State of the City: Bloomberg outlines plan for remainder of final term
Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave his 12th and final State of the City Thursday, highlighting some of his final plans for New York and saying that the five boroughs have never been stronger.
Among his major policy pushes, including marijuana law reform and a Styrofoam ban, here are some of the other major points of his address:
- Infrastructure improvements: Bloomberg discussed a handful of projects he hopes to complete by the end of his term, including rezoning east midtown, building a third water tunnel for the city's drinking water, completing the No. 7 train extension, and finishing the third section of the High Line, among others.
- Tourism: Touting the city's record 52 million tourists last year, Bloomberg said he wants to pass legislation to make the city a more "youth-friendly tourism destination," legalizing for-profit youth hostels.- Electric cars: Bloomberg announced a pilot program for curbside car chargers that will let drivers refill their battery in as little as 30 minutes, adding that by 2020 he wants one-third of the city's officials cars to be electric.
- Progress on schools: Citing the rise in high school graduation rates by 40% since 2005, Bloomberg said he wants the city to adopt Common Core standards and new state exams for grades three through eight for math, science, writing and reading, and add 100,000 new classroom seats to the city's public schools, among other plans.
- Digital infrastructure: Hoping to work on "data projects that can improve public services," Bloomberg announced Code Corps, which will be a program of "vetted volunteer technologists" to "realize lifesaving city government initiatives in emergency and disaster situations." He also said he wants more Wi-Fi in the city.
- Public housing: "Hurricane Sandy made painfully clear just how much NYCHA's aging housing stock is suffering from decades of federal disinvestment," Bloomberg said. He highlighted plans to build housing on under-used NYCHA sites and improve conditions for residents at those development areas.