NEW YORK CITY — The biggest city in the US is now aiming to be the fairest city.
In his 2018 State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio laid out his new mission: to define what a fair and just society looks like, and make New York City the poster child for it.
The Mayor pledged a 12-point plan to promote fairness and equity for all New Yorkers.
“This booklet is a simple straightforward game plan, what we intend to do this year and the years ahead.”
While crime is at an all-time low, De Blasio also wants New York — the safest big city in America — even safer.
He says the city is also committed to provide more affordable housing, pass prosperity around with better-paying jobs by raising the minimum wage, as well as expand full-day free 3K for all New Yorkers.
“I’m a single parent with 2 kids, if it wasn’t for 3K, I don’t know if I’ll be able to work mornings,” said Dana Saunder-Newman.
De Blasio says a fair future for the city’s children hinges on protecting the city from the dangers of climate change.
The plan is to reduce the city’s emissions by 80% by 2050, expanding the city’s fleet of electric vehicles, and finally addressing the New York subway crisis.
“In light of the biggest giveaway to the wealthy and corporations in our history – the Trump tax plan, I think we should re-double our efforts for millionaire’s tax,” he said.
De Blasio says the millionaire’s tax will allow the city government to fix the aging subway system.
The plan will also tackle the opioid problem, mental health issues, justice reform and fix public housing problems.
At the end of the day, the mayor says, these changes can only be possible with the will of the people.
“We’re poised at the beginning of a new age, something we’ve never seen before,” he said. “We have a new and bolder chapter to write, and its author will be you.”