Eric Adams details economic recovery plan, calls for partnership with business community to lift struggling New Yorkers

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“I am offering my hand in partnership today, but I am also making an ask. Pledge to be part of this unprecedented effort to grow this city and get New Yorkers back to work.” – Eric Adams

NEW YORK, NY

Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for New York City Mayor, detailed his economic recovery plan today at the annual SALT Conference at the Javits Center, calling for a new partnership between the business community and the City to lift up struggling New Yorkers.

You can view Adams’ full remarks here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZzFrWeYNkw

Adams pledged changes and investments to spur the local economy while asking the thousands of businesses represented in the crowd to join his effort to create an unprecedented platform to connect unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers with jobs, skills, and training.

“We are dysfunctional as a city in New York and dysfunctional as a country. And we have to stop feeding the crises that we are experiencing and start going to the underlying causes,” Brooklyn Borough President Adams said. “New York will no longer be anti-business. This is going to be a place where we welcome business and not turn into the dysfunctional city that we have been for so many years.

“Government must do its job to create an environment for growth–that means lower crime. We have to curb COVID, fewer homeless on our streets, greater affordability, and partnership with the business community. We are going to create community health centers in underserved neighborhoods where COVID is still spreading to improve access to vaccines and provide preventive care to ensure better long-term health. We are going to invest in and attract growing industries in New York…and a pathway of young people having the opportunity to fill those jobs. A large new investment in green jobs through the City’s capital program. We will have free and subsidized childcare for every parent who needs it at every age,” Adams continued.

“There is a huge investment that we are planning to make in New York, but we expect something in return. We ask you to offer your jobs to New Yorkers. Right now, there are hundreds of thousands of people out of work in New York, and there are hundreds of thousands of jobs that you have that we can fill. We have to connect you to those New Yorkers who are unemployed or underemployed. That is why I am proposing an unprecedented partnership between city employers and the City itself — to make those connections and create one common application, one job application to fill all the jobs you have available in this city. So I am offering my hand in partnership today, but I am also making an ask. Pledge to be part of this unprecedented effort to grow this city and get New Yorkers back to work.”

In addition to Adams’ plan to create a sophisticated workforce development and deployment program, he is also proposing the following initiatives to speed the city’s recovery and stimulate its economy:

– Focusing like a laser on gun crimes and gang violence, which is fueling our crime surge by creating a new plainclothes anti-gun unit and a joint Guns and Gangs Task Force with the State and Federal government.

– Creating permanent community health centers in underserved neighborhoods where COVID is still spreading to improve access to vaccines and provide preventative care to ensure better long-term health.

– Investments to attract growing industries to New York such as the life sciences, cybersecurity, and blockchain through tax incentives, incubators, zoning tools, and CUNY partnerships.

– A large new investment in green jobs through the City’s capital program to raise employment and create a more sustainable city.

– A single digital system for all City services so that one log-in and one chip-enabled card can connect you to all the City has to offer, including everything from your child’s grades to your small business application to the City programs you’re eligible for.

– Free or subsidized childcare for every parent who needs it — at every age — so that young people can develop to their potential and parents can work and thrive.

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