March 7th, 2021
Week in Review 3/7/21
Andrew Yang's Volunteer Army Out in Force, Combining Vaccine Push with Campaign Info
[Sahiba] Kaur was one of six members of the so-called Yang Gang out recently in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, for his Get Out the Vax initiative. She’s one of 3,500 volunteers for his mayoral campaign.
"Everyone in New York City who would like to get vaccinated, should get vaccinated and it’s such a hard process to navigate," she said. "And Andrew Yang is trying to make it simple."
Staten Island Advance [3/2]
On S.I. tour, Yang visits with local Dems; talks business, transit
The early frontrunner ahead of the June 22 primary, according to several polls, also wants to expand express bus service, improve accessibility to the Staten Island Railway, and build protected bike lanes to better support the Beryl bike share program, set to start this month.
Said Assemblymember John Cusick: “Andrew seems to be up on all the important issues. It’s important that people who run for mayor understand the unique issues of Staten Island as part of New York City, and what people out here expect of New York City.”
USA Today [3/3]
Is universal income closer to reality? Cities from Stockton to St. Paul are already testing monthly checks for residents
Yang, who is proposing a basic income for poor New York City residents as part of his mayoral campaign there, told USA TODAY "the pandemic exposed how many New Yorkers live on the edge of ruin... Getting more money directly into people’s pockets was once radical and is now mainstream."
Andrew Yang to Goldman Sachs: You Think Tampa Beats NYC?
"We are losing people to Tampa?” said Yang, during a one-hour interview on Wednesday with Bloomberg News editors and reporters… You can’t keep trying to squeeze stuff from business owners and not expect that’s going to have a reaction in the other direction . . . It starts with having a very clear message that my administration is going to be pro-business, pro-growth, pro-development, and wants to clear out any institutional obstacles that some companies have encountered here.”
NYC Mayoral Candidate Andrew Yang Goes For ‘Boogie’ As City Theaters Reopen – “A Powerful Signal”
NYC Mayor candidate Andrew Yang hit the AMC Empire in Times Square early Friday, buying evening tickets for Eddie Huang’s Boogie and talking to a small group of press as cinemas around the city opened for the first time since last March. Check out the Daily News' write up, too.
Amsterdam News [3/5]
With mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, profile and hustle reign supreme
One of the biggest issues last year and this year is the city’s approach to school in the time of COVID. With vaccines making their way to each person in the city and the problems surrounding remote learning, Yang believes that City Hall is already late to a better approach to schooling now.
“Twenty-nine percent of New Yorkers do not have high-speed internet at home and that is disproportionately Black and Brown [people],” said Yang. “We should stop pretending that online school is an option. It’s not.”
Data for Progress [3/5]
Op-ed: There’s No NYC Recovery without Alleviating Poverty
[W]e should extend the eviction moratorium for New Yorkers struggling to pay rent to landlords due to the pandemic. That must also include expanding the right to counsel for evictions proceedings and providing property tax incentives for landlords who forgive rent. Likewise, homeowners in distress should also have access to property tax forbearances and emergency homeowner stability programs to preserve multi-generational homes and keep longtime residents in their neighborhoods.
Andrew Yang decries targeting of Asians in NYC
Democratic New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang says the increase in anti-Asian violence in the city should be taken "very seriously."