MUNICIPAL ART SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
The Municipal Art Society of New York is leading the way in shaping New York City’s built environment and in creating a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. Over more than 125 years, the Society has promoted a more livable New York City through advocacy, planning, policy, and preservation efforts. The Society works to ensure diverse and affordable neighborhoods and reliable infrastructure and to reform the regulatory, legislative and financial mechanisms that shape the city. Its work has led to the creation of the New York City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Tribute in Light; the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, the lights of Times Square, and the Garment District; the conservation of more than 50 works of public art; and the founding of such civic organizations as the Public Art Fund, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, P.S. 1, the Historic Districts Council, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and the Waterfront Alliance.
When the organization’s former controller left at the end of the fiscal year, Robert Libbey, Vice President of Administration & Finance, reached out to YPTC for help in completing the audit. “They were really great,” he recalls. “They were very helpful and took over a lot of work that needed to get done. Then they helped us put a new AP system in place and automate it because we were working fully remotely. It made things much easier for invoice approval.”
Libbey likes the way YPTC has taken over the detail work of paying bills and writing checks and creating an efficient cashflow process that plugs the budget into the accounting system. “It gives us a plan moving forward,” he says. “They’ve been very efficient and extremely helpful in bringing resources to the table that make it easy for me as the CFO to manage the Society.
“They do a lot of the roll-up-your-sleeves kind of work that needs to be done. It’s been extremely helpful.”