Mayoral candidate’s report identifies “25 inefficiencies that lead to inequality” and how to fix them in New York City
New York, NY—Mayoral candidate Eric Adams released the first 25 steps of his plan to fight inequality in New York City today, identifying both specific inefficiencies and government failures and how to fix them.
You can read the plan here.
“If we are going to finally reverse racial inequality, we first need to identify how our City government’s inefficiencies are directly leading to injustice for people of color in New York—and then we need a plan to immediately fix those failures,” said Brooklyn Borough President Adams. “A broad vision for this City is important, but the next mayor will need the experience and the moral determination to prioritize ending inequality in every aspect of our government if we are ever going to have a truly fair city.”
Among Adams’ 25 “inefficiencies that lead to inequality” are specific fixes to the City’s benefits distribution, job training, foster care, healthcare, small business, childcare, contracting, food, homelessness, affordable housing and criminal justice rules and programs–all of which overwhelmingly disproportionately affect people of color or lower-income New Yorkers.
For instance, Adams would focus resources on the City’s most frequent emergency room and mental health cases, who account for an outsized amount of healthcare expenses and related services to help those New Yorkers manage their health long-term.
Adams would also use one data platform for all City agencies to better utilize resources and more easily identify system gaps that are leading to government failures.
More than half of the policy fixes included in Adams’ plan will be revenue-neutral or more than pay for themselves from efficiency gains that lead to cost savings. For instance, Adams’ plan to expand the City’s rental voucher program will actually save money that would otherwise be spent on sheltering individuals and families who are homeless.
Adams also estimates that other initiatives — such as his MyCity proposal to create one portal for all City services — could be paid for through a combination of stimulus funding and his plan to save 3-5 percent per agency through other cost-saving measures, while still leaving enough revenue to close projected out-year City budget gaps.