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MetroFocus: May 11, 2021

As part of our weeklong series on Who's Running For Mayor, we go one on one and in-depth with candidate Dianne Morales on her plans for the city.

AIRED: May 11, 2021 | 0:28:29
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>>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS" WITH

RAP YELL P. 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, AND THE DR. ROBERT C.

AND TINA SOHN FOUNDATION.

>>> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO THIS "METROFOCUS"

SPECIAL.

EVERY NIGHT THIS WEEK WE'RE

GETTING TO KNOW THE NEW YORK

CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATES ONE ON

ONE.

JUNE'S PRIMARY ELECTION IS JUST

WEEKS AWAY AND THE DEMOCRATIC

DEBATES WITH OFFICIALLY GETTING

STARTED.

NEW YORK IS REOPENING AND JUST

HOW THE CITY EMERGES AFTER A

YEAR OF LOCKDOWNS WILL ALL

DEPEND ON THE NEXT MAYOR'S

PLANS.

WE'D LIKE TO WELCOME CANDIDATE

MORALES.

IN RECENT WEEKS SHE'S SEEN HER

CAMPAIGN GAIN MOMENTUM FUELLED

IN PART BY YOUNGER NEW YORKERS.

WITH ALL OF THAT I'D LIKE TO

WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS"

CANDIDATE DIANE MORALES.

ONE OF THE BIGGER ISSUE THAT

KEEPS GETTING DISCUSSED AROUND

YOUR CAMPAIGN IS YOUR

UNAPOLOGETIC USE OF THE TERM

DEFUND THE POLICE.

WITH THAT IN MIND, THIS PAST

WEEKEND THERE WAS A SHOOTING IN

TIMES SQUARE.

I BELIEVE THREE INDIVIDUALS WERE

INJURED IN THAT SHOOTING.

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY TWO OF THE

FRONT RUNNERS IN THE MAYORAL

CAMPAIGN ANDREW YOUNG AND ADD MS

CAME OUT AND DOUBLED DOWN ON

SUPPORT FOR THE NYPD.

YOU SAID THIS IS A PAINFUL

REMINDER WE NEED BIGGER SH

SOLUTIONS THAN THE POLICE.

WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT FEELS LIKE

RANDOM VIOLENCE IN A TOURIST

SPOT LIKE TIMES SQUARE?

>> WHAT WE NEED TO KEEP AT THE

FOREFRONT AS WE HAVE THIS

CONVERSATION IS THE "NEW YORK

TIMES" SPECIFICALLY IS ONE OF

THE MOST HEAVILY SURVEILLED

AREAS OF OUR CITY, THE MOST

HEAVILY TRAFFICKED IN TERMS OF

POLICE.

AND DESPITE THAT, THIS AWFUL

INCIDENT TOOK PLACE.

WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IT

IS THAT WE'RE THINKING IS GOING

TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE SAFE.

WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS THAT

ACTUALLY THE PRESENCE OF POLICE

AND POLICE SURVEILLANCE IS NOT

CONTRIBUTING TO AN INCREASE

SENSE OF SAFETY IN THE CITY.

OVER THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE

EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN CRIME

AND VIOLENCE.

I THINK THE LOGICAL THING TO

THINK ABOUT IS, WELL, OKAY, IF

POLICING IS THE SAME AND

VIOLENCE HAS INCREASED, WHAT HAS

CHANGED?

WE KNOW WHAT HAS CHANGED IS NEW

YO

YORKERS' LACK OF SECURITY.

THE INCREASED INSTABILITY IN

TERMS OF ACCESS TO HOUSING, THE

FACT THAT WE FOUL TO OFFER

UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IN THE

MIDST OF A PANDEMIC.

THEY'RE NOT THE RESULT OF ANY

KIND OF CHANGES SO POLICING AND

THE POLICE ARE STILL NOT MAKING

A DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF

PREVENTING CRIME.

>> BEFORE WE GET TO WHAT THE

POLICE ARE SAYING IN TERMS OF

THE STATISTICS THEY'VE BEEN

TRACKING, I DO WANT TO GET

FURTHER INTO WHAT'S BECOME THIS

CONTROVERSIAL OR PERHAPS

MISUNDERSTOOD PHRASE OF DEFUND

THE POLICE.

YOU'VE SPOKEN SPECIFICALLY ABOUT

REALLOCATING $3 BILLION FROM THE

NYPD'S NEXT BUDGET.

WHY HAVE YOU NOT SHIED AWAY FROM

THAT PHRASE AND ALSO WHEN YOU

TALK ABOUT REALLOCATING SO MUCH

MONEY, CUTTING FROM THEIR BUDGET

AND PUTTING IT SOMEPLACE ELSE,

WHAT ARE YOU PROPOSING?

>> SURE.

I HAVEN'T SHIED AWAY FROM THE

LANGUAGE.

I UNDERSTAND THAT IT EVOKES A

LOT OF FEAR IN PEOPLE, BUT I

THINK OUR COMMUNITIES, LOW

INCOME BLACK AND BROWN WORKING

CLASS COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN

DEFUNDED FOR A REALLY LONG TIME

IN TERMS OF HOUSING, IN TERMS OF

OUR SCHOOLS.

IT'S FASCINATING TO ME THIS

EVOKES SUCH A STRONG REACTION.

IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT POLICE

WILL GO AWAY TOMORROW.

WE'VE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT

THERE ARE SOME OTHER FACTORS AT

PLAY IN WHAT IN FACT CREATES A

LACK OF SAFETY AND INCREASED

VIOLENCE.

SO WE HAVE OUR NEW YORK CITY

POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS THE

LARGEST BUDGET OF ANY DEPARTMENT

IN THE COUNTRY OF MANY SMALL

COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD AND

YET WE CONTINUE TO FACE THESE

ISSUES AND THESE CHALLENGES.

AGAIN, THIS GOES TO THE IDEA OF

US NEEDING TO THINK A LITTLE BIT

MORE COMPREHENSIVELY.

I HAVE CALLED FOR THE DIVESTMENT

OF POLICING AND REINVESTMENT IN

THINGS THAT WE KNOW ACTUALLY

CONTRIBUTE TO SAFER COMMUNITIES.

HOUSING, ACCESS TO JOBS, ACCESS

TO ECONOMIC SECURITY.

THE CRITICAL IS THE CREATION OF

A COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS

DEPARTMENT.

CASES OF HOMELESS, OF MENTAL

HEALTH ISSUES, OF SUBSTANCE

ABUSE AND OUR RESPONSES ARE NOT

APPROPRIATE OR PROPORTIONATE TO

THE ISSUE AT HAND.

THE COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS

DEPARTMENT WOULD ACTUALLY BE

STOPPING PEOPLE WHO ARE TRAINED

AND SKILLED AT DEESCALATION AND

INTERVENTION IN THOSE SPECIFIC

SOCIAL SITUATIONS, BUT ALSO HAVE

THE ABILITY ACTING AS A PART OF

A LARGER ECOSYSTEM SO WE'RE

BREAKING THAT CYCLE OF

HOMELESSNESS, GETTING MENTALLY

ILL PEOPLE TO THE SERVICE THAT

THEY NEED TO GET THEIR ILLNESSES

TAKEN CARE OF, GETTING FOLKS

ABUSING SUBSTANCES THE HELP THEY

NEED.

BEST CASE SCENARIO THOSE PEOPLE

GET LOCKED UP AND RELEASED

WITHOUT ANY HELP.

WORST CASE SCENARIO THEY GET

HARMED OR KILLED.

WE NEED TO CREATE SOLUTIONS THAT

ARE MUCH MORE NUANCED AND

TAILORED TO THE SITUATIONS WE'RE

ADDRESSING.

THAT'S NOT A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER

OF THE CALLS THE NYPD RESPONDS

TO RIGHT NOW NLTS I DO WANT TO

PUSH A LITTLE BIT ON THIS

BECAUSE AS WE'VE SEEN AT THE

BEGINNING OF THE CURRENT MAYOR'S

TERM ALMOST EIGHT YEARS AGO NOW,

THE NYPD AND ALSO THE UNION HAS

WAYS OF LET'S SAY RESETTING THE

CONVERSATION OR TO PUSH BACK.

IT BECAME QUICKLY EARLY ON IN de

BLASIO'S TERM AS MAYOR THAT THE

POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS READY TO

FIGHT WITH HIM OVER WHAT THEY

FELT LIKE WERE SLIGHTS.

IT CAN BE EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT

TO RUN A CITY IF YOU HAVE A

POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT IS

UNWILLING TO WORK WITH THE

MAYOR'S OFFICE OR FEELS ATTACKED

BY THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.

>> THAT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

I THINK THAT IS A VERY VALID

POINT.

THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS I

WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY.

LET ME JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT I

WOULD DO.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO

IMPLEMENT AN ALTERNATIVE.

YOU CAN'T JUST TALK ABOUT

CHANGES TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT

WITHOUT IMPLEMENTING

ALTERNATIVES.

THAT IS WHY THE FIRST PART OF MY

PLATFORM IS THE IDEA OF CREATING

THIS COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS

DEPARTMENT.

THE REALITY IS PEOPLE WANT TO DO

A GOOD JOB, THAT INCLUDES POLICE

OFFICERS, BUT THEY DON'T SIGN UP

TO DEAL WITH MENTAL HEALTH OR

SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES OR WITH

THE HOMELESS.

WE'VE GOT TO CREATE SOLUTIONS TO

THAT.

THE COMMISSIONER OF THE POLICE

DEPARTMENT HAS GOT TO BE HELD

ACCOUNTABLE TO THE MAYOR.

IT CAN'T BE THE OTHER WAY

AROUND.

I THINK WE'VE SEEN A LACK OF

WILLINGNESS TO HOLD THE

LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABLE IN A WAY

THAT IS IMPACTFUL.

YOU GET TO SELECT THE CHIEF OF

POLICE.

YOU GET TO DISCIPLINE THE CHIEF

OF POLICE AND MAKE SURE THAT

PERSON IS ALIGNED WITH YOUR

VALUES.

I'VE GOT DECADES OF EXPERIENCE

ACTUALLY MANAGING PEOPLE AND

RUNNING PROGRAMS AND OFFERING

SERVICES.

THERE'S A DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF

LEADERSHIP AND EXECUTIVE

EXPERIENCE.

MY ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE 100%

FUELLED BY THE PEOPLE AND THE

COMMUNITIES.

I AM NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYBODY

OTHER THAN NEW YORKERS BECAUSE I

HAVEN'T BEEN TRADING FAVORS.

I'M NOT GOING TO OWE ANYBODY

OTHER THAN NEW YORKERS.

NEW YORKERS RIGHT NOW ARE

OVERWHELMINGLY IN SUPPORT OF THE

IDEA OF DIVESTING AND

REINVESTING.

PERHAPS THEY RESPOND DIFFERENTLY

WHEN THEY HEAR THE WORD

DEFUNDING BUT THEY ARE OHM

OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORTIVE.

>> THERE ARE OTHER CANDIDATES AS

WELL WHO ALSO HAVE EXTENSIVE

EXPERIENCE IN LEADING LARGE

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.

TO STICK WITH THE ISSUE OF

SAFETY AND CRIME IN NEW YORK

CITY, AS THE CITY BEGINS TO

REOPEN, NOT ONLY ARE THERE THE

ISSUES IN TERMS OF MENTAL HEALTH

AND MAKING SURE THERE'S

INVESTMENTS IN COMMUNITIES TO

PERHAPS GET PEOPLE BEFORE IT

REACHES A CRISIS LEVEL AND THE

COPS ARE INVOLVED.

WE'VE ALSO SEEN A HUGE INCREASE

IN ANTI-ASIAN ATTACKS.

THAT'S SOMETHING A LOT HAVE

STRUGGLED TO GET PEOPLE TO FEEL

COMFORTABLE ENGAGING WITH THE

POLICE ON.

I'M WONDERING IF YOU HAVE A PLAN

OR ANY KIND OF IDEAS TO ADDRESS

THAT YOU'RE SEEING A HUGE

INCREASE IN ATTACKS ON ONE

PARTICULAR GROUP WITHIN A CITY.

>> TRUTH BE TOLD, MY HEART GOES

OUT TO THE ASIAN AMERICAN

COMMUNITY.

I'VE GOT A STRONG REPRESENTATION

OF LEADERS ON MY TEAM SO WE HAVE

FELT THE IMPACT VERY CLOSELY.

THIS IS AN INSTANCE WHERE IT IS

THE FUNCTION OF THE NEED TO

EXPRESS SOLIDARITY.

THE VIOLENCE AGAINST ASIAN

AMERICANS IS NOT DISTINCT FROM

THE IMPACT AND OPPRESSION AND

INJUSTICE THAT BLACK AND BROWN

COMMUNITIES HAVE EXPERIENCED FOR

A VERY LONG TIME.

THIS IS NOT A COMPETITION FOR

WHO'S MOST OPPRESSED.

IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE

THAT WE ALL STAND TOGETHER.

I ALSO THINK THAT THIS SPEAKS TO

HOW IT IS THAT WE NEED TO

FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM OUR

EDUCATION SYSTEM.

THESE ACTS OF VIOLENCE ARE A

MANIFESTATION OF DEEPLY EMBEDDED

WHITE SUPREMACY IN OUR SYSTEMS

WHERE THERE IS THIS SENSE OF

OTHERING COMMUNITIES IN A WAY

THAT IS PARTICULARLY HARMFUL AND

ALSO CREATING WEDGES AMONG

COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT

ACTUALLY WORKS AGAINST OUR

ABILITY TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO STAND

TOGETHER AND DISMANTLE THE

SYSTEMS THAT PERPETUATE THESE

INEQUITIES AND WHITE SUPREMACY

THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY HARMS

OUR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

MY HEART KGOES OUT TO THE ASIAN

AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND I STAND

WITH THEM.

>> THIS IS MY FINAL QUESTION.

I PROMISE WE'RE NOT JUST GOING

TO TALK ABOUT POLICING.

RECENTLY YOU WERE ON THE BRIAN

LAIR SHOW.

YOU MENTIONED THE POLICE DON'T

PREVENT CRIME, THEY RESPOND TO

CRIME.

AS BRIAN POINTED OUT, THAT'S NOT

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING THEIR

CONCEPT SYSTEM IS SHOWING, THAT

A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH THE POLICE

DEPARTMENT WOULD SAY THEY'VE

BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AT

FIGUFIGURE

OUT WHERE OUR CRIME CLUSTERS.

YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT COMSTAT AND

HOW THAT IS AFFECTING POLICING,

WHETHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE?

>> I THINK THAT THE COUNTER TO

THAT SORT OF NARRATIVE WOULD BE

THE DISPROPORTIONATE HARM AND

CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK AND

BROWN PEOPLE.

IN FACT WHEN WE LOOK MORE DEEPLY

INTO THOSE NUMBERS, THERE'S A

DATA POINT THAT SHOWS THE NUMBER

OF BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE WHO

HAVE BEEN STOPPED BECAUSE OF

SUSPICIONS OF WEAPONS OR DRUGS,

THAT NUMBER WHEN COMPARED TO

THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS WAS

LOWER AMONG BLACK AND BROWN

FOLKS.

AND YET WE KNOW WHAT THE

CRIMINALIZATION AND

INCARCERATION RATES ARE

DISPROPORTIONATELY AND HOW THEY

EFFECT BLACK AND BROWN

COMMUNITIES.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WHOLE

PICTURE IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL

HARMS, I THINK THE HARMS HAVE

BEEN DISPROPORTIONATE AND OUT

WEIGH THOSE SUCCESSES.

I THINK IT SAYS WE NEED TO FIND

AN ALTERNATIVE TO HOW WE'RE

ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES.

I THINK WHEN PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS

TO WHAT THEY NEED TO LIVE IN

DIGNITY, THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT

REDUCTION IN THE NEED FOR PEOPLE

TO ENGAGE IN ANY KIND OF ILLEGAL

BEHAVIOR.

I THINK IT'S REALLY HARD FOR US

TO JUMP TO THAT CONCLUSION

WITHOUT ADDRESSING SOME OF THE

BASICS.

UNTIL WE DO THAT WE'RE REALLY

NOT GOING TO HAVE CLARITY AROUND

WHAT IT IS THAT IS THE ROOT OF

THE PROBLEM OR WHAT WE NEED TO

DO TO ADDRESS IT.

>> I WANT TO TURN TO THE LABELS.

WE IN THE PRESS LOVE LABELS.

YOU HAVE BEEN FREQUENTLY

DESCRIBED AND LABELED AS ONE OF

THE MORE OR MOST PROGRESSIVE

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE.

I'M WONDERING HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT

THAT LABEL AND IS IT THE RIGHT

ONE FOR YOU.

SECONDLY, FREQUENTLY

PROGRESSIVISM, USUALLY LIKE

CONSERVATIVE OR CENTRIST OR

LIBERAL, BUT WHY IS A

PROGRESSIVE LEADER THE RIGHT ONE

FOR NEW YORK AT THIS TIME?

>> THIS QUESTION ABOUT THE

PROGRESSIVE THING, AS A BLACK

WOMAN, AS A BLACK WOMAN, ALA

T

A LATINO MOM.

I DON'T WANT TO -- MY

INCLINATION IS JUST DON'T DEFINE

ME.

I CAN DEFINE MYSELF.

AS THINGS HAVE MOVED ON OR

PROGRESSED IN THIS RACE, I GET

IT.

I UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE FEEL

THAT WAY, WHY PEOPLE FEEL THE

NEED TO CATEGORIZE US ONE WAY OR

THE OTHER.

FOR ME, I GUESS THE REALITY IS

IF PROGRESSIVE MEANS SOMEONE

WHO'S MUCH MORE FOCUSED ON THE

COLLECTIVE GOOD AND SOMEONE WHO

RECOGNIZES OUR INTERDEPENDENCE,

YES, I FULLY EMBRACE THAT LABEL.

I WILL TAKE IT.

THAT GOES INTO WHY NEW YORK CITY

NEEDS SOMEONE WITH THAT

PERSPECTIVE AT THIS POINT IN

TIME.

WE ARE AT THIS CROSS ROADS OF

THESE MULTIPLE PANDEMICS THAT

HAVE BEEN EXACERBATED AND LAID

BARE AND REALLY MADE CLEAR SOME

OF THE DEEPLY ROOTED SYSTEMIC

INEQUITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

THE WORKING CLASS AND THE PEOPLE

LEFT BEHIND AND NOT REPRESENTED.

WE NEED A PROGRESS MIVE MAYOR

BECAUSE WE NEED TO RECOGNIZE

THOSE PEOPLE MADE IT POSSIBLE

FOR US TO SURVIVE AND WE NEED

THEM TOO AND THEY DESERVE THE

RIGHT TO LIVE IN DIGNITY AND

HAVE THEIR NEEDS TAKEN CARE OF.

THIS IS AN OPEN PROPOSITION.

THIS IS US AND THEM.

WE DON'T GET ANOTHER BITE AT

THIS APPLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

NOW IS TIME TO MAKE A MORAL AND

POLITICALLY COURAGEOUS DECISION

THAT WE'RE GOING TO CARE FOR

THOSE WHO CARED FOR US IN 2020.

>> OF COURSE.

YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO'S

BEEN GIVEN THAT LABEL.

SCOTT STRINGER, I KNOW THAT THE

TWO OF YOU HAVE BEEN LET'S SAY

DUELLING ENDORSEMENTS IS THE

BEST WAY TO PUT IT, BUT YOU'VE

ALSO PICKED UP SOME SIGNIFICANT

ENDORSEMENTS RECENTLY FROM A

CONGRESSIONAL AND GUBERNATORIAL

CANDIDATE OF NOTE.

>> YES.

I HOPE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

ZEPHYR.

>> INDEED I AM.

>> THAT WAS LAST WEEK.

IT'S VERY EXCITING.

THERE'S A LOT OF VALUES

ALIGNMENT BETWEEN THE TWO OF US.

I HOPE THE ANTI-CORRUPTION WE

ROLE

ROLLED OUT LAST WEEK WAS

EXCITING TO HER.

SHE'S BEEN A MODEL IN TERMS OF

COURAGE IN NOT ALLOWING HERSELF

TO BE DEFINED BY THE SYSTEM.

I WAS REALLY PROUD AND EXCITED

TO HAVE HAD HER SUPPORT.

>> I WANT TO GO BACK TO ONE OF

THE POINTS YOU WERE MAKING AND

THAT IS THE NOTION OF PEOPLE

BEING ABLE TO LIVE IN DIGNITY.

YOU REFERRED TO YOUR FIRST 100

DAYS IN OFFICE BEING THE DIGNITY

NOW FIRST 100 DAYS.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES THAT

COMES WITH PEOPLE'S BASIC NEEDS

IS HOUSING.

SO THERE'S THIS UNEQUAL HOUSING

BOOM AND VERY GREAT GATSBY.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DIGNITY NOW

100 DAYS AND HOW THAT WORKS WITH

HOUSING.

>> THERE'S THREE CORE PILLARS TO

MY PLATFORM, DIGNITY, CARE AND

SOLIDARITY.

IT'S REALLY WHAT I THINK WE

SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON AND

PRIORITIZING AS WE BUILD A NEW

NEW YORK CITY THAT DOESN'T GO

BACK TO NORMAL.

SO FAR AS HOUSING I'VE EMBRACED

THE IDEA THAT HOUSING IS A HUMAN

RIGHT AND WE SHOULD BE

PRIORITIZING ACCESS TO HOUSING

FOR ALL NEW YORKERS.

WHAT WE'VE SEEN OVER THE LAST 14

MONTHS IS YOU CAN'T REALLY

SEPARATE ACCESS TO HOUSING FROM

PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY.

AS PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE A SAFE AND

SECURE ROOF OVER THEIR HEADS,

THE REST OF US ARE IMPACTED FROM

A HEALTH AND SAFETY PERSPECTIVE.

WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE THAT.

THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT

RESOURCES AT OUR DISPOSAL.

WE HAVE A LOT OF NEWLY VACANT

HOTEL SPACES, OFFICE SPACES,

STORE FRONTS THAT COULD BE

CONVERTED INTO HOUSING WITH A

REASONABLE AMOUNT OF EFFORT.

WE HAVE PUBLIC LAND THAT

HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN SOLD TO

FOR-PROFIT DEVELOPERS THAT COULD

BE PRIORITIZED AND SET ASIDE FOR

100% AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

COMMUNITY LAND TRUST THAT COULD

BE ESTABLISHED.

THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF THINGS

WE CAN DO TO SECURE AND PROVIDE

NOT JUST AFFORDABLE BUT QUALITY

HOUSING FOR EVERYBODY.

I'M ALSO A BIG PROPONENT OF

SOCIAL HOUSING.

IT'S A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING

ABOUT MAKING SURE THEY HAVE

ACCESS TO HOUSING IN THEIR OWN

INCOME BRACKET.

THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE

ATTAINABLE.

THE SYSTEM WAS CREATED BY

PEOPLE.

IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S BIGGER

THAN US THAT WE CAN'T CHANGE.

IT'S GJUST A CHOICE WE HAVE TO

MAKE.

>> ONE OF THE QUESTIONS YOU HAVE

FACED IS ABOUT PHILLIPS

NEIGHBORHOODS WHICH IS THE

SOCIAL SERVICE ARM OF PHILLIPS

HOUSES.

THEY CONTINUOUSLY MAKE THE LIST

OF ONE OF THE WORST EVICTORS FOR

THE CITY.

>> YEAH.

>> WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE TO THE

FACT THAT THEY ARE ALLEGEDLY A

TERRIBLE EVICTOR AND YET YOU

WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH THEM OR

FOR THEM AT ONE POINT.

>> YEAH.

I THINK THE CONCERNS OF THE

RESIDENTS -- I'M ALWAYS GOING TO

SI

SIDE WITH THE COMMUNITY.

I THINK THE CONCERNS OF THE

RESIDENTS ARE VALID AND

UNJUSTIFIABLE.

I THINK IT'S AWFUL THEY WERE

LIVING UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS.

I SUPPORTED RESIDENTS IN THE WAY

THAT I COULD IN MY CAPACITY AS

THE SOCIAL SERVICE ARM BY

PROVIDING ADVICE AND CONNECTING

PEOPLE TO LEGAL RECOURSES AND AT

THE SAME TIME MANAGED TO REALLY

DO WORK THAT I'M REALLY PROUD OF

IN SERVING TENS OF,000 THOUSAND

LOW INCOME NEW YORKERS.

I STAND WITH ALL OF THE

RESIDENTS STRUGGLIE ING AND SUPT

THEIR RIGHT TO LIVE IN DIGNITY.

>> UNFORTUNATELY WE ARE GOING TO

HAVE TO LEAVE IT THERE.

I'D LIKE TO THANK DIANE MORALES

FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU.

IT WAS GREAT TO BE HERE.

>>"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

WESTON, DR. ROBERT C AND TINA

SOHN FOUNDATION.


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