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?

I have a new vision for public safety. During my tenure as a NYPD Crime Analyst, I noticed several key redundancies and outdated processes that reduced the effectiveness of the NYPD’s overall organizational operational apparatuses and investigative capabilities. Information and organization are our greatest tools to ensure we keep all New York City residents safe from harm, especially given the recent increases in Anti-Asian hate crimes and the explosive increase in gun violence. With more accurate identification and actual communication between agencies, we can protect a lot more… with a lot less. I intend to Improve efficiencies in high frequency workflow tasks, deploy needed technology in areas previously impossible, solve complex challenges, and do it all at costs significantly lower than legacy solutions and systems. I will utilize hardware and software solutions that create an autonomously responding security system. The platform would include comprehensive messaging, audio options and create non-biased, non-discriminatory, fully recorded interactions that provide accountability and instant access to situations in progress. The autonomous devices can identify and respond – autonomously. Just like an officer, but without the high cost and related liabilities. These solutions can serve as a mechanism to reduce off-duty employment/participation in the Paid Detail Program. I will also improve community relations between the NYPD and the communities in which they serve.

                     How will you address the city’s increasing budget deficit?

Most politicians are lawyers and have a legal perspective–I am a MBA so I have business and economic perspectives; I am also an accountant and thus, I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and accountability. 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 our economic ecosystem. I will work to eliminate the waste that occurs within city government. I will reduce the homeless population and reduce the number of agencies that currently service the homeless population. 19 city agencies currently service the homeless population. This is wasteful spending, and it is the least efficient way to adequately service this vulnerable portion of the New York City population. I would 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 by 2024.

               How will you stop the exodus of residents from New York City?

Crisis tests leadership and Adversity tests character. Unfortunately, many of those in leadership positions failed to be visionaries, competent decision-makers, and strategic planners. The fate of our city rests not only in the will of the people but in the competency and integrity of our leaders, especially our elected officials. New York City is at a crossroads. Businesses and residents who contributed to the city’s vitality are opting to leave. I would reduce the homeless population, reduce crime, reduce the number of New Yorkers that currently live-in poverty and improve the quality of life of every single New York City resident. All factors aforementioned are correlated with one’s quality of life. I would also reduce city taxes on small businesses and ease rent payments for small businesses as well.

                                       How will you bring back tourism?

New York City is the entertainment capital of the world–and thus, a robust entertainment industry and tourism is vital to the city. I will focus on restoring our night lift industry which is estimated to generate 35.1 billion in output and serves a catalyst role in tourism. Entertainment provides a myriad of benefits for the individuals who are the recipients (especially escape/diversion, remembrance, reflection, relaxation, socializing, fun, stimulation, etc.). As Mayor, I will create various task forces dedicated to the various entertainment genres composed of entertainers, entertainment business professionals, and citizens. Lastly, I would create and ensure inter-industry synergies (meaning every industry should be connected to at least five industries deliberately, not just organically–e.g., music promoters should be connected to the restaurant/food & beverage service, hotel, film, fashion, law enforcement/security, transportation, information technology, advertising, and education industries in a manner where all the parties meet routinely and create efficiencies within the partnership.
 
 

E-governance & Digitalization

 New York City can become the pioneer and convert public services into flexible e-solutions for our residents. The implementation of a NYC-Government Cloud solution  can provide an excellent foundation for public e-services and solutions, which can  make New York City the most digital city in the world. 

Education & research INFORMATION SYSTEMs

Our digital revolution will aim to implement modern digital technology more efficiently and effectively in learning, teaching, research and to improve the digital skills of the entire nation. For example, it will ensure that every student receives the necessary knowledge and skills to access modern digital infrastructure for future use.

CHATBOT

Implementing the 311 Chatbot NYC-Serv system will allow the city to save millions and allow 311 service representatives to assist with other city related emergency services such as redirecting calls associated with emergency disturbed individuals.

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