Today at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the 30 members of a task force “that will develop real-time strategies to strengthen the city’s workforce and help workers develop” more advanced job skills. The task force includes city government officials, a major union leader, senior staff from large New York City businesses, investors and principals of smaller businesses. The task force is produce a report “[t]his fall … with concrete recommendations.”
Question topics included financial incentives given by the City to Altronix (which hosted the Mayor for a visit just before the press conference), whether the mayor has concerns about offering such incentives, whether his jobs task force will work with local communities, whether his affordable housing plan conflicts with his plan to enable more manufacturing in the city, what a base livable minimum wage is, whether the mayor is concerned about the possibility that Republicans may control the U.S. Senate next year, whether NY State has done enough to assist NYC in obtaining hazard mitigation money from the federal government, the Mayor’s views on items sold at the September 11th Museum gift shop and what the first “tangible” product of the task force will be.
Here is the full Q&A: