First Deputy Shorris: "Unique Alignment" to Address Inequality in NYC

Monday, December 16, 2013

Anthony Shorris (John Moore/Getty)

With a strong progressive caucus in the City Council and a Cuomo administration vowing to collaborate with new Mayor Bill de Blasio, first deputy Anthony Shorris says there is "a unique alignment" to address inequality in New York City. Shorris re-iterated that the top de Blasio priority is universal pre-K, but said that housing and medical access policies were close behind. As to whether wealthier New Yorkers may resent the de Blasio focus on inequality, Shorris asserted that there is a "progressive business community" in the city that also cares about closing the wealth gap.


Anthony Shorris

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Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

@pmh from NYC


Dec. 16 2013 12:31 PM

Forgot the link on the last set of quotes.

Dec. 16 2013 12:07 PM

"Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Louis D. Brandeis

“They’re saying ‘We can’t enforce the law because we don’t have the information’,” Mr. Barker said. “They aren’t really delaying the penalty, although that’s the effect.”

" . . . It’s not uncommon for administrations to selective determine which laws they’ll enforce, no matter how much those decisions infuriate Congress.

"Mr. Obama has frequently taken to directing agencies to delay or not enforce certain provisions of laws when he’s been unable to push through legislation. . . . "

Dec. 16 2013 12:04 PM
pmh from NYC

I am a lifelong NYC democrat-roots in local community politics. Yet despite a movement of change-the dialogue is fundamentally the same. The deputy speaker just now, the new deputy mayor, DeBlasio too - it's the same tax and spend liberal rant after rant. Not fixing the fundamental problems- which is real income growth and opportunity for the middle & lower middle class families. Families where I started & where I broke my back to grow through my career and try & overcome my lower mid-class upbringing - and it's a struggle! Even my executive job disappeared during the recession- 3 years of unemployment -you think it's easy. As soon as you get back on your feet-depleting all retirement funds to keep a roof over your head - the answer is tax more.

We collect more taxes in NYC than ever before and it's never enough. It's simply too easy to blame those who aspire through the system, blame them for the errors in the system, the poor-at-best management of the city and state finances. You could tax the upper echelon 90% - you don't fix the fundamentals. Both parties are equally guilty of pandering to constituencies & special interests-elections-not the true needs of the people. You can't build affordable housing in NYC because land, material and labor makes it nearly impossible-without subsidy. We have municipal employment pay scales-when no-cost health care is factored in-rival many executive level jobs.

The issue is: target the inefficiencies - the waste! $100million if not $1b's - before you blame everyone else and increase taxes again! We receive more $$ from the state for education than ever before - we have public pension systems whereby taxpayer responsibility has increased 400% under Bloomberg - due to deals in Albany! That's not the fault of higher income earners-more taxes won't fix the issues - it gets people elected!

Target $1B in inefficiency in the city budget, private contractors abusing the system with cost overruns, double and triple time labor costs, with no oversight, public programs which generate nothing for the $ invested- then- you'll find the $$ needed to fund pre-K and after-school. Want to see waste-look at your wireless phone bill, or cable bill and see taxes and fees that can approach 40%. Where do you think it comes from -officials tax & slip it into everyone's bills-and we ALL pay it!

It's too hard, election cycles don't permit it-and there's no political will to address the real issue-which is investment in science, technology, small business incubators, manufacturing back to NYC, and our children's education. I have a 3 year old-I'm concerned-but you do that by taking what we have & making it more efficient-really hard work! Then when there's truly truly not enough - ask for help from those who have - before you run and tax more. Ask our leaders & incoming administration to pass the red face test! Have they done right by us with the $$ already collected-and you will find the answer is clearly NO!

Dec. 16 2013 11:58 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

So when does the Bill "Fidel Castro-Mao Tse Tung-Che Guevara" de Blasio regime begin the new Red Terror?

Dec. 16 2013 10:27 AM
FranciL from NYC

Regarding affordable housing, it might be better to offer tax incentives to developers to build mixed income housing instead of those 80/20 luxury buildings, where the affluent pay $5000 a month for the same size apartment that their poor neighbors pay $500.

Dec. 16 2013 10:26 AM

"We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."

Louis Dembitz Brandeis ~

Dec. 16 2013 10:22 AM

How about making room for public amenities, public schools, hospitals and FD & PD stations.

The lack of local hospital beds & trauma ERs close enough for treatment in the magic 1st hour will cause problems later. ref. closing of St. Vincent's & the lack of nearby trauma care.

Dec. 16 2013 10:21 AM
Alan from UWS

As the College Advisor for a NYC public high school for twelve years, I met many Dasani's. The success of my "protégées" is testimony that they are a tremendous resource for our city and our country, so resilient, so resourceful, so willing to preserve their hope. They are some of the best prospects for our future. Their conditions are a huge source of shame for our society, and it is time that we do something about it. I hope that the focus on Dasani will not eclipse the fact that she stands for thousands of our students.

Dec. 16 2013 10:20 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


"we think its time for those that have more than they need help others...and if they won't we will take it."

I'm sure that you mean YOU ... and you can't wait to get your hands on what your skills and work effort couldn't get on your own.

LOL, compassion, indeed.

Dec. 16 2013 10:17 AM
Maria F

How does he feel about the GW Bridge closure issue in particular and the situation at the Port Authority in general

Dec. 16 2013 10:16 AM
Carla from Franklin NY

What part does affluenza play in rich citizens' reluctance to pay taxes for the common good? Should we treat their reluctance as a disease instead of as a rational position?

Dec. 16 2013 10:13 AM

What causes this so called inequality?

Is it out failing schools letting children into the world without basic skills?
Is is due to a government run benefit system that drives people to remain on public assisitance?
Is it due to horrendous personal decisions parents make like the homeless girl with a total of 8 siblings ?

Dec. 16 2013 10:11 AM

There has been very little from De Blasio on his environmental agenda. How will your office and the new mayor work to continue the environmental improvements championed by the Bloomberg administration?

Dec. 16 2013 10:09 AM

we think its time for those that have more than they need help others...and if they won't we will take it.

Dec. 16 2013 10:09 AM

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