We must have peace on our streets if our city is to truly flourish. To protect public safety, as your mayor I will…
Put more police officers on our streets. We will add 3,000 to 5,000 new officers to the NCO program and ensure each officer gets to know the small businesses and residents of their precinct sector.
Expand the presence of police officers in subway stations. Every subway station will have two officers and will feel like a safe haven for residents, commuters and tourists.
Reinstate the NYPD anti-crime unit.
Propose legislation requiring a mandatory 5-year prison sentence for anyone found with an illegal gun in New York City.
Make it easier for small businesses owners to obtain firearms permits for their protection.
Implement a non-racial Stop, Question and Frisk program that keeps neighborhoods safe while protecting constitutional freedoms.
Repeal section 10-181 of the NYC administrative code, which criminalizes chokeholds. Chokeholds were already banned in 1993 by NYPD policy. Making chokeholds illegal simply puts police officers in danger. It’s that simple.
Restore Qualified Immunity for NYPD, which protected police officers from unjust lawsuits. The law repealing qualified immunity only targeted police officers. It doesn’t apply to other government actors who violate constitutional rights. The city must stand behind its police officers.
End the constant and disgraceful denigration of police. Spitting on a police officer should result in an immediate arrest.
Continue using the CompStat program as a proven management tool to fight crime.
Increase funding for NYPD’s successful counterterrorism programs as new threats become clear.
More than 50,000 of our fellow New Yorkers are homeless. We simply have to do better. To address homelessness I will…
Permanently end the use of hotels for temporary shelters. It’s bad for neighborhoods and it’s bad for shelter residents. Hotels simply don’t have the services and programs people who are homeless need.
Change the inventive structure of the city’s non-profit shelter operators..who are often cynical Poverty Pimps. The city pays shelter operators by how many people stay in their shelter. We should instead pay shelter operators by how many people they help, not by how many people they house.
Only build homeless shelters in industrial parks - where we can also place educational, mental health, and other facilities needed to help people get back on their feet.
Pass Int 1287-2018, by Council Member Bob Holden, would require the Department of Homeless Services to report on the “rate of housing placements” - the percentage of residents who relocated to permanent housing. This will help us hold “poverty pimp” shelter operators accountable for failing to help our most vulnerable.
Work with New York State to bring back the Section 8 program.
Everybody knows the Quality of Life throughout our city has declined significantly. To fix this I will…
Direct DSNY to increase enforcement against illegal dumping. Implement a $100 fine for a first dumping offense, $500 for repeated offenses.
Restore cuts to the DSNY budget, with a specific focus on litter basket pickup.
Ensure each NYPD precinct has a weekend patrol dedicated to noise complaints.
Reform 311 to ensure the city doesn’t baselessly close complaints.
Dedicate funds to the Tree and Sidewalk program so that no homeowner ever has to spend their own money because a city tree damaged the sidewalk in front of their home.
Require property owners with green construction fences perform regular graffiti removal along their property.
Start a year-round program under DSNY that hires children ages 14 to 18 and pays them to keep a specific area clean.
Never allow vacancy and petty crime to hold in tourist hotspots like Times Square. The tourism economy depends on would-be visitors feeling safe traveling.
Our most important job is to educate our children. To improve educational opportunities for all children I will...
Triple the number of vocational schools in the city.
Put vocational schools on Rikers Island – any detainee doing 6+ months should be able to enroll in trade school courses to help turn their life around.
Keep the SHSAT for New York City’s Magnet Schools.
Mandate uniforms in city public schools. Uniforms are better for students’ self esteem and long term development.
Allow for teachers to discipline students who are misbehaving.
Re-open public schools in-person for all students, full time.
Provide in-person summer school options for all students who request it.
Double the number of charter schools in New York City.
Allow for the co-location of charter schools and public schools.
Save failing schools by reopening them immediately in the same building.
The cost of housing in our city is far too high. To create/encourage more housing for all New Yorkers I will…
Expand the 421A tax abatement to encourage the construction of more housing and increase the city’s tax base.
Upzone specific areas throughout the city to encourage additional housing.
Expedite DOB permitting and inspections. We will allow tradesmen to self-certify and issue TCOs until DOB conducts inspections. I will implement a 5 day permitting process for new construction.
Require CONED to turn on gas lines three days after self certification/DOB approval. We will issue harsh penalties if they don't.
It’s clear the next Mayor must do more to create jobs and cut taxes. I will..
Never allow left-wing agitators to chase jobs away from our city. Amazon would have brought 25,000 jobs to Queens with a median salary of $150,000. As Mayor, I will ensure we attract top employers.
Provide tax incentives to small businesses that are currently only available to big businesses like Amazon. It makes no sense that our city gives a better deal to corporate monopolies than it does “mom and pop shops.”
Cut property taxes. New York City’s property taxes unfairly target middle class neighborhoods. The cap on assessments means that property taxes in trendy areas like Williamsburg, Park Slope and Bushwick taxes have not kept pace with market value. That’s why Bill de Blasio’s property taxes are less than properties worth half as much in places like Howard Beach, Belle Harbor, Middle Village, etc. My administration will implement a fair property tax system where people are taxed based on the actual market value of their home.
Cut the Hotel Room Occupancy Tax. New York City has some of the highest travel taxes in the country, forcing some people to shorten their visit to our city. This is vital to bringing economic recovery to New York City.
Reform the New York City General Corporation Tax to exclude capital. As currently constructed, the GCT analyzes income, compensation and capital. Many businesses, especially startups, have no income - resulting in them paying taxes on their capital. It’s a tax on job creation.
Phase out the Commercial Rent Tax.
If New York City is to continue to grow and thrive, we must have a transportation infrastructure to match. To make our city more livable I will…
Direct DOT to synchronize traffic lights to reduce travel time. The de Blasio Administration has intentionally slowed down traffic in car-heavy neighborhoods like Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Rockaway Park, and Staten Island. Re-synchronizing the lights with an emphasis on reducing travel time will increase our quality of life. The city should also experiment and examine the use of “smart” traffic lights.
Expand Citibike or other bike sharing to neighborhoods that aren’t in Manhattan or are Manhattan-adjacent. All neighborhoods should have access to bike and scooter sharing - not just the ones in and around Manhattan.
Remove Citi Bike docking stations from the street and return the space to parking.
Create a feasibility study to explore expanding the New York City subway system.
Work with New York State to build four Metro-North stops in the Bronx - each with access to Penn Station.
Build park and ride stations near appropriate subway stops.
Create additional routes on the NYC Ferry.
Repeal Int 2224A-2021, which gives DOT the responsibility for analyzing and reporting on all vehicle crashes involving significant injury - taking that power away from NYPD. This bad legislation hinders NYPD’s ability to investigate auto crime and makes everyone less safe.
Remove the “street dining shantytowns” throughout the city and use that space for additional parking. Give all restaurants the opportunity to utilize their sidewalk space for outdoor dining.
Only allow speed cameras in the immediate vicinity of schools. Too often the city uses speed cameras as revenue generators rather than as safety mechanisms.
Require the city to reimburse Yellow Cab medallion owners 50% of the difference between what they paid for the medallions and what they are worth today.
Ban Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing companies from making pickups at NYC airports. We will reserve airport pickups for Yellow Cabs.
Allow Yellow Cabs to use bus lanes in Manhattan for pickups and dropoffs during rush hour.
I will also allow Yellow Cabs and livery cars to use bus lanes at all times outside of Manhattan.
Implement a public-private partnership with NYC retailers to allow for two hours of free parking in commercial districts.
In addition, my administration will...
Mandate an independent review of all city council discretionary funds.
End loopholes that allow government appointees to cash in on their connections to city agencies.
Ensure no city inspector has the authority to shut down a small business for any violation that does not endanger the public.
Ensure that people who repeatedly misuse the 311 system face punishment.