Carl Weisbrod, Chairman, NYC Planning Commission | CUNY TV Presents ABNY

>>> I NOW WANT TO BRING TO THE STAGE A GENTLEMAN WHO I THINK EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM KNOWS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, COMMISSIONER BRATTON CAN YOU COME UP AND JOIN ME AND I ALSO WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE NEW COMMISSIONER COMING IN A WEEK FROM NOW, I BELIEVE, AND YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE HIM BECAUSE HE’S WEARING HIS CIVIES, JIMMY O’NEAL AND I WISH YOU THE BEST OF LUCK ABNY WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE THINGS YOU’VE DONE TO THE CITY, WITH THE CITY, WITH US, AND SO MANY OTHER NEW YORKERS IN MAKING THIS THE GREATEST PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND VISIT WE ARE SO — HAVE BEEN SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU WITH US AT SO MANY IMPORTANT TIMES WITH OUR CITY FROM YOUR ORIGINAL, HEAD OF THE TRANSIT, MAYOR DINKINS, SAFE CITY SAFE STREET INITIATIVE AND REALLY COMING UP WITH THE REDUCED CRIME IN THE 90s AND THEN WHEN YOU RETURNED IN 2014, YOUR VISION AND LEADERSHIP TO HELP IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL NEW YORKERS SO WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR ALL THE THINGS YOU’VE DONE THE ON FOR OUR CITY AND WE WISH YOU AND RICKY THE BEST OF LUCK AS YOU MOVE INTO THE PRIVATE SECTOR I’M SURE WE’LL SEE YOU, WORK WITH YOU AND WE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU SO BILL, THANK YOU >> THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS ORGANIZATION, ABNY IS ONE I WAS FIRST EXPOSED TO IN 1990 MET HIS UNCLE JACK AND JACK BECAME A VERY GOOD FRIEND AND THROUGH JACK MET LITTLE BILLY’S FATHER. EXTRAORDINARY FAMILY EXTRAORDINARY ORGANIZATION THAT HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THIS CITY THERE IS A CONFLUENCE OF INTERESTS HERE THIS MORNING KYLE BEING HONORED, A GOOD FRIEND AND A COLLEAGUE OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY ON THE TIMES SQUARE ISSUES THAT WERE SO MUCH IN THE NEWS A YEAR OR SO AGO WE ARE FINALLY COMING TO COMPLETION IN THE TIMES SQUARE PROJECT I HAVE A SECONDARY ROLE HERE THIS MORNING IN A FEW MOMENTS, I’LL INTRODUCE YOU TO SEVERAL OFFICERS WHO WERE VERY INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT IN TIMES SQUARE DURING THE MONTH OF JULY. BEING AT THE SAME TABLE AS DAVID DINKINS DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME OF THE US OPEN BRING BACK MEMORIES OF 1990, NEWLY APPOINTED CHEIF OF TRANSIT POLICE. A VERY DESPERATE SITUATION IN THE SUBWAY AT THAT TIME. VERY TOUGH SITUATION IN THE CITY AT THAT TIME MAYOR DINKINS HAD JUST BEEN ELECTED AND DURING THE U.S OPEN, WHICH HE FOUGHT SO HARD TO KEEP IN NEW YORK CITY AND GROW IN NEW YORK CITY TO THE EXTENT THAT IT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC DRIVERS IN THIS CITY TODAY, BACK IN 1990, WE HAD THE TRAGIC DEATH OF BRIAN WATKINS THAT DEATH, HOWEVER, WAS THE CATALYST FOR THE TURN AROUND OF NEW YORK CITY OUT OF THAT TRAGEDY CAME OPPORTUNITY WITHIN TWO DAYS, GOVERNOR COMO GAVE $40 MILLION TO THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY TO BEGIN THE INVIGORATION OF THAT ORGANIZATION SUBSEQUENT TO THAT, THE MAYOR WAS ABLE TO GET THE SAFE STREETS PASSED UP IN ALBANY THAT ALLOWED FOR THE HIRING OF 6,000 ADDITIONAL NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS IN 1994 WHEN I WAS APPOINTED POLICE COMMISSIONER, BY THEN MAYOR GIULIANI, IT WAS THE IDEA TO TAKE THE SUCCESSES THAT WE HAD IN THE SUBWAY, PARTICULARLY DEALING WITH QUALITY OF LIFE, BROKEN WINDOWS, ENFORCEMENT AND BRING THEM INTO THE STREETS WITH THAT, THE TURN AROUND IN NEW YORK CITY BEGAN TO THE EXTENT THAT JUST TWO DAYS AGO, AND MAYOR AND I REPORTED WE HAD THE SAFEST SUMMER OF THIS HISTORY IN MODERN HISTORY IN TERMS OF CRIME SO IT’S A REAL PRESSURE TO BE HERE TODAY, MAYOR DINKINS, WITH

ALL HE HAS DONE I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MY COMMISSIONER DESIGNATE TO JOIN ME ON STAGE AND I WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP TWO OF THE POLICE OFFICERS THAT JIMMY AND I ARE SO PRIVILEGED TO GET TO WORK I’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SERGEANT ARMANI AND POLICE OFFICER COMING UP ON THE STAGE ON SEPTEMBER 16th, I WILL FINISH MY TIME AS POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR THE SECOND TIME LIKE MY PREDECESSOR, RAY KELLY, WE WERE BOTH BLESSED TWICE WITH THIS GREAT CITY ON THE 16th, I WILL BE RETIRING JIMMY O’NEIL WILL BE SWORN IN IN A PRIVATE CEREMONY THEN ON THE 19th HE WILL BE OFFICIALLY SWORN IN AS THE NEXT POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK HIS PRIVILEGE, LIKE MY PRIVILEGE, WILL BE TO LEAD THE 50 SOME ODD THOUSAND MEMBERS OF THIS DEPARTMENT THAT SERVE THIS CITY YOUR NYPD THE TWO OFFICERS ON THE STAGE HERE, BILL HAS ASKED TO INVITE THEM HERE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE CITY AND IT EXEMPLIFIES THE CONTRIBUTION AS BEING MADE EVERY DAY BY THE 36,000 OFFICERS WHEN OFFICERS COME TO WORK, THEY NEVER QUITE KNOW WHAT THE DAY IS GOING TO BRING, BUT THEY TRY TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR ANY EVENTUALITY NOBODY COULD EVER PREPARE THESE TWO OFFICERS FOR THE EVENTUALITY AND THE INCIDENT THEY FACED IN JULY OF THIS PAST SUMMER ASSIGNED TO TIMES SQUARE AS PART OF THE EXTRA CORE OF OFFICERS THAT WE HAVE ON IN THAT SQUARE ON A DAILY BASIS, THEY WERE SITTING IN THEIR POLICE CAR WHEN A GENTLEMAN ROLLED BY IN A CAR AND THREW A DEVICE INTO THEIR VEHICLE THE OFFICERS IMMEDIATELY PICKED UP THE DEVICE, SAW THAT IT APPEARED TO BE AN ACTIVE BOMB IT WAS BLINKING THE OFFICERS, INSTEAD OF FLEEING THEIR CAR, INSTEAD, THEY DROVE THEIR VEHICLE OUT OF TIMES SQUARE WITH THAT DEVICE IN THEIR LAP TO GET THAT VEHICLE IN WHAT THEY THOUGHT TO BE AN ACTIVE BOMB OUT OF TIMES SQUARE ON TO AN ADJACENT SIDE STREET WHERE IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE DEVICE WAS NOT A BOMB, WAS INACTIVE, BUT HAD ALL THE MAKINGS OF ONE WE ENDED UP WITH A THREE-HOUR STANDOFF DOWN THE STREET WITH THE SUSPECT IN THAT MATTER BELIEVING HE HAD DEVICES IN HIS CAR THIS MORNING, BILLY WANTED US TO BE IN A POSITION TO, BEFORE YOU, ACKNOWLEDGE TWO MEMBERS OF THIS DEPARTMENT WOULD LIKE THE OTHER 36,000 EVERY DAY COME TO WORK NEVER QUITE KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT BEEN BUT THEY DID WHAT WE DO EXPECT OF EVERY NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICER, THEY PERFORMED HEROICALLY THEY SOUGHT TO SAVE LIVES AT THE POTENTIAL EXPENSE OF THEIR OWN SO I WANTED TO BE HERE WITH THE NEW POLICE CHIEF COMMISSIONER DESIGNATE AND WITH THIS GREAT ORGANIZATION ABNY WHICH BILLY IS NOW PROUD TO BE LEADING TO SAY IN FRONT OF ALL YOU THANK YOU TO THESE TWO OFFICERS FOR WHAT THEY DID [APPLAUSE] >> THIS YEAR, WE CELEBRATE THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZONING CODE OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK WHICH HAS RESULTED IN OUR ICONIC SKYLINE ZONING CONTINUES TO DEEPLY IMPACT THE ONGOING LEGACY OF OUR CITY AS WE WORK TO CONTROL DENSITY, FOSTER GROWTH, EXPAND OUR CITY’S LIMITS AND INCREASE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AS I MENTIONED, CARL IS A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT AND HIS — AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, HIS FINGERPRINTS ARE ALL OVER THE CITY AND PARTICULARLY WE TALKED ABOUT TIMES SQUARE, OVERSEEING THE REZONING OF HUDSON SQUARE AND AS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE DOWNTOWN ALLIANCE THAT I MENTIONED BEFORE I HAVE WORKED PERSONALLY WITH CARL FOR OVER 25 YEARS WE STARTED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THERE WERE SO MANY ENDEAVORS THAT WE’VE WORKED CONJUNCTIVELY WITH AT ABNY AND WITH ALL THE OTHER AREAS THAT HE’S BEEN INVOLVED IN SO IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION, CARL WEISBORO, WHO WILL SHARE HIS VISION OF THE FUTURE FOR THE CITY OF NEW YORK >> SO I ADMIT I AM STILL A LITTLE STUNNED TO BE UP HERE RATHER THAN IN THE AUDIENCE WITH YOU LISTENING TO SOMEBODY ELSE TALKING I TRULY THOUGHT MY GOVERNMENT CAREER WAS OVER A LONG TIME AGO BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK AT CITY PLANNING AND TO HELP GUIDE THE MOST DECIDING CITY ON EARTH FOR GENERATIONS TO COME JUST PROVED OVERWHELMINGLY SEDUCTIVE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE OF NEW YORK IS MORE IMPORTANT TODAY THAN EVER

MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE VOTING FOR URBAN LIFE IT IS WHERE THE JOBS ARE IT PROVIDES COMMUNITIES FOR FAMILIES CULTURE AND A DYNAMIC LIFESTYLE FOR THOSE OF ALL AGES AND ITS DENSITY IS THE CATALYST FOR ITS VITALITY AND THAT’S SOMETHING WE SHOULDN’T FORGET THE ROLE OF CITY GOVERNMENT IS CRUCIAL TO THIS, BUT IT’S REALLY MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN IT OPERATES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS LIKE ABNY AND WITH SO MANY IN THIS ROOM LET ME START BY TAKING A LOOK BACKWARDS I’VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING FIVE DIFFERENT MAYORS FIRST UNDER MAYOR JOHN LINDSAY IN THE LAST 60 YEARS AND IN THE LATE 60s AND EARLY 70s, MAYOR LINDSAY WAS A LONELY VOICE PLEADING FOR OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE PRESSING NEEDS OF CITIES BUT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, FOR THE MOST PART, DID NOT STEP UP AND THE DRAMATIC SOCIAL CHANGES OF THE TIMES PUT ENORMOUS BURDENS ON GOVERNMENT THEY ADDED TO THE SIGNIFICANT EROSION OF BASIC SERVICES, THE 1970s FISCAL CRISIS AND A SHARP DECLINE IN OUR POPULATION SOME OF YOU MAY REMEMBER THE CITY EVEN CONSIDERED IMPLEMENTING A POLICY OF PLANNED SHRINKAGE THAT IS TO RETREAT FROM CRIME RIDDEN NEIGHBORHOODS STRICKEN BY ABANDONMENT, TO FOCUS PRINCIPALLY ON SAVING ESSENTIAL BUSINESS DISTRICTS AND TO BUILD SOME OF THE WORST ARCHITECTURE WE LIVE WITH TODAY, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO WALL OFF THOSE INSIDES FROM DISAGREEABLE ASPECTS OF URBAN LIFE ON THE OUTSIDE AND I’M ALWAYS REMINDED OF MY FORMER BOD, ED KOCH WHEN HE WAS CAMPAIGNING FOR MAYOR IN 1977 AND AN ELDERLY WOMAN TUGGED ON HIS SLEEVE AND SAID MR. KOCH, MAKE THE CITY WHAT IT WAS AND HE RESPONDED, LADY, IT WAS NEVER THAT GOOD LAUGHTER BUT EVEN WITH LESS THAN ROBUST FEDERAL INVESTMENT AND THE 10% POPULATION LOSSES IN THE 1970s, OUR CITY IN NO SMALL MEASURE, THANKS TO THE LEADERSHIP OF ABNY AND SUCCESSIVE MAYORAL ADMINISTRATIONS ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE AND AVOIDED THE COLLAPSE OF THE FAILED MANY OLDER CITIES IN THE EAST AND MIDWEST WE DID IT BY TAPPING INTO OUR CORE VALUES, DIVERSITY, ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, INNOVATION, RESPECT FOR TALENT, AND COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE AND NOW WE ARE THE ENVY OF THE WORLD WE’RE THE GOLD STANDARD AND WE WILL NOT WAIVER IN ENSURING OUR CONTINUED STATUS AS THE WORLD’S PREEMINENT GLOBAL CITY IN 2000, NEW YORK REACHED AN OFFICIAL POPULATION OF 8 MILLION FOR THE FIRST TIME, FORMED ON THE HEELS OF IMMIGRATION THAT BROUGHT IN AN UNPRECEDENT MIX OF ETHNICITIES NOW WITH OUR CONTINUING INCREDIBLE GROWTH, WE FACE SOME COMPLEX PLANNING CHALLENGES ONCE AGAIN OUR CURRENT GROWTH IS REMINISCENT OF THE CITY’S LAST PERIOD OF SUBSTANTIAL EXPANSION AT THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY THINK ABOUT THIS 100 YEARS AGO, THE CITY WELCOMED SEVERAL MILLION IMMIGRANTS OUR POPULATION ROSE FROM 3.4 MILLION IN 1900 RIGHT AFTER CONSOLIDATION TO 6.9 MILLION IN 1930 AS MANHATTAN PEAKED IN 1910 AT OVER 2.3 MILLION PEOPLE, THE CITY LOOKED FOR WAYS TO DISPERSE ITS POPULATION WE BUILT OUR INFRASTRUCTURE, OUR SUBWAYS, TUNNELS, BRIDGES AND LOTS OF HOUSING THE ZONE RESOLUTION CELEBRATING ITS 100th ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR WAS A GROUND BREAKING TOOL FOR GUIDING THE CITY’S URBAN FOOTPRINT THAT EXPANDED FROM THE END OF WORLD WAR ONE AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND THEN AGAIN AFTER WORLD WAR TWO INTO THE 1960S ALL THE WHILE MAINTAINING OUR UNDERLYING WILLINGNESS TO WELCOME PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER AND EMBRACE GROWTH YET, THE GROWTH OF TODAY IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF THE 1920s LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH OUR POPULATION, OUR ECONOMY, HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE, AND THREE BIG QUESTIONS THAT I BELIEVE WE AS A CITY MUST ANSWER FIRST, HOW DO WE GIVE EVERYONE A FAIR SHOT AT HOUSING AND OPPORTUNITY IN THIS NEW ECONOMY? SECOND, HOW DO WE MAKE TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR US NOT AGAINST US, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SOLVING URGENT CHALLENGES LIKE STRESS IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE? AND FINALLY, HOW CAN WE MAKE OUR POLITICS REFLECT WHAT’S BEST IN US AND NOT WHAT’S WORST? I BELIEVE WE HAVE MADE SOME PROGRESS WHICH I’LL TALK ABOUT IN A MOMENT BUT WE CAN’T REST ON OUR LAURELS JUST YET AND WE MUST CONTINUE

TO ACT ANEW TO FIND THE RIGHT ANSWERS LET ME START WITH PEOPLE THE CITY’S POPULATION RIGHT NOW IS AT 8.55 MILLION, THE LARGEST IN HISTORY OUR GROWTH IS DUE TO BOTH POSITIVE NATURAL INCREASE, THAT IS RESIDENTS ARE LIVING LONGER, WANT TO GO STAY HERE, AND THEY WANT TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES HERE AND POSITIVE NET MIGRATION, THAT IS PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER WANT TO COME HERE WE ADDED MORE THAN 375,000 PEOPLE SINCE 2010 ALONE, WHICH IS LIKE ABSORBING THE CITY OF TAMPA AND AS IN THE 1920s, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IS IN THE OUTER BOROUGHS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, BROOKLYN SAW THE LARGEST INCREASE 132,000 PEOPLE FOLLOWED BY QUEENS, THE BRONX, MANHATTAN AND STATEN ISLAND QUEENS AND STATEN ISLAND ARE NOW AT THEIR POPULATION HIGHS ALTHOUGH STATTEN ISLAND’S GROWTH HAS SLOWED DRAMATICALLY THE BRONX IS VERY CLOSE TO ITS HISTORICAL 1970 HIGH OF 1.5 MILLION ALTHOUGH MANHATTAN IS GROWING, ITS POPULATION IS STILL MORE THAN 680,000 BELOW ITS 1910 PEAK A POINT WE OFTEN FORGET WHEN WE HEAR ABOUT OVERDEVELOPMENT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 1920s AND TODAY, A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GROW ON FARMLANDS TODAY, WE ARE GROWING IN A MATURE CITY FULL OF ESTABLISHED NEIGHBORHOODS WITH LITTLE VACANT LAND THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO UNDERSTANDING OUR CURRENT CHALLENGES ANOTHER FACT, THE CITY IS AGING ALTHOUGH NOT AS FAST AS THE REST OF THE COUNTRY NATIONALLY, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE 65 AND OVER IS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE TO 82 MILLION BY 2040 THE CITY’S SENIOR POPULATION IS PROJECTED TO GROW BY 41% OR AN ADDITIONAL 400,000 PEOPLE TO A TOTAL OF 1.4 MILLION BY 2040 HOWEVER, ALTHOUGH WE CERTAINLY HAVE TO PLAN FOR OUR GROWING SENIOR POPULATION, SPEAKING OF A SENIOR AS I’LL DISCUSS IN A MOMENT, WE REMAIN RELATIVELY YOUTHFUL COMPARED TO OTHER MAJOR URBAN CENTERS SINCE 1970, NEW YORK’S SHARE OF IMMIGRANTS HAS DOUBLED MORE THAN 3.1 MILLION OR 37% OF OUR 8.5 MILLION RESIDENTS ARE FOREIGN BORN AND ABOUT 40% OF THOSE ARRIVED HERE IN 2000 OR LATER ONE HALF OF ALL NEW YORKERS NOW SPEAK A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH AT HOME MOST NOTABLY, OUR ASIAN AND HISPANIC POPULATIONS HAVE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED, ACCOUNTING FOR MORE THAN 80% OF THE CITY’S POPULATION GROWTH WE NOW HAVE OVER 2.4 MILLION HISPANICS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER CITY IN THE UNITED STATES, AND WE’RE HOME TO THE LARGEST CHINESE POPULATION OUTSIDE OF ASIA. IMMIGRANTS PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE CITY’S LABOR FORCE, NEARLY HALF OF ALL RESIDENTS ARE FOREIGN BORN THAT’S SIMILAR IN A RANGE OF INDUSTRIES WE ATTRACT THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY PEOPLE MOVING HERE HAVE A HIGHER EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT THAN THOSE MOVING OUT YOUNG, DOMESTIC MIGRANTS AND IMMIGRANTS ARE HELPING POPULATE OUR LABOR FORCE AND FUEL OUR ECONOMY THE KIND OF GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY THAT THE CITY WAS STARVED FOR IN THE 1970s THE CITY NOW HAS THE MOST DOMINANT, DIVERSE URBAN ECONOMY IN THE WORLD MORE THAN 4.3 MILLION JOBS, AN ALL-TIME HIGH MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A MILLION JOBS HAVE BEEN ADDED SINCE MAYOR DE BLASIO TOOK OFFICE AND WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF THE FASTEST TWO-YEAR GROWTH ON RECORD AND THE LARGEST STREAK OF PRIVATE SECTOR JOB CREATION OVER ANY FIVE-YEAR PERIOD SINCE AT LEAST THE 1980s AND PROBABLY IN HISTORY 500,000 JOBS ADDED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS EQUALS ALMOST HALF THE TOTAL PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT IN CHICAGO THINK ABOUT THAT WE ALSO OUTPACED THE NATION, IF YOU COMPARE THE THIRD QUARTERS OF 2010 AND 2015, NEW YORK CITY PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS HAVE INCREASED BY 15.2% COMPARED TO 11.2% NATIONALLY THE CITY’S ECONOMY CONTINUES TO DIVERSIFY WITH OUR TOP THREE GROWING SECTORS LARGELY MIRRORING POPULATION GROWTH AS WELL AS A SHIFT TOWARDS NEW PSYCHOLOGIES WITH OFFICE SPACE EMPLOYMENT AND ALL OF THOSE BENEFITING ABSOLUTE JOB GAINS WERE HEAVILY CONCENTRATED IN MIDTOWN AND LOWER MANHATTAN WHICH ABSORBED NEARLY HALF OF ALL GAINS IN 2010 AND 2014 BUT THE RATE OF GROWTH IS FASTER OUTSIDE OF MANHATTAN, LIKE IN NORTH BROOKLYN AND WESTERN QUEENS OFFICE SPACE TYPICALLY WAS WITH ABOUT 250 TO 300 SQUARE FEET PER PERSON NOW FOR MANY INDUSTRIES IT’S CLOSER TO 180 SQUARE FEET PER

PERSON OVER HALF OF RENTER HOUSEHOLDS, WHICH MAKE UP TWO-THIRDS OF ALL HOUSEHOLDS IN THE CITY A MORE THAN A THIRD OF INCOME ON RENT WE NEED MORE HOUSING GENERALLY AS LEAST WEEK’S “NEW YORK TIMES” REPORTED, AS THE SUPPLY AS GROWN IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN, MARKET PRICES ARE ACTUALLY COMING DOWN THE LAWS OF SUPPLY AND DEMAND ARE STILL RELEVANT AND THIS RELIEF IN BROOKLYN, MARKET PRICES, I THINK WILL ULTIMATELY RIPPLE THROUGH TO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS, AS WELL BUT LAND COSTS AND CONSTRUCTION COSTS PUT NEW HOUSING OUT OF REACH FOR MOST TAX REDUCTIONS, DIRECT CAPITAL SUBSIDIES, CROSS SUBSIDIES FOR MARKET RATE HOUSING AND REDUCE LAND COSTS AND INCREASE POTENTIAL CAPACITY ARE REQUIRED OFTEN IN COMBINATION TO CREATE AFFORDABLE HOUSING MEANWHILE, MAYOR DE BLASIO’S HOUSING PLANS, THE MOST AMBITIOUS AND PROGRESSIVE IN THE NATION IS ON BUDGET AND AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AT THE TWO-YEAR MARK WITH OVER 53,000 AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS SO FAR THIS MEANS ENOUGH HOMES FOR 130,000 NEW YORKERS IN NO SMALL MEASURE, THIS IS DUE TO THE MAYOR DOUBLING THE CAPITAL FUNDING FOR HOUSING AND I MUST SAY WE WOULD BE EVEN FURTHER ALONG IF WE HAD AN ADEQUATE SUCCESS OF 421A WHICH EXPIRED LAST YEAR NEVERTHELESS, THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NOW UNDER WAY IN ANY YEAR SINCE HPD WAS FOUNDED IN 1976 AND MORE PRESERVED HOUSING IN ANY YEAR SINCE ED WAS MAYOR AND I HAVE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO VICKI, THE AMAZING HOUSING COMMISSIONER WHO REALLY MADE THAT POSSIBLE THESE TOOLS ARE ALSO AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE PROGRAM TO ENSURE THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR WORK WELL TOGETHER THE UNDERLYING FOUNDATION OF MIH IS MORE ECONOMICALLY DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOODS THAT’S THE BASIS OF IT WE ARE STILL TOO SEGREGATED BY ECONOMIC THE EVIDENCE IS COMPELLING THAT POOR CHILDREN WHO GROW UP IN ECONOMICALLY DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOODS TEND TO DO BETTER WE NOW HAVE CLOSE TO 2,000 MIH UNITS IN OUR PIPELINE AND A MAJOR ONE LOST ON TRIAL IN THE BRONX WAS JUST APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL YESTERDAY IT’S LESS EXPENSIVE TO BUILD AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING, IN PART BY ELIMINATING UNNECESSARY PARKING REQUIREMENTS, IT OFFERS MORE OPTIONS FOR SENIORS, IT WILL ENHANCE QUALITY OF LIFE IN DISTINCT NEIGHBORHOODS WITH BETTER GROUNDS FOR RETAIL SPACES AND MORE INVITING COURTYARDS IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES OF WHICH WE HAVE NONE IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK RIGHT NOW AND CCRCs ALLOW LIFELONG PARTNERS TO STAY TOGETHER, EVEN THOUGH THEY AGE AT DIFFERENT PACES YET DESPITE THIS CRITICAL DEMAND FOR HOUSING, LARGE SECTIONS OF BROOKLYN, MANHATTAN AND OTHER AREAS ARE BELOW THEIR DENSITY THERE ARE OTHER AREAS THAT CAN BUILD ON EXISTING DENSITIES THE FIRST ONE WE’VE REZONED IS BROOKLYN’S EAST NEW YORK WHERE THERE IS A CAPACITY FOR GROWTH BECAUSE TODAY’S POPULATION IS NEARLY 20,000 OR ONE-THIRD BELOW ITS HISTORIC HIGH OF 66,000 IN 1950 MOREOVER, IT IS THE FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE MIH APPLIES, WHETHER WE ARE ADDRESSING HOUSING NEEDS IN EAST NEW YORK OR WASHINGTON HEIGHTS OR LONG ISLAND CITY OR GREENWICH VILLAGE, MIH ASSURES A GUARANTEED ANNOUNCEMENT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING TO GO ALONG WITH MARKET RATE DEVELOPMENT SO THAT OVER TIME, NEIGHBORHOODS CAN REFLECT MORE OF THE ECONOMIC DIVERSITY THAT SOCIOLOGY LOGICAL EVIDENCE MAKES CLEAR IS IMPORTANT ABOUT OUR PLAN FOR EAST NEW YORK GOES FAR BEYOND ZONING THE MAYOR HAS CREATED A $1 BILLION NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT FUND EXCLUSIVELY FOR NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE WE ARE UNDERTAKING COMPREHENSIVE GROWTH ORIENTED PLANS EAST NEW YORK WAS THE FIRST TO TAP INTO THIS THAT MEANS MORE THAN $250 MILLION TO THAT COMMUNITY FOR A NEW SCHOOL, A COMMUNITY CENTER FOR YOUTH, BETTER OPEN SPACE AND PARKS, A REBUILT ATLANTIC AVENUE AND AN ENHANCED ZONE TO FOSTER NEW JOBS THANKS TO THE BLOOMBERG ADMINISTRATION, THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUDSON YARDS IS WELL UNDER WAY AS BILL MENTIONED AT THE 15th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11, THE WORLD TRADE CENTER, IS ALMOST COMPLETE LAST YEAR’S PASSING OF VANDERBILT ALLOWED PERMITTED MORE MODERN COMMERCIAL SPACE IN THE IMMEDIATE VICINITY OF GRAND CENTRAL

TERMINAL WHILE GUARANTEEING IMPROVEMENTS TO ITS CRITICAL SUBWAY COMPLEX AND LAST WEEK, WE ISSUED A NOTICE FOR GREATER MIDTOWN TO ENTER THE PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS BEFORE THE YEAR ENDS WOULD PERMIT GREATER AS OF RIGHT BULK IN RETURN FOR DRAMATIC PUBLIC IMPROVEMENT, MAJOR TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS, HISTORIC PRESERVATION WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO PROTECT AND, WHERE POSSIBLE, EXPAND ON MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL SECTORS THESE JOBS, RECENTLY STABILIZING AFTER DECADES OF DECLINE ARE AS IMPORTANT TO OTHER SECTORS PROACTIVELY PROMOTING COMMERCIAL OFFICE USES AS WELL AS THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL PERMIT FOR HOTELS AND REGULATING SELF-STORAGE IN OUR INDUSTRIAL BUSINESS ZONES WILL FURTHER PROTECT OUR INDUSTRIAL AREAS SUBWAY RIDERSHIP IS AT ITS HIGHEST SINCE 1948, PARTICULARLY AT OFF-PEAK HOURS EVEN THE DEFINITION OF PEAK HOURS HAS CHANGED AS THE STANDARD 9-5 WORK DAY HAS EVOLVED SIMPLY KEEPING THE CITY’S INFRASTRUCTURE AND PUBLIC FACILITIES IN A STATE OF GOOD REPAIR REQUIRES SUSTAINED INVESTMENT WE ALSO INVEST IN GROWTH AND CITY PLANNING HAS NOW CREATED A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET TO BETTER ALIGN THE CITY’S TEN-YEAR CAPITAL PLANNING PROCESS IN ORDER TO BRING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS MORE CLOSELY TO GROWTH WE’RE ESPECIALLY FOCUSED ON OPPORTUNITIES AND WELCOME PROJECTS TO THE DEVELOPERS IN THE ROOM THAT PROPOSE TO BRING JOBS CLOSER TO WHERE PEOPLE LIVE AND HOUSING CLOSER TO WHERE JOBS ARE SO I’D JUST LIKE TO CIRCLE BACK TO TODAY’S DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS THE SUCCESS OF ANY GREAT CITY LIES IN ITS CAPACITY TO REINVENT ITSELF OVER TIME TO TRANSITION THE ENERGY UNLEASHED BY THE HUGE AND CONTINUOUS EBB AND FLOW OF PEOPLE FUELS OUR SUCCESS THE POPULATION DYNAMIC THAT CHARACTERIZES THE BOROUGH THAT I WAS RAISED IN, QUEENS, SHOWS AN ASTOUNDING CAPACITY TO EMBRACE CHANGE IN A WAY, THAT LEADS TO ALMOST CONSTANT REPLENISHMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS NEW YORK CITY IS ARGUABLY THE MOST MULTI RACIAL AND MULTI ETHNIC THAN AT ANY TIME IN OUR HISTORY THIS DEMOGRAPHIC BALLET IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, A SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR THE CITY BUT IDENTIFYING TRANSITIONS IN A CITY WHERE TRANSITIONS HAVE BECOME THE NORM IS A CHALLENGE BY ANY MEASURE GIVEN THEIR NUMBER AND COMPLEXITY WHEN TRANSITION IS USED, IT IMPLIES THAT NEIGHBORHOODS ARE MOVING FROM ONE STATE TO ANOTHER A MOVEMENT FROM ONE CONDITION TO ANOTHER BUT WHAT IF COMMUNITIES ARE CONTINUOUSLY EVOLVING WITH THE EQUILIBRIUM THAT IS ESTABLISHED IS BASED ON CHANGE THAT IS THE NORM FINDING THE APPROPRIATE EQUILIBRIUM REQUIRES GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS CIVIC INSTITUTIONS TO TAKE A BROAD AND INCLUSIVE LOOK AT THE VIEW OF THE CITY’S NEEDS AND TO RESIST THE PAROCHIAL TEMPTATIONS OUR VALUES OF EMBRACING DIVERSITY, WELCOMING ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT, BENEFITING SOME SPARKS OF INNOVATION, CREATIVITY THAT RESULTS IN DENSITY, ARE WHAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO NEW YORK AND WHAT KEEPS MOST OF US HERE I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU IN THESE VERY CHALLENGING TIMES AND EMBRACING WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT OUR CITY SO THANK YOU APPLAUSE >> THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING, CARL, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO