February 17, 2022
Meeting Focused on Expanding Summer Youth Employment Program and Administration’s Commitment to Public Safety, Reopening Post COVID
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams yesterday met with members of his Business Leadership Council for the second time to discuss ways to better aid New York’s economic recovery by expanding the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and focusing on public safety. The Business Leadership Council includes leaders from over 60 New York City-based companies across various sectors, including technology, life sciences, financial services, media and entertainment, travel and tourism, and real estate. The leadership council was first convened in December 2021 to discuss then Mayor-elect Adams’ priorities for his 100 days in office. The Business Leadership Council aims to ensure a productive partnership and dialogue between the business community and City Hall.
“The partnerships formed through the Business Leadership Council will allow us to collaborate and develop the public-private partnerships that will accelerate our economic recovery and move New York City forward,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “During the meeting, we discussed two of my administration’s most critical priorities — reducing gun violence and summer jobs for our youth — both of which will be vital in getting New York open again.”
During the meeting, Mayor Adams and the Business Leadership Council discussed efforts to reduce gun violence by addressing “upstream” factors that contribute to higher crime rates, including lack of high-quality employment opportunities for young New Yorkers. Specifically, Mayor Adams called on Business Leadership Council members to partner with the city in expanding SYEP by hosting participants at their companies and helping to shape these private sector SYEP internships. On Tuesday, Mayor Adams announced his administration’s support of 100,000 summer job opportunities annually for young people ages 14-24.
New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Keechant Sewell also joined the meeting to provide an update on the NYPD’s efforts to protect public safety across New York City.
“One of the hallmarks of our Administration is to 'Get Stuff Done,’ and to do this we need all the partners in the room,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright. “We are grateful for the engagement of the Business Leadership Council members and their support and commitment to making New York City a safer, healthier, and more prosperous city. We are excited to partner with Business Leadership Council members to provide work opportunities for young people participating in this year's Summer Youth Employment Program."
“The NYPD’s mission of providing public safety for all is foundational in New York City’s ongoing recovery,” said Police Commissioner Sewell. “Police officers work around the clock, utilizing community-led innovations, intelligence-driven strategies, and every tool at their disposal to eradicate the gun violence that leaves far too many victims in its wake and tears at the fabric of city life.”
“Mayor Adams is taking an innovative approach to addressing an underlying cause of gun violence while providing deserving young people with exposure to the business world they wouldn't otherwise have," said Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO, SL Green Realty. "We look forward to working with the administration and other businesses across the city to greatly expand on prior initiatives and meet the mayor’s challenge of providing 100,000 kids with summer job opportunities this year.
“A lack of economic opportunity has always been a contributing factor to crime,” said Jason Clark, executive director, Tech:NYC. “Connecting young New Yorkers with jobs in exciting fields such as tech will help reduce violence and give our kids a better chance at success. Tech:NYC is proud to partner with Mayor Eric Adams on SYEP and our upcoming Tech Year NYC initiative, which will expand our employer engagement and offer our youth job opportunities at dynamic tech companies in the summer and all year long.”
The members of the Business Leadership Council include: