This Week’s Ask The Mayor With Brian Lehrer: From Tourism To Asian Voting Trends

This Week’s Ask The Mayor With Brian Lehrer: From Tourism To Asian Voting Trends

Brian Lehrer: It is the Brian Lehrer Present on WNYC. Good morning once more, everybody. Now our Friday Ask The Mayor name in, my questions and yours for Mayor Invoice de Blasio at 2-1-2-4-3-3-WNYC or tweet a query utilizing the hashtag #AskTheMayor. And good morning, Mr. Mayor, welcome again to WNYC. And I do know you wish to begin with some COVID information, so let’s begin there, no matter you bought for us.

Mayor Invoice de Blasio: Nicely, I’ve acquired some excellent news, Brian, I am comfortable to say. Good morning to you. And initially, we have now had extraordinary success reaching the youngest New Yorkers with the vaccine. And that is actually an effort that is mainly every week outdated. However first let me inform you the faculties, the websites within the public colleges have been extremely widespread. Greater than we imagined, truthfully. In order of yesterday, after all yesterday with faculty was off, so it was solely three days of the week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 17,000 vaccinations administered at our elementary colleges. And the grand complete for New Yorkers within the age group 5 to 11 is now over 51,000, 51,000 vaccinations already after only a week. So, I am actually inspired. And I simply wish to emphasize to all of your listeners, getting our youngest New Yorkers vaccinated is completely key, particularly as we go into the colder months. And it is working and you will get vaccinated at your native faculty or different websites locally, clearly at no cost. It is actually time to ensure our children and households are protected.

Lehrer: Now, 51,000 sounds good. That is nonetheless by my calculation, lower than ten % of all of the five- to 11-year-olds within the metropolis. So, do you suppose there must be one thing extra? Governor Hochul has stated a vaccine mandate to go to highschool is on the desk so far as she’s involved statewide. She hasn’t imposed it. I do know you opposed that for the town. Would you advise towards?

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Mayor: Look, proper now I nonetheless suppose the precedence must be getting youngsters to have the ability to get better from what they’ve misplaced for a 12 months and a half. Most youngsters weren’t in a classroom for a 12 months and a half. They suffered drastically, not simply academically – emotionally, socially, quite a lot of the opposite issues youngsters get at school, bodily well being assist, psychological assist, diet. I feel youngsters should be at school. And they do not get to make the choice whether or not they get vaccinated. The dad or mum does. So, I nonetheless suppose the perfect plan is to permit all youngsters into faculty regardless. And naturally, to energetically get youngsters vaccinated. And with the group proper forward, the 12- to 17-year-olds which have been vaccinated over the previous couple of months, we’re virtually at 80 % there. So – and we proceed to make progress each day. So, that to me is let’s deal with getting youngsters vaccinated, ensure that each child is at school. If down the road we see a selected problem, you recognize, we are able to talk about any and all choices. However that is how I would deal with it proper now.

Lehrer: that different elements of the nation and elements of Europe are seeing steep will increase in COVID-19 circumstances and their emergency rooms are filling up. Within the worldwide case, this comes simply because the U.S. reopened worldwide journey. And New York Metropolis from what I see is beginning an enormous vacationers come right here, promoting marketing campaign. To look out west, Colorado’s governor simply expanded booster pictures to everybody older than 18, fairly than simply for over 65 or susceptible populations, as a result of they’re having such a spike. Circumstances are beginning to rise once more right here as effectively, regardless that thank goodness hospitalizations and loss of life stay low. So, from a coverage standpoint, is it proper to encourage European tourism proper now? And do you suppose Governor Hochul ought to suggest boosters for everyone or make them accessible as a matter of coverage to all adults immediately?

Mayor: Look, I feel boosters are an awesome software. And there is lots of people eligible proper now. All grownup recipients of the Johnson & Johnson authentic shot, I am one in all them, are eligible. And all Pfizer and Moderna recipients six months after the unique, if they’re 65 and older and a few even youthful in some circumstances. So, lots of people are eligible proper now. I feel the very first thing to do is get everybody who’s eligible for a booster to get that booster. However I’m completely open to the notion of increasing the eligibility as a result of I need everybody to get a booster. I feel there’s loads we are able to do if we have now expanded eligibility. As for folk coming in from different international locations, keep in mind it is with some actually strict necessities. Vaccination and proof of getting a current detrimental check. We do want worldwide vacationers to come back again. We’d like it for the livelihoods of New Yorkers. We’d like it for the restoration of New York Metropolis. However we’re doing it. After which the federal authorities is doing it in a approach that is protected, requiring vaccinations. So, I do not see that because the problem for us. I feel the problem for us is getting our personal individuals vaccinated. I feel New Yorkers needs to be very proud, Brian. Let me provide the newest figures at this time. I imply, it is 5.78 million New Yorkers have obtained not less than one dose. And that just about all the time signifies that individuals come again for that second dose. We’ve got actually one of many highest ranges of vaccination of anywhere within the nation, however there’s nonetheless extra to do. We acquired to maintain utilizing the mandates to achieve individuals. We’re doing that with the general public staff. We acquired to maintain encouraging mother and father to get the younger individuals vaccinated. And we have now to maximise on boosters. Yet another truth, you may discover very fascinating, Brian. If anybody wonders do mandates work? Nicely proper now, as of at this time, the New York Metropolis Hearth Division, the place there was a specific amount of controversy clearly. On the firefighting aspect of the Hearth Division, the vaccination stage is now 80 %, excuse me, 86 %. 86 % and rising. Has now met the identical stage of the NYPD has reached, 86 %. That’s an enormous quantity of distance lined in only a few weeks. So, clearly these mandates are working.

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Lehrer: I see, and my newsroom asks about an company by company breakdown? That regardless of the vaccine mandate, you have stated 12,400 Metropolis employees are looking for exemptions. And our reporters have been asking for a breakdown of which businesses have essentially the most exemptions apparently with no response out of your workplace but. So, are you able to give us something extra particular about what number of NYPD officers, for instance, you simply gave us one thing on FDNY, and in addition Sanitation are looking for exemptions?

Mayor: Let me see if I can get that whereas we’re on the air. I feel I can, or not less than we’ll get it again to you later within the day. What I can inform you general proper now, those that have an inexpensive lodging request in, and that is from the group of staff lined from the October 20 announcement. That is 12,400 staff out of a complete workforce of about virtually 400,000. Okay. The quantity on go away with out pay has gone down markedly. It is now all the way down to 2,600. And I can inform you proper now, quite a few these of us on go away with out pay are going to come back again and get vaccinated. Quite a few the parents who requested lodging, if they do not get it, in the event that they exhaust the appeals, do not get it. Numerous them have been going to get vaccinated. So, this quantity goes to maneuver. However if you’d like the breakout by police, Hearth, Sanitation, let’s examine if we are able to get that for you proper now.

Lehrer: Thanks, Jenny in Nolita, you are on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day, Jenny.

Query: Good day. Good morning, Mr. Mayor. Good morning, Brian. Are you able to hear me?

Lehrer: Certain can.

Query: Good day? Okay. I am calling in regards to the making the eats within the streets, the coverage everlasting? Our CB 2 voted no for this. And it does not appear that any thought was going into the variations amongst varied communities. In Nolita, we have now slender streets, slender sidewalks. In some locations they’re barely satisfactory for a automotive, no much less a fireplace engine. Our police division hates it. Sixth Precinct hates it. The Sanitation hates it. We’ve got so many rats, the trash cannot be cleaned up due to these constructions which have taken place, which can be on the street. They’re hideous, they’re being graffitied. They only have destroyed the streetscape, completely. And I do not perceive how – I understood it as a brief measure for struggling eating places, however plainly the affect of the hospitality business has simply destroyed any consideration of what it has made life like for precise residents?

Lehrer: Jenny, I’ll go away it there so we are able to match quite a lot of calls in with the Mayor at this time. Mr. Mayor, you recognize, we have been having a number of debates on the present about everlasting outside eating or not, getting calls like that. On the one aspect, there are undoubtedly calls on the opposite aspect. However you hear these issues from Nolita, which for these of you who do not know means the Neighborhood North of Little Italy and elsewhere across the metropolis.

Mayor: Fully legitimate issues. I imply, I hear them. I see – I am going everywhere in the metropolis, clearly. I see what persons are speaking about. Now, I come to a special conclusion, truthfully. Nicely, let me put it this fashion. We did this – the preliminary impulse for outside eating was to avoid wasting 100,000 jobs instantly, which we did. And save quite a few cherished neighborhood establishments, eating places, bars, which can be actually a part of the material of the town. I am completely glad we did it. We continued it now as a result of quite a lot of these eating places, bars, neighborhood establishments are struggling to outlive. And we have been capable of actually assist them. We gave them house at no cost. They have been capable of broaden the quantity of consumers that would have. I’ve heard so many good tales of actually beloved locations that have been saved due to this and tons of of 1000’s of jobs general which can be going to be saved within the course of. You may argue, Hey, ought to we reassess it for the longer term? I do not – that is not my view. If individuals wish to do this within the subsequent administration, they will. However I do not share that view that – I respect the caller, however I’d say, I feel what we have now right here is one thing that has drastically enhanced the lifetime of the town. It has created and preserved quite a lot of jobs. It has introduced again power and life as we’re nonetheless combating again COVID and we will probably be into subsequent 12 months. I feel it is opened up a tremendous set of prospects. If there’s some explicit tweaks which can be wanted, that is smart. If there’s, you recognize, locations the place extra Sanitation companies are wanted, or no matter, after all we are able to do this. However I actually suppose it has been fairly magical for lots of the town and I’d assist persevering with it.

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Lehrer: Have you ever checked out – and that is primarily based on a caller that we acquired after we have been discussing it in a earlier section, requiring some form of structural code, I assume you’d name it, that retains rats at bay greater than different kinds of buildings that apparently allows them.

Mayor: I feel that is the nice instance of the sorts of issues that we are able to preserve engaged on and enhancing. The truth is the – for instance, if we are able to do one thing to enhance Sanitation the way in which issues are structured, I wish to do this. I additionally very a lot wish to ensure that – and I’ve given this order very clearly – that if a restaurant shouldn’t be utilizing that house and holding it [inaudible] that shouldn’t be allowed. Both use it or give it up. There’s completely issues we are able to do to tweak it. And all of us – all of us have eyes to see. Some locations have accomplished a tremendous job, creating actually stunning areas and a few are fairly perfunctory, let’s assume, and will use some enchancment. However I’d not wish to throw the newborn out with the bathtub water. It is an awesome concept that’s working. If we have now to tweak it and we have now to make enhancements, after all, that is one thing we are able to do.

Lehrer: Right here, I feel, is one other road-use query. Charles, in Manhattan. You are on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day, Charles.

Query: Brian, thanks very a lot. And I wish to apologize to you for leaving your present abruptly the final time I acquired on the air. Anyway, Mr. Mayor, I’m one in all your admirers. And I needed to say that I am a motorcycle rider. All my life I’ve ridden bikes and I helped construct On line casino Park, the bike monitor there once I was youthful. [Inaudible] I feel that folks which have bikes which can be battery motorized needs to be licensed, as a result of if you happen to go into Central Park, [inaudible] that may race, we might practice within the morning from 5 to seven, eight – we’d cease, as a result of everyone and their kids are available then. And, proper now, since you’ve removed the vehicles, you have acquired motorized bicycles going to work within the morning prefer it’s their freeway. Now, most of them – most individuals can not trip [inaudible] skilled bicycle rides, however now you have acquired these individuals which can be on electrical bicycles with you. If an emergency occurs [inaudible] as somebody that could be a skilled. And likewise, you have had one factor on the street the place an actress acquired killed. They by no means caught the motorist that did it. And I’ve to say, an electrical bicycle is a motorbike. In the present day, after COVID, they’re like wagon trains with groceries, and now they are not going up and down each methods. So –

Lehrer: Charles, what do you suppose the coverage – what do you suppose the coverage repair is, if in case you have one in thoughts, Charles.

Query: I feel they need to be licensed. I feel they need to be licensed, since you’ve acquired the motor scooters, then you’ve gotten the vacationers that come, that may lease motorized scooters. They are not used to the town. They are not – you recognize, driving within the metropolis is an expertise, and it takes quite a lot of expertise to trip Manhattan safely.

Lehrer: That is proper. Charles, I’ll go away it there. Mr. Mayor, you recognize, it is turning into a brand new world on the market between the proliferation of e-bikes and Revel scooters and all this different stuff. Does it require a special form of coverage response?

Mayor: Yeah, I feel it does. And I feel, you recognize, I’ll say this, I hope, rigorously and properly, that there is virtually turn out to be a dogmatism about this that I feel is a bit harmful. I recognize what Charles is saying. He is reflecting actuality as persons are residing it. And I truly begin from pedestrians. I begin from, you recognize, households, seniors, youngsters, and I labored my approach up via bicycles, to then motorized, you recognize, bikes, scooters, etcetera, and on as much as the automotive. My angle is we have to begin by defending areas for individuals who stroll and cross streets and be delicate there. And that after we tried to maneuver in direction of a better strategy, as a result of it’s getting increasingly more crowded, and it’s, you recognize, these mixture of speeds. Charles makes an awesome level. , it is one factor if there’s somebody on a motorcycle, after which somebody on motorized bikes. It is a actually fascinating, difficult actuality if you happen to’re, form of, crossing that or making an attempt to interact that. We must always discuss what must be licensed. We must always discuss necessities for helmets. We must always discuss all this stuff. And there are some of us on the market who actually assist bicycling who generally, I feel, get affronted by that dialog. I do not suppose it is an affront. I feel it is a recognition that this can be a lot extra of the longer term. I wish to see a future the place fewer and fewer individuals use particular person cars. I wish to see fewer vehicles on our streets. I wish to see a greener actuality, however there’s nothing mistaken with having some extra guidelines and protections in place. And we must always simply be capable of have that dialog and discover some widespread floor out of it. I feel we’ll. I feel we are able to.

Lehrer: All proper. I assume that is going to be a dialog for the following mayor. And, in actual fact, now that the election is over and also you’re formally in a transition interval with Eric Adams, I needed to ask you, how does that work? And what did you be taught out of your transition from Mayor Bloomberg about the right way to do it and possibly how to not do it to assist the brand new administration coming in?

Mayor: Nicely, initially, with all due respect to Mayor Bloomberg – and everybody is aware of there’s areas the place I agreed with him in areas the place I actually did not, however we weren’t personally shut. We did not talk that a lot. Eric Adams and I’ve been speaking continuously. And, to his nice credit score, he has been terribly inquisitive and considerate in his questions in regards to the day-to-day workings of Metropolis authorities and the right way to make it work greatest. Additionally, I feel that’s far superior to what I skilled. The groups, clearly – and that is the advantage of individuals coming from the identical political get together and quite a lot of the identical historical past – quite a lot of us know one another. There’s been fixed dialogue. And I feel it has been an excellent course of. I feel Eric has an amazing head begin, as a result of he is aware of the town so effectively, and he is labored at not solely the native stage, he is labored on the State stage as a State Senator. So, he is available in with an enormous physique of data already. However what I am discovering is, one of the simplest ways to do it’s, form of, we’re continuously speaking in regards to the points earlier than us proper now, and, you recognize, operating completely different situations, if you’ll, about, form of, how issues are occurring now, what it will seem like subsequent 12 months. And simply that – that preparation is basically, actually wholesome.

Lehrer: Nicely, let me ask you about a kind of points, as a result of Adams is beginning to lay out a number of possessions that will probably be completely different from yours, by the sound of him. And one which made some information this week is his plan to revive the plainclothes anti-crime models that you simply disbanded on the NYPD after their outsized position in police shootings. When Commissioner Shea introduced the tip of these models final 12 months, the New York Occasions described them as having been concerned in a few of the metropolis’s most infamous police shootings. And so they gave some examples. Do you wish to urge the Mayor-elect to not restore these models?

Mayor: Look, nobody understands public security higher than Eric Adams, in every thing he is accomplished in his life as an elected official, as an officer – a police officer for over 20 years, as a police reformer. We’ve got a very respectful distinction on this. I feel Commissioner Shea was proper and I actually wish to give him credit score. It was his resolution to disband that unit for lots of causes. And I’ve talked about this, Brian, however, you recognize, it isn’t going to shock you after we get into a bit deeper dialog, quite a lot of issues do not survive, form of the blurring headline. Commissioner Shea, who has been at this work now for, you recognize, most of 30 years, he felt that the unit as constructed was not solely making a disconnect with communities, and in poor health will, and a few unhealthy incidents, he thought it was additionally not one of the simplest ways to get weapons off the road and one of the simplest ways to have profitable prosecutions. And he needed extra of these officers in uniform – identical proficient officers, doing the work a special approach. That occurred and gun arrests have gone up up, up. We’ve got the very best stage of gun arrests in 25 years. So, I feel he was proper. I stand by him. He was proper. Now, if the Mayor-elect says, hey, I’ve my very own physique of expertise, I wish to do one thing completely different, you’ve acquired to respect that. However past that, he is additionally stated he doesn’t – the Mayor-elect stated he doesn’t wish to repeat the errors of that unit prior to now. He would construction it otherwise. And so, I respect that alternative. We’ve got a respectful distinction, however I additionally respect that he is not making an attempt to repeat what was, he is making an attempt to create one thing new inside it.

Lehrer: Tyrus, in Harlem. You’re on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day, Tyrus.

Query: Hello, the way you doing? Good morning. My first query to the Mayor is, are you involved that many officers will go away the NYPD and go to Suffolk County Police Division as a result of truth there isn’t any vaccine mandate and presently they’re hiring 700 officers. After which my second query is, there is a video on YouTube known as, “Mayor de Blasio [inaudible],” the place he confirmed you that your administration in unhealthy religion illegally reported him as terminated when he had already resigned. Did you examine and can you let Brian Lehrer know the end result of the investigation?

Mayor: Nicely, on the second level, I do not truly know what you are particularly speaking about, however I would be comfortable to look into it and we’ll get you an actual particular reply. When you’d please give your info to WNYC, we’ll observe up with you at this time. On the larger query that you simply elevate, no, I feel what’s occurring proper now could be that folk who joined the NYPD overwhelmingly wish to serve within the NYPD. It is essentially the most famend police pressure within the nation, even the world, great career, great profit. Individuals who come to the NYPD make that alternative. 86 % now vaccinated. And that quantity goes to go up considerably as a result of as these affordable lodging requests get adjudicated, I am completely sure lots of people are going to finish up deciding to get vaccinated. Some of us could go elsewhere. So, I feel a number of could – you recognize, a small quantity could retire. Some could go elsewhere, however overwhelmingly, we already see the trajectory, the overwhelming majority of parents vaccinated and staying.  

Lehrer: Nicely, Commissioner Shea has stated 6,000 officers are looking for vaccine mandate exemptions. So, are you involved that there might be a staffing scarcity if quite a lot of these officers get denied? 

Mayor: Within the scheme of issues, no. And I will inform you why. To begin with, we have now quite a lot of historical past from what we have accomplished so far with our well being care employees, with our Division of Schooling staff. Clearly most individuals who put within the request do not meet the factors. The well being care exemption is a really particular standards. The spiritual exemption clearly should have a very clearly outlined perception construction that, you recognize, has quite a lot of historical past to it and never one thing that simply popped into your thoughts lately. Most individuals who’ve requested for lodging do not meet these requirements traditionally. Anybody who does, they’re going to preserve working. 

Lehrer: Proper, however I feel the priority is that if quite a lot of them do get denied that then they would depart the division as a result of they could not return to work with their exemption. 

Mayor: No, I wish to make clear. This is completely different than what we skilled with the faculties, as a result of the faculties was its personal very explicit setting due to youngsters and every thing else we have been coping with within the faculty buildings. You may obtain an exemption, not find yourself having to be vaccinated, validly, and proceed to work in uniform service within the acceptable setting. So, I feel for many who do get the exemption, they’re going to proceed to be serving in our first responder businesses. For folk who do not, I feel the overwhelming majority will then get vaccinated. That is my level. We have seen this sample continuously. When of us come to the conclusion that they’ve exhausted their appeals and choices, overwhelmingly they select to get vaccinated. Ultimately, will a small variety of individuals, both resign or retire? In all probability, however a small quantity. And anybody we lose will probably be changed shortly as a result of there are extra police and fireplace academy lessons coming frequently. So, I actually do not suppose it modifications the basic actuality. I hope everybody will get vaccinated, I hope they’re going to keep. However I feel in the long run, it will be a really small quantity that leaves. 

Lehrer: Ross within the Bronx, you are on WNYC with the Mayor. Good day, Ross. 

Query: Good day. I wish to ask the Mayor, these flats that have been rented by New York Metropolis landlords, those within the basement the place individuals drowned, every thing was flooded, they misplaced every thing – I would wish to know as of at this time, what legal prices have been lodged towards these particular landlords in these buildings? And I would wish to know who’s trying on the New York Metropolis Division of Housing to see who okayed these buildings, claiming that they have been protected? Any person’s on the [inaudible]. 

Mayor: Nicely, Ross, please give your info to WNYC and I will have somebody observe up the – as a result of look, on the primary query you requested, I do not know of legal prosecutions, however there could also be some, relying on the very particular state of affairs. On the second level, the fact – and we have, I’ve spoken about this very, very brazenly – the fact is we have now an enormous problem on this metropolis. We have – by the estimates of our housing company, we have over 100,000 flats that aren’t presently authorized and are usually not simply made authorized, and that these flats maintain and home over 200,000 New Yorkers who, in the event that they could not dwell in these flats, wouldn’t essentially have an choice. This is an enormous elementary downside with this metropolis. To repair it’ll be billions of {dollars} and can take quite a few years. There’s a potential collection of issues we may do to repair it. It would take very meticulous work. However, no, it isn’t that they have been authorised after which these horrible tragedies occur. I really feel terrible for everybody who misplaced a beloved one, it was horrible. It was stunning and unprecedented. The downside is we have a state of affairs that is in plain sight – t’s been that approach for many years – that we do not have an answer for proper now. We simply actually haven’t got an answer. Ideally you’d say not a single unlawful basement condo wherever, however till we have now sufficient locations for individuals to dwell, or till we are able to discover a solution to repair these flats and make huge investments to take action, we’re caught in a state of affairs that does not have the choices we want proper now. 

Lehrer: Query from a listener by way of Twitter, who posts with an image of himself holding a small little one and says, “If vaccine distribution at public schools has been so successful, why can’t we get second doses there too?” What would you say to that listener? 

Mayor: I feel that is an awesome level. And so, to the listener, what I would say is, we’re seeing a completely completely different actuality with the youthful youngsters than we noticed with the older youngsters. We had, for the primary entire week of college, vaccination websites in each faculty constructing that served the 12- to 17-year-olds. And only a few individuals got here. They most well-liked to get their vaccinations elsewhere. We have seen the precise reverse with the youthful youngsters. Mother and father are coming in droves to their elementary colleges to get vaccinated. That is nice. So, we’ll preserve including. Any faculty the place there’s demand, we’ll have a vaccine website, we’ll preserve including. And if it is smart to do it for the second doses, that is nice. I imply, wherever we’ll get individuals is the place we’ll be, is the underside line. If that is the place mother and father wish to be, we’ll have vaccinators there for them. 

Lehrer: I would wish to get your tackle one consequence from final week’s election, that is turn out to be clear in current days. After which I’ll ask you, form of, an enormous image query going out, however elements of the town with many East Asian Individuals voted largely for Curtis Sliwa. And on yesterday’s present, Meeting Member Ron Kim of Flushing stated in his opinion, they have been largely voting towards you not Adams per se, largely below therapy of Gifted and Proficient schooling and the SHSAT examination, equally, and your therapy of small enterprise. Need to reply to that and possibly give your individual evaluation of what occurred with Chinese language Individuals and different East Asian Individuals who normally vote for Democrats? 

Mayor: Nicely, I feel your level – I do wish to reply to it, I recognize it. And I recognize Ron Kim, somebody I respect. I noticed, in a few of the reporting, Grace Meng spoke about this too, and I respect her drastically. And I feel persons are proper to say that we, as Democrats, have to have a deeper and higher dialogue with East Asian communities. However what I would say is the historical past shouldn’t be forgotten. Overwhelmingly East Asian and South Asian New Yorkers have voted Democratic. Overwhelmingly the elected officers who’ve come from these communities have been Democratic. I feel there’s quite a lot of optimistic historical past. There’s quite a lot of appreciation of the way in which Democrats have supported issues that I’ve accomplished. For instance, Pre-Okay for All is deeply appreciated in East Asian and South Asian communities. Clearly the deal with respecting immigrants and embracing immigrants is one thing the Democratic Celebration is understood for and is deeply appreciated in these communities. I feel if there are fast points like Gifted and Proficient schooling or specialised excessive colleges that persons are feeling one thing about, that is legitimate. It means we have to have extra dialogue as a result of we have to have extra equity with regards to schooling. There’s too many youngsters being unnoticed, too many youngsters in Asian communities being unnoticed as effectively. And I feel as individuals get to know the total scope of the Gifted and Proficient proposal that is going to achieve tens of 1000’s of extra youngsters, together with youngsters within the Asian neighborhood, I feel there will be extra embrace of it.  

However Brian, I have been trustworthy, I want I may return in time and have the dialog about specialised excessive colleges over once more. I didn’t deal with that proper. I did not imply to offend anybody or disconnect, however I did not talk it proper. And I ought to have had an entire completely different dialogue with the neighborhood. However I feel we must always not mistake – no matter motivated the votes on this second, we should not mistake that for the larger historical past or the place we are able to go. We have accomplished loads for small enterprise and we’ll proceed to do loads for small enterprise. So, I do know individuals will really feel that. However I feel it’s about partaking the neighborhood. Grace Meng made this level and I feel she’s proper. Democrats have to go a lot deeper into dialogue with Asian communities. It is an enormous, necessary a part of the town, a rising a part of the town. We acquired to do higher at that. 

Lehrer: And I feel, listeners, we have now Congresswoman Meng scheduled for subsequent week. However final thing for at this time, as you recognize, Mr. Mayor, we talked about this final week and, and we agreed that we’ll look again on these remaining Friday segments collectively on particular areas of coverage over your eight years as Mayor. It will be schooling as the primary of these subsequent week as we have agreed, however in a common solution to get the ball rolling on the thought of those retrospectives, what would you say has been the largest shock or one large shock about being Mayor that whilst near it as you have been as public advocate and earlier than {that a} Metropolis Council member, and comparable for Eric Adams, who’s been a borough president and different issues – what stunned you in regards to the job that you simply additionally would possibly need your successor to be ready for? 

Mayor: Oh, there’s so many issues I can say, however I wish to choose up the place we simply have been. I feel it is an awesome instance. , being mayor of New York Metropolis is an unimaginable expertise, it’s an unimaginable privilege to serve the individuals within the metropolis. And you may in all probability get extra accomplished on this job than simply about any public service job in America. It is incredible. However one of many issues that I used to be stunned by is, you recognize, the bully pulpit is famous. It is a unprecedented platform to work from, to inform individuals the imaginative and prescient and work on the imaginative and prescient and hearken to what individuals want and act on it. However the quantity of, form of, misinformation, the quantity of noise, if you’ll, the flexibility for one thing to be misunderstood is unbelievable. The instance I simply talked about, and I would put this on me first, Brian, for not understanding form of how simply one thing might be misunderstood. After I noticed what occurred with the specialised excessive colleges – and I feel you reported on this loads – the place you’re seeing a spot like Stuyvesant, one % or three % African American or Latino, I feel individuals have been simply damage by that – that, that is not the values of New York Metropolis. And I believed I used to be talking to the entire metropolis in saying, after all we have now to do one thing completely different, and we wish to do one thing completely different that advantages everyone.  

However what I realized is, in that have, you recognize, I understood after the very fact, after having some actually good, trustworthy, and important conversations with leaders from the Asian-American neighborhood, that, you recognize, so many struggling, hardworking individuals, immigrants, of us who had simply put every thing into the following technology of getting alternative, they did not hear it as, we must be honest to everybody within the metropolis. They heard it as one thing was about to be taken away from them. That was by no means the intention. The intention was making an attempt to determine an answer that may be honest for everyone. However I feel what I’d urge for the Mayor-elect, I feel he is a very incredible public servant and a incredible communicator, is simply acknowledge how shortly even an excellent and noble thought might be misinterpreted or how a lot it’s a must to form of over-communicate the imaginative and prescient and be sure that if there’s a criticism or concern, it is heard and acted on early. As a result of I attempted it with the entire issues swirling across the metropolis. I attempted to maintain up with so many points concurrently, however I did not understand in a case like that, how a lot individuals have been feeling damage or misunderstood or that their wants weren’t being met. And that turned form of an enormous theme. And the theme of, wait a minute, that is an unjust construction, was getting misplaced and the form of fixed communication, continuously listening to individuals, and making that adjustment is an enormous problem, however one thing I feel each mayor has to try to discover their solution to. 

Lehrer: Nicely, very candid and really fascinating. And thanks, as all the time, Mr. Mayor. We’ll choose it up subsequent week. 

Mayor: All proper, Brian. Take care. 


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