Mayor Bloomberg Outlines NYC's Unfinished Business
By NYC.gov - FEB. 14, 2013
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Mayor Bloomberg delivered his 12th and final State of the City
address today at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, detailing his agenda for the year
and the unfinished business the Administration intends to accomplish over the
next 320 days. The Mayor outlined his multi-faceted strategy to continue the
progress of the past 11 years that has resulted in better schools, safer
neighborhoods, improved infrastructure, more jobs and housing, a cleaner
environment and greater opportunities for all New Yorkers.
Complete Major Infrastructure Improvements
and Start New Projects to Spur Economic Development and Create Jobs
"But as far as
we've come, our work is not done. We have unfinished business - and only 320
days to complete it. As the countdown clock in City Hall says: we are going to
Make Every Day Count. Our goal is not to spend the year cutting ribbons. It's
much bigger than that: Our goal is to advance projects - and start new ones -
that will keep our city on the right course for decades to come. ... That's why
2013 will be our busiest - and most important - year yet."
- Rezone East Midtown, working with Borough President Stringer and
Council Member Garodnick, the Administration will seek to allow for a
select number of new buildings to rise in the decades ahead to keep the
area economically competitive, while preserving the area's historic
character. The new buildings will pay into a mass transit fund to relieve
some of the pedestrian bottlenecks and congestion in and around Grand
Central. The average age of buildings in East Midtown is 73 years old, and
only two new office buildings have been built there in the past decade.
the second stage of the single largest construction project in the city's history:
the third water tunnel. The city currently relies on two water tunnels for the
majority of its drinking water.Those tunnels were first put into service
in 1917 and 1936, respectively.Completing City WaterTunnel No. 3
will provide New York with critical redundancy, and will allow the Department
of Environmental Protection to shut down and repair City Water Tunnels No. 1
and 2 for the first time in their history.
- Finalize construction on the Number
7 train extension - the first new subway track funded by the City in
50 years. The new section will extend from 42nd Street and 7th
Avenue at Times Square to 34th Street and 11th Avenue
in the Hudson Yards area in Midtown West. The $2.1 billion project, funded
by the City and managed by the MTA, is the first subway expansion in
decades, creating nearly 500 construction jobs.
- Complete the third and final section of the High Line. Located between West 30th and West 34th
Streets to the south and north, and 10th and 12th Avenues
to the east and west, the final section of the elevated railway, called
the High Line at the Rail Yards, extends a half mile beyond the current
northern end of the High Line park, which has welcomed more than ten
million visitors since it opened in 2009. The High Line at the Rail Yards
surrounds Related Companies/Oxford Properties Group's Hudson Yards project
that started construction this past fall.
- Undertake one of the most exciting cultural projects yet - the Culture Shed, a
170,000-square-foot arts and exhibition center at Hudson Yards. Designed
by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and David Rockwell, the space will accommodate
visual art exhibitions, performances and creative industries like fashion.
The building will be next to the High Line on 30th Street near
creating a new community called Greenpoint
Landing - with more than 5,000 new homes, 1.5 acres of parkland and up to
four acres of waterfront open space, a marina, a public school, commercial
space and shops - on the waterfront in Brooklyn.
developing the sites around Seward Park
on the Lower East Side. This project will transform more than six acres of
underutilized landinto a vibrant, mixed-use space in one of New York
City's most dynamic, diverse neighborhoods.Located along Delancey and
Essex Streets, the nine sites, now with full land use approvals,will be
transformed into 1.65 million square feet of permanently affordable and
market-rate housing, commercial space, a new Essex Street Market, and new open
space, with the potential for a school and other community space.
forward with plans to build a major retail
complex and the world's largest Ferris wheel at St. George, bringing more
visitors - and jobs - to Staten Island. The wheel is
expected to welcome as many as 30,000 riders per day during peak season and an
estimated 4.5 million visitors per year. The 350,000-square-foot retail complex
will feature 100 designer outlet stores and a 120,000-square-foot hotel.
Together the projects will generate a $480 million private investment, and
create more than 1,200 construction jobs and 1,100 permanent jobs.
the process of cleaning up Willets Point
and bringing jobs and open space to the community. The development plan
from Queens Development Group, a joint venture between
Sterling Equities, Inc. and Related Companies includes a retail and
entertainment attraction to the west of Citi Field in the first phase.
Ultimately, the plan will unlock over 5 million square feet of new development
in a unified district, transforming a contaminated area into a new neighborhood.
The build-out will include retail, hotel and commercial uses to complement a
residential community of 2,500 housing units, of which 875 units will be
affordable. The expanded vision will infuse $3 billion of private investment
into the local economy and create 7,100 permanent jobs and 12,000 direct
the next phase of BioBAT at the
Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park and will ultimately provide 500,000
square feet of commercial biotech space. Itsanchor tenant,the International
Aids Vaccine Initiative, occupies a 40,000-square-foot space.
the $50 million New York Genome Center
in Lower Manhattan. The research facility will be a world-class hub for genome
sequencing, analytics, bioinformatics, high performance computing, and
translational research. The Center will leverage New York's vast academic and
research infrastructure; serve as a collaboration nexus for pharmaceutical,
biotech, and IT companies; and catalyze the formation of new innovations and
the new Steeplechase Plaza at Coney
Island. Located in the amusement district between MCU Park and the Boardwalk,
this 2.2-acre outdoor oceanfront plaza is envisioned as a site for public
performances and art, a water feature and retail space. It will also serve as
the future home to the Carousel pavilion.
one of the largest track and field complexes on the East Coast - the largest PlaNYC recreational center - at Ocean Breeze, a 110-acre park that was
once part of the Staten Island University Hospital campus. This 135,000-square-foot
complex will feature a competition quality eight-lane track, two long jump
pits, a pole vault, a high jump, and two shot-put and weight throwing areas and
accommodate 2,500 seats.
with Borough President Diaz to bring new life - and good jobs - back to the Kingsbridge Armory.
with Major League Soccer to bring
soccer back to our city for the first time since the Cosmos left in 1977.
forward with a plan to turn the Domino
Sugar Plant into new housing and commercial space.
- Work with the State to help begin creating
a 50-acre new media campus at Steiner
Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard - which will be home to 2,500
middle-class jobs in film and television production.
the redevelopment of the South Street
Seaport - breaking ground on the Pier 17 renovation project, which will
create 295,000 square feet of new retail and public accessible open space this
ground on a new community that will bring housing and jobs to the Navy Homeport on Staten Island.
the New York Public Library create
the largest circulating and research library in the world.
Waste Reduction and Recycling and Seeking to Ban Polystyrene Foam
"We'll also take
major new steps toward another important sustainability goal that we've set: Doubling
the city's recycling rate to 30 percent by 2017... It starts with making
recycling easier for everyone by putting 1,000 new recycling containers in
streets on all five boroughs this year... We'll also tackle New York City's final
recycling frontier: food waste... So with Speaker Quinn and the City Council, we
will work to adopt a law banning Styrofoam food packaging from our stores and
restaurants. And don't worry: the doggie bag will survive just fine."
- Put 1,000 new recycling containers
on streets in all five boroughs this year.
- Work with Speaker Quinn and the City Council to adopt a law
banning polystyrene foam food packaging
from stores and restaurants.
- Finalize a major new facility in South Brooklyn that will accept
all kinds of plastics, have a state-of-the-art education center to teach
children about recycling and one of the largest solar installations in the
recycling food waste, nearly 200,000 tons of which fill landfills every year at
a cost of nearly $80 per ton. That waste can be used as fertilizer or converted
to energy at a much lower price.
a pilot program to collect curbside organic waste from single family homes in
Staten Island for composting.
Use of and Access to Electric Vehicles
- Pilot curbside vehicle
chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as
with the City Council to amend the Building Code so that 20 percent of all new
public parking spaces in private development will be wired to charge electric
- Add 50 more electric vehicles
to the city's fleet of cars and place the first six fully electric
taxis on the road - with the goal of making one-third of the City's fleet
electric by 2020.
Build on the Progress in Our Schools
"Since 2005 ... we've
raised high school graduation rates by 40 percent - while they've gone up only
9 percent in the rest of the state. At the same time, our college readiness
rate has doubled even as our dropout rate has been cut in half. But we
know how much unfinished business remains in our schools. ... Success in college
and careers requires good writing and critical thinking skills, as well as good
math and science skills."
Common Core standards and new State exams for grades 3 through 8 to test for
critical math, science, writing and reading skills.
a total of 100,000 new classroom seats since the start of the Administration by
the end of this year.
- Launch a fellowship program, through the Young Men's
Initiative, for 12 to 15 education leaders who will design eight new schools
based on the most promising college readiness strategies - and then they will
become principals or at those schools, or serve in leadership positions.
Create New Charter Schools to Increase
Graduation and College Readiness Rates
26 new charters by this September - and work to approve many more for 2014.
some of these new charters within public school buildings because charters
students are public school students and they students deserve access to public
Open New STEM Schools to Prepare
Students for a 21st Century Economy
to create two more 9-14 high schools - including one in the South Bronx,
focused on the health care industry and one in Long Island City focused on the
the second Academy for Software Engineering high school. This school will be
grades 9 to 12, located in the Bronx and will open with 9th grade
computer science classes to 20 more middle and high schools next September with
Mayor Robert K. Steel and Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh will
work with the tech industry, universities and the nonprofit sector to develop
an intensive computer science training program in Downtown Brooklyn for adults
who want to learn IT skills.
City's Digital Infrastructure
Code Corps, a program that engages vetted volunteer technologists to realize
lifesaving City government initiatives in emergency and disaster situations.
Code Corps tech volunteers will be screened in advance, and partner with City
representatives from a range of agencies on strategic projects developed to
serve civic needs.
a competition for installing Wi-Fi in more of our Business Improvement
Districts and make areas even more attractive for consumers, residents, and
Create a More Resilient, Sustainable
City Following Hurricane Sandy
"After the storm passed, it was clear that the houses
and businesses most damaged by Hurricane Sandy were built decades ago, while
those that were built in the last few years or are now being built held up
pretty well. That was no accident. Our administration has fundamentally changed
the way we conduct waterfront development. But Sandy raised the bar - and now
we must rise to the occasion."
a report by the end of May on how to better protect New York City - and its
critical infrastructure - from extreme weather events.
a long-term plan to ensure that when extreme weather hits, the City can get the
lights back on quickly and ensure the heat keeps working, gas stations stay
open, hospitals maintain power and the transportation system keeps flowing.
with the State on an innovative program to preserve and protect vital wetlands
while also enabling more efficient economic development along the city's
a Conservation Corps, financed privately through the Mayor's Fund, to cultivate
and train the next generation of Park stewards and leaders and help improve the
resiliency of our parks and beaches.
ensure all the City's beaches are open on Memorial Day weekend.
Connect New Yorkers in Storm-Damaged
Areas with Job Opportunities
"Many small businesses are also suffering as a result
of Sandy. ... We need our businesses to recover as quickly as possible and we'll
make sure government doesn't stand in their way."
all businesses in the hardest-hit areas, sign an executive order waiving all
city fees for repair work and work with Speaker Quinn and the City Council to
waive all fees that require legislation.
$1 million in City funds administered by the Center for Economic Opportunity to
support non-profit groups in placing 1,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work on
hurricane relief and recovery projects.
up to 70 teenaged probation clients, as part of the Young Men's Initiative, to
make a positive difference for the city - and themselves - doing hurricane
recovery work this spring.
construction companies that are repairing and rebuilding storm-struck areas to
hire the unemployed from those communities.
Juvenile Offenders Stay on the Right Path and Change Policy for Marijuana
"We know that there's more we can do to
keep New Yorkers, particularly young men, from ending up with a criminal
next week, those who are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana
will no longer be held overnight.
a new program to connect juvenile offenders to jobs and services and, for the
first time, pay program providers based on how successful they are in helping
offenders get jobs, earn GEDs and stay clean.
recidivism by using data and risk-management strategies to target resources
where they are needed most.
a new Chief Analytics Officer and launch a new platform using data analytics to
improve the way all agencies share information.
Help Victims of Domestic Violence and
with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance on a new program that will pair
police officers with mental health professionals who will work together to help
those who are most at-risk. The pilot program, based out of the Manhattan
Family Justice Center, will allow domestic violence police officers to call
upon specially trained counselors to help children in the most at-risk
families. Children who witness violence in their home, particularly to a
caregiver, are at risk of post-traumatic stress and poor life outcomes.
our fourth Family Justice Center where victims of domestic violence can get all
the services and support they need in one place.
Transform the City's Aging Public
"Hurricane Sandy made painfully clear
just how much NYCHA's aging housing stock is suffering from decades of federal
disinvestment. ... We can either allow them to crumble or knock them down, or
find new revenue for repairs and capital investments. I know which is right for
New York: our Administration will not walk away from public housing. ... We have
a plan - and will move forward on it this year."
the process of developing new housing on under-used NYCHA sites, which will
raise revenue for maintenance and repairs.
plan will improve conditions for residents of public housing where the
development takes place - and bring more of the affordable and market rate
housing our city needs.
York City Remains the Tourism Capital of the World
"Last year, a record 52 million people
visited...Even though we've become the number one tourism destination in the
country, we still have unfinished business... So working with Speaker Quinn and
the City Council, we'll pass legislation to make New York a more youth-friendly
with the City Council to pass legislation that will make New York a more
youth-friendly tourism destination and legalize for-profit youth hostels.
175,000 more young tourists to our city each year - which will create more than
1,000 new jobs for our residents.