In January 2007, CGR sponsored a forum in Albany NY on reforming New York's property tax. Among the standing-room-only audience members who listened and debated the different options proposed by well-respected experts were members of the NYS Senate and Assembly, state agency representatives and policy experts. CGR subsequently developed a report summarizing the presentations. The catalyst for the forum was an initiative CGR undertook the previous year. CGR's New York Matters (www.newyorkmatters.org) initiative was the first-ever statewide research, information and civic engagement project, and was designed to identify voters' top concerns and focus candidates on issues in the months leading up to the election of the state's first new governor in 12 years. New York Matters identified property taxes as a major concern for residents statewide.