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Ideas Roundup: Setting The Agenda For The Next Mayor

by Daniel Stein-Sayles, Jun 19, 2013

It seems that nearly every organization in the city is putting forth their priorities for the next mayor.

Just in the past few days, we’ve heard from park advocates, transportation advocates and urbanists (for lack of a better word). Here are the latest to come to our attention, with links to their proposals.

The Center for an Urban Future, in conjunction with New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, compiled 15 policy ideas from around the world and presented them in a report last Friday. The proposals include a kindergarten-to-college program modeled after a San Fransisco initiative that helps fund a universal college savings account program for all of its public school kindergartners; and the Immigrant Export Initiative, seeded in Los Angeles and Chicago, which aims to boost economic growth through immigrant entrepreneurship.

New Yorkers For Parks wants the next mayor to overhaul the funding of the Parks Department, restrict the privatization of parkland and integrate parks into local planning efforts. “The Bloomberg Administration has done an extraordinary job expanding and improving the city’s parkland, and we hope the next mayor will build on that momentum to address remaining challenges,” New Yorkers For Parks’ Executive Director Holly Leicht said in a statement. Their proposal is here.

Not to be left out of the conversation, a coalition of transportation advocates has come up with its own laundry list of priorities. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign wants the next mayor to take a “data-driven approach" to reducing traffic deaths; support bikes, bike share and bicycling; increase transparency of the operations of the Department of Transportation; and encourage the use of mass transit.

We’ll post more of these “priorities for the next mayor" as they come to us. If you or your organization would like us to highlight them, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

—Daniel Stein-Sayles and Cristian Salazar

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