Five Questions for Every Candidate
For the 2021 NYC Primary Election, the Coalition asked every candidate the following Five Questions to help voters make an informed decision
How will you get New Yorkers back to work?
We must ensure that workers and small business owners are able to live, work, and thrive in New York City again. Our communities cannot flourish without a responsive environment for businesses to grow and prosper. We must elect leaders who can balance our post-COVID recovery, while supporting the needs of our diverse business community across the five boroughs.
- New York State lost 1 million jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020; the majority of those job losses were in New York City, which lost over 578,000 jobs.
- In Lower Manhattan, commercial office leasing dropped nearly 70 percent in 2020, while a staggering 12 percent of businesses in the area — ranging from hotels to department stores to restaurants — closed for good.
How will you make our city’s streets safer?
We must elect leaders who will find real solutions that will improve the
quality of life for all New Yorkers. The crime rate is soaring, and public safety concerns are at an all-time high. It is essential to promote a positive working relationship between our communities and the law enforcement who serve them. We must demand leaders who will utilize innovative approaches with a focus on mental health, social equality and public safety.
- The number of murders in the City rose nearly 45% in 2020 and that trend has continued in 2021.
How will you address the city’s increasing budget deficit?
New York City’s business community is the engine that drives our prosperity, but that engine requires maintenance. We must advocate for better tax policy and a regulatory environment that helps our economy, rather than hurt it. Businesses are fleeing the City for areas that don’t overburden them with taxes and needless regulation. Higher tax rates do no good if fewer businesses are paying them. Tax revenues have already declined by startling levels, leaving city coffers precariously low and nearly unable to fulfill their many promises to residents. This next generation of leaders must do better.
- New York City has lost $10.5 billion in tax revenue because of the crisis created by COVID-19.
How will you stop the exodus of residents from New York City?
We must reverse the mass exodus of residents from New York City. As we enter our post-COVID reopening, it is crucial that policy makers and business owners join together to remind everyone why New York is the greatest city in the world. It is essential that leaders prioritize an agenda that promotes community revitalization and once again, restores New York to a place where people dream of living, working and raising a family.
- 300,000 New Yorkers have fled the five boroughs in 2020, nearly triple the number who left the City in 2019.
- This shocking exodus of City residents has resulted in an estimated $34 billion loss in income, as well as a plunge in demand for rental properties — NYC rents experienced their largest year-over-year decline on record in January 2020 to 2021, plunging 15.5% in Manhattan and 8.6% in both Brooklyn and Queens.
How will you bring back tourism?
The heart and soul of our economy and our way of life has been brought to its knees and millions of New Yorkers have been negatively affected as a result. As we reach the vaccination threshold and reopen our great city, we must have leaders that prioritize the revival of our vibrant, cultural institutions. We must bring back the tourists who crave the arts, entertainment and hospitality that only New York City can provide. The show must go on!
- New York City drew a record 66.6 million tourists in 2019, generating $47.4 billion in direct spending; in early 2020, the City was on pace for an even better year. However, 2020 resulted in an unmatched drop in visitations — only 22.9 million visitors, 66% below 2019 levels.
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