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Scott Stringer
Scott M. Stringer, a native New Yorker, is the 26th Manhattan Borough President.

Since taking office at the start of 2006, he has dedicated himself to making Manhattan more affordable, livable…and breathable – preserving the sense of neighborhood for the 1.6 million residents of what is best known as a world capital of culture and commerce.

The foundation for much of the borough president’s work is the change he’s brought to Manhattan’s community boards. Energizing these formal institutions of neighborhood democracy was a top priority of Stringer’s upon becoming borough president. A new merit selection process, combined with an infusion of badly needed resources – such as dedicating to each board a graduate student from the city’s architecture and planning schools – has served to strengthen the voice of Manhattan’s neighborhoods in debates over city planning.

The impact of this reform is already visible around the borough: A rezoned West Harlem will maintain the neighborhood’s character and increase its stock of affordable housing while benefiting economically from Columbia University’s expansion. New commitments for public schools in the Flatiron district, East Midtown and other neighborhoods are part of a larger plan to add school seats before, not after, high-rise residential towers crowd classrooms with additional students.

Stringer’s community-based approach also has succeeded in accelerating New York’s urban greening effort. The borough president has launched “Go Green” campaigns in three Manhattan neighborhoods – East Harlem, the Lower East Side, and Washington Heights – to improve residents’ health, and to serve as a model for other environmentally neglected neighborhoods. East Harlem now has new farmers’ markets, a growing number of street trees, its own Go Green cookbook, and is looking forward to a stand alone, state-of-the-art asthma treatment center created with the goal of reducing asthma hospitalizations by 50 percent.

Stringer has redoubled his longtime commitment to public safety. When New York City’s building boom claimed the lives of 15 construction workers, he forced changes at the Department of Buildings. When a child was killed falling from a broken elevator in a New York City Housing Authority building, the borough president discovered that a simple, already-required device could have prevented the tragedy, and that the housing authority’s own inspectors had given unsatisfactory ratings to some three-quarters of its elevators.

Continuing his career-long fight for affordable housing, Stringer conducted the first ever borough-wide survey identifying vacant lots and abandoned buildings, and then worked with state legislators to enact new tax incentives that will encourage development of these properties.

Stringer has authored a number of ground-breaking policy reports on issues of importance to every New Yorker, including parental involvement in our public schools, nursing home emergency preparedness, transportation, paid leave for employees, school overcrowding, and wasteful tax breaks for fast food restaurant and gas stations.

Prior to being elected borough president, Stringer served for thirteen years in the State Assembly, where he authored legislation to protect victims of domestic violence, led the successful fight to end “empty-seat voting” in Albany, and voted against every attempt to weaken rent regulations. The New York Times credited him as having “a sterling reputation as a catalyst for reform.”

Blog Entries by Scott Stringer

The Promise of the Torch: Pass the NY State DREAM Act

(12) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 1:02 PM

Co-authored by Francisco Moya

"Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand glows world-wide welcome."

Those words, written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 and seared in bronze...

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The Fight for Paid Sick Leave: A Historical Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 4:04 PM

As the New York City Council prepares to debate a bill that would require city businesses to grant employees up to five paid sick days a year, it's important for us to separate the rhetoric from the facts, so our city can make a responsible, informed decision.

Opponents have...

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A Pipeline to the Middle Class: Growing New York City's Entrepreneurial Economy for All

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 4:42 PM

In recent years, New York has seen remarkable growth in its entrepreneurial economy across a variety of industries -- from finance, fashion and food to marketing and media. But as this economy continues to expand, we haven't done enough to ensure that thousands of working class New Yorkers benefit from...

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A Superstorm at the Ballot Box

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Hurricane Sandy showcased how vulnerable New York City is to the wrath of Mother Nature. But as we now head into Election Day, the storm also underscores how decades of poor policy decisions regarding voter registration and access to the ballot have created significant barriers to political participation across the...

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Hail Yes! It's Time for True Taxi Service

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 12:45 PM

Last December, Governor Cuomo signed a historic piece of legislation that promised to revolutionize the way taxi service is provided in New York City. Crafted by Mayor Bloomberg over the course of months of debate, the plan would regulate street hail service by livery cars and fill a critical transportation...

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Tax Relief for Middle Class and Working New Yorkers

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 4:13 PM

At a time when New York City's middle class and working families are working harder than ever to make ends meet -- but falling farther behind -- there is no justification for a city income tax code that penalizes them so unfairly. Right now, a school teacher making $50,000 a...

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Fixing Our Broken Building Inspection Process

(4) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 5:12 PM

Last week's tragic elevator fatality in a Madison Avenue office building is the latest reminder that New York City's building inspection process is broken and in need of repair now -- before another senseless death. As I have urged for nearly two years, it is time for the city to...

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Beyond the Protests: An American Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 4:10 PM

As the Occupy Wall Street protests stretch into their third week, New Yorkers may still be confused about who the protestors are and what exactly they want. But there should be no mistaking the fears and concerns that motivate them -- and continue to bring more into the streets. It...

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Protecting New York's Animals

(21) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 6:26 PM

A key measure of any city's humanity is how it treats its animals, and unfortunately New York falls short compared to the rest of the country. It is time for this to change, because our city should be a national leader when it comes to the humane treatment of animals....

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Join the Kill the Drill Campaign

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 9:41 AM

At a press conference on October 1, 2009 I was joined by a coalition of elected officials and advocates, to announce the launch of Kill the Drill, a campaign to voice opposition to any hydraulic fracturing in the city's upstate watershed, which supplies 90 percent of New York City's drinking...

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State Must End Threat to NYC's Drinking Water

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2009 | 11:27 AM

"How could any one well be so profitable that it would be worth damaging the New York City water system?"

With that pointed question, Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, explained his company's decision last week to refrain from drilling for natural gas in New York City's upstate watershed....

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"Clunker Cash" That Makes Sense For New York

(3) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 2:47 PM

The "Cash for Clunker" program (officially the "Car Allowance Rebate System Act," or "CARS") has boosted month-to-month auto sales nationally by 2.4%, emptying lots at Dallas car dealerships, and prompting Ford factories in Detroit to do something they haven't done in years: scramble to raise production to catch up with...

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Putting Food Policy On The City's Front Burner

(1) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 6:56 AM

The City Council's Committee on Health is slated to take up an issue that has been generating a lot of buzz - the legalization of beekeeping in New York City.

While beekeeping has its funny side -- the news conference announcing the bill on the City Hall Steps...

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With Albany AWOL, City Faces New Reality on School Governance

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2009 | 10:21 AM

New York City's public school students can be forgiven if they're not impressed by the work of their government. Over the past weeks, they've been treated to the spectacle of a State Senate on one day turning out the lights in the Senate Chamber, and on another locking the Chamber...

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