FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2007
MAYOR'S OFFICE OF LONG-TERM PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY COMPLETES PHASE TWO OF OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
Through Public Meetings and Website Has Received Feedback From Thousands of New Yorkers – Third Phase Planned
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability today announced that it is preparing to launch the third and final phase of a citywide, public outreach effort, after the successful completion of phase two - a series of meetings in all five boroughs with 300 grassroots community leaders who gave their views on sustainability challenges outlined in the Mayor's December 2006, PlaNYC speech. The Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability was created in June, 2006 and is charged with preparing a plan to meet the challenges faced by our growing city.
"We've been having conversations with New Yorkers in all parts of this city. It's not surprising that New Yorkers have innovative ideas about how to address the toughest problems that we're facing because people want to move here, and stay here. We're taking many of these ideas seriously," said Mayor Bloomberg. "As I've said before, every idea is on the table and we'll put our resources into enacting those policies that will positively shape this city for decades to come."
In December, as part of a speech presenting PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the Administration would conduct a major public outreach effort over the next few months, to solicit ideas, get feedback, and build a consensus for the implementation of policies to meet the challenges created by the successes and growth of New York. Due to historically low crime rates, sound fiscal policies that are growing our economy, and an increase in the quality of life here, New York's population is expected to increase by more than one million people over the next three decades. During the speech, the Mayor promised "We're now going to go to the real experts...New Yorkers in all five boroughs."
Phase one of the outreach took place prior to the Mayor's December speech. This phase consisted of meeting with over 50 advocacy organizations. To date, the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability has met with over 100 organizations, including advocates, trade associations, and unions, as part of efforts that will continue through March.
Stu Loeser/ John Gallagher (212) 788-2958