Learn from our mistakes and prepare for the future. We must learn from the mistakes made during COVID-19’s onset. I will help prepare New York City for future public health crises by allocating more funding and resources to public health and emergency services. By establishing set rules and regulations for handling such events we will be ready to contain outbreaks, establish social-distancing measures, deploy the appropriate resources, and inform the public. We need to work to secure funding and support for NYC Health + Hospitals in advance of crises.
Address the disproportionate racial impacts of the pandemic. The impacts of COVID-19 were not evenly spread across the five boroughs. Black and brown New Yorkers suffered severe COVID-19 and higher mortality rates at much higher levels than white and wealthy residents. Throughout the economic recession, black-owned businesses are also almost twice as likely to close as compared to businesses overall. Working-class residents, disproportionately residents of color, have been forced to expose themselves to a higher risk of infection for fear of losing their jobs and livelihoods. There are reports that Black Americans are receiving vaccinations at lower rates than white Americans. The global pandemic has not created these problems, but it has exposed them and aggravated them. We are still learning about the countless ways that race has played a role in the horrifying events of the last year. I will call for exhaustive reporting and interrogation of the ways that the events of the last year continue to increase the disparities between the communities of our City. I will also advocate for the improvement of public hospitals in vulnerable communities and ensure that their staffing and resources are consistently maintained at an appropriate level.
Bring back jobs and provide financial assistance to struggling residents. In 2020 New York City lost approximately 631,000 jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Yorkers are struggling to survive, and the end of immediate danger as vaccination rates rise will mitigate but not fix our broken economy. We have suffered the worst economic loss in modern history. Economic downturn often leads to budget cuts in areas where residents are most desperate. I will make it a priority of my tenure to strengthen and vastly expand our social safety net and help increase funding for government programs that should have prevented these countless and avoidable deaths. I support a fairer, more progressive tax that will require top-earning New Yorkers and businesses to pay their fair share. Avoiding layoffs in public services is of the utmost importance.
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