Dear New York City,
COVID was the cruelest blow.
After years of incompetence, the failed management by our political class has finally caught up to us. Thousands of our friends, neighbors, and family members have died. Children have lost an entire year of school. Many of our small businesses have been forced to shut their doors. Thousands of people and dozens of larger businesses have chosen to relocate to cities that make it safer, easier and cheaper for them to operate successfully. But our ingenuity shone in finding ways to help our neighbors, impromptu concerts in our subways and parks, and the building of “outdoor” dining. That ingenuity will lead the fight for our survival.
I came to New York from Texas for the same reason many immigrants from foreign lands do.
For more opportunity.
Creating more opportunity for all New Yorkers is achievable through three things:
A safe and secure city – where citizens do not live in fear – whether it is of crime, lead contamination, or discrimination; where community and police work together to identify problems early and higher crime neighborhoods get more resources; where the homeless and the desperate are given the transitional services they need - efficiently and effectively; and where parents do not have to be worried for their children’s lives.
Crime is a baseline issue that must be solved for our economy to grow. →
A growing economy – where jobs and job creators are welcomed and encouraged. Where young people, the talent pool of our future, do not see this as a pit stop on the way to the suburbs. We need to leverage our existing competitive strengths while removing the barriers to entry for small businesses as we get the next generation to establish lives in New York. Set ingenuity free to create businesses of the future. Incentivize entrepreneurs to establish businesses here that feed off our healthcare system, colleges and universities, local industry and our busy port. Upgrading our infrastructure creates jobs and permits ease of movement. Lowering the cost of living and increasing the quality of life in NYC makes room for possibility.
A strong economy fosters opportunity. →
Increasing mobility – where education can give you a leg up and government regulations are designed to protect the most vulnerable – not to arbitrarily put the boot of a too large bureaucracy on the neck of the city. Reducing the regulatory burden is essential to socioeconomic mobility. Education is the great leveler and civil rights issue of our time. It is time to start acting like it by raising expectations, expanding access, increasing accountability and eliminating red tape. Places like CUNY that have received praise for lifting low-income students into the middle class deserve increased resources.
Safety, revitalization and opportunity work in tandem to form the basis of a policy framework; a vision that will leverage New York’s greatest asset: its people. From teachers to police. Small business owners of all kinds, from glitzy restaurants to all-night diners. From the construction trades to hotel workers. New York City can be a place that delivers more opportunity for its people. So long as it has new leadership with a new set of priorities.
Let us be clear: The absolute last thing NYC needs is a third DeBlasio term, which many of the Democratic candidates represent. We cannot afford a high-tax solution or the status quo.
We need to start measuring compassion by outcomes – not intentions.
If we start multiple programs to create jobs, but the jobs created are only available to the most fortunate, the program is a failure.
If we invest in schools, and students do not succeed, then we are not spending the money correctly.
If we implement a new regulation, and a small business closes, then we have made life harder, not only for the owner of that business, but also for their family and employees and their neighborhood.
New York City is at its lowest point in many decades. We need a problem solver with experience in crisis management and restructuring. Beholden to no one but the people of the City of New York -- I have that experience -- and I am an outsider and a change agent who has repeatedly overcome adversity.
It is time for competent leadership. →
My entire career has been focused on restructuring, rebuilding, reorganizing. That work requires extensive financial and structural analysis, review of legal documents and contracts, management assessments, business plan and strategic direction evaluations, deep operational diligence, identification of: regulatory, legal or tax issues; hidden assets; hidden liabilities and, finally, workouts and execution that require coalition building. These are all skills that the next Mayor of NYC will require to achieve the goal of making NYC a safer, easier, more attractive place to live, work and raise a family. These are my core competencies.
We have an acute problem and we don’t need any more cute band-aids. We need the very attributes I have developed over a lifetime. I am running for mayor because the viability and solvency of our city is at stake.
During my campaign, there will be more details released on specific plans that demonstrate a vision for NYC. Please check back and sign up to receive more updates from my campaign.