For far too long, the realities of living in NYC has meant two very different things, like Charles Dickens “tale of two cities” come to real life. While an elite few are able to live lavishly within the extreme cost of living, far too many others are living paycheck to paycheck, praying that the landlord doesn’t decide this is the month rent goes up.
For too long, politicians have said they care about income inequality, gentrification, skyrocketing cost of living, and a lack of basic public transportation for so many. Yet here we are. Every year, our communities face the same realities, and every year politicians say they are working on it, yet nothing changes. When COVID hit NYC the hardest, it was working people, including those in our black and brown communities, who were disproportionately affected the most, losing loved ones, closing businesses, and somehow still holding the economy together.
That is why as NYC’s mayor, my economic plan will start with our working-class communities. Working people need an increased minimum wage, expanded unionization, salary and rent protections, access to public transportation, expanded affordable housing options, subsidies for local businesses, community-driven development, and the basic dignity and respect they deserve as the backbone of our amazing city. It is time that NYC finally has a mayor that stands with working people.
The current administration has failed NYCHA and its residents. It has failed to gather the necessary resources to repair and maintain some of the only truly affordable housing in NYC, and people are suffering as a direct result. It is time we prioritize repairing, maintaining, and protecting our city’s public housing. Ensuring the living conditions of every NYCHA resident is improved will be a top priority on day one of a Wright administration.
On the public housing front, the current administration has failed in its plan to raise funds for capital repairs for new infill projects that create mixed-income housing. This stalled process has hurt working class New Yorkers.
The Wright Administration will prioritize the advancement of infill projects. We’ll also ensure NYCHA is on track with all lead testing and removal, as well as boiler and elevator repairs. These are basic decencies no New Yorker should be expected to be without.