Eric's Government Plan

A More Efficient City

In crisis, the City always deals with the immediate problem and never the cause. Structural changes and smart management are necessary to create efficiency and reduce inequality across the board. In brief, I will do that by:

  • Closing the budget gap without affecting public services.
  • Instituting real-time governing.
  • Finding and eliminating the waste.

We must build a single data platform for the entire City government.

Believe it or not, nearly all City agencies are siloed, operating separately from one another without sharing data or metrics, often duplicating efforts and resulting in waste, inefficiency and poor delivery of services. By combining all agency metrics onto a single platform similar to CompStat and using analytics to track performance in real time, we can go from a reactive management approach to being proactive and, eventually, predictive. This will improve performance and save billions of dollars while delivering far better services.

We will be able to give New Yorkers a real-time score for government performance.

Having one data platform for all City operations will allow us to create a continually updated public score for each agency going far beyond the often-self-congratulatory Mayor’s Management Report. That will show us where we are based relative to our goals for the year. Boston already does this with its well-regarded CityScore program.

We will launch MyCity, a single portal for all City services and benefits.

All New Yorkers are entitled to receive the full support of their government. MyCity will allow users to type just one number into a secure app or website to instantly received every service and benefit they qualify for — such as SNAP — without an abundance of paperwork. This constantly updated information will help New Yorkers protect themselves and their families. More than 1.5 million New Yorkers live in households that cannot afford enough quality food. Although there are 1,100 soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs, poor communications hurts effort to connect needy households to food resources.

My administration will mandate efficiency.

Vastly improved efficiency doesn’t happen by itself. We will institute a standing Program to Eliminate the Gap (PEG), which will reduce agency spending at least 3-5%. We will apply an efficiency mandate that eliminates ineffective programs and unnecessary spending, while using an inequality impact test to protect programs vital to lower-income New Yorkers.

We will save $1.5B and avoid layoffs by simply not hiring anyone new for two years.

We can significantly reduce labor costs by $1.5 billion through attrition by not replacing retiring or resigning essential City workers and working with the State to offer early retirements to others over the next two years. This will also allow us to significantly cut costs while retaining the workers we need to deliver vital City services.

We will make City agencies work together.

The root of our City’s inefficiency is in its agencies, which work in parallel, instead of in concert — and often in direct conflict with each other. By mandating inter-agency coordination and designating existing senior staff to a citywide council that meets regularly to align goals, we will institutionalize coordination to reduce inefficiency and inequality.

That council will be tasked with three specific mandates:

  • Define the mission of each agency.
  • Ensure the missions of the agencies meet the overall mission of the City government as defined by city leadership.
  • Evaluate agencies to ensure no agency’s actions conflict with another agency.

My administration will appoint an Efficiency Czar

Efficiency mandates mean nothing without oversight and a leader dedicated to ensuring success. The Efficiency Czar will oversee the standing Program to Eliminate the Gap and conduct quarterly agency and department audits to continuously uncover inefficiency in City government and make suggestions for changes. The Czar will also oversee the evaluation of large City contracts — particularly related to recurring expenses such as utility bills — and partner with companies that are incentivized to find cost savings.

A More Effective City

City agencies each keep their own records and data, with little productive interaction. Far too many New Yorkers fall through the cracks and it is largely up to government to find ways to help them.

My plan includes using technology to make government more effective by tailoring New Yorkers’ interaction with the City down to the person.

That includes:

  • Building one digital platform – MyCity — for New Yorkers to access all City services.
  • Creating a Recovery Score to track our progress with analytics.
  • Coordinating a real-time service delivery system under my First Deputy Mayor.

Our MyCity portal will help small business owners operate effectively. 

They will be able to better manage paperwork and have direct access to permitting agencies, such as the Department of Buildings. Those who opt-in can use a chip-enabled City ID to sail through in-person interactions with agencies, instantly have access to a bank account, and even get loyalty discounts at participating local businesses. In sum, this a 311 for the digital age.

I will coordinate public and non-profit delivery of services directly overseen by my top deputy.

We cannot continue to rely so heavily on non-profits to provide critical services funded by the City. Right now, there is no central authority in City government to oversee and coordinate delivery of these services on a daily basis. That hamstrings our ability to find efficiencies and savings that will better deliver services to more New Yorkers. My administration will create a real-time reporting system for services delivery across a unified network, overseen by the First Deputy Mayor.

We will find better deals.

Far too many City contracts just keep getting renewed or extended despite poor performance. At the beginning of the new administration, all contracts over $10 million will be put under immediate review, and we will eliminate those that are ineffective, or that we can do better.

We will find value and new revenue from City properties.

New York City owns and controls billions of dollars worth of property across the five boroughs, representing huge potential value and revenue to pay for critical City services when we most need them. We will immediately do a complete inventory of all City properties and determine best use — whether they should be utilized by government agencies, used for housing or services, sold, or leased — in order to reduce costs across City government and yield income that can be put toward core services to maintain and improve quality of life.

We will maintain our infrastructure with non-profit partnerships.

At a time when we are facing massive multi-billion-dollar City deficits, New York needs to be creative about how it pays for and manages expensive pieces of its essential infrastructure. For instance, by expanding the role of franchises to handle capital projects in our parks, we will partner with conservancies who can execute work faster and cheaper than the City.

A More Equal City

Historical injustices have held back Black, Brown, and low-income communities in this city for generations, and COVID-19 preyed on the failed policies of the past in devastating ways. It is time to heal the physical and financial health of these long-ignored New Yorkers, creating a city where everyone can compete, succeed, and play an equal part in our future

That includes:

  • Connecting the poor to desperately needed services in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Using our leverage as a client and our spending to create a fairer economy.
  • Allowing tax-paying legal immigrants to vote in municipal elections.

We will bring the City to the community to connect low-income New Yorkers to the services they desperately need.

There are plenty of City services — but too many obstacles in the way of receiving them. We must give the neediest New Yorkers greater access to services. That means bringing the City right to the doorstep of New Yorkers with a new program that provides New Yorkers with necessary services and educates them about it so they can receive those life-sustaining services. We will equip City workers with computer tablets linked to the City’s unified digital platform and send them into the areas of greatest needs. We will set up shop in open storefronts, NYCHA complexes, and even parks. These workers can then connect New Yorkers to federal services and programs that will help us receive the more the $22 billion a year that New York taxpayers send to D.C., but do not get back, according to the most recent data.

We must require the super-rich to help speed our turnaround from the pandemic.

The multi-millionaires and billionaires must pay their fair share to help all of us get through the aftermath of the pandemic, which disproportionately hurt Black and Brown New Yorkers. We can generate $1 billion to 2 billion annually by instituting a “Recovery Share” — a modest increase to the income taxes of city earners who make more than $5 million a year, sunsetting after two years. That money would go directly into initiatives that help us bounce back from the pandemic, including testing and vaccination programs, anti-hunger efforts, and financial help for those New Yorkers — mostly Black and Brown — and industries hardest hit by COVID-19.

We will use our leverage as a client to create a fairer economy.

To keep good jobs in New York and advance our goals for a fairer economy, we will reward businesses that hire local workers and benefit minority and female owners and workers — especially on City-financed projects. Specifically, businesses will be asked to commit to hiring 75% city-based workers, prioritizing M/WBE contractors, and ensuring their contractors pay a living wage and report their workers’ residency and ethnicity statistics. Employers who agree to these terms could benefit from tax breaks and special consideration for City contracts.

We will empower legal immigrants with municipal voting rights.

There are more than 3 million immigrants in New York City. The vast majority of these New Yorkers cannot vote in local elections even though many are legal tax-paying residents. By allowing lawfully permanent residents and other non-citizens authorized to work in the United States the right to vote, we will enfranchise nearly 1 million New Yorkers who deserve a say in how their city is run – and who runs it.

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