State of the City Address by Mayor Bill de Blasio: January 28

January 28, 2021

Watch a livestream of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address, Thursday, January 28 at 7:05 p.m. Note: it was not a live speech, but a pre-recorded video highlighting his concerns and aims.

The Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio prefaced the event with this preview:

For working families across New York City, the comeback cannot wait for next year. Mayor Bill de Blasio is responding to this urgent crisis by unveiling during this year’s State of the City. Together, we can drive a recovery for all of us.

“New York City always fights back,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “And we will do so again. Together, we will create a stronger, fairer and safer city for all New Yorkers.”

The mayor’s 2021 agenda is centered around using public health to drive a fair recovery for all New Yorkers. The plan prioritizes vaccinating against COVID-19 to jumpstart the recovery, using the City government to fight inequality, building a fairer economy, helping children recover emotionally and academically from the impact of COVID-19’s interruptions to learning, and strengthening community-based solutions to public safety and fighting the climate crisis.

Goals and Timeline of Recovery For All in 2021

This is a summary of themes in the mayor’s Recovery For All plan. For all the expanded points of the initiative, see

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccinate 5 million New York City residents by June.

Begin to return the full City workforce in May (and end to remote working).

Immediately recruit 2,000 new Vaccine for All Corps members.

See THIRTEEN’s summary of PBS and local news COVID-19 reports every week.

Fight Inequality

Permanent Taskforce on racial inclusion and equity.

A new Charter Revision Commission will have a two-year mandate to focus on racial justice and reconciliation.

For reporting on inequality and poverty in America, see the WNET initiative, Chasing the Dream.

Build a New Economy

Building a new economy that establishes New York as the public health capital of the world and drives job creation.

Restore and surpass the record job levels of one year ago. (The pandemic has caused the loss of 900,000 jobs in New York City. By the end of 2020, New York City recovered nearly one-third of those jobs.)

To support performing artists and entertainment groups, the mayor announced guidelines for the City’s Open Culture program, which will permit outdoor cultural performances on designated open city streets this spring. Open Culture will provide stages for artists and cultural groups in all five boroughs, putting artists back to work and providing New Yorkers the opportunity to enjoy the arts safely in their neighborhoods.

Close the COVID-19 Achievement Gap

Fully and safely reopen schools.

Train the next generation of superintendents

Community Power In Neighborhood Policing

Launch the NYC Joint Force to End Gun Violence to maintain a sustained focus on likely shooters. The Joint Force will be comprised of members of NYPD, Cure Violence groups, District Attorney offices, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, City agencies, and additional local community groups and law enforcement organizations.

Expand and strengthen the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB).

NYPD training to put community engagement first.Beginning this spring, New York City will expand the People’s Police Academy, a community-led training program for local precinct personnel. Learning what public safety means to residents is integral to serving that community.

WNET’s Community Engagement unit convened local and national community leaders for a Criminal Justice in America Summit; see the panel here.

Fight the Climate Crisis

Connect NYC to clean Canadian hydro power. A goal is to power New York City’s government with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

Ban new fossil fuel connections by 2030.

De-carbonize NYC pension funds. This week, three New York City pension funds made historic moves to divest from the fossil fuel industry while also making significant investments in green technology.

Starting in February 2021, New York City will launch a citywide engagement effort, led by the NYC Environmental Justice Advisory Board, to publish the first-ever NYC Environmental Justice For All report.

The Environmental Justice Advisory Board, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, is launching a public engagement period to ensure the issues covered in the Environmental Justice for All Report are rooted in the priorities of communities. The engagement process will consist of virtual town halls, the first of which is scheduled for February 25 from 6–7:30 pm, as well as a 90-day public comment period. New Yorkers can learn more about this process and contribute their feedback by visiting

The Interagency Working Group has published the city’s first-ever interactive map identifying environmental justice areas. This map will facilitate environmental justice communities’ participation in the study, and will become the standard to be used by the entire city in evaluating the impact of their policies, programs, and procedures on EJ communities. The map can be viewed here.

Peril and Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change is the WNET initiative that reports on the human stories of climate change.

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