MedReview CEO, Joseph Stamm was invited to attend New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio’s State of The City Address. The event was held at Baruch College on February 3, 2015.
In reporting back to MedReview key staff, Mr. Stamm noted that he was very impressed by the Mayor’s presentation of the accomplishments of 2014, and his aggressive vision for 2015 and beyond. The Mayor termed it an “administration of action”. Mr. Stamm was also moved by the story told by the Mayor about his grandmother Anna Briganti, an immigrant from Italy and how she was able to realize the American Dream.
The Mayor stated that “dreams like his grandmothers are now in danger because it’s so tough to afford housing in the city.” The Mayor then announced that affordable housing would be the next front in his administration’s fight to lift up families and confront economic inequality. The thrust of his message was to ensure that there are affordable homes for New Yorkers of all means. He stated that housing must be affordable for new arrivals to New York City as well as for current residents striving to succeed. He then announced his vision is to build and preserve 200,000 affordable homes in the coming decade, and to protect veterans, seniors and tenants from predatory landlords, and support the growth with better infrastructure.
The Mayor went on to list the accomplishments of his first year in office which included:
- full-day pre-k for more than 50,000 of our kids.
- nearly doubled enrollment in after-school programs for middle school kids in all five boroughs.
- expanded living wage coverage to 18,000 workers.
- secured paid sick leave for 500,000 more New Yorkers.
- ended the overuse of stop-and-frisk, reducing stops by over 75 percent.
- instituted a new marijuana policy, with arrests down almost 65 percent.
- Reduction of the city’s crime rate to an all-time low (smallest number of murders, robberies, and burglaries on record.)
- The F.D.N.Y. responded to a record 1.6 million emergency calls
- established Vision Zero — bringing pedestrian deaths down to a level not seen since 1910.
- handled one of the snowiest winters our city has ever seen, with 11 winter storms in 2014.
- Department of Transportation workers filled nearly a half-million potholes.
- helped repair the devastation wrought by Superstorm Sandy,with construction starting on more than 1,000 homes; and badly needed reimbursements provided to more than 2,000 homeowners.
- balanced the NYC budget in a way that was honest and responsible
- came to contract agreements with over 71 percent of the city’s work force,
- NYC awarded $690 million in contracts to minority and women-owned businesses,
- created IDNYC – for both citizens and undocumented New Yorkers;180,000 have appointments
- invested in Renewal Schools to fix 94 struggling schools.
Mayor De Blasio then presented his game plan for 2015 and beyond which includes:
- Free Legal Defense for Tenants in All Areas Undergoing Rezoning
- End Homelessness Among Veterans
- Help Seniors Live Independently
- Keep New York City Affordable for Artists
- Launch a Five-Borough Ferry System
- Implement 13 New Bus Rapid Transit Routes
- fight to raise New York City’s minimum wage to more than $13 in 2016, and index the wage
The organization and Mr. Stamm are proud of the close relationship developed with Mayor DeBlasio and wish the Mayor and his administration continued success in 2015 and beyond.