Macy's, WeWork, NBA, 160 others ask mayor to address 'quality of life' issues in NYC

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- More than 160 businesses sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday asking him to take “immediate action” to address quality of life issues in the five boroughs. 

In the letter, the heads of 163 companies including Mastercard, the WNBA, the NBA, Macy’s, JetBlue, Con Edison, WeWork, Lyft and Warby Parker said they were “employers who are committed to New York City and its re-emergence from the devastating health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

“Despite New York’s success in containing the coronavirus, unprecedented numbers of New Yorkers are unemployed, facing homelessness, or otherwise at risk,” they wrote. “There is widespread anxiety over public safety, cleanliness and other quality of life issues that are contributing to deteriorating conditions in commercial districts and neighborhoods across the five boroughs.” 

“We need to send a strong, consistent message that our employees, customers, clients and visitors will be coming back to a safe and healthy work environment,” they added. “People will be slow to return unless their concerns about security and the livability of our communities are addressed quickly and with respect and fairness for our city’s diverse populations.” 

The city should “take immediate action to restore essential services as a necessary precursor for solving the city’s longer term, complex, economic challenges,” they went on to say. Nonprofit organization Partnership for New York City gathered the letter’s signatures. 

In a tweet responding to the letter, de Blasio said the city was “grateful for our business community and are partnering to rebuild a fairer, better city.” 

“Let’s be clear: To restore city services and save jobs, we need long term borrowing and a federal stimulus,” he wrote. “We need these leaders to join the fight to move the city forward.”