportive housing sites, where he designed and ran programs fusing fitness and mental health treatment for formerly homeless adults. He has worked as a counselor at a high school in Canarsie, a therapist at a drop-in center for formerly homeless LGBTQ teens and young adults and an English teacher in Madrid. David is a huge Mets, Giants and soccer fan. He runs the website


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