Does He Deserve a Second Chance?





NEW YORK, NY 10007

Mayor de Blasio believes all New Yorkers deserve a chance to succeed in the greatest city on earth. That means every child gets a quality education, every community is safe, and every New Yorker has an affordable place to call home. In 2016, we built on our record of progress.

ü  Equity and excellence in all schools, preparing our students for the 21st century economy.

o   About 70,000 kids enrolled in Pre-K, more than triple the 20,000 children who attended before the Pre-K for All expansion.

o   103 reading coaches hired, trained, and on the job to get our students reading at grade level.

o   City students scoring much higher on English exams, now in lockstep with NYS peers.

o   Dedicated counselors called “Single Shepherds” for 16,000 students from middle school to college.

o   100 schools selected to receive over $3.5 million in new direct funding to build school-wide college and career readiness culture.

o   High school graduation rate over 70 percent for the first time ever.

o   Eliminated CUNY application fee for qualifying high school seniors.

o   Lowest-ever high school dropout rate, and the highest-ever rate of students enrolling in college.

ü  Modern approach to public safety – safer streets, safer every day.

o   January was the safest January on record – followed by the safest summer, safest September and safest October.

o   Expanded neighborhood policing, launched force-wide trainings on implicit bias, alternatives to physical force, and conflict de-escalation à Stop-and-Frisk has declined by 97% from an all-time high in 2011.

o   Arrests are down, murders and shootings at historic lows, record low numbers of robberies, burglaries, and auto thefts.

o   Vision Zero efforts made 2015 the safest year on New York City streets since 1910, and 2016 is on course to be even safer.

o   Opened a state-of-the-art, fully redundant 911 call center to protect the city’s essential emergency response system in the event of disaster.

o   Distributed more than 7,000 kits of naloxone, a lifesaving medicine that reverses opioid overdose.

ü  Easing financial burden, tackling the affordability crisis, and creating opportunity.

o   Fought for New Yorkers struggling to make the rent or find affordable housing.

§  Two consecutive rent freezes (2015 and 2016), keeping rent stable for 2.5 million tenants.

§  150,000 people benefited from the expanded use of emergency rent assistance.

§  Stood up to bad landlords using all available tools – such as withholding rent and increasing funding for New Yorkers to access legal services – to hold landlords accountable.

§  Evictions down by 24 percent, meaning 21,000 people are still in their homes.

§  Replaced voluntary rules with a mandatory affordable housing requirement in new buildings.

§  On track to build and preserve 200,000 affordable housing apartments over the coming decade, benefitting half-a-million people. This year, the Mayor has secured 15,105 apartments to date. We’ve secured 55,309 affordable apartments since taking office, an all-time high for new, affordable construction.

o   Fought for New York City’s homeowners.

§  Proposed a $183 water credit on the water bills of over 664,000 homeowners, in keeping with the City’s past efforts to ensure bills stay as low as possible.

§  Saved 35,000 homeowners tens of millions of dollars in flood insurance premiums by working with FEMA.

o   Bolstering an economy with good-paying jobs, creating opportunities for people to get ahead.

§  Created 60,000 new jobs in 2016 so far, and nearly 277,000 jobs since the Mayor took office.

§  Unveiled a $500 million initiative, LifeSci NYC, to spur 16,000 new, good-paying jobs and establish New York City as a global leader in life sciences research and innovation.

§  Prohibited City agencies from inquiring about salary history as part of the hiring process.

§  Signed a personnel order to provide paid parental leave to approximately 20,000 New York City employees – putting the City at the forefront of city and state policies around the country.

§  Ensured all custodial workers in public schools make the prevailing wage.

o   Fought for New Yorkers who need to get to work on time.

§  Eligible workers can now use pre-tax income to pay for their commuting costs, saving commuters $800 to $1,000 dollars a year.

§  Added 18 miles of new protected bike lanes.

§  Expansion of CitiBike to more New Yorkers, adding thousands of new bikes and hundreds of stations in 2016 across Red Hook, Brownstone Brooklyn, and Harlem.

§  Filled the administration’s one-millionth pothole and made a historic investment in repaving, reducing the need for future pothole repair.

§  Repaved city streets equivalent to the distance between New York City and Miami, Florida.

o   Committed to holistic investments in NYCHA communities, home for 400,000 New Yorkers.

§  Across-the-board improvements for safer, cleaner, and more connected communities throughout New York City.

§  Comprehensive roof repairs.

§  Security enhancements, including lights, cameras, and new doors.

§  Technology investments such as broadband and Wi-Fi.

o   Fought for the city’s most vulnerable.

§  HOME-STAT fully operational: outreach workers are identifying, engaging, and transitioning homeless New Yorkers to services and, ultimately, permanent housing.

§  Nearly 48,000 New Yorkers moved into permanent housing and avoided or exited shelters through permanent housing programs.

§  About 12,000 more households have been able to receive services from the HomeBase homelessness prevention program in each of the past two years.

ü  Launched NYC Well, a 24/7 phone, text, or chat connection to mental health and substance misuse services.

o   Convened 1,000 houses of worship to talk about mental illness and addiction, reaching 250,000 New Yorkers.

o   Created a system to screen and treat 80 percent of pregnant women and new moms, with a goal of screening and treating ALL pregnant women and new moms for maternal depression.

o   Mental health support for every school in the city.

o   Placed over 100 Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) members in neighborhoods with the highest need across the city.

o   Launched the first, city-based movement for mental health – Cities Thrive. More than 80 cities have committed to mental health as a municipal policy and programming priority and to federal advocacy.                  

ü  Progressive Governance.

o   For three years running, added to the City’s financial reserves, preparing us for any potential shocks to the system.

o   Defended New York values. We are #AlwaysNewYork.

o   Stood up for the 65,000 hourly employees in the fast food industry who deserve fair notification on their work hours.

o   Funded major improvements in city parks and purchased the last site needed to complete the 28-acre Bushwick Inlet Park, fulfilling a promise made to the families of North Brooklyn.

o   Expanded graffiti removal, introduced sidewalk power washing in commercial corridors citywide, expanded Sunday and holiday litter basket service, and expanded highway shoulder and ramp cleanup.

o   Shattered enrollment expectations for the country’s most ambitious municipal identification program, IDNYC.

o   Opened the Damian Family Care Center in the Bronx to serve 10,000 community residents.

o   Launched the nation’s first government-led citywide ad campaign affirming every New Yorker’s right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.


Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor

NYC Office of the Mayor, Community Affairs Unit

Tel: 212-676-4939 (o)

Tel: 929-270-6542 (m)

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