NPR Director Maurice Bortz represented NYCHSRO/MedReview at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2019 State of the City Address on January 10. Held at a theater on Manhattan’s upper west side, the event included an invocation by New York Police Chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass as well as a rendition of God Bless America sung by NYC Firefighter Regina Wilson. Both the Mayor and First Lady Chirlane McCray addressed the crowd.
The Mayor entitled his progressive platform for 2019 the “Fairest Big City in America.” As he described in his address, that platform includes guarantees of health care for every New Yorker; two weeks paid personal time; protection for freelancers and independent workers; a new Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants; legalization of marijuana “the right way;” speedier bus service; expansion of the city’s ferry services; and a universal retirement system.
The event also honored dozens of New York heroes, including men and women of the police and fire departments and others who risked their lives for the safety and well-being of others.