Mayor Adams continues to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for working-class New Yorkers halfway through first term

As he concludes his second year in office, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, senior City Hall leaders, and commissioners from agencies across city government today released a list of key wins delivered to New Yorkers — demonstrating how the Adams administration continues to prioritize public safety, public space, and working people halfway through his first term.  


“When we came into office 24 months ago, New York City was in crisis — a once-in-a-generation pandemic, a surge in crime, and a steep recession had brought our city to a standstill. But two years later, thanks to the impressive work of hundreds of thousands of public servants across our administration, jobs are up, crime is down, and we are delivering for working-class New Yorkers every day,” said Mayor Adams. “By putting public safety, public spaces, and working people at the center of our administration, we were able to deliver for New York City in 2023. And in 2024, our administration will continue to build on these historic wins, advance bold ideas, and use every tool at our disposal to continue to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New Yorkers.” 


“We experienced unprecedented challenges in 2023, and yet through collaboration, hard work, and community resilience, New York City has achieved significant milestones this year,” said First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright. “Our commitment to safety has led to a decrease in crime, focused initiatives have contributed to historic job numbers, and investments in our youth have changed how generations of future New Yorkers read and learn. I am proud of what the Adams administration has done for New York City and am excited to see all that we accomplish in 2024 and beyond.” 


“Throughout this year, our team of dedicated public servants has worked tirelessly — in the face of difficult circumstances — to deliver for New Yorkers,” said Chief of Staff Camille Joseph Varlack. “We’re proud of the work we’ve done to promote public safety, build more housing, put money back into New Yorkers’ pockets, and fundamentally reimagine how we’re teaching our young people — all while managing a national crisis without enough national support.” 


“Over the course of 2023, the Adams administration has made significant progress towards improving the lives of young people and their families across New York City,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Ana J. Almanzar. “From expanding access to affordable child care for young families, to providing enrichment programs after school and during the summer to K-8 students, to setting more high school students on career paths through summer jobs, we are supporting our young people from cradle to career.” 


“This has been a truly remarkable year for New York City’s recovery, and it’s cause to celebrate while redoubling our efforts in 2024,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic Development, and Workforce Maria Torres-Springer. “I’m proud of the wins we have delivered for New Yorkers. We came into the year with our moonshot goal of 500,000 new homes, and followed it up with historic action for working people: the jobs recovery, housing production numbers, ‘City of Yes’ zoning proposals, minimum pay rate for app-based delivery workers, rebuilding NYCHA, supporting small businesses, five major community plans, reducing red tape through ‘Get Stuff Built,’ action on ‘New’ New York proposals, and advanced toward our other ambitious apprenticeship and youth career goals. It is an honor to work with a mayor who pushes us toward these wins, and we look forward to an even bigger 2024.” 


“Every day, for nearly two years, we have worked to deliver for New Yorkers, including longtime residents, students, older adults, those who have recently arrived, and so many others who call our city home,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “We have been able to improve access to housing, provide tele-mental health for young people, launch a campaign to extend life expectancy for every New Yorker, expand lifestyle medicine services, increase housing placements for those in shelter, ensure reproductive freedom for all New Yorkers, and so much more. We are energized heading into the next two years of the administration as we work to improve New Yorkers’ lives and make our city more fair, more just, and more equitable.” 


“In 2023, we revolutionized our trash pickup and contained it, launched the nation’s largest permanent outdoor dining program, invested over $400 million in green infrastructure to fight the heavy storms that push traditional stormwater pipes beyond their limit, launched the nation’s largest organics pick-up program, implemented aggressive building and transportation emissions reduction through Local Law 97 rulemaking and the green rides program, created over a dozen football fields of new public space across all five boroughs, and, through the Adams administration’s infrastructure task force, brought over $1 billion to New York City,” said Deputy Mayor of Operations Meera Joshi. “This is just the start as we continue and accelerate the fundamental work of strengthening and evolving New York City’s operations and infrastructure.” 


“From delivering on our promise to bring crime down to recovering all of the jobs lost during the pandemic more than a year ahead of schedule, 2023 was another year where the Adams administration continued to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New Yorkers,” said Deputy Mayor for Communications Fabien Levy. “Every day, we communicated to this city how hundreds of thousands of city employees are delivering for them. And with the launch of our podcast, radio show, weekly evening broadcast interviews, and weekly in-person media availabilities, we gave New Yorkers even more opportunities to hear from and engage with Mayor Adams and other senior members of this administration. In 2024, we will double down on our efforts and show that the greatest city in the world is only getting greater.” 


“It is an honor to be serving with a mayor who shows up for all New Yorkers, celebrates our city, rejects hate in all its sinister forms, and stands up for decency, morality, and commonsense on a daily basis,” said City Hall Chief Counsel Lisa Zornberg. 


“I am extraordinarily proud of what our administration has accomplished for working-class New Yorkers over the past two years,” said Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Tiffany Raspberry. “Working with our partners across every level of government, we were able to deliver crucial funding for infrastructure, pass legislation to expand open space and protect jobs, and advocate for the needs of everyday New Yorkers. We look forward to building on that success in 2024 and continuing to ‘Get Stuff Done’ for our city.” 


Highlights from the second year of the Adams administration include:  


Making New York City Safer: Under Mayor Adams’ leadership, overall crime is down in New York City. In 2023, year to date, the city has also seen a drop in five of the seven index crime categories, including a 10.7 percent decline in homicides and a 24.8 percent decrease in shooting incidents. Crime has fallen as a result of proactive strategies deployed by the Adams administration, including plans to crack down on auto thefts, combat retail thefts, and a $500+ million blueprint to keep communities safe from gun violence. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) also made the most grand larceny auto arrests in 20 years, shut down more than 50 illegal smoke shops while seizing more than $23 million in illegal products, and taken over 6,200 guns off the street this year — including the highest number of 3D-printed ghost guns in New York City history — bringing the total number of firearms taken off New York City streets to more than 13,000 since the start of the Adams administration.  


Driving the City’s Economic Recovery: Through historic investments in public safety, public space, and working people, Mayor Adams has steered New York City through a new chapter of its economic recovery, officially regaining all of the private sector jobs it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic — more than a year ahead of schedule. More than 282,000 private sector jobs and more than 44,000 businesses — the majority of which are small businesses — have been created since Mayor Adams took office. One in seven total businesses within the city opened within the last year.  


Making Safer Streets: Building on a successful implementation of 24/7 speed cameras, which has significantly reduced speeding and bucked street safety trends nationwide, Mayor Adams announced plans to double the rate of safety improvements at intersections — delivering upgrades to at least 2,000 intersections per year with lifesaving visibility improvements through a tool known as daylighting to at least 1,000 of those intersections each year.  Mayor Adams has also made a historic investment to build more than 40 miles of new protected bike infrastructure, bringing the city’s total network to more than 60 miles of greenway corridors. The city has completed a record number of new protected bike lanes this year, with over 33 miles of protected bike lanes, and over 10 miles in the Bronx. The city has hardened 20 miles of existing protected bike lanes in 2022 and 2023. Through the work of the Adams administration’s Infrastructure Task Force, the city received more than $50 million in road safety construction grants for Delancey Street and Queens Blvd. Excluding 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City is on track to have the lowest number of pedestrian deaths in recorded history. 


Cleaning City Streets: As New Yorkers produce over 44 million pounds of trash every day — the equivalent weight of 100 commercial planes — Mayor Adams has launched a nation-leading “trash revolution” to keep New York City’s streets clean. The administration has launched efforts to containerize 100 percent of business trash and is on track to do the same for residential trash. After decades of inaction, the administration implemented a new rule in April to drastically reduce the time trash bags could sit on city streets. 


Winning the War on Rats: Delivering on a 2023 State of the City commitment, Mayor Adams appointed the city’s first-ever citywide director of rodent mitigation to work in coordination with city agencies to reduce the rat population in New York City. As a result of the administration’s focus on rat mitigation and enhanced sanitation interventions, calls about rat activity dropped by 20 percent citywide and by 45 percent in “Rat Mitigation Zones” this summer. 


Prioritizing Reading, Making Schools More Equitable: Mayor Adams launched “New York City Reads,” a major citywide campaign to declare literacy and reading the overriding priority at New York City public schools. The effort includes approximately $35 million in investments for teacher training and coaching. The administration also increased test scores while decreasing racial disparities in results, and increased school enrollment for the first time in eight years. Math test score proficiency increased by 12 percentage points from 2022 to 2023 and English language arts (ELA) proficiency increased by almost 3 percentage points during that same period. Black students also improved proficiency by 13.8 percent in math and 4.5 percent in ELA, reducing the gap with white students by 2.1 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. 


Supporting New Yorkers Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness: Under Mayor Adams’ leadership, homeless outreach staff have referred 70 percent more people experiencing street homelessness to shelter during Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) compared to FY22 and have moved approximately 1,000 people from Safe Haven and stabilization beds to permanent housing during FY23 — more than double the number from FY22. The administration has also helped 50 of the 100 hardest to reach New Yorkers living on city streets get a roof over their heads. This represents a 145-percent increase over the prior year. 


Finally Making Child Care Affordable: Through strategic investments and advocacy, the Adams administration reduced the per child co-payment or out-of-pocket cost of subsidized child care for a family earning $55,000 a year from $55 a week in 2022 to $4.80 a week today. Mayor Adams also created New York City’s first Mayor’s Office for Child Care and Early Childhood Education and increased the number of children enrolled in child care with the support of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)-issued low-income vouchers from fewer than 8,000 in June 2022 to 29,000 in November 2023.  


Connecting Young New Yorkers to Jobs: Mayor Adams continued his administration’s investment in accessible career pipelines by releasing a $600 million roadmap to build inclusive pathways for up to 250,000 of the city’s young people to discover their passion, receive hands-on career experience, and, ultimately, enter the workforce. The administration’s work to connect young people with accessible careers includes the expansion of FutureReadyNYC and The City University of New York Tech Equity Initiative, as well as through apprenticeship programs for nursing and other family-sustaining careers. 


Meeting the Moment in a Humanitarian Crisis: Since the spring of 2022, more than 157,000 migrants have arrived in New York City seeking shelter while the city has effectively managed a humanitarian crisis almost entirely on its own. The Adams administration has taken fast and urgent action, launching application help centers to help new arrivals apply for over 23,000 asylum, work authorization, and Temporary Protected Status applications, as well as opening more than 210 emergency sites to provide shelter to asylum seekers, including 18 additional large-scale humanitarian relief centers. The city has also taken a leadership role amongst other cities in advocating for more federal support in response to this national crisis.  


Creating New Public Space for New Yorkers: Understanding that public space is where communities are built, culture is fostered, and opportunities are created, Mayor Adams committed $375 million to creating new public spaces in last year’s State of the City address. To further that effort, he appointed the city’s first-ever chief public realm officer and launched generational projects, including the expansion of “Broadway Vision” to create new public space and improved street safety between Madison Square and Herald Square; a plan to invest more than $40 million along Fulton Street and across Downtown Brooklyn; revitalized space under the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in lower Manhattan 

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