Mayor Bloomberg Outlines NYC's Unfinished Business

By - 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.
  • Complete
    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
    11th Avenue.
  • Begin
    creating a new community called Greenpoint
    - 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.
  • Begin
    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.
  • Move
    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.
  • Begin
    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
    construction jobs.
  • Open
    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.
  • Build
    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
    start-up enterprises.
  • Open
    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.
  • Open
    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.
  •  Work
    with Borough President Diaz to bring new life - and good jobs - back to the Kingsbridge Armory.
  • Work
    with Major League Soccer to bring
    soccer back to our city for the first time since the Cosmos left in 1977.
  •  Move
    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
    in the Brooklyn Navy Yard - which will be home to 2,500
    middle-class jobs in film and television production.
  •  Begin
    the redevelopment of the South Street
    - breaking ground on the Pier 17 renovation project, which will
    create 295,000 square feet of new retail and public accessible open space this
  • Break
    ground on a new community that will bring housing and jobs to the Navy Homeport on Staten Island.
  • Help
    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
  •  Begin
    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.
  • Launch
    a pilot program to collect curbside organic waste from single family homes in
    Staten Island for composting.

 Expand the
Use of and Access to Electric Vehicles

  • Pilot curbside vehicle
    chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as
    30 minutes. 
  • Work
    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."

  • Adopt
    Common Core standards and new State exams for grades 3 through 8 to test for
    critical math, science, writing and reading skills.
  • Add
    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

  • Open
    26 new charters by this September - and work to approve many more for 2014.
  • Locate
    some of these new charters within public school buildings because charters
    students are public school students and they students deserve access to public
    school facilities.

 Open New STEM Schools to Prepare
Students for a 21st Century Economy

  • Work
    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
    energy industry.
  •  Open
    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
    this fall.
  • Bring
    computer science classes to 20 more middle and high schools next September with
    private support.
  •  Deputy
    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.

 Grow the
City's Digital Infrastructure

  • Create
    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.
  •  Launch
    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."

  • Deliver
    a report by the end of May on how to better protect New York City - and its
    critical infrastructure - from extreme weather events.
  • Develop
    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.
  • Work
    with the State on an innovative program to preserve and protect vital wetlands
    while also enabling more efficient economic development along the city's
  • Launch
    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.
  • And
    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."

  • For
    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.
  • Provide
    $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.
  • Hire
    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.
  • Encourage
    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

  • Effective
    next week, those who are arrested for possessing small amounts of marijuana
    will no longer be held overnight.
  • Create
    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.
  • Attack
    recidivism by using data and risk-management strategies to target resources
    where they are needed most.
  • Appoint
    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
Sexual Assault

  • Work
    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.
  • Open
    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
Housing Stock

"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."

  • Begin
    the process of developing new housing on under-used NYCHA sites, which will
    raise revenue for maintenance and repairs.
  • This
    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.

Ensure New
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
tourism destination."

  • Work
    with the City Council to pass legislation that will make New York a more
    youth-friendly tourism destination and legalize for-profit youth hostels.
  • Attract
    175,000 more young tourists to our city each year - which will create more than
    1,000 new jobs for our residents.