Tomorrow, New Yorkers will have a choice between two different directions for our city. One choice is more of the same Republican policies that favor the wealthy and the powerful and the other choice is to restore affordability.
During the campaign, I have unveiled a number of proposals to take our city in a new and more affordable direction.
First, I am going to put people back to work by creating low-rent “hot zones” using financial tools like tax abatements. This will encourage companies from around the country to establish businesses in our city in exchange for their guarantee to create a specified number of permanent jobs.
For too long New York City has acted as a hindrance to our small businesses. I will streamline the permitting process for new small businesses trying to get off the ground. And I will establish a Mayor’s Office of Skills Development to ensure that our young people have the training to compete in the global economy.
Second, I will reform our education system by shifting the focus from testing to teaching. Our children must be taught to think critically. I will empower parents, and create the city’s first ever Parent University. And, I will hire an educator to serve as chancellor.
Third, I will address our housing crisis by appointing public members to the Rent Guidelines Board who will protect tenants. Additionally, I will lead an effort to place under rent stabilization all post-1973 Mitchell-Lama housing developments that left or have left the program, regardless of when constructed or first occupied.
Fourth, I will bring compassion back to City Hall. To help seniors live in dignity, I will expand the health care screenings and technology training programs available at senior centers. To assist parents, I will restore the Administration for Children’s Services after-school program vouchers.
Finally, I will slam the brakes on the years of inequity in our transit system. When I am mayor, I will appoint pro-straphanger MTA Board members, and expand Bus Rapid Transit so that riders in underserved areas don’t spend hours commuting each day.
What I’m offering is a new rational and compassionate approach. Tomorrow, New Yorkers will have a choice between my vision of putting City Hall back on the side of the middle class, or more of the same top down Republican policies that cater to the privileged few.
New York needs change. Eight is enough.
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