Mayor Eric Adams Issues Executive Orders For Small Business Relief, COVID Recovery

Mayor Eric Adams Issues Executive Orders For Small Business Relief, COVID Recovery

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this is breaking news right now mayor eric adams is in lower manhattan signing executive orders to assist in the city's coven 19 efforts let's go to that now in very bold steps to support the small businesses in our city i also want to thank our elected leaders for being here we'll hear from them in just a second um and of course huge huge gratitude to joanne quang and mr and mrs chen the owners of pearl river mart let's give them a round of applause please [Applause] we all know of course that new york is a big city of small businesses 98 percent of the city's more than 230 000 businesses have less than a hundred employees and even in the best of times it's pretty hard to run a small business but we all know that during the pandemic too many of our of our small businesses were devastated more than three thousand businesses closed during the height of the pandemic and it's reported that close to a third of them may not come back so the mission that we are on the mission that mayor adams ascetics on is a very urgent one which is why we are extremely excited to be able to on day four of this administration announce steps that we are taking to ensure that agencies across government take those types of bold and early actions to do the type of top to bottom review of the most frequently enforced violations all of which to ensure that we uplift the small businesses in our city and let me be clear this is not just about changing rules and regulations this is changing fundamentally the city's relationship with small businesses changing the culture of agencies so that we work harder for small businesses this is about making sure that we give small businesses the room and the freedom to propel our economic recovery this is about making sure that we make good on what i know to be the mayor's commitment to ensure that new york city is the best place in america to start and to run a business and then of course as everyone knows this is ultimately about getting stuff done every day of this administration um and so with that i'd like to invite a number of partners to speak before we talk about the specifics of the executive order which we're calling our small business forward executive order first i'd like to invite our new manhattan borough president mark levine who has been a long-standing champion of small businesses not just um in this borough but across the city thank you mr president um mayor first of all you're off to a rip roaring start and your energy and enthusiasm is exactly what the city needs right now thank you thank you also for appointing maria torres springer to be deputy mayor that was a brilliant hire we're very excited to work with you and great to be here with one of the rising stars of the new york city council and chris marte who of course represents this area and is going to be a great partner and to joann and mr mr chen thank you for welcoming us into your home mayor thank you for signing this order here in chinatown a community that has been hit brutally hard over the last two years by the economic shock of this pandemic by the loss of tourism by the loss of in-person office work and also by the horrible anti-asian president prejudice and xenophobia which has been unleashed over the last two years all of it has been felt in chinatown and so it is important that you've made a statement by being here for these executive orders and what businesses like this need is for the city to be a partner not an obstacle and when it comes to inspections and health and safety etc it's got to just be about protecting the health of the public not about generating revenue for the city and that is the spirit that you're here to to endorse today and we're grateful for that so that our city will be a partner for these small businesses not a burden at a moment when that's exactly what they need from us so thank you again mr mayor and to all our partners here i'm really excited for this announcement thank you thank you borough president and now i'd like to invite the council member for this district chris marte i know this is an issue that is near and dear to his heart i understand that at some point in his youth he stalked cans and the bodega owned by his parents so welcome and please a few words from our council member [Applause] hi everyone first i want to give a huge thank you to eric adams for being here chinatown was the neighborhood that was first affected by covid and it's one of the communities that always feels forgotten by the last administration so on this fourth day to be down here to have a major press conference to sign an executive order to say small businesses workers we have your back is symbolic of what this administration is going to be able to do in this in this term and so i want to say thank you again for that and for everyone that joined us today mark levine who's been down here all around manhattan non-stop even before he started the owners of this legendary store pearl river mark if you talk to anyone that has come through chinatown they have definitely bought a souvenir from this store to bring back to their family so thank you for keeping your store alive even through the hard times over the years because you are a staple to this community and so all the other activists like victoria lee district leader and founder of welcome to chinatown mark dykas from the soho broadway initiative who are here to help our small businesses you know it starts with the mayor but it also has to be with the people on the ground making sure that these services that are coming from city administration can actually get translated and serve the solid businesses that they are meant to serve so thank you again for having us i'm super excited for what to come thank you thank you council member and before we hear from our mayor i of course want to thank and welcome the owners of pearl river mart this store was opened 50 years ago and it was the first chinese-american department store in the city and maybe even in the country let's find out in the world okay even more legendary even more legendary and joanne took over the reigns in 2016 and as everyone knows it's part of everyone's story of either visiting or living in new york to come by pearl river mart we know that it was tough during the pandemic but the owners of pearl river mart like so many other business owners in the city showed the type of grit and resilience that has been needed in order to persevere through very very tough times joanne i know like me is the child of immigrants i learned earlier that her parents are of chinese descent but from the philippines where my family is from so we shared a couple of stories and recipes just a few minutes ago but what is amazing is this is a common story for entrepreneurs in this city and what we are here to say as part of this new administration is that you are not alone anymore and we are going to take those early bold steps to make sure that we don't just communicate from with you or listen but we actually make good on the promise and we follow this through until there is real progress and meaningful change on your part so joanne thank you and welcome [Applause] good afternoon everybody um thank you so much mr mayor for being here um borough president levine council member marte and deputy mayor torres springer i'm very excited to see a fellow filipina in city government and uh mayor adams i just thank you for appointing so many women of color high position so thank you um and i i'm very proud to acknowledge um mark dykes who's here um from the soho bid um we have a whole timeline in the front because our uh store has moved several times so you can check that out but we we were in soho for many years started in chinatown we now are proud to have stores in chelsea and chelsea market and for a brief five years we were in tribeca as well um victoria lee who is the founder welcome to chinatown who we have worked with since the pandemic began and was inspired to run to be a district leader in new york city for representing chinatown we're very happy to have you here and i'm also happy to have bob lee here who is like my my in-laws mr mrs chen um a legend and a pioneer in chinatown and in the asian american community as the founder of the asian american arts center and if you are interested in seeing just 1 300th of his collection we have an art gallery in the back of the store and it's very important it was very important for us to keep an art gallery in the store in order to show and exhibit artists of color who often don't have the ability to exhibit in a gallery so that is our community gallery i am proud to speak on behalf of my in-laws mr mrs chen who came here post 1965 and started the store in 1971 as a friendship store so their thoughts they were actually activists at the time student activists and young rabble rousers just like bob lee as well and they thought they had the idea that a store like this a space like this could serve as a bridge between chinatown and to the rest of new york city between america and asia and just between neighbors who often don't get to speak to each other as much as perhaps we should i also represent our staff of 40 who some of them are in on the sides but we are a multi-generational multicultural staff and we're very proud of that that we're all diehard new yorkers as well um and that was the most important thing during the pandemic to really just keep the the city going and for all of those people who have worked so hard over the decades um to keep small businesses alive you know we were doing it together um as uh as mayor adams just reminded me um for over 50 years we have furnished countless apartments for new yorkers we have dressed he has a buddha in his uh in his backyard i was saying he should probably get a new one we've we've dressed a generations of brides for their weddings we have helped visitors and new yorkers find just the perfect gift for the people that they love over 50 years we've served as a pillar in the chinese community serving as a space for people to gather a place for new immigrants to work good jobs and have health insurance and and really just you know a place where people can get to know each other and feel community um over 50 years also due to ever rising rental costs we've also been displaced five times so the store that you are in right now um has 50 years of history but has only been open since may of 2021. and so over 50 years we've moved five times and that's because the average length of a commercial lease is 10 years so each time the chens through hard work and grit have built up stores served as neighborhood pillars by keeping the lights on sweeping the sidewalk you know deterring crime welcoming neighbors and each time they've had to rebuild over and over and over again so for that i really do applaud them it's been five years and i feel tired so 50 years is really amazing [Applause] so not all of us small businesses have made it the last two years but for those of us who have let me tell you it has not been easy um just the day-to-day keeping the lights on keeping all the paychecks um coming worrying about crime and rent uh we're actually looking for a new warehouse right now because we're being displaced again so these are all everyday um difficulties that uh basically we we deal with and our fellow business owners um are the most inspiring people to us because without them we wouldn't have been able to make it as well just without their encouragement but we need help we we really will continue to need help for some time we've made it through the worst part but we really do need help to get through to a full recovery my in-laws are the epitome of resilience so they've made it through recessions hurricanes 911 blackouts and now a pandemic culturally significant neighborhoods like chinatown harlem washington heights sunset park flushing we all have this grit and we all want to be here for the next 50 years so um thank you thank you to mr mayor eric adams um we feel your energy your energies seems exactly like mr chen's when he's delivering around the city run around and um moving boxes faster than our gen z employees so i just want to say like it's been a very difficult year for chinatown as council member marte acknowledged the anti-asian hate is is real and we feel it all ages generations backgrounds educational levels and and we really do need help and support in that regard as well for that reason we are incredibly heartened to have mayor adams with us today and all of you his enthusiasm for new york city is something that we share as well as lifelong new yorkers astoria queens in the house and we're just so uh happy and um hopeful for a new year uh lunar new year starts february 1st if you need anything you know where to come um and a new administration ends in new new york so with that thank you so much for visiting it is my great honor to introduce the new get stuff done mayor of new york city eric adams i love that i love that yesterday i talked about uh swagger but now i'm talking about new york grid you know people miss that and i appreciate you as owners and activists and your commitment uh you've helped me uh indirectly without even realizing it during some real dark moments in my life i walked on broadway and walked into your store and i bought a large buddha that sits in my backyard and i sit down all the time and meditate in front of that buddha so thank you there's a lot of eric adams stories out there i purchased something here in the stores more than trinkets and souvenirs and to my amazing deputy mayor you know you you know just continue to bring that energy you're going to see the productivity and the excitement of the team that we are building and we're going to continue to be optimistic uh because you know people don't realize negative energy breaks your spirit all the negative energy we see out here every day you know that is what's killing the spirit of new yorkers and so yes you may be happy unhappy that i'm happy all the time uh because i have a lot to be happy for i know this city this city is resilient and we just need to get out of the way and allow that resiliency to happen we have used our agencies to turn the american dream into a nightmare every day all day in the way of small businesses not allowing them to flourish and grow resenting the fact when the agency walks through the door not to say we're here to help but we're here to hurt and that has to stop and when you think about the what the councilman and the board president have they have advocated for for so long we know that this city is made up of working people everyday people with narratives and stories of coming here as immigrants and opening a small shop or selling something on the streets and able to graduate to open your own small business invest in all of your money to open a restaurant as a dishwasher only to have the department of buildings take two years to give you a cfo or national grid to take another three years to turn on your gas or con edison taking even longer to turn on your electricity or having agencies walk in and find first instead of fixing and giving you the support that you deserve so pearl river mart we're going to put you on a new river a river of hope and prosperity we're going to be your partners and not your enemy this is a landmark asian-american business that's been a cornerstone of the community i remember your large store on broadway and the costs just sort of push you out after you made it a stability a stable place to be and this mark faces the same turmoil we heard all over the campaign trail every community i visited that dealt with small businesses they told told me about the problems and i stated as i took my notes on the campaign trail i stated it was an arnold schwarzenegger's moment i said i'll be back i'll be back and i'm back i'm back to use the power of the mayor's office to assist and not to hurt and you're right this community has was devastated during colby businesses closed the hateful rhetoric that came from washington dc to connect covet to the chinese community the anti-asian violence the number of attacks that we saw right here on canal street but you were resilient and you stood in stood in there and we were able to mobilize the families and friends to deal with the bigotry the violence and the hate and the failure to patronize these important businesses i i truly believe that this city this administration is going to do everything possible not to talk about it but to be about it to help small businesses in this city all over the city all five boroughs it doesn't matter if you're in brighton beach with the large russian speaking community if you are in sunset park with the large spanish-speaking community if you are in best eye with the large african-american small business community and restaurants or if you're just merely here in the chinatown area a place that i served as a police officer in my beginning years in 1985. we're going to be here to show these businesses grow they have the hustle we're going to give them the flow and allow them to continue to bring commerce to our city so today i signed executive order to reform small business violation slash red tape reduce needless fines and penalties it will bring relief to our hard-working entrepreneurs the executive orders builds upon local law 80. it calls on the department of buildings department of environmental protection department of sanitation the fire department department of consumer and workers protection and the department of health and mental hygiene all of these entities separately carry they carry out important functions but they have not been business friendly enough for this administration will require all of these agencies to promptly review business regulations with the goal of encouraging compliance reducing fine schedules and allowing for cure appearance or warnings for first time violations you just open a new business you make a mistake you should not be hit with a fine that's going to prevent you from keeping your doors open we're going to put in a warning system that will allow those businesses to have a period of time for those non-emergency health violations a period of time to fix the problem that's the goal the goal is not to harm you but to help you within three months each of these agencies will need to identify the 25 violations that result in the greatest number of summonses and fines issues to businesses we're not going to use the system to find you to put money in our coffers we're going to use the system to help you to put money in the tax base that you make when you hire people when you have people come in and spend their money as tourists that is how we feed our tax base and that is how we feed our coffers these agencies will then submit recommendation for which violations should be reformed through elimination fine amendments allowance of a warning or allowance of a cure period for first time violations which is so important the agency will submit recommendations about whether the violations are necessary we have so many violations on the book books that are no longer necessary and we want to promote and ensure that they promote important public purpose so the executive order also established an inter-agency working group in the mayor's office to evaluate the submission of each agency to expedite decisions and put plan into action and of course the working group will be chaired by my amazing deputy deputy uh mayor mayor maria torres springer in the commission of the department of small business services uh kevin ken uh one of the first uh south asians to represent and lead of that small business services small businesses are the heart and soul of our city and we want to make sure that that heart continues to beat without us hurting and harming the small business of our city the goal is to help keep each and every american dream alive in new york city by offering a helping hand to ensure compliance with necessary support we feel not fines but extra support is going to get us through this in a real way we feel in a real way fix it don't find it support don't destroy it the pandemic sidetracked our reform so many times before but we're now full speed ahead and we're excited about the moment and what it up the opportunities that's going to come with it this is our time this is our time to revitalize our city and bring the right energy and spirit that this city has to offer during the 60s a young man came here with his wife and opened a small shop they brought the american dream in american spirit with them they believed they believed in who we are and what we represent globally and nationally today we are going to ensure that dream continues for the next families that that are to come and for businesses to continue to thrive in our amazing city so i am signing this executive order with the same pride that i had when you signed your first lease this is a new opportunity for us to move forward in the right directions let it be said and let it be done thank you very much on you need to commensurate the moment by me trying on there's something about me and wearing south asian clothing it just really highlights me you know and all and all of you before you leave we want you to do something that's the new way new york way spin buy something there you go i was that how does that look gloria [Laughter] yes we can don't let me set up the alarm [Laughter] okay okay so we're gonna take some questions from the media i'm talking first yeah [Music] it sounds like an overhaul of how the agencies are going to go about enforcing uh rules and regulations what are your questions concerned about in terms of what's being enforced not of course the amount of fines that people are getting uh is it inability to open up a small business what are you exactly trying to target yes no the great question great question and it's a combination we inundate small businesses on so many different levels that you start a business right away you're hit with fines we're saying pause give them a warning first you renew is such a challenge to renew that's part of what we're going to be rolling out later on how to renew the process uh even better and then what really surprised me is how a small business one inspector will come in do an inspection give you a thumbs up next day someone comes in and give you a bunch of fines i mean how does that how does that happen so there's no clarity and the goal appears to be that we're trying to use fines as a way to build up our tax base a citation is another form of taxation if it's abused so we want to go and look at all of those things that are on the books and say should we still have this on the bush we've had a battle about signs and the sign sizes there's so many things that are on the books that should not continue to be on the books and so what uh the deputy mayor is going to do she's going to have all agencies look at what fines are we doing issuing should we still issue them should we put in a warning system before giving that step find out our summons and how we help new businesses particularly for first time offenders because if you did something only one time let's not try to destroy you if you have a repeated offender then we need to go after those repeated offenders but if you make a mistake you just opened a business you made an error let's help you correct that error will put together a set of proposals some kind of you know what's what's the end goal here yes we we put a timeline line in place and that's what i what i mentioned i believe it was a three month period three months three months we're gonna tell the agency's impacted to go and three months come back and say how are you reforming what you're doing in the three months january february march we will be releasing and analyzing to see how we're going to reform those those fines mayor thank you very much you said thank you very much you said that the agencies have turned the american dream into a nightmare can you elaborate on that and say how it impacts small business and also too you said that the attacks against the asian-american community the chinatown community and the rhetoric from the previous administration what do you think that president biden should do to address this more broadly and to try and reach out to the asian-american community what are your thoughts on that what's the white house that's a great question it has not been done already first let's deal with the agencies you this is what i heard over and over and over again so everyone can't be wrong i've heard it over and over again as i move throughout the city you you come here to america you're a dishwasher you are a waiter you collect your money with your family members to open your first restaurant you're paying 30 000 a month rent national grid would take two years to turn on your gas you're paying you're still paying the rent dob would take two and a half years to give you a cfo so you can occupy the space con edison is taking two years or you build a hotel you have to wait almost three years for fdny to give you a sprinkler inspection and so when you start to do an analysis and you're hearing this all over it's obvious there's a disconnect between the city agencies and small business services small business services they will come in and say we need to get you up and operated so someone did not give the agencies the memo that's what we want to align we want to align the mission of the small business services with all of our agencies i'm no longer judging agencies on how many fines they issued or judging agencies on how long it took you to put out a fire i'm judging you how long it took you to open a hotel how long it took you to get con edison to come in to turn on electricity that's that's one let me finish this question second thing um the president the president right now should stand up and say on behalf of the american people we apologize to the chinese community we had a president of the united states that called kobe the chinese disease he used it to use term and hatred terminology this is a big moment for our country that we would never allow the oval office to be used to attack people in our country and i am hoping that the president i'm going to send him a letter today just based on your comment i am hoping that he would say to the chinese residents of this country that we apologize for what was said and what was done we've turned people against the chinese community during covet and what they did in all of that pain we received over 200 000 borough president office of ppe's from the chinese community in spite of no one patronizing their stores for the most part in spite of the attacks in spite of all of that they said every we want to help you give ppe's to people at nycha because they didn't have it they showed us what it meant to be an american and the best thing we can do right now to use the highest office in our country to apologize for what donald trump did to this community mayor can you give us an example of a prominent violation i think one that comes to my mind if you know that restaurate they despise the health inspectors and they feel that they go overboard but at the same time they're also trying to protect public health so is there is can you give an example of a certain type of common violation that they might receive and a way in which um the city can maybe back off a little bit but still protect the interests of the public absolutely it's a great question first generally i think we we have too many false choices in this city we think that we have to choose between the health of the public and the health of small business that's simply not the case and what we're here to do in this administration is to say we don't have to make that false choice we can keep the public safe while keeping small businesses healthy and that's really the approach that every agency from the commissioner to inspectors need to take some common um some common fines for instance let me give you five just to give you a sense of what is out there and how much and and what these fines look like for example failure to clean 18 inches from curb into street that's a hundred dollar penalty excessive noise created by an air compressor that's a 560 dollar penalty not having the scale used for weighted items at a supermarket obodega clearly in sight that's almost a hundred dollars failure to disclose details about layaway plans that's almost three hundred dollars failure to post clear priceless at laundromats that's almost four hundred dollars so these are rules and regulations of course they exist for a reason we have to many of them have a public purpose but what this work very fast work early work the fourth day of our administration we are going to undertake with all of our partners in government is to look at these rules look at the most commonly enforced violations and say do they still serve that public purpose if not how do we reform it if they do are we sure there are first time warnings and cure periods what do the fine schedules look like for first second and third offense and are they reasonable and then what i think is as important as the early work is to also ask them what are you going to do at implementation what systems do you have to track these violations how have you trained inspectors do you have these rules in in different languages for businesses and so it is both the upfront work and the follow-through on implementation that is what's different there's work here that we're building on from previous administrations but i would dare say that never before has it been this early this bold and with a commitment not just to identifying the problems but to implementing them in ways that actually support businesses like pearl river mart yes uh quick question for the mayor and then for the woman in red and i'm afraid i don't know your name but mayor uh let's talk about the utilities you mentioned them as a problem is there anything in this executive order that that governs their response time no this because we're going to look at our agencies but we also are going to sit down and communicate with con edison we're going to communicate with national grid of we need to find out why is it taking too long to turn on electricity you can only imagine the burden of spending and investing all of your dollars to open a restaurant and then you have to wait two years to turn your electricity on while you're still paying rent and i i i'm hearing this too much so something is there and we're going to sit down with the head of national grid the head of con edison and say how do we expedite this and we have to legislatively put private entities in place that are bonded to do these inspections to execute expedited then we need to do so it can't take three years for the fire department to give a sprinkle of inspection to a hotel that's already up operated ready to go in and hire people but they can't get their sprinkler inspection done that's not how you run the city how have these agency enforcements affected your business how has it hurt you and what do you think of what the mayor is saying well um one thing i didn't mention is that during the pandemic we actually built a second store in chelsea market focused only on foods so asian foods it's called pearl river mart foods come visit us we have boba delicious boba matt wong is here who is the owner of tea and milk we brought new york city businesses underneath our umbrella so we were five businesses under one umbrella in a pretty small space it's about two thousand square feet um we serve uh dumplings and noodles and we also have groceries so you know as the mayor was speaking i was actually thinking um you know like we're new to food so that's something that we never did but the way that i created the store was totally like kind of putting myself in knots because everybody said you can't have a business with gas because it's going to take you a year and a half so i thought like okay let me like figure out something else and then we would really love to sell asian american there are a lot of kind of beers and soju and wine coolers so somebody said like oh you need to pay somebody to get this license so i said okay what am i gonna find to help me get this license um and you know we've been open since october 2020 and we don't have beer license so you know so i'm just thinking like we twist ourselves in knots in order to um you know deal with the stories that our fellow business owners have told us we did pass our um department of agriculture inspection um with the help of uh the city who came to to help and give us some tips um but but they just warned us against the department of health they said don't you know don't have the department of health come in because it's very scary so i was very scared you know um and and those are just some of the examples some other ones too that are not really inspections but um we were sued by people who said our website wasn't compliant you know so many of our fellow business owners have problems with their steps so you know these are just things that we talk about all the time and we just deal with it because i can't stop my store so i pay a lawyer several thousands of dollars to help with that website lawsuit you know there's nothing else that can be done and people just tell me that they're like okay you know you got to pay for it pony up you know and a lot of times especially when business is hard we just take it out of our savings so that's just the way that small business owners go sorry um there are a lot of steps when it comes to getting something done in city government you say you want to report back in 90 days but when you actually expect to implement these changes whether it's getting rid of the fines or reforming the process to create a warning system like what's the timeline for that is it june is it end of the year what's the date my target date is three months of march to come back with the information and within the next three months be able to do the implementation because it should not take so when we look at june we should already be implementing what we put in place you know there's a reason that we believe that we have to get stuff done you know so ju march come back with the report june we start the implementation is there any are there any particular departments i think you mentioned the buildings department as one of a particular focus are there any others that you yeah i gave i gave a list department of sanitation uh we had a whole list here that we believe are our usual guys and gals i'm correct department of environmental protection fire department department of consumer and workers protection in the department of health and mental hygiene and then just to sort of put that on its head if you will because there are a lot of small business owners in the city who are small landlords and not every landlord is a good landlord the public advocate puts out a list of terrible ones every year how do you make sure that bad landlords don't end up exploiting this new system to keep people living in terrible apartments for even longer unacceptable we're not going to allow that to happen and there should be a difference between those who abuse the system than those who are making errors for the first time if you have a history a pattern of abuse not creating a good clean safe living and working space you should be fine accordingly but if you're just making innocent errors mistakes that you can have an opportunity to correct you walk into a restaurant in your frame your your liquor license is in the wrong frame that could open you for a fine instead of saying put your liquor license in the right frame we're going to come back for a re-inspection so you're not finding that business but those who are abusers we need to zero in on them and make sure that they're held accountable this morning a couple of times on cnn um you said i'm not asking about michael mulder i'm clear on that is it a colby question yeah okay hold up glad michael you know let me get my other attire we want to we want to stay on message you know i love this shirt where is that who's the individual that gave it to me you go did you get my size right and if you know it or not i am the first man in the history of new york that wore a hoodie goes along with what i'm asking about and that is you said several times and i think you've said it a lot in the past is i need my businesses back i want you to expand upon that because we're seeing here in the last couple of days a lot of big businesses especially in the financial district tell their employees i'm not ordering you back we're going to wait we're going to get past this wave let's revisit this in march or april or may i'm taking it you don't want them to do that when you're saying i want my business yes let me tell you that's what i'm finding which is very interesting interesting a large number of businesses called me and they're having a real problem getting employees back many employees are saying we don't want to come back in the office and to say listen i need you to come back for two days a week three days a week and then we continue to evolve but there's a large number of businesses you should speak to some of the businesses that the employees are saying we no longer want to come back in office now that's fine if we weren't connected but as i said earlier that accountant i need him to go to the cleaners i need him to go down to dunkin donuts i need him to go to the restaurant i need him need him to bring in a business traveler and if we say that well i don't have to come in i'm still getting my salary then you are not helping those new yorkers that need us to come in so i want i want my businesses in the city to come up with a closer deadline and say we're going to start placing our toe back in the water coming for two days to for three days and then let's get this city back up and operating we're just gonna revisit this in april that that's too long for you you know january february march april four months of not having this business patronized not having a restaurant patronized not having business travelers come here to the city to go to our hotels that is going to be devastating for our economy and i don't know if my businesses are sharing with their employees you are part of the ecosystem of this city my low-skilled workers my cooks my dishwashers my messengers my shoe shine people those are broken dunkin donuts they cannot they don't have the academic skills to sit in the corner office they need this we are in this together and we should be saying to ourselves if i remotely do my job then that stock clerk is not going to be able to have the business he deserves that's what i need us to understand this is not a separate thing to get through this we have to get through this together i need them to shorten the span i need people back into the office i guess this is actually on topic but since the 1980s i guess when you are cop down here there have been efforts for commercial rent stabilization and there's been efforts in a commercial rental position on the city council do you support a commercial rent stabilization bill and would you sign it if it moves to the council that was on the details it's very important we don't want to see long time businesses displaced but what we also don't want to happen those businesses that come in that's doing extremely well and saying to the landlord you can't raise my rent but i'm i'm doing extremely well so there needs to be a balance on how we're doing it these long time businesses that have been here a long time we should be able to fortify them and allow them to stay and not have to move five times within the short period of time so the devil is in the details i will look at it and make that determination have you seen it as it is now and i guess what changes would you want no i have not seen the bill congratulations on your win thank you very much question on school staffing you know uh based on yesterday's numbers no i don't i'm going to speak with the chancellor who has been running around you know i'm just really proud of david and what he is doing we don't know the exact counts but we do know this there was only one school that closed and today zero schools close and we're excited about that we're also excited about our coordination and you know people are trying to attempt to say that michael and i michael mulgrew from the uft we had odds with each other we are not i think new yorkers should be really pleased that the governor the mayor the uft president we have been coordinating with each other and even if there's a difference of opinion on something we said you know what eric you're the mayor and we're going to line up with you even if we have a difference of opinion that is commendable that is not what we witnessed these last couple of years we're seeing a team effort help the city get out of this crisis oh thank you uh mr mayor i'm curious if you believe that you have the legal authority to veto the non-citizen voting bill and relatedly how you would describe your early relationship with adrian adams given your disagreements on that and on punitive segregation first let's deal with my legal authority uh i did i never said i was going to veto the bill i was asked what is my opinion and thoughts on the bill and i was clear that there was i supported the bill there was one concern i had that was a 30 days we're looking at the 30 days we're figuring out what i'm going to do the mayor decided the previous mayor decided he was going to let the bill go through that's that's on the table for us as well and so we're doing an analysis to figure out the 30-day part that's my only that's the only issue that i that i've raised and the the my legal team would make a determination and they would give me what are my my options and uh you know how am i going to just like someone that shares my same last name i love adrian we both went to bayside high school together uh she supported me she was the staunch supporter south jamaica queens southeast queens played the pivotal role on me getting elected of you know we we're not colleagues we're friends and she's going to be a friend and she's going to be an awesome partner uh in in uh in govern and governing i'm really excited about her i'm proud of her and it just continues to show that bayside just produced some great products testing is obviously a key part of your your messaging about you know keeping the city open and i wanted to know if you could update us here on where the city is in terms of testing and any milestones that you guys are looking at over the next few weeks in terms of uh the city accepting ability as in the milestones as in a number of tests that we have done yeah okay uh we i'll get the exact number for you jose will make sure he gets it for you the exact numbers of tests that we actually perform before coming here i took a covet test and i'm going to do i don't know if any of you have taken the take-home test if you ever want to be discouraged and taking the take-home test look at the instructions i mean why you have to be so complicated to say st stick to um let's stick to what do you call that cotton swabs in your nose and put it in this in the water so i'm gonna do a video and we're gonna do it in multiple language languages so that people can see this is all you have to do you're daunted by just looking at those darn instructions my goal is to get new yorkers not to wait on long lines i want new yorkers to embrace the concept of empowering them of saying you can do this right at home so we want to further expand the 1.5

million tests that we receive from the city and from the 1.6 actually from the city and from the governor who was an amazing partner i want to get take-home tests in the hands of people so they can do it at home why go wait on a long line why go to a facility and possibly expose others and take home test is easy the more we get people to uh to use the take-home test the further we're going to evolve into living with kovitt that's my goal so we would give you those numbers many tests you guys need and are they coming from the state alone or is there anywhere else that you guys need to test for so which type of test to take home well we have we we receive 1.6 for just the schools the governor has been also helpful in receiving helping us receive a large quantity to drop off at different sites we will do a real analysis with the department of health and mental hygiene and h h on our follow-up calls that we do every every morning to find out what do we need to food change i mean the chain of tests to come in and we'll come up with a an exact scientific number uh how do we put them not that they're wasted but we could put them in strategic location and then mobilize i say this often mobilize our senses because you know over 40 percent of the people in brooklyn alone speak a language other than english at home so we need to have videos with someone wearing a a hijab someone wearing a yamaka someone of different languages people need to feel comfortable that hey this is something that they're speaking to me about and that's what i'm going to do and so we need a steady supply particularly during this surge to get us to get take-home tests in the hands of people as much as possible and the department of health and mental hygiene would give us a good number so that we can have it borrow wide that's a rather broad question but at the end of this term your predecessor was viewed rather unfavorably and we could see that through polls when we're spying on the president my question for you is first of all why do you think that is but more importantly what are you gonna do differently over the next four years than his administration okay i'm not sure what would happen with bill bill is um the previous mayor uh i'm not critiquing his term i'm not i'm not responding to his term i'm looking towards the future and i don't know what the final analysis is going to be in four years of eric adams as mayor but i do know this they're going to say we've never had someone that worked as hard as us for our city that's what i know and that's what i'm going to do i'm not in control of what people feel at the conclusion of my turn i'm in control of working my rail off for the people of this city and i'm going to do that thank you everybody [Music] [Music] uh for staff shortages across the agencies can you give us any kind of update about where the city is at with uh people who aren't able to come into work and how is that no no i i no no no i do not i do not have numbers one thing i thought it was a smart decision to shorten the period of time that people could come back to five days i have been visiting uh pre since uh i went to the four to twelve roll call yesterday in the 5th recent i went to the detour road call today i'm going to do a midnight roll call tonight and i'm watching the officers they were at a 20 percent 20 percent sick rate and i'm watching these offices that's what i i speak with them and engage with them they say listen we're ready to come back they're coming back within five days so i don't know the exact numbers but i know that when you call for city services we have not had to turn anyone down the city is stepping up and we should highlight some of those employees that are coming back and just chipping in new yorkers are ready to chip in and you know you know this is a this is a turbulent period but you know you know blame me or not i just believe in the city i just know how resilient this city is and we're going to get through this we're going to do this together with the right positive energy thank you mayor one more if i might you said earlier today that alvin bragg is on team public safety yes his sentencing memo bars his prosecutors from seeking sentences of life without parole if you can't seek a sentence of life without parole can you be on team public safety yes you can i like alvin i believe he's he's a former prosecutor in the u.s attorney's office he was a great prosecutor i believe that he's going to be a good district attorney and i'm going to sit down and have a conversation with him as we build out what we need to do around public safety so that we're all on the same page and so i think that he's focused on doing that and i think he's on team public safety team public safety is not only handcuffs team public safety is also in the pipeline that turn people into career criminals based on certain actions and i want to understand what he's doing and i'm looking forward to sit down speaking with them i thought the real focus should be on what we saw today from d.a gonzalez d.a gonzalez

took down three gang crews and he saw our city turn around crime in brooklyn because of those three game crews that he took down and all of you who followed me on the campaign trail i kept saying gangs and guns and he showed you when he took down those three gang crews the fourth one was today he took down the people that was creating the gun violence in our city in brooklyn and brooklyn is now a safer place the number the church were clear of the shootings going down after he took his action we're gonna duplicate duplicate that in the bronx we're gonna duplicate that in manhattan you're going to duplicate that in staten island and in queens i said it before the other candidates didn't get it i kept saying is gangs and guns and we have a small number of people that are wreaking havoc on our city and i'm going after them so they better pack up move do whatever they need to do because there is a new sheriff in town i got i got a bounce man my staff my staff is going to beat me up

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