New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his seventh State of the City Address on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
With two years left in his second term, New York City’s Mayor outlined his plan for supporting small businesses, expanding childcare services, increasing affordable housing, address climate change and keep New Yorkers safe.
“New York City is the greatest city in the world, but many New Yorkers have real fears that the city they love is slipping away,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “From making Pre-K universal, to creating the safest big city in America, we have accomplished so much together, but we need to go much farther. We must make New York City easier to afford, protect the mom-and-pop businesses that make New York, New York, and hand this city back to the people who make it so great.”
Mayor de Blasio mentioned small businesses are essential to the fabric of our city. He said the Big Apple is taking steps to provide the support they need to grow including cutting red tape and fines as well as providing resources for business owners.
From reforming property taxes to ending long-term street homelessness to investing in NYCHA, we are committed to improving the affordability and quality-of-life of all New Yorkers, said the Mayor. “We are strengthening our efforts to build and preserve affordable housing, protect renters and create neighborhood wealth”, said Mayor de Blasio.
Every student deserves a great school, said the Mayor. “Now we have to raise the bar even higher by helping kids start learning even earlier, tracking and improving schools in real-time, and bringing dynamic new teachers into the classroom,” continued the Mayor. Free Pre-K for All is a reality for all four-year-olds in New York City, and 3-K for All is growing fast. Beginning this September, 3-K will cover half of New York City’s school districts, said deBlasio.