Placard Abuse, Foster Care and Well being Fairness

The NYC mayor candidates last week set guidelines on a number of subjects – and people running for the auditor, district president, district attorney, and council took part.


North Central Bronx Hospital, one of the city’s 11 public hospitals. Four candidates – Ray McGuire, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley, and Andrew Yang – set guidelines for the system last week.

The Policy Shop, a weekly feature, gathers the latest platforms and suggestions from candidates running for citywide office, district president, city council, and district attorney. Read the previous parts of the series here.

McGuire on Healthcare and Small Business

Hopeful Mayor Ray McGuire said it costs $ 255 to start a small business in New York City – a small fee that McGuire is working to eliminate. He also promises to start an NYC MBA program with CUNY to provide entrepreneurs with expertise, harness the city’s purchasing power to secure vacant retail space for small businesses, and facilitate access to and manage capital Simplify regulations. One of his promises is to produce a “Small Business Impact Statement” for every new law. “Just as we prepare a tax impact statement on new legislation, we should understand the business implications of a bill before it becomes law,” McGuire said in a speech. Citigroup’s former chief executive also unveiled a Doctors for the People plan calling for two mobile doctor’s offices to travel around each district every day.

Yang about COVID-19 in the long term and poster abuse

Few laminated documents in human history have generated as much scorn as parking signs – the dashboard decorations that allow employees in certain departments to violate parking restrictions that the rest of us must live by. Andrew Yang spoke out last week in favor of a council bill empowering residents to complain about billboard abuse, and promised to end the de Blasio government’s pilot of digital billboards that the current mayor made last year had announced to fully implement. Yang also promised to improve funding for bill enforcement and reduce the number of posters in circulation. In a separate plan, Yang pledged more long-term research on COVID-19 and support for people suffering from its effects, including efforts to “educate the public about disability discrimination and workplace rights related to COVID-19” .

Garcia on aging and care

The self-adopted mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia proposes reforms to the city’s care system. It calls for the introduction of a racially blind removal process for child abuse and neglect investigations, as well as measures to improve the likelihood of older foster children being adopted and to prevent “aging” without a support system. Garcia also seeks to improve access to income, food and childcare to protect families from the resource deficits that are sometimes mistaken for parental neglect. Later last week, Garcia released her Policy on Addressing the Needs of Older Adults, in which she pledged to close the digital divide, invest in fitness programs for the elderly, step up publicity for the seniors rent exemption, and the digital To close the gap.

Stringer on health justice and more

Scott Stringer would appoint a Chief Health Officer as Mayor to coordinate public hospitals with health departments, establish a NYC Public Health Corps to enable the rapid deployment of trained personnel in health emergencies and expand access to primary care so that no New Yorker has to drive more than 20 minutes to reach a primary care facility. Stringer also focuses on major mental illness and the opioid crisis, and is committed to shoring up the volatile finances of the public hospital system. Also last week, Stringer (with his helmets) announced solitary confinement to the Board of Corrections, wrote to US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg about infrastructure needs in New York and announced an expansion of halal-free meals.

Wiley on schools and maternal mortality

Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley’s plan for K-12 education includes some conventional elements, such as a promise to hire 1,000 new teachers, a promise to simplify admissions processes, and a commitment to have a full-time social worker in each school. The broad proposal goes well beyond these features, however, and includes promises that have become a celeb like killing admissions screens, as well as ideas for the “next step” like “creating accelerated learning models that invest in gifts and talents for all children” and allowing students to play a more meaningful role in school administration. Separately, Wiley unveiled a plan to combat maternal mortality by setting up birth centers in every public hospital and on Staten Island (where there is no public hospital) and expanding midwifery services within the public system.

Donovan hits the highlights

Shaun Donovan always published more detailed guidelines at the start of the race than any other candidate – ultimately summarized in a 200-page book – and now he highlights one particular idea every day on a 70-day countdown to elementary school. Over the past few days, he has highlighted elements of his “innovation platform” and his call to “prepare New York City residents for our net-zero economy, with an emphasis on the skills needed for retrofitting and offshore Wind production are required “.

Candidates are pushing for gig workers to be on sick leave

Comptroller candidate Brad Lander led a group of elected officials and candidates last week when he called on the city council to move on with the intro. 1926, which would expand the city’s paid sick leave policy to include independent contractors – people like “app-based delivery drivers for rental car drivers, nail salon workers and some day laborers,” said proponents, including candidate mayoral Dianne Morales, district presidential candidate and councilor Jimmy Van Bramer from Queens and Antonio Reynoso from Brooklyn, several council candidates, the Workers Justice Project and the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. The coalition says the bill has “stalled since a hearing last May by city council leaders,” but the move has only 11 cosponsors on the 51-member panel, and other bills with far broader support have failed longer.

Lander urges the NYPD to (largely) end traffic surveillance

After Daunte Wright was murdered by the Minnesota police force, Lander re-released his road safety plan last week, calling for the NYPD to be removed from “routine traffic control,” including: B. due to defective taillights or missing seat belts. According to Lander’s plan, “NYPD officials would only enforce driving behavior that visibly and directly endangers public safety,” such as “drag racing, visibly unpredictable, aggressive, drunk or street racing.”

MCC wants to eat back late into the night

Comptroller candidate Michelle Caruso-Cabrera calls for the lifting of all restaurant curfews, arguing: “While the restaurant curfew made sense earlier this year, when few New Yorkers were vaccinated and many businesses were closed, it hurts restaurant owners, workers and patrons alike at a time when a real comeback for New York City is at stake. “

Patel on the Unbanked

Reshma Patel, a longtime auditor candidate, believes the city’s next chief financial officer should do more to connect New Yorkers to the financial system. About 825,000 adults in the city do not have a traditional checking account. Patel believes the comptroller can help fill this void by creating more transparency about bank fees, launching a financial literacy program, and advocating a better interface between public benefits and digital banking.

Orlins aims for environmental justice

A dominant feature of this year’s Manhattan District Attorney race is that almost every candidate is suggesting less prosecution of crimes traditionally held in the prosecution’s portfolio (sex crimes and resistance to arrest, to name a few), and more prosecution of Offenses as the prosecution did not emphasize, such as home breaches and wage theft. Eliza Orlins suggests an environmental justice department that looks at lead paint, mold and pollution, and looks to see if companies are lying to investors about the environmental risks they are taking.

Boylan promises accessibility

New York City’s disabled population – an estimated 900,000 or more people – rarely receives much attention during campaign season or at any other time. Manhattan district presidential candidate Lindsey Boylan pledges to change that with a series of political commitments made last week. While some of its proposals cannot be directly implemented (it will “fight like hell” to improve the accessibility of transit) or are not detailed enough (it calls for disaster plans that take disabilities into account), their platform contains several real commitments: Involving the needs the disabled community in considering land use proposals, improving access to public hearings and meetings, deciding on the appointment of bodies and commissions “taking into account the rights of disabled people and accessibility” and “recruiting people with disabilities in the President’s office.” of the district in high-profile roles. “

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