First 100 Days
8.5 Million Residents, 5 Boroughs and 1 Mission,
to Build a New York City that Works for Everyone.
My top priority will be to improve the quality of life of all New York City residents.
I would appoint a Chief Equity Officer that would be tasked with assessing, analyzing, and evaluating historical data derived from various New York City agencies.
I will address the economic inequalities that are correlated with disparities in education, employment opportunities, access to safe and affordable housing, quality of life and access to quality and affordable healthcare.
I will also prioritize digitalization and invest in building an efficient, secure, and transparent eco-system in which a minimum of 75% of the city government’s services can be offered online.
I will work to restore NYC’s robust economy and balance our budget, but not on the backs of our most vulnerable and not at the expense of our business community that is so vital to New York City’s economic ecosystem.
I would establish a Single-System Strategy for New York City’s disengaged youth population which is currently estimated to be over 250,000.
I would expand the summer youth program and ensure that every applicant that applies for summer youth employment receives a job opportunity.
I will establish a single-online portal to advertise all NYC internship opportunities.
How will I get New Yorkers back to work?
Last March, we were tested as a nation and as a city like never before. Our healthcare system, retailers, transportation operation, financial sector, education apparatus, sports & recreation centers and tourism and etc., all felt the full brunt of an unrelenting and unforgiving pandemic. Unfortunately, there was a certain degree of governmental ineptitude which compounded the problem. Many lives were lost unnecessarily due to bureaucracy, in-fighting, egomania, and incompetence. As New Yorkers, we deserve better. In times of crisis, the government will be exposed. However, exposure is not the issue. If the government is running effectively, exposure does not cast a negative light on those who run the municipality. In fact, exposure is a friend. Conversely, when the government is failing and there is a seeming incapacity to mitigate mayhem and disarm dysfunction, exposure becomes a foe. To get New Yorkers back to work, it is important to ensure that every city agency is run by professionals that are capable, compassionate, and competent. I will appoint diverse new leadership to run key New York City agencies and all of my appointments would be based on the talent of the individual relative to other prospects. In short, “the best person for the job” is my mantra.
Workforce Development is an integral aspect of a city’s economic vitality. The pandemic has decimated the job market resulting in layoffs and recession-like unemployment. Complicating matters is how particular racial and ethnic communities have been affected. According to a recent study, people of color accounted for nearly 70% of New York City job losses.
Particularly, Industries and jobs have been adversely impacted displacing many working class people who did not have financial margins (i.e., long-term savings) that could sustain them for months. Deepening the crisis was the political meandering in the House and Senate that delayed stimulus payouts. The first step is returning to pre-pandemic employment levels; however, the goal is to have a robust job/career market that far exceeds the pre-pandemic employment levels.
As Mayor, I would stimulate the job market by utilizing analytics models, committees and subcommittees consisting of various industry leaders, and New York City agencies as partners with private sector entities to enact a Workforce Development 10-Point Plan.
The Workforce Development 10-Point Plan consists of the following items:
1. Appoint a Workforce Development Executive Officer along with Borough Superintendents to spearhead and oversee workforce development initiatives.
2. Identify persistent threats to the New York City economy and measure short-, mid-, and long-term impacts.
3. Devise action plans that accelerate the return to pre-pandemic job market levels and pinpoint population segments that were unemployed, underemployed, and “discouraged” pre-pandemic to provide training, job/career preparation, and placement.
4. Examine future job/career/entrepreneurial/. Foster education and training initiatives for formerly incarcerated individuals that will provide them with meaningful employment and/or entrepreneurial opportunities.
6. Reduce city taxes on small businesses and ease rent payments for small businesses.
7. Establish a wage supplement plan providing wage vouchers to small businesses to lessen payroll burden.
8. Create a New York City-wide Career Bank portal that centralizes career/job bank listings to reduce redundancy, increase usage, improves navigation, and accelerate job/career prospecting.
9. Develop more City employment opportunities (e.g., researchers, surveyors, maintenance workers, analysts, technology specialists, etc.). I believe the city should be a catalyst for job/career/entrepreneurial opportunities; and
10. Attract and retain large firms that will stimulate our employment sector.
How will I make our city’s streets safer?
How will you address the city’s increasing budget deficit?
How will you stop the exodus of residents from New York City?
How will you bring back tourism?