New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, has vowed to get the city out of its financial funk and back on its feet as he seeks to rebuild the city.
He has vowed that he’ll not be beholden to Wall Street.
And while the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle many environmental laws and regulations have been the focus of the mayor’s campaign, the president has yet to sign an executive order that would have the effect of putting him in a position to do so.
So how will the next mayor tackle the issues of poverty, the environment, and affordable housing?
We spoke to De Blasio about his agenda, the Trump era, and the future of New York City.
[NYT] The New Yorker: So the president hasn’t signed an executive Order yet, but what are the most pressing issues facing the city?
I’m not sure that’s an executive action, but there are a number of issues that are really pressing, and that are a matter of public policy.
We’re talking about issues of climate change, of water and sanitation, of affordable housing, of public transit, and of access to health care.
I think there are some really significant issues that need to be addressed.
The question is whether we’re going to have the political will and the political courage to address them, because that’s the job of government.
So that’s one.
The second issue is the issue of the housing market.
There’s a huge disparity between what is affordable and what is not affordable, and so the issue there is really critical.
The housing market has been on the decline for years, and we need to start fixing that.
So one of the first things I want to do is to make sure that there’s a more robust housing market, that there are more places where people can live, that people can rent.
And then I think we can get there more quickly.
We have to make it easier for people to get into the market and make it more accessible to the middle class, because the middle income earners are the ones that are going to be the most hurt by this, because we’re dealing with the very people who will most need to get out of the city and into more vibrant communities.
I want them to be able to get jobs.
We know that we’re facing the most extreme conditions of unemployment in our history.
So I want that to improve.
And I want the housing and public safety industries to have more support.
We need more investments to address our water and sewer system, to address stormwater runoff.
And we need better access to the housing.
And so that’s a really, really important one, to make housing and jobs and access to affordable housing and better access for people in our city.
New York Magazine: How are the candidates on this issue coming up with a plan to address the issues that you’re talking to about?
One thing that the candidates are talking about is a housing affordability strategy, and they have a really interesting approach to it.
And what I want is to give people in the city more choices in housing.
So they have more options.
So what they’re doing is giving people more options in housing than they’ve ever had before.
So it’s a very, very innovative, innovative approach to what they call the Housing First strategy.
And there’s also a proposal in the budget to make a $50 billion investment in public housing, which would be to give low- and moderate-income people more choices and access, and to make them more self-sufficient in terms of their own housing, and more able to build self-sufficiency in their own way.
And that’s really what I’m hoping that we can do.
[New York Magazine] The other thing that they’re trying to do, and what we saw from Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the primary, is a kind of reverse-revisionist approach.
They say, well, the government has done too much.
It’s time to go back to the kind of pre-1947 housing policy, and a lot of the things that the city’s been doing have really failed, and now we’re trying again to rebuild.
And if you look at the cities that are in the top quartile in terms on average income and in terms in terms percent of people who have health insurance, the places where you see a big increase in the share of people on public assistance, they’re also places where housing is really important.
And you see that in places like New York, like Chicago, and you see it in places that are, like Seattle, where housing has been declining.
So you see what we’re doing in New York is trying to address that by looking at what the city is actually doing in the best way, by looking to what other cities have done to address those issues, which is to create more affordable housing.
I would also suggest that the mayor has also been very focused on the environment and on addressing the climate crisis.
That is very, that