De Blasio at Six Months: Where New York's New Jobs Will Come From

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we're checking in on the de Blasio administration's progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term. We'll talk to advocacy groups about how the mayor has lived up to his campaign promises on the environment, crime, housing, and more. Friday, we'll hear from Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Richard Florida, professor at New York University, director of the Martin Prosperity
Institute at the University of Toronto and senior editor at The Atlantic, say they have a blueprint to create jobs for an "inclusive and creative" New York. They discuss their proposals, their event at NYU this afternoon, and whether tech can really drive middle-class growth. Plus, Stringer assesses the de Blasio administration's jobs record thus far, as part of our week-long series.


Richard Florida and Scott M. Stringer

Comments [10]


it takes a reductivist zombie;to not be able to understand that arts education, is not just about creating artists;in fact,that's the markedly less important function that it serves.

Jul. 16 2014 10:53 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

How about teaching kids how to use a sewing machine and not just a computer? How about teaching kids how to use hammers, saws and nails? How about teaching kids how to cook a meal, make an omelet, learn their way around the kitchen? How about teaching kids how to save money by buying food in a grocery and preparing it at home instead of eating junk food outside/ And so on.

Jul. 16 2014 10:50 AM

One more point: Most university Computer Science programs are so outdated that you are better off having hands-on, in the trenches people, writing Android apps teaching it, that C.S graduates that learned Assembly in college. Not only we need to get more C.S. in public schools but we need people with real world experience running and designing university programs.

Jul. 16 2014 10:50 AM
Mason from Queens

The guests are speaking about infrastructure and the need to have in place cable optics for computer use in schools and businesses. With the Time Warner and Comcast merger on the horizon, is any one getting these companies to commit to improving the city by the installation of upgraded cable infrastructure as a part of their responsibilities to allow for such a merger to go forward?

Jul. 16 2014 10:47 AM
Inquisigal from Brooklyn

Stringer and De Blasio will need to address the culture of greed in this city if they are to have any impact on jobs. The effect of incredibly high housing costs, combined with many companies no longer hiring the proper amount of staff, and expecting their current staff to work extremely long hours, is part of this problem. Beyond the lack of blue collar and manufacturing jobs, entry level office jobs are dwindling, and replaced by unpaid interns, all so that maximum profits can be achieved. Too many friends of mine who work in digital media, advertising, and entertainment are burned out by work, all because their staffs keep getting trimmed. If maximum profit, at all costs, wasn't the mantra of many players in NYC, there would be more jobs for more residents, and the rent wouldn't be "so damn high."

Yet as more people come to this city, more individuals and companies seek to capitalize on it.

Jul. 16 2014 10:45 AM
CR from Manhattan

Scott Stringer is the comptroller. He is the city's bookkeeper. He is not a policy maker for anything other than how we pay our bills. He does not create policy on taxes, job growth, whether we need X jobs or free housing or the arts. Please stop giving him a bully pulpit for promoting his political agenda. Ask him about accounting, not what he thinks "we ought to do for job growth..." If you do that, charge him for political campaign advertising because that's what you're giving him... free time for his next campaign.

Jul. 16 2014 10:42 AM
RosieNYC from NYC

If you want to have more computer science teachers, ease the certification path to become one. I have over 15 years of experience as an Information Technology professional including systems administration and management. I can get a whole school up in running including servers and workstations but can't teach it in a public school because I did not go to college for computers. Many, many computer professionals out there do not have computer science degrees or credits because we learned I.T. on the job. What about experience and hands-on, demonstrated knowledge credits? Also, if you are a young person with a computer science degree there is no way you are going to work for $40K (or whatever entry level salary for teachers is) when you can get double that in any corporation.

Jul. 16 2014 10:42 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

The left wing "academics" are at it again. The fact is, it wasn't Roosevelt's alphabet programs that got us out of the Great Depression. It was rearmament and then WWII that did it. And after WWII we were the only standing industrial power on earth. Those days are gone forever.The garment industry in New York City is mostly gone too.

If want to "reinvent" education, stop this college-oriented madness and bring back shop and more vocational and commercial course to high schools and stop tracking everyone into becoming teachers. The purpose of high school should be to train most people to go to work after age 18 - to restaurants, to offices, to manual labor, to bakeries, to machine shops and not just to college.

Jul. 16 2014 10:41 AM
Estelle from Brooklyn

Manufacturing jobs weren't originally good jobs. What transformed them was unionization.

Jul. 16 2014 10:38 AM
Francine from Port Morris

Jobs will not come from throwing $168 Million in Bloomberg era subsidies to the trucking company Fresh Direct to take over public land in a burgeoning South Bronx. The company is almost failing, they pay workers $8 an hour and the land could be more productively used for the economy and the environment. Then Comptroller Liu issued a report that showed that each "job" allegedly created would cost $65,000 per job. Leave FD where they are and create a competition that prioritizes local input for the Harlem River Rail Yards. Ala Rooselvelt Island Tech Center or the Kingsbridge Armory, neither perfect processes or proposals, but using the best aspects of that method of creating jobs and respecting the local area.,

Jul. 16 2014 08:50 AM

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