Mayor Eric Adams touted “actual progress” since final yr on tackling crime and the migrant disaster throughout his State of the City deal with Wednesday — as he unveiled a crackdown on social media corporations and harmful supply bike providers.
Compared to his 2023 speech, when Adams repeatedly begged Gov. Kathy Hochul for help fixing New York City, Hizzoner used his third annual deal with to color a a lot rosier image of the Big Apple beneath his watch.
“When we got here into workplace two years in the past, we had a transparent mission: defend public security, rebuild our economic system, and make this metropolis extra livable,” he instructed the group of elected officers, City Hall staffers and trade reps gathered on the Hostos Community College in The Bronx.
“Two years in, we’re seeing actual outcomes. Crime is down, jobs are up, and daily, we’re delivering for working-class New Yorkers.”
Instead of dwelling on points that proceed to plague town, Adams turned the web page to new objects for his 2024 agenda, together with establishing a brand new, wide-ranging company that may oversee all the things from e-bike security to the lithium-ion batteries that energy the gadgets.
The Department of Sustainable Delivery “may also construct on the work we have now carried out to guard New Yorkers from the hazards of lithium-ion batteries,” Adams stated, including that his administration was nonetheless in talks with the City Council to create the company.
“Our administration banned the sale of uncertified e-vehicles and refurbished batteries, however with the Department of Sustainable Delivery, we can do rather more, together with educating riders and imposing security requirements for lithium-ion batteries.”
The division would function just like the Taxi and Limousine Commission by issuing licenses and inspecting bikes to make sure the batteries meet security requirements, based on City Hall.
The mayor additionally vowed to higher defend children from on-line hurt as he accused social media giants of endangering their psychological well being — echoing Hochul’s State of the State speech simply two weeks in the past the place she threw her support behind legislation cracking down on youngsters being focused by addictive algorithms.
“Companies like TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook are fueling a psychological well being disaster by designing their platforms with addictive and harmful options. We can not stand by and let Big Tech monetize our youngsters’s privateness and jeopardize their psychological well being,” the mayor stated.
Adams stated his administration was issuing an advisory Wednesday to formally designate social media a “public well being hazard.”
“We are the primary main American metropolis to take this step and name out the hazard of social media like this. Just because the surgeon basic did with tobacco and weapons, we’re treating social media like different public well being hazards and making certain that tech corporations take accountability for his or her merchandise,” he stated.
“We are going to appropriate this disaster that’s dealing with our youngsters.”
Adams laid out the recent objects after he praised a lower in crime and appreciable job progress since he was elected mayor in 2021, in addition to his administration’s dealing with of the asylum seeker disaster.
He pointed to the 14,000 unlawful weapons which have been taken off the streets, a “double-digit drop” within the variety of shootings and homicides.
Overall, crime throughout Gotham did drop slightly in 2023 — down 0.3% — in comparison with the yr prior, the NYPD’s newest figures present, however crime charges are nonetheless up greater than 31% total in comparison with 2019.
“Our technique is working,” Adams stated of tackling crime, including that “we’re making progress on the fentanyl disaster, automobile theft, retail crimes and extra.”
He touted the creation of 270,000 private-sector jobs and revealed a brand new $100 million funding for a Climate Innovation Hub on the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which falls beneath town’s wider Green Economy Action plan that’s slated to create 400,000 jobs by 2040.
Hizzoner additionally vowed to advocate for 4 years of mayoral management over metropolis public faculties and increase New York City Reads, which is the up to date curriculum linked to phonics.
Reforming how NYPD self-discipline instances are dealt with was on Adams’ listing, too.
“When a civilian brings a criticism, we should act extra swiftly to resolve the matter,” he stated, acknowledging that some inside instances can take a yr to resolve.
“This yr, the NYPD will additional reform their inside case course of to chop that point in half — setting stricter timelines in order that instances don’t languish for months.”
Elsewhere in his deal with, the mayor outlined methods to additional drive out rats and cut back citywide rodent complaints.
“Soon, we’ll be taking our sanitation technique to the subsequent stage, by bringing containerization to our high-density buildings and taking steps to take each single black trash bag off our streets. Every single bag,” he stated.
It provides to the agenda objects Adams had promoted within the week main as much as his remarks, together with a push to make use of a slew of city-owned properties for reasonably priced housing tasks and wiping out $2 billion in medical debt hanging over the heads of 500,000 New Yorkers.
Reaction to Hizzoner’s total glowing tone was combined, with Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan) saying: “The speech was very constructive, and also you want that, and I’ve been right here for a lot of of them.”
Others, nonetheless, have been extra cautious.
“The State of the City deal with supplied a glimmer of hope, but New Yorkers stay burdened by hovering taxes, excessive residing prices, diminished high quality of life, a by no means ending migrant disaster and crime,” Councilman Bob Holden (D-Queens) instructed The Post.
“Realizing the mayor’s imaginative and prescient may mark a turning level, however it can take extra than simply phrases to see the change we wish.”