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“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in.”

- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

New York City’s government is not just in crisis — it often is the crisis. COVID-19 has exposed the City’s mismanagement in stark detail. And it is Black and Brown communities who suffer the most from its dysfunction.

I know because I lived it. As one of six children with a single mother who struggled to make ends meet, I have committed my life to making the City work better for those who need it the most.

Inefficiency and inequality lead to injustice. How? New York has tremendous resources — but it often wastes them on programs that do not deliver the desired result or spends them in ways that do not help the New Yorkers who need them the most. I will make our City government more efficient, effective, and equal. Here’s how.

A more efficient city

Today, the City governs from crisis to crisis — always dealing with the immediate problem and never the cause. Structural changes and smart management are necessary to create efficiency and reduce inequality.


I will do that by:

  1. Closing the budget gap without affecting public services
  2. Instituting real-time governing
  3. Finding the waste

A more effective city

City agencies each keep their own records and data, with very little productive interaction — and New Yorkers who need help fall through the cracks. Using technology, we can focus on making government more effective by tailoring New Yorkers’ interaction with the City down to the person.


My plan includes:

  • Building one digital platform for New Yorkers to access all City services
  • Bringing the City to the community by delivering services in storefronts and in-person in lower-income neighborhoods
  • Creating a Recovery Score to track our progress with analytics

A more equal city

Finally, the City must do a far better job of maximizing its resources and using its regulatory powers to help deal with structural economic and social issues. That includes prioritizing spending on programs, services, and contractors that reduce inequality. It also means revisiting regulations that discourage growth, particularly of our Black and Brown owned small businesses.


My plan includes:

  • Prioritizing minority- and women-owned businesses for City contracts
  • Eliminating the fees for starting a small business
  • Instituting a warning system for violations that do not pose immediate danger
  • Maximizing the use of City assets — particularly office buildings for affordable housing

Sincerely,

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