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TRANSCRIPT: Mayor Bill de Blasio Sixth City Address

Announcer: Welcome to rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass handy over our vocation.

Rabbi Alvin Kass: Almighty and eternal God, you control the destiny of all nations, and in whose hand is the future of all nations. Theodore Roosevelt as soon as stated, "It's great to be alive when big things happen." Actually, it's nice to be alive when massive issues are occurring here in New York, the clever, decided and artistic leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio

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the very best of occasions. It is a place the place so many people look for inspiration and steerage and wisdom, as we do in the direction of the longer term. We are so grateful that we are in a group the place the mayor fights for the equal and holiness of all residents of this exemplary metropolis. We additionally know that we are within the city of immigrants, Par Excellence, what Emma Lazarus referred to as her embarrassing refusal of her embarrassing seashores, for the homeless and the temples – have offered the power, dynamism and creativity which have made New York City the actual capital of the world, trading, for business, finance , communication, artwork. They have been the ones who have helped to make this metropolis an inspiration for the whole world. Equal variety has turn out to be a society with superb harmony and goodwill. Make sure that it's not an ideal world. And we have now all been deeply concerned concerning the current improve in hostile crimes, particularly anti-Semitic outbreaks. No one is extra involved about this than Mayor de Blasio. Understanding the continued wrestle for the nation's soul, Mayor de Blasio is committed to doing what is important to hate anger so as to –

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In order that New York City actually turns into a metropolis with every race, religion, colour and religion individuals can do their very own future without destroying, fearing and obeying your will. Mayor de Blasio if you carried grandfather Simpson to your shoulders –

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So might you still carry us all on your shoulders.

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Pricey God, we ask you to bless Mayor de Blasio, his pricey spouse and fantastic family, with good well being and well-being, and in addition bless all citizens and staff of this nice metropolis so that day can soon come to dawn when the psalmist's prayer is full

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See how good and nice it’s when brothers and sisters reside together in concord, unity and love. Amen

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Advertiser: Welcome to New York's First Woman, Chirlane McCray.

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First Lady Chirlane McCray: Good Morning, The whole lot.

Audience: Good morning.

First Woman McCray: It was highly effective, isn't it? Yeah. And most of the individuals in this video are right here as we speak. So, they’re displaying our gratitude.

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How many of you found your self with a nodding video? Yeah. You are not the one one. You already know, Bill and I are blessed that we don't need to battle as onerous as some individuals, but I additionally nodded because when our youngsters have been younger, we didn't get the family to help and it wasn't. t straightforward. When my mom was recognized with most cancers, and Bill's mother was tied to coronary heart disease with the identical wheelchair, we had to transfer them shut and give them special care. I took my mother to docs' meetings and coordinated all the bills, house upkeep and repairs. Bill typically needed to drop all the things and rush to the doctor. Typically I needed to drop every little thing and hurry to the hospital, and on a regular basis we work full time and two little youngsters from the mother and father who wanted time and a spotlight each day. I had by no means been extra careworn and exhausted in my life. And I do know that our expertise shouldn’t be distinctive

Society has modified dramatically during the last 50 years. Individuals work more durable and work longer. Most girls work outdoors the house and have extra single mother and father. All this places additional strain on our families. This strain has induced an immense amount of mental well being and emotional well-being, and you realize that it’s a well being problem that doesn’t often happen before it turns into a mental health disaster. That's why we arrange ThriveNYC to assist more individuals.

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We need to help more individuals get the remedy they want earlier than their lives are irreparably damaged. Three years later, Thrive reaches individuals anyplace. With NYC Nicely, assistance is just a telephone call away. Over 500,000 calls, text, and conversations have been answered and individuals are in contact for remedy and care. Flourishing in our communities, and over 90,000 New Yorkers training has been educated in psychological health care. There are flourishing places where individuals pray, hundreds of churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques which are committed to stopping. Success is in our public hospital system, the place docs take a look at pregnant ladies and new moms for maternal melancholy and supply psychological well being care to anybody who wants it.

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help all our 1800 faculties. And I'm proud to announce that this yr we’re producing success in the workplace.

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So many roles have already acknowledged the promotion of physical fitness and supply packages for vitamin counseling for part challenges. We will additionally cope with psychological and emotional well-being at work. In fact, just as with physical health, there’s also no one-size-fits-all strategy. Every individual is totally different and their challenges are also. Some individuals expertise traumatic life events outdoors work, akin to divorce or mother or father sickness, as we did. Some individuals reside with continual mental sicknesses that they manage to manage. Others might develop mental health circumstances throughout work. Some individuals are enthusiastic a few high-stress surroundings. Others get drowned. But simply as we all profit from regular train, everyone can benefit from being more emotionally flexible. A job could be a useful resource for well-being. That's why we are asking on the workplace about Thrive-based employers, non-profit and small companies in giant corporations, growing mental well being awareness, combating stigma and strengthening mental well being help at work. We would like each working New Yorker to know – there’s all the time help and there’s all the time hope.

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A couple of words in Spanish –

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One of the largest employers in 5 districts of New York City leads the best way .

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Based mostly on the success of WorkWell NYC and the Employee Assistance Program, we are making more contact with the town for worker providers, assets and instruments for well-being. It’s our dedication and the work is starting now.

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Nevertheless it doesn’t cease. My associate in life and love struggles day by day to ease the burden of the New York family, and as all the time, she is here to share her commitment with you.

Welcome to Mayor Bill de Blasio. [19659002] [Applause]

Mayor Bill de Blasio: Thanks. Because of everybody. You already know, I have recognition. I'm going to do it here in public. Each time I hear Chirlane McCray, I like it again.

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I really like her for hundreds of reasons, but I’ve to say what she has accomplished with ThriveNYC is breathtaking. It reaches every corner of this city. It modifications individuals's lives. It breaks the stigma, opens for the first time to so many individuals that they will get the care they want.

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Now, the moments once we all gather together, makes me so proud that I am a New Yorker. If you take a look at these fantastic individuals behind me, aren't you pleased with New Yorker? And take a look at this lovely theater. I see so many people. I want to thank all of you who participate in the greatness of this metropolis. I want to thank my members of the administration. These are some hardworking individuals. I need to thank them for the whole lot they do for the town.

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Our assistant metropolis, all of the commissioners, all the people who make this government run each day for the individuals. Because of them for his or her exhausting work.

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I need to acknowledge a few of the major leaders right here right now. First, someone in Chirlane and I’ve a lot debt and this metropolis has so much debt. Former Mayor David Dinkins, thanks for being right here.

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I want to thank all of the priesthood members who’re right here, however we now have a number of the most necessary leaders and a few nice associates in this city. us. I want to thank his eminence cardinal, Timothy Dolan, rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Reverend A. R. Bernard

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I might also wish to say on document that I didn't know that Rabbi Cat was a Simpsons fan. I've already discovered something here immediately. We’ve also joined so many wonderful elected officers. I want to welcome a brand new Secretary of State, Tish James

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You will have a fan here, Tish. I want to welcome Corey Johnson, President of the City Council, Comptroller Scott Stringer, all municipal councilors, district legal professionals, city councilors, members of the State Meeting and special thanks and particular congratulations to two very special groups of individuals with us – they usually now serve within the majority – our state senators.

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And Members of Our Congress

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Luckily, there at the moment are most of the People who not solely make this city but who cross and serve the town they serve, and the town they love. We recognize them in as we speak's program. They're heroes. They’re extraordinary individuals. Heroes like police Syed Ali, struggle veteran. You've heard his story.

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Five meters of subway by metro last month. And if it wasn't sufficient when certainly one of them fell on the subway tracks, Officer Ali saved his life.

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Heroes like police Osvaldo Nuñez – this is one among my favourite tales – Rookie police in the entrance door someday in 115th road in Jackson Heights, he gave CPR a child woman. Saved his life. Heroes like firefighters Andrew Laird and Ryan Ciambriello and Lieutenant Ryan Mcnamara, who simply final month rescued two ladies from a dangerous 3-alarm hearth in Chinatown.

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extra typically and recognize more. Heroes like Brenda Cunningham from our babysitting service. Brenda retires after 40 years. For 40 years, hundreds of abused youngsters are being improved. Taking good care of them in care and serving to them to turn out to be healthy adults. Thank you, Brenda.

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And heroes like Detective Michael Lollo, who set their lives on line, regardless that he was not in the watch. Michael just donated the kidney to a perfect stranger and saved his life.

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All these heroes are in the gallery. Are you able to all stand? And lots of different great heroes.

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My pal, unfortunately there is a hero who is just not with us in the present day as a result of we’ve got misplaced him. Fireman Steven Pollard. Steven gave his life to answer an emergency at Belt Parkway just some days ago. He comes from a household who loves this metropolis so much. Era after era has served us at FDNY. This household is now in our prayers and hearts. And I need to tell the Pollard household that each one New York City is with you. Within the coming days within the coming months in the coming years. You at the moment are a part of our family. All of us collectively.

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Respect Steven's service and his memory in the mean time of silence

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Thanks. These those that I have mentioned, will help us redefine what is possible and what’s value preventing for on this metropolis. And I consider we will look again on what we now have carried out together last yr, and we will feel a whole lot of satisfaction. Let's start firstly. We’re once again America's most secure massive metropolis

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NYPD has brought criminality to document document, the least number of murderers since 1951.

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is now a actuality in this city and it really works. I need to be boring about this. This metropolis had many years of knowledge, and it stated that you would only cease your option to a safer city. Guess what? Traditional knowledge was improper.

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This is a tremendous incontrovertible fact that I’ll inform you. Last yr, NYPD arrested 140,000 fewer arrests than the yr we have been operating.

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Much less and fewer arrests and crimes go down and down.

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And at this time's NYPD understands that essential work is completed with the group when group leaders, citizen leaders, with individuals on the ground who helped work, tenant patrol, group patrol and essential a part of the equation – Remedy Violence Movement, Crisis Management System.

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I need to inform you some other widespread sense of our widespread pal. The standard wisdom used to say you could solely seize your solution to a safer city. Again, flawed.

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Right now, the inhabitants of our Restore System has fallen to lower than 8,000 for the primary time in almost 40 years.

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doesn’t begin in New York, however it ends in New York.

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And nearer day-after-day once we close Rikers Island.

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As we speak we get safer methods we couldn't even think about many years ago. Last yr, the Imaginative and prescient Zero service has resulted in the lowest number of fatalities since 1910. 1910

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My pal, within the metropolis of New York, was half as many people in 1910, and more horses have been in York City than automobiles. Now, last yr, I promised that we might not just be America's most secure massive city, but we might also wish to be America's most lovely massive metropolis. That's why in 2018 we built and protected extra reasonably priced flats than ever earlier than.

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Most because the institution of the housing division. I want to thank our associates within the metropolis council because they performed an important position in ignoring the regulation enforcement regulation that has made such a difference. Along with our work, tens of hundreds of tenants now have their own legal professionals, legal professionals pay for a city that stops illegal evictions. Thanks to the members of the City Council, thanks to the speaker.

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Speaker, you’ve gotten a gaggle like that. We also show the inhabitants of the public that we will start to turn many years of funding and enhance their lives. The New York City Housing Authority has a plan to convey a brand new 175,000 inhabitants to NYCHA, new roofs for brand spanking new kitchens and loos.

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assist because they’re homeless. I am proud to say that we now have transferred more than 2 000 homeless individuals from the streets from New York and sustainable state of affairs, the place they are often handled, they usually can get the help they want.

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closed greater than 180 shields that didn’t meet our well being and safety necessities, and closed more. Now, enhancing housing and enhancing security shouldn’t be the only approach to grow to be America's most lovely metropolis. Equity and Excellence brings us every single day to help every baby attain their full potential. We’ve got offered each city in this metropolis freed from cost all day before Okay.

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Now we now have given a document variety of youngsters around the city with 3-Okay. [19659002] [Applause]

Now, to all of the academics in the room, I hope you’re pleased with this.

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At present, three-quarters – three-quarters of our youngsters's graduate college students on time.

I need to put it from the attitude of you. This quantity was less than 50 % not long ago on this metropolis. Less than 50 % was accomplished every so often before we had an schooling administration that created actual accountability. And here's something else that we must be pleased with 59% of youngsters who made our public faculties final yr for larger schooling – one other document.

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Last yr, I promised to create extra good jobs, and we’ll converse to staff. I'd wish to inform you what we've finished. We have now more than doubled the number of licensed minority and feminine corporations and granted them more than $ 10 billion in city contracts.

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After years of multinational, our know-how group, our know-how group, reached a turning level. New York City is now one of the world's premiere tech hubs, and all of those jobs at the moment are right here for the individuals of New York.

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Major New Amazon and Google Announcements show that the world's largest revolutionary corporations need to be right here and need to hire New Yorkers

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We now have over four , 5 million jobs in historical past. four.5 million jobs

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Unemployment is report low, wages rise. Now all this has occurred in a progressive metropolis. All of this has occurred in a metropolis that ensured justice. So somebody who tells us that there isn’t any job progress once we ask for justice – we’re flawed to testify here in New York. This can be a city where we expanded paid sick days to half one million extra.

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This can be a city the place we require corporations to offer a fair working week to over 300,000 individuals.

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Where we fought and gained the $ 15 minimum wage

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And that the money has gone immediately into almost one million New York pockets that didn't do enough. It's a brand new actuality in New York. I need to inform you a few new reality. Day by day we turn into a more sustainable metropolis because we now have to protect the future of youngsters and grandchildren

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It was clear to me that we needed to do things in another way. We needed to do one thing that required a battle. We had to battle to ban styrofoam in this city.

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Some individuals informed me it was a wrestle. It means an enormous business. Properly, we took an enormous enterprise. They challenged us. And we gained in courtroom. And now Styrofoam is banned in New York.

And forbidding plastic luggage and plastic straw once we're in it.

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Next we took Massive Oil. We donate $ 5 billion of our earnings to our retirement earners when $ 5 billion goes to fossil gasoline corporations which might be destroying this planet.

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. – Renewable power that may save us all.

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Now we aren’t afraid to take massive corporations in this metropolis. So we searched for main pharmaceutical corporations for habit, creating an opioid disaster

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We're going to battle to get the assets that we deserve from corporations so we will help the brand new Yorkers. However with the tools we’re presently utilizing, we forestall deaths from overdose. I have to be very boring in this subsequent section. To ensure that individuals not to die on the streets, we might have denied some controversy.

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Because there isn’t any mistaken strategy to save lives.

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Lastly, with the values ​​of our nation and the town, the values ​​which might be being abused day by day in Washington, to the extent of strengthening native democracy and defending our rights. We gained the voting measures that broaden inclusive budgeting, and I thank the Council for main the best way and for an progressive new distinctive course of.

[Applause] And the residents spoke loudly and clearly in November. They stated we obtained Massive Money out of politics.

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Now, in New York, every single day, individuals can run to the office with out ever having to talk to at least one huge donor. They will win the election at grassroots degree.

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We just didn’t sit and watch what Donald Trump did in the metropolis and elsewhere on this country.

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We despatched legal professionals to the border to battle the inhuman detention of youngsters

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Keep in mind early on his regime when Trump tried to drive us to ask for New Yorker's immigration state of affairs? And he thought we had us because he threatened to stop our regulation enforcement funding, the cash we use to keep New York protected. Guess what happened?

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We took him to courtroom and gained. Now, not one of the vital achievements I've simply timed – none of them ought to have been potential. Every of them heard loads of naysayers, a whole lot of doubts about Thomases. These concepts, the issues we did in 2018, have been minimize towards the grain of typical knowledge. You understand how I feel about typical knowledge. These thoughts have been thought-about too radical or too costly, or – waving – too progressive. But we heard individuals's voices, and we answered the call. That approach, the lesson does not need to rest on our laurels. The lesson is now to go greater, be bolder, reach greater. There's more to do in this metropolis.

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It takes me to a video I watched a couple of minutes in the past. These households. Very cellular. Describing these households. And their joy and wrestle are their own. I feel everybody in this room might really feel it and be a part of them. And I know Chirlane and I had exactly the same concept as I was watching those households. As a result of there was some extent in our lives way back, when Chiara and Dante have been still in class at P.S. 372 – A number of the P. S. 372 followers here I see – and Chirlane advised you a narrative. Each of our moms turned unwell on the similar time. We took it all on our shoulders. First we needed to know the which means of the word, the sandwich era – the young youngsters and the elders who need help on the similar time. What Chirlane didn't inform you was that she worked so onerous to get her mom to the care she wanted to get her into chemotherapy that Chirlane obtained harm. I can definitely say that the mayor could also be annoying, but it isn’t hectic. It isn’t that the knot gets inside once you cannot be there for somebody you’re keen on once they need you. Chirlane and I succeeded in some ways, however we nonetheless felt drowned. We’re hardly the only family to know what it seems like. I meet individuals every single day who love, forgive those that have some life in that life. Or really feel the identical strain on all sides. The same feeling that issues have gotten unimaginable. My good friend, life in America's most lovely massive city ought to never really feel unattainable.

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We should always not feel such strain on the standard of our lives. And this time period is essential – high quality of life. It means different things for different individuals. Once I say it, I mean the standard of your life. Are you spending enough time together with your youngster? Do you’ve time for it? When was the last time and companion might go out thus far? Do you see your life enhancing this yr? Or are you just caught? I am here to inform you, you aren’t alone.

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Tens of millions of individuals on this metropolis, tens of hundreds of thousands across the country, have been packed into life that doesn't work much for them. You haven’t paid for what you earn all the exhausting work. You haven’t been given the time you deserve. You are not the life you deserve. And right here's the cold, exhausting fact – it's not an accident. That's the agenda. An agenda that dominated our policy from Reaganomics to Trump's tax exemption for wealthy and businesses. For many years. Individuals working for decades have carried out their part. Individuals working for decades have been gaining increasingly productiveness. On the similar time, they’ve a smaller and smaller share of their wealth. Right here's the reality. Brothers and sisters, there’s a lot of money on the earth. There's some huge cash on this city. It's simply in the fallacious arms

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You deserve a city that provides you the wealth that you simply deserve. And this yr, this yr in New York, we assure health look after all our individuals.

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We turn into the primary city within the nation that requires two weeks of paid personal time. 19659002] [Applause]

Our smallest paid staff get the salaries and benefits they earn.

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And we get into dangerous evil. When the town's worst landlords cheat their tenants, we take their buildings out of them.

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We are increasing Three-Okay to more suburbs, and once I go to workplace, 3-Okay comes

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We work with the state to legalize marijuana in the suitable approach. Deleting Detention Data –

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And ensuring that the grassroots, not the large corporations, do that new enterprise. We create a basic retirement scheme in our city as a result of if in case you have been working for many years, you could have earned the proper to retire in peace.

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And come to hell or nice water – forgive me, cardinal – come heck or high water –

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Albany can repair our subway because New Yorkers can't waste more time getting place.

[Applause] [19659002] My New Yorker pals, you need to reside in America's most lovely massive metropolis, and so we're going to ship. And all the things starts with healthcare. Someway, within the richest metropolis within the nation, we have now diabetics who regulate their insulin. And ladies who have never acquired a pap check. Individuals whose preventive well being problems turn out to be catastrophic, dealing with an emergency and astronomical decline. Now, because of God, Obamacare has dropped a document variety of uninsured People. However 600,000 New Yorkers do not but have insurance coverage – 600,000 individuals. My associates, New Yorkers, are going to fix that very merely – we consider that healthcare is a human proper.

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Now we would like individuals to get it right throughout the nation. So we’ve to say yes to Medicare for everybody in Washington.

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We now have to say yes to Albany's particular person payer

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But till they are saying sure, the new

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We literally guarantee everybody New Yorker healthcare. I need to inform you the way it works. In case you don't have insurance, it's simple. In case you are eligible, we’ll notify you to the public choice of the town, MetroPlus, and get a physician.

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We'll take you to a physician from our 70 public health centers. And in case you are not eligible, like lots of of hundreds of New Yorkers, together with undocumented neighbors, we may even care for you.

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It’s right to do.

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Sanon tämän – en ole pyhien kirjoitusten tutkija, niin monet johtajat, jotka ovat liittyneet meihin täällä, ovat. Mutta en usko, että Raamatussa on jokin kohta, jossa sanotaan, kieltäkää terveydenhuolto naapurillesi, koska he ovat dokumentoimattomia. Luulen, että Raamattu kertoo meille apua naapurillesi.

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Muista, että julkiset sairaalamme kohtelevat jo ketään, joka kävelee hätätilanteessa.

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Niinpä tänä vuonna Well being + Hospitals käynnistää NYC Care -palvelun, joka on kattava terveydenhuollon palvelujen paketti, joka on taattu edulliseen liukumittakaavaan kenelle tahansa ilman vakuutusta.

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Ja tämä on laadukas hoito, voit tehdä tapaamisen, aivan kuten joku, jolla on vakuutus. Voit nähdä perusterveydenhuollon lääkärin, kardiologin, gynekologin, mielenterveysalan ammattilaisen tai lastenlääkäri. Mitä tarvitset, se tulee olemaan.

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Saat tarvitsemasi huolenpidon, kun sitä tarvitset, taattuun hintaan. Niin yksinkertainen se on. Tämä on sellainen asia, jota meidän on tehtävä. Antakaa ihmisille jonkin verran vakautta, turvallisuutta elämässään. Meidän on myös otettava huomioon, mitä tässä maassa työskenteleville ihmisille tapahtuu. Tiedämme, että ihmiset työskentelevät kovemmin ja kovemmin, pitempään ja pidempään. Voinko useless testata yleisöä? Kuka tuntee työskentelevänsä pidempään ja pidempään? The individuals have spoken.

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I consider I’ve opened Pandora’s Field.

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Now, we know that the individuals working the hardest typically earn the least, and have the fewest protections. In this metropolis, nannies, house well being aides –

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– housekeepers, drivers, freelancers – more than 200,000 New Yorkers – obtain no benefits in any respect, and haven’t any safety. These are the individuals who maintain this city operating.

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And in return, they get the brief finish of the stick. It’s not okay with them. It’s not okay, is it?

Audience: No.

Mayor: It’s not okay with me either. Nobody must be taken as a right. Nobody ought to be punished for a way they make a dwelling. And that’s why, immediately, I am expanding the mission, and actually, the identify of the Department of Shopper Affairs. It is going to now be the Division of Shopper and Employee Safety.

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They’ll proceed to enforce City legal guidelines like paid sick depart and will undertake a new mandate – to guard probably the most weak staff in our financial system. When a house health care assist – when their pay is withheld or any employee is mistreated, the Department of Shopper and Worker Protection will intervene.

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Whether you’re an employee or a temp, whether or not you’re paid by verify or cash, whether or not you’re documented or not, in the event you work in New York City, then we’ll be just right for you.

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And the office isn’t the only place your city is adding muscle to protect you. We’re going to get harder in terms of defending you at residence as nicely. I need to hasten to say – most landlords do the proper factor. Most play by the principles. But too many others try to recreation the system and push working individuals out of their flats to allow them to hike the lease. We’re not going to take that. The town’s worst landlords could have a new sheriff to worry – The Mayor’s Office to Shield Tenants.

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A new arm of City authorities that may root out the worst landlord abuse, a pressure that may hold each City agency, as properly, accountable for shielding tenants.

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I’ll be signing an government order to create this new office. In truth, I feel I’ll do it proper now.

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Who says government can’t act fast?

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My fellow New Yorkers, when a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their house unlivable, a workforce of inspectors and regulation enforcement agents can be on the bottom in time to stop it.

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We’ll use each device we’ve got. We’ll advantageous the landlords. We’ll penalize the landlords. But if the fines and the penalties don’t reduce it, we’ll seize their buildings.

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And we’ll put them within the palms of a group non-profit that may deal with tenants with the respect they deserve.

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Sadly, that’s not the one exploitation we’re seeing. It occurs to hardworking individuals day by day at massive box retailers, at non-union motels and eating places, and yes, even in company workplaces. I’m talking concerning the half-million New Yorkers who can’t take a lot as a single time without work, not one, to be there when their baby needs them or to collect with their household for a marriage or a funeral or simply to maintain themselves. All of us have to recharge typically, don’t we? Our well being is dependent upon it. And the details show it. Staff who get regular day off have fewer well being issues, they endure fewer injuries, they make fewer errors, and their productivity goes up. That’s why actually every other industrialized country on Earth provides staff the elemental right of paid vacation. Look. That’s numerous nations, isn’t it?

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That’s an entire lot of nations. That should tell us every part we have to find out about why it’s time to do it right right here in New York City.

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Literally not a single city or state in this nation supplies this proper. This will be the first time, proper now. New York City will turn into the first city within the nation to mandate Paid Personal Time for all our staff.

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Full-time or part-time, you will earn as much as ten days of Paid Private Time yearly.

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We’ll work with Speaker Johnson and the City Council to move an area regulation that makes it obligatory for employers to offer it, identical to they do paid sick depart and additional time pay. And those things haven’t stopped us from having a booming financial system, have they? It’s the proper thing to do. We need to be there for our families, the individuals we love. We deserve to be able to care for ourselves. All of us deserve a bit of extra happiness, don’t we? And that word, “happiness”, it means one thing on this nation. It’s within the second sentence of the Declaration of Independence. It’s what this nation was based for. That signifies that dwelling on this metropolis shouldn’t simply mean surviving. You deserve higher. So it’s not just day off, it’s time to stay the best means.

[Applause]

And that isn’t the one time we need to give again to New Yorkers. Daily, hundreds of thousands of us lose minutes – typically hours – just getting to work or to high school or wherever we now have to be. It shouldn’t be this difficult to get round within the biggest metropolis on the planet.

[Applause]

And so we’re giving individuals more and higher choices. This past yr, we introduced NYC Ferry to the Lower East Aspect and to Soundview in the Bronx.

[Applause]

I was there the morning we launched in Soundview in August, and I didn’t understand fairly how enthusiastic the Bronx was about its new ferry till it hit me in the form of a bear hug from Nellie Santiago-Rivera. The ferry reduce Nellie’s day by day trip from her house in Shorehaven to her workplace in Midtown – reduce that trip in half — in half.

[Applause]

That’s more time together with her household, more time for herself, and I would like more New Yorkers to have that too. So as we speak I introduced the subsequent huge enlargement of NYC Ferry. We’ll hyperlink Staten Island to the West Aspect of Manhattan.

[Applause]

We’ll join Coney Island to Decrease Manhattan.

[Applause]

And we’ll prolong the beloved Soundview Route to Ferry Point.

[Applause]

Now, ferry riders gained’t be the one New Yorkers who can look ahead to a quicker commute, as a result of we’re going to do one thing massive for our buses as nicely. There’s the bus riders. I hear you.

[Laughter]

In 2019 alone, we’ll assist 600,000 New Yorkers truly get to work on time. We’re going to double the number of intersections where we give buses inexperienced mild precedence, serving to them to stay on schedule.

[Applause]

We’re going to double our tempo of installing devoted lanes only for buses, helping them to move quicker.

[Applause]

We’re going to maintain these bus lanes clear. The NYPD is adding its first ever tow truck models devoted solely to preserving parked automobiles out of bus lanes.

[Applause]

These are the type of things –  I hear you, over there. Just don’t park within the bus lane, and you’re not going to have a problem.

[Laughter]

This is the sort of factor we will do proper right here in this city. However we’d like Albany to do its job to lastly fix the subways.

[Applause]

There’s an enormous day arising. Get out your calendars for 2019. Get out a purple pen. And circle April 1st. Not as a result of it’s April Fool’s Day.

[Laughter]

Circle April 1st, because it’s the day the finances is due in Albany. 80 days away. In the next 80 days, the fate of the MTA, the fate of our subways and buses, shall be determined once and for all. And if it isn’t determined in the next 80 days, we’ll lose our best possible opportunity to deal with these issues. Now, I need to say this to all of the elected officers within the room – and I’m going to include myself – all of us, we’ve got 80 days to point out the people who we will get this achieved, 80 days to point out we hear them, to point out them that we’re not going to let this crisis worsen. And I, for one – I don’t care if I’ve to pound on every door in Albany to get it accomplished. I’ll be there. And we will get it completed. This can be a crisis that may be addressed. Totally different individuals have totally different concepts. That’s okay. We’re going to wish numerous totally different concepts to fix this as soon as and for all. Now, I continue to consider a millionaires’ tax is the fairest, most progressive solution to fund the repairs and enhancements we’d like.

[Applause]

By the best way, 70 % of New Yorkers agree with me, in response to the last poll taken.

[Applause]

But in fact, there are plenty of options on the desk. Proposals for congestion pricing have undoubtedly improved. Other individuals have floated other concepts, like a new Transportation Bond Act, or using the proceeds from marijuana income to finally get the MTA to work. Regardless of the package deal of options, working individuals can’t wait. We can’t let 2019 go by and not using a answer. We will’t wait another yr.

[Applause]

Now, this yr, 2019, shall be historic in Albany by any measure. There are such a lot of reforms we’ve sought for decades that required a vote in Albany and appeared unattainable. These reforms are lastly within reach, with Democrats now within the resounding majority in the State Senate.

[Applause]

We will lastly get this stuff carried out. Keep in mind, this yr can also be the yr that lease regulation for a million flats – nicely over two million New Yorkers stay in them – lease laws are set to expire. And that is the prospect to not solely maintain them going, however to make them stronger. And that’s why we’ll lead the change – excuse me – lead the charge. We’ll lead the charge to lastly attraction emptiness deregulate as soon as and for all.

[Applause]

We have now to additionally make this the yr we move elementary reforms in our democracy. We’ve acquired to make it straightforward for individuals to participate, straightforward to vote. Voting ought to be something individuals need to do, not something that feels inconceivable.

[Applause]

This yr, we will cross early voting and same-day registration and no-excuse vote by mail.

[Applause]

As an alternative of being the hardest state to forged a vote in, how about we turn into the simplest state to forged a vote in?

[Applause]

We’ll struggle in Albany to guarantee big other reforms we’d like. We’ll battle to ensure speedy trials and bail reform.

[Applause]

Because poverty shouldn’t be the rationale why somebody ends up behind bars.

[Applause]

And lastly and most importantly, for the 1.1 million youngsters in our public faculties, we’re going to battle to extend mayoral control, so there’s real accountability each day.

[Applause]

Day by day we’re displaying what mayoral control achieves for teenagers and fogeys. Now, I’ve to inform you, schooling is my primary concern. And yearly, my favourite day, palms down, is the first day of faculty.

[Applause]

I’ve to be trustworthy and admit to you that lots of our 1.1 million youngsters don’t think about the primary day of faculty their favorite day within the yr. However I do. This yr, I spent that September morning out at P. S. 377 in Ozone Park. I met this superb mom, Wanda Carrion, who was simply as excited as I was that day. And it wasn’t as a result of she has four youngsters and we have been taking them off her palms after an extended, long summer time.

[Laughter]

It was as a result of her youngsters have been beginning on a new path. Her son, Willie, was having his first day of pre-Okay. Her youngest, Ethan, was simply beginning Three-Okay. Simply assume for a moment what all this means to this family. Right here’s an immigrant, a mom of 4, dwelling in Ozone Park. Her youngsters at the moment are getting the proper begin in life. She has that assurance that her youngsters are on their means. And now she’s received the time to get her own schooling as a medical assistant and have a career.

[Applause]

That’s the sort of story I would like for every working dad or mum in this metropolis. And so this September, Three-Okay For All is increasing as soon as again. We’re able to go farther.

[Applause]

We’re going to Washington Heights, to the South Bronx, to East New York, to Staten Island, to Bushwick, and to Soundview. This coming faculty yr, 20,000 youngsters shall be in free full-day Three-Okay.

[Applause]

And we’re not stopping there with regards to making our faculties higher. For decades, some of our youngsters, a few of our faculties have been ignored. And there’s no place where that happens, sadly, greater than in the Bronx. Faculties within the Bronx have been brief modified for years and years and years. I don’t accept that. And neither do the educators who get up day-after-day to make these faculties higher. So this yr, we’re launching a brand new plan to attract the most effective and brightest academics, get them to these faculties, hold them in those faculties in the Bronx that want them probably the most.

[Applause]

This is the epitome of our philosophy of Equity and Excellence, going above and past for teenagers in faculties that haven’t gotten what they deserve. Additionally, very proud to inform you, in 2019, we’ll increase our partnership with Warby Parker, so we will present free eye exams and free eyeglasses to every kindergartner and each first grader, citywide.

[Applause]

These glasses are so trendy that youngsters will truly need to put on them. Imagine. Not only can we need to get our youngsters on the suitable path. We additionally need to be sure that individuals who have labored their entire lives are on the trail to a secure retirement. A safe retirement. But right here’s a surprising reality – almost half of the workforce in this metropolis, two million of us, don’t have employer-sponsored retirement plans. So we’re going to determine retirement plans for any employee who doesn’t have one. We’ll be there for them.

[Applause]

You’ll have the ability to set aside a small portion of your paycheck, watch it develop through the years, and take it with you from job to job.

[Applause]

Now, let’s be clear, in the event you’ve spent your lifetime working, you’ve already paid your dues. Retirement ought to be something you possibly can truly sit up for. That’s what we’re going to realize right here in New York City. Nicely, my associates, I need to now conclude by wrapping all these items collectively. And I would like you to dream with me for a second. I would like you to imagine the place we might all go together.

Think about life in a metropolis that takes some weight off of your shoulders. Imagine a city that’s targeted every single day on making things extra truthful. Your health care guaranteed. Your wages and advantages protected. Your own home and your lease reasonably priced. Your time given back to you. Your youngster on the correct path from Three-Okay all the best way to school. Your subways and buses truly enhancing. Your streets safer than ever. And your retirement secured.

Imagine a city where New Yorkers can stay their lives more absolutely. That’s the quality of life I would like for every New Yorker.

[Applause]

And that’s what life must be like in the fairest huge metropolis in America, a place the place work is rewarded, and all this prosperity is shared.

[Applause]

This country has spent many years taking from working individuals and giving to the one %. This city has spent the last five years doing it the other means around. We give back to working individuals the prosperity they’ve earned. And we’re just getting began.

[Mayor de Blasio speaks in Spanish]

My associates, these objectives are usually not utopian. They don’t seem to be unreachable. They’re achievable right here in New York City.

[Applause]

Never, ever underestimate New Yorkers. By no means underestimate us and what we will do. By no means underestimate the change we will make together. By no means underestimate the best city on Earth. We will do it. God bless you. And God bless New York City. And God bless America.

[Applause]