January 30, 2023
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Mayor Adams releases plan on “NYC Speaks Action Plan”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has released “NYC Speaks Action Plan”.

According to the Mayor, the initiative was created in partnership with civic and community leaders.

The initiative outlines policy goals for five issue areas that are priorities for New Yorkers. They are housing and public safety, youth mental health, community spaces, jobs in high-growth sectors, and civic engagement.

“New Yorkers deserve a seat at the table to share their vision for our city’s future. It is why I engage and speak with community groups in all five boroughs every day, making sure I hear their concerns and dreams,” said Mayor Adams.

He added, “Having that input from New Yorkers is helping us ‘Get Stuff Done’ the right way.

“But I am only just one person and that’s why I am grateful to NYC Speaks for conducting the largest public policy survey in our city’s history, asking over 62,000 New Yorkers what their priorities are.

“Those responses led to our administration creating an action plan that covers five key issues crucial to New Yorkers’ success and well-being. When working together, our community can address the issues that affect their lives the most.”

Adams maintained that the NYC Speaks is a public-private partnership led by Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright, working alongside various philanthropic partners, community leaders, and civic institutions to inform the priorities and policies of the Adams administration.

Also speaking, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright, said, “Today’s announcement is the result of this administration’s continued commitment to put people first.

“The NYC Speaks Action Plan comes directly from the voices of New Yorkers— hundreds of community conversations, the largest policy survey in our city’s history, and working directly with leaders in the Adams administration.

“Together, as one united city, we are prepared to accomplish the bold, shared vision laid out in the Action Plan’s North Stars.”

“NYC Speaks is only scratching the surface of what a people-driven transformation of city government can look like,” said NYC Speaks Co-Executive Director Jose Serrano-McClain, partner, HR&A Advisors. “NYC Speaks is proving that when civic engagement is done with rigor it can bring together City Hall, our leading institutions, and communities across the city to align on the kind of bold actions that address the big challenges we are facing as a city. We look forward to the administration seeing through the commitments laid in the NYC Speaks Action Plan, to keeping New Yorkers engaged, and to city government continuing to innovate in centering the voice of the people in major plans.”

The Action Plan is the result of a yearlong public-private partnership.

Over 80 members of the Civic Policy Councils — representing a diverse cross-section of New Yorkers — collaborated on the research and outreach strategies for the initiative.

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