Powerful business leaders wrote to Blasio on Thursday, “There is widespread concern over public safety, sanitation and other problems of life that are contributing to the deteriorating situation in the Five Boroughs in commercial districts and neighborhoods.”
“We need to send a strong, consistent message that our employees, customers, customers and visitors will return to a safe and healthy work environment. People will be slow to return until their concerns about safety and their concerns with respect and fairness for the diverse population of our city are overcome.
“We urge you to take immediate action to restore essential services as a necessary precursor to solving the city’s long-term, complex, economic challenges,” the letter said.
Those services support quality of life in the city, from law enforcement to sanitation and homeless management — all of which received major multimillion-dollar hits, including $ 1 billion from the NYPD and $ 100 million from the Department of Sanitation in a budget passed in June Done.
Shooting has skyrocketed in the last few months, with a 50 percent increase over the weekend of Labor Day alone compared to last year, while gunplay arrests have fallen by nearly 13 percent.
Garbage overflows are taking place on the city’s streets as budget cuts have reduced the number of weekly pickups and homeless cantonments have spread around the Five Boroughs.
By last month, less than 10 percent of the city’s employees had returned to their desks.
“We look forward to your response and partner with you and others who share a commitment to a vibrant recovery and a great future for our city,” business leaders concluded.
The effort was organized by a partnership for New York City, a trading group whose members employ more than 1.5 million New Yorkers.
In addition to Messi K and MasterCard heads, Stephen A. among the signatories. Schwarzman, CEO of investment giants Blackstone; James S. Tissue, president of Hotel Congress Laws Corporation; And John Zimmer, co-founder of the ride-sharing app Lyft.
The representative for the mayor did not immediately return a request for comment.