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METROFOCUS: April 14, 2021

Tonight, we are joined by Eric Adams, who is the Brooklyn Borough President and one of the leading candidates in this year’s mayoral race. He believes that his connections within the city, his experience working for the people of New York at a variety of levels, and his pragmatic approach to governing, will allow him to be able to address the biggest issues facing New York City today.

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>>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS."

WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD,

AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

"METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE

BY --

SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III,

SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA

PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT

ANTI-SEMITISM.

THE PETER G. PETERSON AND JOAN

GANZ COONEY FUND.

BERNARD AND DENISE SCHWARTZ,

BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG, THE

AMBROSE MONELL FOUNDATION, AND

BY --

JANET PRINDLE SEIDLER, JODY AND

JOHN ARNHOLD, CHERYL AND PHILIP

MILSTEIN FAMILY, JUDY AND JOSH

WESTON, DR. ROBERT C. AND TINA

SOHN FOUNDATION.

>>> WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."

I'M RAFAEL PI ROMAN.

THE NEW YORK CITY MAYORS RACE IS

JUST A FEW MONTHS AWAY, AND AS

PART OF THE "METROFOCUS"

SPOTLIGHT ON WHO'S RUNNING FOR

MAYOR WE'RE SITTING DOWN WITH

EACH OF THE MAJOR CANDIDATES TO

DISCUSS WHO THEY ARE AND HOW

THEY PLAN TO IMPROVE THE CITY.

TONIGHT WE'RE JOINED BY ERIC

ADAMS, THE BOROUGH PRESIDENT OF

BROOKLYN, AND ONE OF THE LEADING

CANDIDATES IN THIS YEAR'S RACE.

PRIOR TO HIS TWO TERMS AS

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT,

ADAMS SERVED IN THE NEW YORK

STATE SENATE, AND BEFORE THAT,

HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE NYPD FOR

OVER 20 YEARS, A DISTINCTION NO

OTHER CANDIDATE HOLDS.

ADAMS HAS RECENTLY GAINED THE

ENDORSEMENT OF MULTIPLE LABOR

UNIONS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS AND

HE BELIEVES THAT HIS CONNECTIONS

WITHIN THE CITY AND HIS

PRAGMATIC APPROACH TO GOVERNING

WILL ALLOW HIM TO BEST ADDRESS

THE CRITICAL ISSUES FACING THE

CITY TODAY.

JOINING US NOW IS BROOKLYN

BOROUGH PRESIDENT AND DEMOCRATIC

CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR ERIC ADAMS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE

YOU WITH US.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> SO BOROUGH PRESIDENT ADAMS,

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR?

AND WHY SHOULD NEW YORKERS VOTE

FOR YOU INSTEAD OF THE MANY

OTHER OPPONENTS THAT YOU'RE

FACING IN THIS RACE?

>> EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT THE

IMPORTANCE OF COMPETENCY IN THIS

ELECTION.

BUT I BELIEVE IT'S ALSO

CHARACTER.

WHO ARE THE CANDIDATES?

WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN OVER THE

LAST 40 YEARS IN THIS CITY, IF

THEY WERE ALIVE DURING THAT

POINT IN TIME, OR EVEN SLOWER?

ONE THING ABOUT ERIC ADAMS, YOU

CAN FOLLOW MY OVER 35-YEAR

HISTORY IN THIS CITY.

AND MY COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION

TO EVERYDAY NEW YORKERS.

AND WHAT I WENT THROUGH AS A

YOUNG MAN, FROM BEING ARRESTED

BY POLICE OFFICERS, ASSAULTED BY

THOSE SAME OFFICERS, BUT NOT

SAYING WOE IS ME, BUT LISTENING

TO THE VOICES OF CIVIL RIGHTS

LEADERS AND GOING INTO THE

POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FIGHTING

FOR REFORM INSIDE.

BUT ALSO BEING A PERSON WHO WAS

A LOW-SKILLED EMPLOYEE.

I WAS A DISHWASHER AS A CHILD.

I ALSO WORKED IN THE MAIL ROOM.

I UNDERSTAND THE CALLS THAT

THOSE WHO ARE CALLING FOR A

FREEZE IN TUITION AND EVEN FREE

COLLEGE.

I WENT TO SCHOOL AT NIGHT AT

CUNY AND CONTINUED TO GO THROUGH

THE SYSTEM OF BEING PROMOTED IN

CIVIL SERVICE.

AND SO I AM A YOUNG MAN WHO HAS

GONE THROUGH A LOT, AND NOW IT'S

TIME FOR A MAYOR WHO HAS GONE

THROUGH A LOT TO USE HIS SKILLS

AND TALENTS TO HELP PEOPLE WHO

ARE GOING THROUGH A LOT NOW.

AND THAT IS WHY I'M RUNNING.

THE CITY IS FAR BETTER THAN WHAT

WE'RE SEEING, AND I'M GOING TO

SHOW NEW YORKERS THEY NEED AND

THEY SHOULD GET THEIR MONEY'S

WORTH FROM THEIR TAX DOLLARS.

>> COULD YOU POINT TO SOME

MOMENTS OR ACHIEVEMENTS DURING

YOUR TENURE AS BROOKLYN BOROUGH

PRESIDENT THAT MIGHT GIVE NEW

YORKERS A GOOD SENSE WHAT WAS

YOUR MAYORAL TENURE MIGHT LOOK

LIKE?

>> A NUMBER OF THEM, I AM

EXTREMELY PLEASED WHEN YOU LOOK

AT THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN.

WE HAVE LED THE CITY IN JOB

GROWTH.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE

DONE AROUND HEALTH, OF MY

INITIATIVE AND PROGRAM AT

BELLEVUE HOSPITAL IS ONE OF THE

FIRST OF ITS KIND.

IT'S A LIFESTYLE MEDICINE CLINIC

WHERE WE ARE REVERSING CHRONIC

DISEASES AND DECREASING

MEDICINE, SOMETHING THAT I WAS

ABLE TO DO WHEN I WAS DIAGNOSED

WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES THAT CAUSED

THE LOSS OF MY SIGHT AND

PERMANENT NERVE DAMAGE.

I WAS ABLE TO REVERSE THE VISION

LOSS AND THE NERVE DAMAGE LOSS.

AND NOW I'M USING THAT

INFORMATION TO HELP OTHER NEW

YORKERS.

AND THEN THE $125 MILLION THAT

WE PUT INTO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM TO

BUILD OUT TECHNOLOGY IN OUR

SCHOOLS.

BECAUSE IT'S ABOUT OUR CHILDREN.

IF YOU DON'T EDUCATE, YOU'RE

GOING TO INCARCERATE.

AND THEN THE AMAZING PROGRAM AT

THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD.

FIRST OF ITS KIND, NINE HIGH

SCHOOLS FEEDING INTO A CENTER

THAT IS GOING TO GIVE OUR YOUNG

PEOPLE REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES

RIGHT IN A WORKING ENVIRONMENT,

SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T HAVE

ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE CITY.

I'M GOING TO EXPAND THAT

THROUGHOUT OUR ENTIRE CITY OF

NEW YORK.

AND SO IT IS LOOKING AT

INNOVATIVE WAYS TO MAKE SURE

THAT OUR CITY'S GOING TO KEEP UP

WITH THE 21st CENTURY.

AND REALLY STOP CREATING CRISIS

BUT PREVENT CRISES.

>> YOU HAVE SAID THE CITY'S

REVIVAL WILL OF COURSE DEPEND ON

GETTING COVID UNDER CONTROL.

IF YOU'RE ELECTED AND WE'RE

STILL EXPERIENCING COVID

INFECTIONS, HOSPITALIZATIONS,

MAYBE EVEN COVID DEATHS BY THE

TIME YOU TAKE OFFICE ON JANUARY

1st, 2022, WHAT WILL YOU DO

DIFFERENTLY THAN IS BEING DONE

NOW TO GET COVID UNDER CONTROL?

>> THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION.

IT IS ABOUT TRANSFORMING OUR

CITY INTO A REALTIME GOVERNANCE

MODEL.

COVID AND ANY OTHER ASPECT.

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT.

YOU STEP ON A PLANE, AND YOU

NOTICE AND YOU PEEK IN THE

COCKPIT, AND YOU NOTICE THERE

ARE NO INSTRUMENT PANELS.

NOTHING TO TELL YOU ABOUT WIND

SPEED, IF YOUR LANDING GEAR IS

UP OR DOWN YOUR FUEL CAPACITY.

YOU'RE GOING TO GET THE HECK OFF

THAT PLANE.

BUT THAT IS HOW WE'RE RUNNING

CITIES NOWADAYS.

WE ARE BASICALLY SCATTERING AND

PRAYING, HOPING WE CAN GET IT

RIGHT.

ERIC ADAMS AS MAYOR IS GOING TO

CHANGE THAT.

JOIN ALL MY TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

FROM THE TIME I WAS IN THE

POLICE DEPARTMENT TO HELP USE

REALTIME DATA TO FIGHT THE CRIME

WE HAVE IN OUR CITY.

I'M GOING TO BUILD OUT SOMETHING

THAT IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE

IN BOSTON CALLED CITY SCORE.

I'M GOING TO DO A NEWER MODEL

WHERE WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO

GAUGE THE STATUS OF OUR CITY.

SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT COVID,

NUMBER ONE, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE

REALTIME VACCINATIONS USING

HANDHELD DEVICES SO WE CAN

IMMEDIATELY IDENTIFY WHAT AREAS

WE ARE MISSING.

YOU CAN'T DISTRIBUTE 900,000

VACCINES AND REALIZE YOU ARE NOT

DISTRIBUTING THEM TO BLACK AND

BROWN AND IMMIGRANT PEOPLE.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A REALTIME

VERSION OF DOING SO.

AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO BRING

CLARITY.

ALL OF OUR NEW BUSINESSES AND

EXISTING BUSINESSES THAT WANT TO

OPEN, WE'RE GOING TO GIVE THEM

CLEAR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO HAVE

A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR THEIR

COMPANIES.

BECAUSE THAT LACK OF THAT --

THOSE REGULATIONS, PEOPLE ARE

AFRAID OF HAVING FRIVOLOUS

LAWSUITS WITH THOSE WHO CONTRACT

CORONAVIRUS.

AND FINALLY, IT'S IMPORTANT FOR

US TO GIVE REAL SUPPORT TO OUR

SMALL BUSINESSES IN A NUMBER OF

WAYS THAT WE LAID OUT IN OUR

100-PLUS STEPS FORWARD FOR NEW

YORK CITY TO GET US UP AND

RUNNING AGAIN.

>> CAN YOU GIVE US SOME EXAMPLES

OF THAT?

>> BACK ROOM WORK.

MANY OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES,

YOU ARE A BAKER.

YOU'RE SPENDING COUNTLESS NUMBER

OF HOURS TRYING TO FILE

DOCUMENTS WITH THE CITY.

DO YOUR BOOKKEEPING.

UNDERSTANDING REGULATIONS.

WE'RE SAYING, LET'S ALLOW OUR

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO DO THE

BACK ROOM WORK FOR OUR BAKERS OR

ANY OTHER SMALL BUSINESS.

I WANT MY BAKER TO BAKE.

AND BE ABLE TO SELL HIS PRODUCT.

I WANT MY HAIR SALON TO DO HAIR.

SO THAT THEY CAN FOCUS ON THEIR

HOURS AND MAKING SURE THEY CAN

KEEP THEIR DOORS OPEN.

THEN WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO BE A

CITY THAT'S TOO BUREAUCRATIC,

TOO EXPENSIVE, AND JUST TOO

INTENTIONAL ON GETTING IN THE

WAY OF BUSINESS.

WE'RE GOING TO CREATE ONE

PLATFORM WHERE OUR BUSINESSES

CAN GO FILE ALL THE NECESSARY

INFORMATION AND THEN WE WILL

HAVE THE CITY GO FROM AGENCY TO

AGENCY INSTEAD OF HAVING

BUSINESSES GOING FROM AGENCY TO

AGENCY.

LET'S CENTRALIZE THE

INFORMATION.

ONCE I HAVE ALL YOUR DATA,

THERE'S NO REASON FOR YOU TO GO

TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUILDERS,

SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES, THE

FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR SPRINKLERS.

WE SHOULD NOT BE SENDING PEOPLE

AROUND, THE CITY SHOULD BE GOING

AROUND TO MAKE LIFE EASIER, TO

GET BUSINESSES OPEN.

ACCESS TO CAPITAL.

CREATING A SMALL BANKING NETWORK

USING CDFI SO THAT WE CAN GIVE

OUR VARIOUS ENTITIES ACCESS TO

CAPITAL.

AS WELL AS MANY OTHER THINGS WE

WANT TO DO TO GET OUR CITY UP

AND RUNNING AGAIN.

>> NEW YORK CITY IS RECEIVING

AROUND $100 BILLION AS A RESULT

OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN.

AS MAYOR, HOW WOULD YOU ALLOCATE

THOSE FUNDS IN ORDER TO HELP GET

THE CITY REVIVED AND PEOPLE BACK

TO WORK?

>> FIRST THING I'M GOING TO DO

IS COME UP WITH A PLAN.

THE NEXT MAYOR WILL HAVE ONE OF

THE LARGEST BUDGETS TO SPEND

THAN ANY MAYOR IN MODERN TIMES.

SO THE QUESTION BECOMES, ARE WE

GOING TO WASTE THOSE DOLLARS?

WE WITNESSED OVER THE LAST SEVEN

YEARS, ALMOST EIGHT YEARS NOW, A

$20 BILLION INCREASE IN OUR

BUDGET AND LET'S ASK OURSELVES A

QUESTION.

ARE OUR STREETS CLEANER?

HAVE WE DEALT WITH THE HOMELESS

PROBLEM?

ARE WE EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN?

I WOULD TELL YOU NO TO ALL THOSE

THINGS.

SO IT'S NOT ABOUT JUST HAVING

MONEY IN OUR CITY.

THE QUESTION BECOMES, WHAT ARE

WE GOING TO DO WITH THE MONEY?

$6 BILLION IS GOING TO COME

DIRECTLY FROM THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

$3.5 BILLION WILL COME FROM THE

STATE COMING THROUGH THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT.

AND $500 MILLION WE'RE LOOKING

TO HAVE FROM SPORTS BETTING.

SO WE MUST HAVE A PLAN OF

EXECUTION.

BECAUSE THESE ARE ONE-SHOTS.

SO HOW DO WE RIGHT SIZE

GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THESE

ONE-SHOTS WILL STABILIZE OUR

ECONOMY?

I SAY A 3% TO 5% CUT FROM EVERY

AGENCY.

USING AN INDEX, AN INDICATOR TO

MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT

DISPROPORTIONATELY HITTING THOSE

COMMUNITIES THAT WERE HARDEST

HIT.

I BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO AN

IMMEDIATE HIRING FREEZE FOR

NONESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES, TO MAKE

SURE THAT WE CAN SAVE ANOTHER

$1.5 BILLION.

AND THEN WE WERE SMART WITH SOME

OF THE TAXES THAT WE ARE PUTTING

IN PLACE, BECAUSE THEN WE CAN

ENSURE, AS LONG AS THESE TAXES

HAVE A SUNSETTING CLAUSE

ATTACHED TO THEM, BECAUSE YOU

WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU

STABILIZE THE ECONOMY IN THE

CITY.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF FAT IN

GOVERNMENT, AND WE CAN DO A

BETTER JOB OF RUNNING A MORE

EFFICIENT CITY AND PREVENT SOME

OF THE CRISES THAT WE ARE

WITNESSING NOW.

>> SO 3% TO 5% CUT YOU'RE

CALLING FOR ACROSS THE BOARD,

ACROSS AGENCIES, SOME PEOPLE SAY

DOING CUTS ACROSS AGENCIES LIKE

THAT KIND OF REWARDS THE

INEFFICIENT AND WASTEFUL

AGENCIES AND PUNISHES THE

THRIFTIER, MORE EFFICIENT

AGENCY.

AND THAT THE WAY TO GO IS LOOK

AT A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS AND JUST

CUT WHAT IS WASTEFUL.

HOW DO YOU RESPOND?

>> WELL, THAT'S ONE OF THE FIRST

HIRES I'M GOING TO MAKE.

I'M GOING TO HIRE AN EFFICIENCY

CZAR.

THAT EFFICIENCY CZAR IS GOING TO

GO IN AND DO THE ANALYSIS THAT

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT

ANY CUTS THAT WE DO WON'T HAVE A

DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON

POORER COMMUNITIES, IMMIGRANT

COMMUNITIES, AND THOSE

COMMUNITIES THAT ARE IN NEED.

YES, THERE'S SOME AGENCIES THAT

CAN TAKE A HEAVIER CUT.

WE ARE AWARE OF THAT.

THAT'S WHY WE HAVE FROM 3% TO

5%.

BECAUSE SOME AGENCIES ARE ONLY

ABLE TO DO 3%.

SOME AGENCIES CAN DO 5%.

WE CAN LOOK AT SOME OF THE

AGENCIES THAT WE CAN JUST RUN

OUR AGENCIES BETTER.

YOU HEAR A GREAT DEAL OF

CONVERSATION ABOUT DEFUND THE

POLICE.

I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE

QUESTION OF DEFUNDING.

THE QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU RUN

AGENCIES MORE EFFICIENTLY?

RIGHT NOW WE SPEND ABOUT $400

MILLION A YEAR ON OVERTIME.

I SAY LET'S LOOK AT THOSE

OVERTIME BUDGETS.

THERE'S NO REASON FOR A POLICE

OFFICER TO SIT IN A COURTROOM

FOR FIVE TO SIX HOURS, WAITING

TO TESTIFY, WHEN WE CAN USE ZOOM

TECHNOLOGY.

WE DON'T NEED OFFICERS THAT AT A

PARADES, EIGHT OR NINE HANGING

OUT, STANDING TOGETHER IN ONE

CORNER, WHEN WE CAN USE FEWER

OFFICERS TO DO THE SAME JOB, AND

THEIR VOLUNTEERS.

WE CAN USE THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

AS AN EXAMPLE OF THE

CIVILIANIZATION OF OUR OFFICERS,

CIVILIAN JOBS, WE CAN PLACE

THOSE OFFICERS BACK TO WHAT

THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING,

AND THAT'S FIGHTING CRIME.

WHEN YOU THINK SMARTER, YOU WILL

HAVE A MORE EFFICIENT AGENCY,

SAVE MONEY, AND PUT THOSE

DOLLARS INTO BEING PROACTIVE AND

PREVENTING CRISES IN OUR CITY.

>> YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO THE

"DAILY NEWS," YOUR PROPOSALS OF

THE CUTS FOR NYPD ADD UP TO $1

BILLION OR MORE.

IS THERE REALLY $1 BILLION OR

MORE OF INEFFICIENCIES IN THE

NYPD?

YOU CALLED YOURSELVES A

CONSERVATIVE ON CRIME, AND SOME

PEOPLE MIGHT SAY A CONSERVATIVE

ON CRIME IS NOT GOING TO CUT THE

NYPD BY MORE THAN $1 BILLION

WHEN CRIME IS ON THE RISE.

>> WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT --

FIRST THING I WANT TO BE CLEAR

ON, WE WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING

THAT WILL IMPACT THE PUBLIC

SAFETY OF THIS CITY.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS THE

PREREQUISITE TO PROSPERITY.

I'M GOING TO SAY THAT OVER AND

OVER AGAIN.

I DON'T JOIN MY COLLEAGUES WHO

ARE CALLING FOR LEGALIZATION OF

CRACK COCAINE, CALLING FOR

LEGALIZATION OF HEROIN,

LEGALIZATION OF FENTANYL.

I DON'T SUPPORT MANY OF THESE

CALLS TO TAKE BACK THOSE

MEASURES WE PUT IN PLACE TO MAKE

OUR CITY SAFE.

BUT WHAT I DO KNOW, WE DO NOT

NEED A DEPARTMENT, WHEN YOU HAVE

HIGH MILITARIZATION.

WE DON'T NEED GUNS THAT SHOOT

DOWN PLANES.

WE DON'T NEED TANKS.

WE HAVE THE ARMY, THE NATIONAL

GUARD, WE HAVE ALL THOSE

ENTITIES THAT THEIR PRIMARY

FUNCTION IS TO DEAL WITH THOSE

HIGHER LEVELS OF THREATS.

WE HAVE WITNESSED OVER THE YEARS

A MILITARIZATION OF OUR POLICE

DEPARTMENT, AND WE HAVE A HIGH

LEVEL OF WASTEFUL SPENDING IN

OUR POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

SO RIGHT SIZING OUR DEPARTMENT

TO ENSURE THAT TAXPAYERS'

DOLLARS ARE USED CORRECTLY IS

NOT IN ANY WAY GOING TO ENDANGER

PUBLIC SAFETY, IN FACT, WE'RE

GOING TO GET A BETTER PRODUCT

BECAUSE THE MONEY WE SAVE, WE

WILL PUT IN PLACE INTO

PREVENTIVE MEASURES.

SUCH AS FOSTER CHILDREN.

THE MONEY WE SAVE FOR THE POLICE

DEPARTMENT, WE CAN PLACE INTO

FOSTER CARE, CHILDREN THAT AGE

OUT AT 21, GIVE THEM LIFE

COACHES TO 26.

AND YOU WILL SEE, INSTEAD OF 12%

GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL, YOU

CAN GET A 90% GRADUATION RATE.

RIGHT NOW, 6,700 FOSTER CARE

CHILDREN AGE OUT EACH YEAR.

WE KNOW THEY'RE MORE LIKELY TO

BE VICTIMS OF CRIME, PARTICIPATE

IN CRIME, MENTAL HEALTH

ILLNESSES, HOMELESSNESS, NOT

GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR

ATTEND COLLEGE.

THAT IS A REACTIVE MODEL THAT I

WILL NO LONGER SUSTAIN.

>> WE WERE TALKING ABOUT

REVIVING THE CITY'S ECONOMY.

CLEARLY THERE IS NO REVIVING THE

CITY'S ECONOMY UNLESS WE REVIVE

OUR TOURISM INDUSTRY TO

PREPANDEMIC NUMBERS.

AND OBVIOUSLY THERE IS NO

REVIVING THE TOURIST INDUSTRY IF

WE DON'T, AS YOU SAY, GET

CONTROL AND LOWER THE CRIME RATE

THAT HAS RISEN SO BADLY OVER THE

LAST YEAR.

BESIDES THE THINGS YOU'VE

ALREADY TOUCHED ON, WHAT STEPS

WILL YOU TAKE TO MAKE SURE THAT

WE BECOME -- THAT WE STAY IN

PERPETUITY THE SAFEST BIG CITY

IN THE COUNTRY?

>> LET'S BE CLEAR.

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE CRIMES

THAT WOULD IMPACT ON TOURISM,

THE CRIMES OF -- PREDATORY

CRIMES, PARTICULARLY GUN

VIOLENCE.

I WILL IMMEDIATELY, AND I'M

GOING TO IMMEDIATELY REINSTITUTE

THE PLAIN CLOTHES CHRK IS ALSO

KNOWN AS THE ANTI-CRIME UNIT.

THIS TIME THEY'RE GOING TO BE

SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON GUN

CRIMES.

WHEN YOU HAVE A TOURIST SHOTAL

GRAND CENTRAL STATION, A STRAY

BULLET TAKING A PERSON'S LIFE,

IT IMPACTS TOURISM BEYOND

BELIEF.

PEOPLE LOOK AND TAKE A SECOND

LOOK AT COMING TO THE CITY.

WE'RE GOING TO ZERO IN ON

VIOLENCE.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE

ANTI-CRIME UNIT BECOME AN

ANTIGUN UNIT.

WE'RE GOING TO USE PRECISION

POLICING, GO AFTER OUR GANGS IN

THE CITY.

WE HAVE REAL CRISES THAT IS

INVOLVING GANG BEHAVIOR THAT WE

CONTINUE TO IGNORE.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A TWO-POINT

ATTACK.

NUMBER ONE, WE'RE GOING TO GO ON

THE GROUND WITH CRISIS

MANAGEMENT TEAMS, TO TALK TO

GANG MEMBERS AND REALLY ATTEMPT

TO GET THEM OUT OF GANGS AND GET

THEM EMPLOYED AND BE PART OF

SOCIETY.

NUMBER TWO, WE WANT TO ZERO IN

ON THOSE WHO ARE -- REFUSE OR

RELUCTANT TO LEAVE GANGS AND

WE'RE GOING TO ZERO IN ON THE

CRIMES THEY'RE COMMITTING.

WE'RE NOT SURRENDERING OUR

STREETS.

WE'RE NOT GOING TO VENSURRENDERR

COMMUNITIES TO THOSE WHO ARE

HOLDING INNOCENTS HOSTAGE.

WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE RIGHT

APPROACH.

NOT TO BE HEAVY-HANDED.

PARTNER WITH OUR ON-THE-GROUND

TEAMS, OUR CRISIS MANAGEMENT

TEAMS HAVE BEEN DOING AN AMAZING

JOB, THAT WE NEED TO PARTNER

WITH THEM MORE TO ALLOW THEM TO

HAVE ACCESS TO MANY OF OUR

FACILITIES AND AGENCIES TO FIGHT

GANG VIOLENCE.

THIRD, WE'RE GOING TO GO AFTER

STOPPING THE FLOW OF GUNS IN OUR

CITY.

YOU GO TO THE TRAIN STATIONS AND

YOU HAVE SPOT CHECKS OF YOUR

BAGS TO ENSURE THAT YOU'RE NOT

CARRYING A BOMB INSIDE THERE OR

A DANGEROUS ITEM.

WHY AREN'T WE DOING THIS AT OUR

PORT AUTHORITY LOCATIONS?

WE SHOULD DO SPOT CHECKS USING

THE MACHINERY THAT CAN X-RAY

BAGS.

RIGHT NOW YOU CAN LEAVE ANY

SOUTHERN STATE -- VIRGINIA,

ALABAMA -- WHERE GUN LAWS ARE

LAX, AND YOU CAN CARRY A BAG

FULL OF GUNS TO NEW YORK AND NO

ONE IS CHECKING.

LET'S BE PROACTIVE AND DO SPOT

CHECKS AT OUR PORT AUTHORITY

ENTRY POINTS AS WELL AS CREATING

A TRISTATE TASK FORCE WITH ALL

OF OUR NEIGHBORING STATES SO

THAT WE CAN UNIFY TOGETHER TO

STOP THE FLOW OF GUNS IN OUR

CITY.

>> ALL RIGHT.

REAL QUICKLY, STAYING ON CRIME

BRIEFLY, AS YOU WELL KNOW

THERE'S BEEN A HUGE INCREASE IN

AN

ANTI-ASIAN-AMERICAN CRIME OVER

THE PAST YEAR.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS MAYOR TO

MAKE SURE THIS NOT ONLY

DECREASES BUT ENDS, THIS HATE

CRIME AGAINST ASIANS?

>> THREE-PRONGED ATTACK.

NUMBER ONE, WE HAVE TO BE HONEST

WITH OURSELVES.

WE ARE SEGREGATED AS A CITY AND

OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US.

WE MUST DO SOMETHING THAT'S

REVOLU

REVOLUTIONARY, TALK TO EACH

OTHER.

I AM GOING TO BE INTENTIONAL

ABOUT CREATING A PROGRAM THAT I

PUT IN PLACE ABOUT TWO YEARS

AGO, BREAKING BREAD, BUILDING

BONDS.

100 DINNERS ACROSS THE CITY.

10 INDIVIDUALS AT EACH DINNER.

THEY SIT DOWN, USING THE

LUBRICATING VALUE OF A MEAL,

THEY HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH

EACH OTHER.

LET'S LEARN WHY SOMEONE, WHY HE

WEARS A YARMULKE, WHY THEY GO TO

A MOSQUE OR SYNAGOGUE OR BAPTIST

CHURCH OR TEMPLE?

IT'S ABOUT GAINING IN

CONVERSATION.

SO MANY OF THESE INCIDENTS ARE

INVOLVING YOUNG PEOPLE.

LET'S BE INTENTIONAL WITH

SCHOOLS.

LEANING INTO OUR DIFFERENCE,

DIVERSITY.

LET'S HAVE AN ASSET-BASED

EDUCATION AND LET'S START USING

THE DIVERSITY AS PART OF OUR

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS SO WE CAN

LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.

AND THIRDLY, OUR D.A.s MUST HAVE

A ZERO NEGOTIATION WITH THOSE

WHO ARE COMMITTING HATE CRIME.

NO-PLEA DEALS.

WE NEED TO BE STRONG, TO SEND A

STRONG MESSAGE, THAT IF YOU

ATTACK SOMEONE BASED ON THEIR

LIFESTYLE, BASED ON THEIR

GENDER, BASED ON WHO THEY ARE,

YOU NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

NO PLEA BARGAIN.

AND WE NEED TO SEND A STRONG

MESSAGE ON THAT.

AND THE POLICE MUST TREAT HATE

CRIMES AS HATE CRIME.

DON'T TRY TO PLAY WITH THE

NUMBERS AND DOWNPLAY IT.

>> OKAY.

MR. ADAMS, AS YOU KNOW, ALBANY

HAS PASSED A BUDGET THAT WILL

RAISE TAXES ON INDIVIDUAL NEW

YORKERS WHO EARN MORE THAN $1

MILLION, ON NEW YORK COUPLES ON

THE GROUND $2 MILLION.

IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED WITH STATE

AND LOCAL INCOME TAX, THE RATE

FOR THESE PEOPLE WILL BE

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 13.5% TO 14%,

THE HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY.

SOME OF YOUR OPPONENTS THINK

THAT THE RAISE IN THE TAX RATE

IS A GOOD IDEA.

DO YOU?

>> I BELIEVE THE STATE DID WHAT

WAS NECESSARY TO REALLY NOT ONLY

STABILIZE AND STOP THE

HEMORRHAGING, BUT ALSO TO PUT US

ON THE RIGHT FOOTING FOR THE

FUTURE.

WHAT'S IMPORTANT HERE FOR ME IS

THAT WE USE THOSE TAX DOLLARS,

ONE, TO MAKE SURE WE DO JUST

THAT.

WE MUST GO AFTER THE UNDERLYING

REASONS THAT IS -- THAT IS

CREATING THIS SYSTEMIC POVERTY

IN THIS CITY.

TWO, I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED THAT

WE HAVE A SUNSETTING CLAUSE.

BECAUSE IT SHOULD SUNSET.

WE'RE ASKING AFFLUENT NEW

YORKERS TO DO MORE, TO GET US

THROUGH THIS PERIOD, AS I

INDICATED IN MY PROPOSAL OF

TAXING OF $5 MILLION OR MORE,

THAT IT SHOULD BE A SUNSETTING

CLAUSE.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET THROUGH

THIS PERIOD THAT THE CITY WAS

DEVASTATED.

BUT AT THE SAME TIME, TO BE

SMART ON HOW WE RUN OUR CITY AND

MAKE IT AN EQUITABLE PLACE.

LET'S KEEP IN MIND, 65,000 NEW

YORKERS PAY 51% OF THE INCOME

TAX.

THEY ARE ONLY 2% OF OUR INCOME

TAX FILERS.

WE NEED THEM HERE IN THE CITY.

I DON'T JOIN THE CHORUS THAT

STATES SO WHAT IF THEY LEAVE, I

SAY THE OPPOSITE, LET'S STAY

HERE TOGETHER AND GET US THROUGH

THIS.

>> REALLY QUICKLY, WE'RE ALMOST

OUT OF TIME, YOU'RE NOT

CONCERNED THAT THIS NEW TAX HIKE

WILL INCREASE THE EXODUS OF NEW

YORKERS, WEALTHY OR NOT THAT

WE'VE BEEN SEEING THE LAST YEAR?

>> NO, I DON'T.

WHEN I SPEAK TO MY AFFLUENT NEW

YORKERS, HERE'S WHAT THEY HAVE

SHARED WITH ME.

WE WANT A SAFE CITY.

WE WANT A CITY WHERE OUR TAX

DOLLARS ARE ACTUALLY CARRYING

OUT THE JOB THAT THEY'RE

SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.

AND THAT IS WHAT I'M GOING TO

SHOW AS A MAYOR.

I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO PAY MORE

FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, BUT YOU'RE

GOING TO SEE HOMELESSNESS

ADDRESSED, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE

OUR STREETS CLEANER, YOU'RE

GOING TO SEE CRIME DECREASE, AND

WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE A SAFE

CITY.

THAT IS WHAT I AM HEARING FROM

THOSE HIGH-INCOME EARNERS IN

THIS CITY.

>> WE'RE MOVING ON TO ANOTHER

ISSUE.

YOU HAVE MADE PUBLIC HEALTH A

PRIORITY AND HAVE CAMPAIGNED ON

THE NOVEL IDEA OF PROVIDING

EVERY NEW MOTHER IN NEW YORK

CITY WITH A DOULA.

WHAT IS A DOULA, AND WHY DO YOU

BELIEVE IT'S SUCH A CRITICALLY

IMPORTANT PROPOSAL?

>> YES, AND I AM CAMPAIGNING ON

OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS NOT

SUSTAINABLE.

AND ONE SOLUTION MUST SOLVE A

MULTITUDE OF PROBLEMS.

WHAT MANY PEOPLE WILL TELL YOU

THAT ARE RUNNING FOR MAYOR, THEY

ANKLE TELL I DON'T EDUCATION,

KICHLT-12.

THE NEUROLOGISTS AND

PEDIATRICIANS I HAVE MET WITH

HAVE SAID, THAT'S NOT TRUE, THE

FIRST CLASSROOM IS A MOTHER'S

WOMB.

IF THAT MOTHER WHILE CARRYING

HER BABY FAILS TO RECEIVE THE

RIGHT NUTRITION, FOLIC ACID,

IRON, IODINE, THAT BABY COULD BE

BORN WITH IRREVERSIBLE LEARNING

DISABILITIES.

AND SO WITH A DOULA, THIS IS THE

PERSON THAT GOES IN, HELPS A

MOTHER DURING THOSE EARLY MONTHS

OF PREGNANCY TO GIVE THEM THE

RIGHT INFORMATION THEY NEED,

FEEDING A CHILD, BRAIN

DEVELOPMENT, THE FIRST 1,000

DAYS THE BRAIN DEVELOPS 80%.

GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT THEY NEED.

ONCE WE GIVE THIS TO THE NEW

MOTHER WITH A FIRST CHILD, SHE

WILL HAVE IT FOR EVERY OTHER

CHILD THAT SHE HAS THROUGHOUT

HER LIFETIME.

THIS PREVENTS THE CRISES THAT

WE'RE SEEING, AND THAT IS WHY I

BELIEVE HEALTH IS IMPORTANT

BECAUSE OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, AND WE'RE

FEEDING A CRISIS.

>> WE HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE LEFT.

I'LL ASK YOU THE QUESTION IN ALL

NEW YORKERS' MINDS.

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FIX THE

SUBWAYS?

HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE IT

SAFE, EFFICIENT, CLEAN,

AFFORDABLE?

ONE MINUTE YOU'VE GOT.

>> WELL, I AM A METRO CARD USER.

I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN THE SUBWAY

SYSTEM.

AND THERE ARE THINGS DIRECTLY IN

OUR CONTROL, THAT IS, THOSE ARE

THE BUSES IN OUR CITY.

AND WE WILL USE OUR LEVERAGE TO

MAKE SURE THAT OUR SUBWAYS ARE

SAFE, CLEAN, AND EFFICIENT.

WE'RE GOING TO ENSURE THAT WE

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE

WHO ARE COMING TO GET

REDUCED-FARE METRO CARDS BECAUSE

THAT WILL PLACE MONEY BACK IN

THE POCKETS OF NEW YORKERS.

>> YOU DON'T THINK LIKE SOME

OPPONENTS WE NEED TO GET CONTROL

OF THE MTA?

>> NO, RIGHT NOW -- IF YOU DON'T

CONTROL THE PURSESTRINGS, YOU

SHOULD NOT CONTROL THE AGENCY.

RIGHT NOW, THE STATE CONTROLS

THE PURSESTRINGS.

AND SO THERE'S NO WAY I WOULD

INHERIT THE MTA WITHOUT

CONTROLLING THE PURSESTRINGS.

>> ALL RIGHT.

BOROUGH PRESIDENT ADAMS, THANK

YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

IT'S A PLEASURE TO TALK TO YOU.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

TAKE CARE.

>> BYE-BYE.

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