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What NYC Families Need to Know About Recovery for All

What NYC Families Need to Know About Recovery for All

Here's what you need to know about Bill de Blasio's NYC Recovery for All—a plan to get New York City back on its feet post-COVID-19.

Mayor Bill de Blasio released a plan to help bring New York City back on its feet after the pandemic economically, socially, educationally, and environmentally called Recovery for All. The six-point plan aims to help working families across New York City "come back." Here's what New York City families should know about de Blasio's recovery plan.

1. Vaccination

de Blasio's plan starts with vaccinating, with hopes to have vaccinated 5 million New Yorkers by June. NYC's Vaccine for All campaign has vaccinated more than half of a million New Yorkers so far at a pace of one New Yorker every three seconds. There are currently 412 vaccination sites across the city, including some 24/7 mega vaccination sites. de Blasio expects to meet this goal if the state receives sufficient supply and "the freedom to vaccinate." 

The immediate goal of vaccination is to bring NYC's diverse workforce back by May. "With multiple workforce sites vaccinating over 3,000 workers a day, New York City is announcing a new goal: We will begin to bring back the rest of our City workforce in May," reads de Blasio's plan.

NYC also hopes to immediately recruit 2,000 new Vaccine for All Corps members in order to increase the number of vaccinations performed. There are currently over 3,900 current vaccination workers at NYC Department of Health sites across the city.

2. Racial Inclusion and Equality

The next part of de Blasio's plan is to reimagine what New York City government can do to confront the "inequalities and systemic racism that pervade America." This will be done through a permanent taskforce on racial inclusion and equity—comprised of leaders of color from across city government who identify opportunities to address inequality and make progress; and charter revision commission that will focus on racial justice and reconciliation. In other words, the commission will have a two-year mandate to address structural racism of the past.

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3. A New Economy

de Blasio aims to restore the jobs lost during the pandemic, including saving over 100,000 jibs through Mayor de Blasio's Open Restaurants program. The Community Hiring First plan aims to provide thousands of construction jobs for low-income communities leading to an estimated $1 billion in wages and benefits for target communities. 10,000 workers are also hoped to be hired in City Cleanup Corps. For more information about how de Blasio aims to create more jobs and bolster the NYC economy, read the full plan here. 

4. Close the COVID Achievement Gap

The "key" to a recovery for everyone is fully opening all schools at the beginning of next year, according to de blasio. Here is the information we have on de Blasio's plan to reopen schools (middle and high schools have still yet to open for in-person learning). Here is de Blasio's plan to close the COVID achievement gap.

5. Community Power in Neighborhood Policing

New York City plans to put in place comprehensive reforms to strengthen neighborhood policing, decrease crime, and deepen bonds between the police and the community. This plan includes a fight back against gun violence, strengthening and expanding the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, giving communities a voice in choosing precinct commanders, reducing violence, elevating community feedback, and training to put community engagement first.

6. Fight the Climate Crisis

Lastly, de Blasio illustrates his plan to connect fight against the climate crisis with steps including:

  • Connecting NYC to clean Canadian hydro power
  • Banning new fossil fuel connections by 2030
  • De-carbonizing NYC pension funds
  • Creating the first-ever NYC Environmental Justice for All Report
  • Creating new public spaces for neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID
  • Banning cars from the innermost lane of the Manhattan-bound side of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Creating new bike boulevards in every borough
  • Making the Open Streets permanent

You can read de Blasio's full Recover for All plan here. You can also watch the video below:

For more information on NYC schools, visit this page. 

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