FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2010
MAYOR BLOOMBERG DISCUSSES CITY’S LATEST INVESTMENTS FOR CONTINUED JOB GROWTH IN WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS
he following is the text of Mayor Bloomberg’s weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, May 30, 2010
“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
“Like most New Yorkers, I’m looking forward to the warm days of summer – and we’re certainly getting a taste of them this weekend. Yesterday, New York City’s public beaches opened for the summer season. These 14 miles of spectacular shoreline include: Orchard Beach in the Bronx; Rockaway Beach in Queens; Midland Beach, South Beach, and Wolfe’s Pond Beach in Staten Island; and Manhattan Beach and Coney Island in Brooklyn. Lifeguards will be on duty from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm until Labor Day.
“One of the most exciting new attractions on our waterfront this summer will be a new amusement park in Coney Island called Luna Park. Luna Park will bring more than 200 new jobs to our city, along with more than a dozen new spine-tingling rides.
“Luna Park is the first of two amusement parks that will be developed this summer and next on the nearly seven acres of Coney Island land that the City purchased last November. Together, these parks will create the largest Coney Island amusement area since Steeplechase Park closed, all the way back in 1964.
“The revitalization of Coney Island is one of the many ways we’re working to strengthen our neighborhoods and create new jobs, Last week we announced our latest effort to create jobs in the media and technology sector. We already have about 315,000 information & media jobs in and around New York – more than any other metropolitan area in the nation. To spur even more growth, we’ve established the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund, designed to help information tech and new media startups get off the ground.
“The City put up $3 million, and a private investment firm, FirstMark Capital, has agreed to invest up to $19 million. That gives us $22 million to keep New York a leader in this growing industry.
“One of the first startups we’re investing in is an exciting mobile application provider caller My City Way. Our $300,000 investment in My City Way allowed the company to relocate here from New Jersey and hire additional employees. If you haven’t heard of My City Way yet, you probably will. Earlier this year, it won a prize in a major tech competition held by the City.
“As we work to strengthen our city, we also need to remember all the men and women who have made sacrifices so that we can live in peace and security. That’s what Memorial Day is all about. So if you have a chance this weekend, join me in attending one of the many parades in our city, or head over to Pier 88 on the Hudson River or to the Stapleton Pier on Staten Island. You’ll see some of the majestic ships that help protect our nation. They’re in town for Fleet Week, along with thousands of sailors, marines, and members of the Coast Guard.
“This is always a special weekend of the year for our city – a chance for us to welcome these brave Americans to our town and also salute those who still remain in harm’s way, defending our nation and everything it stands for. And I know we all pray for their swift and safe return. Every single one of them.
“This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thank you all for listening.”
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958