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Fact Sheet: 2009 State of the City

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2009 State of the City

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today outlined an ambitious State of the City agenda for 2009 – one that aims to preserve and enhance core services and quality of life while moving the City through the national financial downturn as quickly as possible. The Mayor's strategy focuses on three key areas: 1) creating jobs, 2) strengthening quality of life, and 3) promoting even greater accountability and efficiency to ensure quality services for New Yorkers who need them now more than ever. The Mayor delivered his State of the City Address at Brooklyn College in Flatbush.

Below are highlights from the address. To read the full text, visit www.nyc.gov. To watch the address, visit the new NYC Mayor's Office You Tube channel at www.youtube.com/mayorbloomberg.

Spurring and Supporting Job Growth

Over the past seven years, Mayor Bloomberg's five-borough economic development plan has created hundreds of thousands of new jobs, fueled emerging industries like film and television and tourism, developed record levels of affordable housing, and rezoned almost one-fifth of the City to create economic opportunities for communities. With the national recession claiming jobs throughout the five boroughs, however, Mayor Bloomberg today outlined a series of next phase strategies to create 400,000 new jobs over the next six years. The nine-point plan includes:

Investing in new infrastructure;
Diversifying the economy;
Focusing on small business growth;
Targeting tax relief to encourage new investment;
Making it easier to do business with the City;
Growing green jobs;
Reconfiguring and expanding job training programs;
Making work pay for low-income New Yorkers; and
Keeping New York City the strongest financial capital in the world.
Strengthening the Quality of Life in Our Neighborhoods

"The best thing that we can do for Wall Street – and for every corner store in the City – is continue to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. And make no mistake – we will!"

Safe streets: To make America's safest big city even safer, the Police Department will target quality of life offenders, deploy cameras in the precincts with the highest murder rates, and use GPS technology to keep gang members out of public housing. Continuing as the nation's leader in the fight against terror, the City will deploy license plate readers at bridges and tunnels and the number of officers trained and equipped with heavy weapons to respond to simultaneous, multiple attacks will be increased.
Green and more affordable neighborhoods: To create affordable housing opportunities citywide, work will begin on large-scale projects in Coney Island, Willets Point, and Hunters Point South. A $62 million fund will be dedicated to buying, renovating, and reselling recently foreclosed homes. To ensure that every neighborhood has green and accessible open space, nearly 70 more school playgrounds will be opened to neighborhood kids, a new waterfront park will open on the Bronx River, and more than 100,000 new trees will be planted citywide.
Good schools: To continue the Administration's efforts to reduce overcrowding and expand school choice, a record more than 50 new schools will open this year. To help parents easily find information about admissions, transportation, and other everyday matters, "P-311" will launch so that answers to parents' questions can be answered by simply calling 311. The Mayor called on the State to reauthorize legislation that made the mayor accountable for public schools.
Stretching Every Dollar Further

The Mayor outlined a number of new initiatives to make government leaner and ensure that City agencies work harder for the New Yorkers who need them now more than ever. The Mayor will work with Governor Paterson to create a new pension tier that will save taxpayers $7.4 billion over the next 20 years. To cut agency costs, data centers will be consolidated and a regulatory review panel will be appointed to strip away rules that unnecessarily burden City agencies, consumers, and businesses. Shelter providers will be offered financial incentives to help homeless clients find housing sooner avoiding longer and costly shelter stays. The City’s non-emergency vehicle fleet will be reduced 10% and multiple fare taxi rides will be piloted from airports and other select locations. To ensure that vital services are provided as efficiently as possible to the people who need them, online forms will be activated for senior citizens and efforts to crackdown on Medicaid fraud will be intensified.

Engaging New Yorkers in Public Service

The Mayor directed First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris to report back in 60 days with a blueprint for a major, citywide service initiative. Leaders in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and private sectors will be brought together to develop strategies to engage more New Yorkers in service opportunities. "President-elect Obama has said that he will challenge the nation to embrace a new era of public service – and New York City will lead the way," said Mayor Bloomberg.
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