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LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS IN OUR SCHOOLS WE ALL KNOW THE BASICS OF THE STORY WE ALL KNOW THAT THE GREATEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY, 1.1 MILLION KIDS IN THE FACE OF A PANDEMIC HAD TO BE CLOSED WE ALL KNOW THAT WAS ASKED OF EVERYONE, AN EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGE SOMETHING LIT REALLILY UNHEARD OF IN THE HISTORY OF THIS ENTIRE COUNTRY, TO SOMEHOW CREATE SOMETHING NEW, TO CREATE AN ONLINE LEARNING APPROACH AGAIN FOR OVER A MILLION KIDS WITH VERY LITTLE TIME TO PREPARE WITHOUT ALL THE ADVANTAGES THAT YOU’D WANT IF YOU WERE GOING TO TRY SUCH A MASSIVE ENDEAVOR IF I HAD SAID TO YOU WE’RE GOING TO PROVIDE ONLINE LEARNING FOR 1 MILLION KIDS, THEY WOULD HAVE ASKED FOR A YEAR OR TWO YEARS AND WE’D HAVE SOMETHING GREAT FOR YOU WE HAD PRECISELY A WEEK IN WHICH TO PREPARE EDUCATORS MANY OF WHOM HAD NEVER ATTEMPTED AN APPROACH LIKE THIS BUT ALL OF WHOM EMBRACED IT WITH SUCH TREMENDOUS ENERGY AND LOVE FOR KIDS THEY SERVE THAT’S WHY PEOPLE BECOME EDUCATORS TO BEGIN WITH I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THAT I’VE KNOWN A LOT OF PRINCIPALS, A LOT OF EDUCATORS, THIS IS A SUBJECT MATTER THATTY EVE PUT MY HEART AND SOUL IN OVER THE DECADES MY KIDS GOT A GREAT EDUCATION FROM DEVOTED EDUCATORS PEOPLE DON’T GO INTO THIS FIELD BECAUSE IT’S A WAY TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK I ASSURE YOU PEOPLE WHO BECOME EDUCATORS DO IT BECAUSE THEY LOVE KIDS, THEY WANT TO HELP THEM, THEY WANT TO BUILD THEIR FUTURE THERE’S AN INCREDIBLE SENSE OF SATISFACTION WHEN YOU HELP A CHILD TO REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL I BET YOU KNOW PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN LIFE THAT HAD THIS EXPERIENCE, MAYBE YOU YOURSELF HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW MAYBE THINGS WEREN’T SO GREAT FOR THEM WHEN THEY WERE A KID, MAYBE THEY WEREN’T SURE WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, THEY DIDN’T HAVE A SENSE OF GOAL, BUT ONE TEACHER, ONE EDUCATOR GAVE THEM THAT HOPE, THAT CONFIDENCE, THAT SENSE OF THEIR OWN SELF-WORTH I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I’VE HEARD A STORY WHERE ONE TEACHER STARTED A YOUNG PERSON ON A VERY DIFFERENT ROAD AND SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE WE DEPEND ON RIGHT NOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS CRISIS CAN LOOK BACK AT THOSE TEACHERS AND NOW WE’RE ASKING THOSE PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE THAT INSPIRATION, HAVE THAT SAME IMPACT BUT NOT BE IN THE SAME CLASSROOMS WITH THE KIDS THEY SERVE IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS NOW, OUR TEACHERS ARE TOUGH THE EDUCATORS OF NEW YORK CITY DON’T SHIRK FROM A CHALLENGE AND THEY’RE USED TO DEALING WITH SOME OF THE TOUGHEST CONDITIONS IN AMERICA SO WHEN TOLD YOU HAVE A WHOLE WEEK TO GET READY AND YOU’LL HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT AS YOU GO ALONG, THEY SAID WE’RE READY LET’S DO IT AND IT’S BEEN INSPIRING TO WATCH THEM IT’S BEEN INSPIRING TO WATCH THE PARENTS MANY OF WHOM AGAIN HAD NO EXPERIENCE TRYING TO SUPPORT THEIR KIDS WITH ONLINE LEARNING BUT THEY PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO IT HOW ABOUT THE KIDS THEMSELVES? LET’S NOTE THE HEROISM IN OUR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE COOPED UP, GOING THROUGH SO MUCH BUT THEY’VE APPLIED THEMSELVES TO ONLINE LEARNING TOO THERE’S A BIG STORY TO BE TOLD HERE ABOUT JUST HOW GOOD THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE, JUST HOW GOOD OUR FAMILIES ARE, OUR EDUCATORS, OUR KIDS AND TODAY WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE MOVE FORWARD OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR AND BEYOND AND HOW WE PREPARE FOR NEXT YEAR AND I’VE ALREADY SAID NEXT YEAR IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE THE GREATEST SCHOOL YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY AND I’M NOT SAYING THAT AS A FLOURISH OF WORDS I’M SAYING THAT BECAUSE THAT HAS TO BE A SENSE OF MISSION WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO STARTING IN SEPTEMBER THINGS WE’VE NEVER DONE BEFORE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO HELP KIDS COME INTO THE YEAR WITH INCREDIBLE SENSE OF INSPIRATION AND INCREDIBLE DESIRE TO MAKE UP FOR ANY LOST GROUND BUT ALSO TO OVERCOME THE PAIN THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH IN OUR EDUCATORS AND THE LEADERS OF OUR DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION I HAVE ABSOLUTE FAITH THAT WE WILL ACHIEVE THAT MISSION BUT I WANT TO SET THAT BAR HIGH RIGHT NOW AND SAY THAT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE KIND OF HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT OF

WHAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS COMING YEAR BUT I KNOW WE’RE UP TO IT NOW, EVERYONE — EVERYONE WHO SERVES OUR KIDS, PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS, THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN FOOD SERVICE, THE CROSSING GUARDS, CUSTODIANS, EVERYONE IS FEELING THIS MOMENT EVERYONE IS DEVOTED TO OUR KIDS BUT EVERYONE HAS THAT SENSE OUR KIDS ARE GOING THROUGH A LOT RIGHT NOW AND I WANT TO JUST MAKE SURE WE’RE ALL SENSITIVE TO THEM, WE’RE ALL THINKING ABOUT THEM LOOK, I THINK ALL OF US CAN TAKE OURSELVES BACK TO WHEN WE WERE KIDS ESPECIALLY THOSE REALLY CONFUSING MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS, ALL THE CHALLENGES OF HIGH SCHOOL I THINK EVERY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT KIND OF HAS THAT SELF-DOUBT, FEAR ABOUT THE FUTURE, NOT KNOWING IF THEY’RE GOING TO FIT IN, NOT KNOWING IF THEY’RE GOING TO SUCCEED LOVING ALL THE GOOD THINGS ABOUT BEING YOUNG BUT WITH THAT CONSTANT ANXIETY NOW, IMAGINE IF YOU TAKE THAT AND YOU OVERLAY A PANDEMIC THAT CREATES SO MUCH MORE FEAR AND CONFUSION AND ANXIETY ABOUT THE FUTURE I OFTEN REFLECT UPON THE EXPERIENCE I’VE HAD AS A PARENT AND WHAT MY KIDS WENT THROUGH AND NOW WHAT I EVEN SEE FROM THEM AT 20 SOMETHING, THIS GENERATION CAME UP WITH A LOT ERN BEFORE THIS PANDEMIC THE KIDS WHO EXPERIENCED THE GREAT RECESSION AND THE AFTERMATH, THE KIDS WHO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE SHADOW OF GLOBAL WARMING, THEY’RE A TOUGH GENERATION THEY REMIND ME OF WHAT MY OLDER GENERATION TOLD ME ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE GROWING UP IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION, SOMETHING THAT I SEE IN THIS GENERATION TOO AND I WISH THEY HADN’T GONE THROUGH ALL OF THIS BEFORE THE PANDEMIC AND I WISH THEY WEREN’T EXPERIENCING EVERYTHING THEY ARE IN THE PANDEMIC BUT THEY ARE AND IT’S HURTING THEM IN SOME CASES IT’S TRAUMATIZING THEM SOME HAVE ALREADY SEEN SO MUCH IN THE LAST WEEK, THE LOSSES IN THEIR OWN FAMILY AND THEIR OWN SCHOOLS THEY’RE TOUGH KIDS, NEW YORK CITY KIDS AND THEY’RE GOING TO FIND A WAY THROUGH BUT WE HAVE TO BE THERE FOR THEM WE REALLY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH THEY’VE EXPERIENCED, HOW MUCH PAIN THEY’RE GOING THROUGH OUR JOB IS TO HELP THEM HELP THEM WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AND REALLY THAT EFFORT THAT ALL EDUCATORS DO BUT IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO BE EVEN GREATER NOW TO RAISE UP THEIR SELF-ESTEEM FOR THE MOMENTS AHEAD, FOR THE TOUGH TIMES AHEAD BUT WHAT IS INSPIRING TO ME IS EVEN WITH THAT TOUGH, TOUGH BACKDROP, THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SEEN OUR EDUCATORS RISE TO THIS OCCASION GIVES ME A LOT OF HOPE YOU KNOW, I TALKED ABOUT THE ONLINE LEARNING AND EVERYTHING WE’VE HAD TO CREATE THESE LAST WEEKS, THIS KIND OF GIVES DEFINITION TO THAT ANALOGY THAT’S OFTEN USED WHEN HAD THEY SAY BUILDING A PLANE WHILE IT’S GOING DOWN THE RUNWAY, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF THAT MORE AND MORE ONLINE LEARNING WORKING BETTER AND BETTER WEEK AFTER WEEK AND THE INCREDIBLE ADAPTABILITY OF YOUNG PEOPLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW SO THE CHANCELLOR, HIS TEAM WORKED WITH PARENTS, TEACHERS, OFFICIALS, ADVOCATES, LISTEN TO ALL DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS WE’VE HAD A SERIES OF CONVERSATIONS CONFIRMING THE ERECTION OF THIS POLICY AND IT CAME DOWN TO THE NOTION OF WHAT WE OWE OUR KS IS MOME IRALL, FLEXIBILITY THIS IS ONCE IN A CENTURY CRISIS AND THE PAIN IT’S INFLICTING ON TO CHILDREN’S FAMILIES HAS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BUT THERE ALSO HAS TO BE A REMINDER OF OUR ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR KIDS, TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE AND MAKE THEM AS STRONG AS THEY CAN BE TO GIVE THEM THE BEST EDUCATION THEY CAN THIS IS A MOMENT, A HORRIBLE MOMENT, A MOMENT WE’LL REMEMBER ALL OUR LIVES BUT REMEMBER OUR KIDS HAVE DECADES AHEAD WE HAVE TO PREPARE THEM FOR THAT SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR THEM WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO TAKE AN APPROACH THAT HELPS THEM BE THEIR BEST THAT WORK CONTINUES AND IT WILL EVEN MORE GOING INTO THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR WE HAVE TO DO BOTH WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE MOMENT, BE FLEXIBLE ABOUT THE MOMENT BUT ALSO HOLD THOSE HIGH EXPECTATIONS IF WE DIDN’T DO

BOTH WE WOULD BE DOING A DISSERVICE TO OUR CHILDREN SO THE POLICY IS BUILT WITH SOME IMPORTANT FOUNDATIONS FIRST OF ALL, WE MUST HELP OUR SENIORS GRADUATE ANY SENIOR WHO CAN GRADUATE WE’RE GOING TO HELP THEM GET THERE WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR KIDS ENGAGED WE HAVE TO KEEP IMPROVING DISTANCE LEARNING BUT ALSO HAVE THEM STICK WITH IT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT SOME KIDS HAVE HAVING A TOUGHER TIME BECAUSE OF THIS CRISIS EMOTIONALLY AND ACADEMICALLY WE HAVE TO HELP THEM CATCH UP AND USE ALL THE TIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR TO DO IT SO THAT QUESTION OF WILL KIDS BE ABLE TO CATCH UP, THAT’S ON THE MINDS OF A LOT OF FAMILIES A LOT OF PARENTS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THAT SO LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THAT’S SO IMPORTANT TO ADDRESS HERE”S THE BOTTOM LINE EVERY STUDENT IS GOING TO GET THE HELP THEY NEED THE SCHOOL YEAR AS WE KNOW IT IS SO DIFFERENT NOW BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS VIRTUAL SO THAT ALSO MEANS WE DON’T HAVE TO SEE THE SAME BOUNDARIES WE OFTEN DID IN THE PAST WE’RE GOING TO HELP STUDENTS ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE SPRING, THROUGH THE SUMMER IF THEY NEED IT, INTO THE FALL SOME KIDS WILL NOT NEED A LOT OF HELP, SOME KIDS WILL NEED A WHOLE LOT OF HELP SOME WILL BE IN BETWEEN BUT FOR SOME WAYS WE’LL CONTINUE TO FIND WAYS TO CONTINUE EDUCATION FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT THOSE WHO NEED THE MOST SUPPORT ARE GOING TO GET THE MOST HELP OBVIOUSLY THE SENIORS WHO NEED TO GRADUATE AND ARE HAVING TROUBLE, THAT’S OUR FIRST PRIORITY BUT THERE’S ALSO GOING TO BE A LOT OF KIDS IN EIGHTH GRADE GETTING READY TO GO TO HIGH SCHOOL, WE WANT THEM TO BE READY ANYONE, ANY CHILD WHO NEEDS THAT EXTRA HELP WE HAVE NOT JUST MAY AND JUBW HY GT WE’LLSEM TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT POSSIBLE SLES TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS GRADES K TO 5 THIS IS SUCH A CRUCIAL TIME OBVIOUSLY I’M A BIG BELIEVER IN PREK BUT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE TIMES WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE GRADE KIDS, ALL OF THIS FROM PREK, K TO 5 IS ALL THE FOUNDATION BUILDING, OF COURSE SO WE WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE EVERY DAY AND WE WANT TO GIVE CLEAR DIRECTION TO OUR KIDS SO IN LIGHT OF THE MOMENT WE’RE IN NOW, INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL GRADES THERE WILL BE TWO GRADING STANDARDS FOR KIDS K THROUGH 5 EITHER THEY ARE MEETING THE STANDARDS OR THEY NEED IMPROVEMENT BUT EVEN THOSE THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT WE’RE GOING TO GET THEM TO THOSE STANDARDS CHANCE WILL TALK ABOUT MORE DETAIL BUT IT WILL BE AN EVALUATION BASED ON A LOT OF THE SAME THINGS WE NORMALLY WOULD SCHOOL PROJECTS, ASSIGNMENTS, WRITING ENTRIES, THE SAME KIND OF THING IT IS WE WERE DOING BEFORE, A LOT OF THAT CAN BE DONE ONLINE AS WELL AND ANY CHILD WHO WE NEED MORE TIME WITH WE’RE GOING TO FIND WAYS TO USE THE SUMMER WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE SUMMER HOLDS THERE ARE THING IT IS WE DO NOT KNOW YET WE DO KNOW THAT WE CAN USE ONLINE LEARNING ALL THE TIME SO WE’LL HAVE OPTIONS FOR THE SUMMER FOR THE KIDS WHO NEED THAT EXTRA HELP MIDDLE SCHOOL IS INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TIME IN GENERAL WHEN THERE IS NO PANDEMIC MIDDLE I A TOUGH TIME EVERY PARENT OUT THERE OF A MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILD, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE REFLECT THAT REALITY AND WE WORK WITH THOSE KIDS ONE ON ONE, GET THEM WHERE THEY NEED TO BE THE GRADES THERE AGAIN INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL GRADES WE’LL HAVE THREE MEETS STANDARDS, NEEDS IMPROVEMENT AND COURSE IN PROGRESS, THAT’S FOR A YOUNG PERSON WHO PARTICULARLY NEEDS MORE TIME TO FINISH THE SCHOOL WORK BEFORE THEM AGAIN, NOT THE SAME AS IN-PERSON CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION BUT A LOT OF SIMILARITIES THERE’S STILL CLASS DISCUSSIONS THAT HAPPEN ONLINE THERE’S STILL PRESENTATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS, THERE’S STILL THE KINDS OF TESTS THE TEACHER GIVES TO THEIR OWN CLASSROOM ALL OF THAT CONTINUES IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER AND THAT CAN BE THE BASIS FOR THE EVALUATION WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THOSE KIDS WHO GO THROUGH SO MUCH GET THE HELP THEY NEED, WE CAN CARRY THROUGH THERE THE SUMMER AND INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR IN TERMS OF KNOWING KIDS WHO MIGHT NEED EXTRA HELP WHEN EVERYONE DOES COME BACK TOGETHER AS WELL HIGH SCHOOL, WELL, AGAIN, TIME OF SO MUCH HOPE, BUT SO MUCH CONFUSION AND ANXIETY AND REGULAR TIMES AND EVEN MORE NOW KIDS ARE THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE THAT’S WHAT HIGH SCHOOL KIDS DO ONE EYE TO THE FUTURE AT ALL TIMES SO THE BIG QUESTION NOW IS, WILL THE FUTURE HAPPEN ON TIME

AND THE ANSWER IS YES WE’RE GOING TO WORK WITH ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS, KEEP THINGS MOVING FORWARD BUT WITH RIGOR, WITH REAL FOCUS ON QUALITY AND SUPPORT SO IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS WE’LL USE THE EXISTING GRADE SCALES THE MOST PERTINENT LEVEL TO CONTINUE THE GRADING SCALES THAT WE’VE HAD PREVIOUSLY SO SAME RANGE OF THINGS YOU’RE GRADED ON, THE WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS, THE TERM PAPERS, THE EXAMS, THE PRESENTATIONS ALL THAT CONTINUES ONLINE TEACHERS WILL BE WATCHING TO SEE IF YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN WHERE THEY NEED TO GO BUT WE WANT TO OFFER AN OPTION AGAIN WITH FLEXIBILITY GIVEN THE MOMENT ANY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT THAT’S EARNED CREDIT BY COMPLETING A COURSE, TRADITIONALLY THEY WOULD GET A GRADE, ONE OF THE TRADITIONAL GRADING STRUCTURES AND THAT WILL GO INTO THEIR GRADE POINT AVERAGE AND THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY HAVE A LOT TO SAY ABOUT THEIR FUTURE INCLUDING THINGS LIKE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS IN THIS ENVIRONMENT WE’RE GIVING YOUNG PEOPLE AN OPTION AT A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL THAT GIVEN THE DISRUPTION THAT’S OCCURRED AND IT’S BEEN DIFFERENT FOR EACH STUDENT, THEY HAVE THE OPTION IF THEY HAVE COMPLETED A COURSE THEY’RE GOING TO GET THE CREDIT BUT THEY HAVE THE OPTION TO CHOOSE FOR THIS HALF OF THE SCHOOL YEAR THEY CAN CHOOSE TO HAVE A PASSING GRADE RATHER THAN A SPECIFIC GRADE IN THE TRADITIONAL STRUCTURE IF THAT PIECE WHAT THINK THINK MAKES MORE SENSE AND THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE WORK AND THEY HAVE EARNED THE CREDIT THEY HAVE THAT OPTION RATHER THAN SOMETHING THAT MIGHT ADVERSELY AFFECT THEIR GPA THAT’S A CHOICE FOR EACH YOUNG PERSON AND IF THEY NEED MORE TIME THERE WILL BE A COURSE IN PROGRESS DESIGNATION THAT ALLOWS THEM TO KEEP WORKING ON THAT COURSE INTO THE SUMMER EVEN BEYOND IF THEY NEED FOR THE SENIORS OF COURSE, THE FOCUS IS ON GRADUATION AND TRADITIONALLY THERE’S BEEN JUNE GRADUATION BUT A LOT OF SENIORS HAVE FINISHED IN AUGUST THEY HAVE MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SUCCEED HERE WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERY SENIOR THAT CAN GRADUATE DOES AND THEY’LL BE THE MOST INTENSE SUPPORT OF ANY STUDENT IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM SO THAT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE WE’RE KEEPING A LOT OF STANDARDS IN PLACE BUT WE’RE ADDING FLEXIBILITY FOR THIS CRISIS AND OUR EDUCATORS ARE SMART, THEY ARE — I’M GOING TO USE A WORD WE ASSOCIATE WITH BUSINESS BUT THEY’RE ENTREPRENEURIAL, THEY’RE CREATIVE THEY’LL FIGURE OUT WHAT MAKES SENSE FOR THEIR CLASSROOM SO LONG AS THEY HAVE CLEAR STANDARDS TO WORK FROM AND THESE WILL BE CONSISTENT STANDARDS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM NOW, I JUST WANT TO SPEAK DIRECTLY FOR A MOMENT TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND TO THEIR PARENTS, THEIR FAMILIES IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO, I’VE GOT A 25-YEAR-OLD AND A 22-YEAR-OLD SO IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO THAT I WAS GOING THROUGH WITH MY KIDS SENIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL WHAT A POWERFUL TIME A LOT OF CONFUSION, A LOT OF DOUBT BUT ALSO A LOT OF HOPE AND A MOMENT OF PROFOUND IMPORTANCE TO THE FUTURE WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY CAN’T DO IT SOME OF THE WAYS WE USED TO DO IT BUT WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE FOR YOU YOU ARE LITERALLY THE FUTURE OF NEW YORK CITY YOU’RE OUR HOPE WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE FOR YOU AND WE NEED TO CELEBRATE YOU THIS DISRUPTION HAS BEEN SO INTENSE BUT THAT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY OUR BELIEF IN YOU AND OUR SENSE OF THE HUMAN MOMENT THIS MOMENT IS SO SPECIAL TO YOU AS YOU APPROACH GRADUATION WE DON’T WANT YOU TO LOSE THAT SO EVERY SCHOOL WILL HAVE ITS OWN APPROACH AND EVERY SCHOOL WILL LOOK FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE YOU FOR SURE AND RIGHT NOW THAT ALL MEANS VIRTUAL BUT MAYBE DOWN THE LINE MAYBE WE’LL GET LUCKY ENOUGH THAT SOME GATHERING CAN START TO OCCUR BUT HERE’S WHAT I WILL GUARANTEE YOU WE WILL DO ONE CITY WIDE VIRTUAL GRADUATION CEREMONY WE’RE GOING TO DO ONE BIG CELEBRATION OF NEW YORK CITY’S HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL YOU MAY NOT HAVE THE TRADITIONAL CEREMONY THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO, WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING YOU’LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU WILL CHERISH WE’LL BRING TOGETHER SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TO CELEBRATE YOU, TO SALUTE YOU THE WAY YOU STUCK WITH IT, NOT JUST IN THE YEARS BEFORE BUT PARTICULARLY DURING THIS CRISIS AND YOU KNOW WHAT’S WONDERFUL? SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO WILL BE THE SPECIAL STARS OF THIS GATHERING WILL BE GRADUATES THEMSELVES OF THE NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT’S EXTRAORDINARY ROSTER OF TALENTED PEOPLE WHO MAKE AN AMAZING IMPACT NOT JUST ON THIS CITY BUT ON THE NATION AND THE WHOLE WORLD THEY’RE GOING TO CELEBRATE YOU AND REMIND YOU OF THE GREATNESS OF THE STUDENTS WHO COME OUT OF THE NEW

YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A DAY OF INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT AND CELEBRATION NO MATTER WHAT THIS PANDEMIC HAS THROWN AT US WE’LL HAVE DETAILS ANNOUNCED IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, BUT EXPECT IT TO BE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, VERY MEMORABLE AND ALL ABOUT PREESH — APPRECIATIO YOU ANFA MEMBERS, PARENTS, YOU TOO BECAUSE GOD BLESS OUR KIDS AND THE HARD WORK THEY DO BUT EVERY KID GETS THERE BECAUSE OF THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF THEIR FAMILIES WE’LL CELEBRATE THE FAMILIES AS WELL NOW, BEFORE I CONCLUDE ON SCHOOLS, A BIG QUESTION HAS COME UP THROUGHOUT THE LAST FEW WEEKS, HOW COULD WE MAKE SURE THAT EVERY KID GOT WHAT THEY NEEDED, WE WERE ON IT FROM THE BEGINNING IT WASN’T IN PLACE KIDS DIDN’T ALL HAVE IT’S PART OF THE DIGITAL DIVIDE IT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE IT’S SOMETHING WE NEED TO FIGHT WE TALKED ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE CRISIS WHERE WE LEARN WHAT’S WRONG AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED AND WE WILL FIX IT GOING FORWARD BUT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PAIN THERE’S GOING TO BE A BLOW TO THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND REALLY PUT TECHNOLOGY IN THE HANDS OF LOTS OF KIDS WHO HAVE NEVER HAD IT AND SO THE iPAD DELIVERIES, THE LATEST BEST iPADS DELIVERED DIRECTLY TO THE HOMES OF SO MANY KIDS WHO IS DIDN’T HAVE ACCESS BEFORE WE SAID THAT FOR EVERY SINGLE CHILD IF THEY NEEDED ONE THEY WOULD GET THAT DELIVERY B THE END OF APRIL AND THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW 247,000 iPADS HAVE EITHER ARRIVED AT THE HOMES OF THE STUDENTS OR ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING SHIPPED TO NEM AS WE SPEAK 247,000 THAT IS MANY MORE STUDENTS AND YOU’LL REMIND US OF THE EXACT NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN THE SYSTEM BUT THAT’S ONE OF THE EXAMPLES OF THE NUMBER OF KIDS GETTING iPADS IS MORE THAN THERE ARE TOTAL STUDENTS IN THE HOUSTON SCHOOL SYSTEM IT’S BEEN A VAST UNDERTAKING AND IT HAD TO BE CREATED VERY, VERY RAPIDLY TO REACH ALL THESE KIDS IN TIME IT’S HAPPENING WE HAD AN ORDER FOR A BIGGER SUPPLY SOME FAMILIES HAVE NOT COME FORWARD AND I WANT YOU TO COME FORWARD I WANT YOU FOR ANY REASON, ANYBODY WATCHING OR LISTENING, ANYBODY IN YOUR LIFE A KID WHO DOESN’T HAVE THAT TECHNOLOGY AT HOME, NEEDS THAT ACCESS AND DOESN’T HAVE THAT, PICK UP THE PHONE CAUSE Z AND CALL 311 WE CAN SHIP IT, HAVE IT TO YOU IN A MATTER OF DAYS SO WE KNOW THERE’S SOME MORE KIDS THAT NEED THEM WE WANT TO FIND THOSE KIDS, WE WANT TO GET THEM TO THEM AND UNTIL THE — ANY CHILD WHO STILL NEEDS IT WE’RE GOING TO SERVE EVEN IF THEY CALL TODAY, TOMORROW, A WEEK FROM NOW, WE’RE GOING TO GET IT TO THEM BUT WHAT I’M SO PROUD OF OUR TEAM AND ALL THE FOLKS THAT HELP US IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS, WE’RE APPROACHING A QUARTER MILLION KIDS WHO HAVE GOTTEN iPADS IN A MATTER OF WEEKS AND THAT’S TREMENDOUS WITH THE INTERNET SERVICE ATTACHED THIS IS HOW YOU FIGHT THE DIGITAL DIVIDE AND THIS IS GOING TO SUPERCHARGE THE ONLINE LEARNING IN THE MONTHS AHEAD LET ME GO TO A FEW OTHER TOPICS AND THEN I WANT TO GO TO OUR DAILY INDICATORS SMALL BUSINESSES I HAVE TALKED TO SO MANY PEOPLE, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS AND PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SMALL BUSINESSES AND THERE IS SO MUCH CONCERN FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES RIGHT NOW YOU KNOW, IT’S GOING TO BE HARD FOR EVERYONE TO MAKE IT THROUGH, SO WE CAN RESTART OUR ECONOMY AND I’M SURE BIGGER BUSINESSES ARE BEING CHALLENGED AS WELL BUT SMALL BUSINESS, THEY DON’T HAVE THE RESERVES AND THE BIG APPARATUS AND ALL THE EXPERTS THAT THEY HIRE TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE THIS SMALL BUSINESSES TAKE IT ON THE CHIN AND WE NEED TO HELP THEM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY NOW LOOK, I SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THE CITY PUT TOGETHER A LOAN AND GRANT PROGRAM, ALMOST $50 MILLION THAT’S BEING EXHAUSTED BUT WHAT WE NEEDED WAS INTENSIVE FEDERAL SUPPORT AND SOME HAS COME IN THE PREVIOUS STIMULUS AND THE ACTION TAKEN THE LAST FEW DAYS WE WERE ALL DISTRESSED TO SEE SOME OF THAT MONEY SIPHONED OFF TO BIG

BUSINESS AND NOW IT’S BEING RETURNED SO IT CAN GO TO SMALL AND MEDIUM BUSINESSES SO WHAT WE SAW AS GOOD AS IT IS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS STEPPING UP AND PUTTING REAL MONEY OUT THERE FOR SMALL, MEDIUM SIZED BUSINESSES BUT THE WAY IT’S BEING DONE IS CREATING A LOT OF PROBLEMS FIRST, THOSE BIG BUSINESSES TRY TO RESURFACE BUT SEK, IT’S A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS AND SOME BUSINESSES ARE MUCH BETTER POSITIONED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT THAN OTHERS AND THE ONES THAT NEED IT THE MOST, THE ONES THAT HAVE THE FEWEST RESOURCES ARE GETTING BOXED OUT WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN SO THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM, THAT MONEY, WE SAW HOW QUICKLY IT WAS USED UP THE FIRST TIME AROUND NOW THERE’S ANOTHER ROUND, CAME OUT OF WHAT WAS REFERRED TO AS STIMULUS 3.5 AND THE PROGRAM REPLENISHED AND WITH SERIOUS MONEY, $310 BILLION AND THERE’S TWO PARTICULAR HEROES IN THIS EFFORT ONE OUR OWN SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER WHO LED THE WAY AND FOUGHT AND THEN THE HOUSE SIDE, THE CHAIR OF THE SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE WHOLE NATION IS NEW YORK CITY’S OWN CONGRESS MEMBER AND SHE FOUGHT NOT ONLY FOR ALL THAT MONEY AND TO PUSH BACK THE USURPING BY BIG BUSINESS TO MAKE SURE IT WAS RESERVED FOR THE BUSINESSES THAT NEED IT BUT SHE ALSO MADE SURE THAT THE PROCESS WAS MUCH FAIRER TO COMMUNITY BASED BUSINESSES, TO BUSINESSES WITH FEWER RESOURCES TO BUSINESSES THAT DON’T USE BIG BANKS BUT USE COMMUNITY CREDIT UNIONS AND OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCING TO BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR THAT HAVE FOR A LONG TIME BEEN DENIED ACCESS TO CREDIT SENATOR SCHUMER AND CONGRESSWOMAN VELASQUEZ MADE IT MORE FAIR FOR ALL NOW EVERYONE OUT THERE WHO IS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OR CLOSE TO A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, IT’S TIME TO GET YOU IN THE GAME AND GET YOU THIS SUPPORT YOU DESERVE THIS MONEY YOU’VE BEEN HIT SO HARD WE NEED TO HELP YOU SURVIVE SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET ACCESS TO THIS FEDERAL MONEY IT’S FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, SO YOU HAVE TO APPLY IMMEDIATELY AND THE SIMPLE WAY TO APPLY IS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITE FBA.GOV THAT’S WHERE YOU APPLY THE APPLICATION IS CERTAINLY NOT THE EASIEST IN THE WORLD, BUT YOU GOT TO DO IT, YOU GOT TO DO IT QUICKLY NOW, WE’RE HEARING FROM A LOT OF SMALL BUSINESSES THAT IT’S TOUGH TO NAVIGATE THAT APPLICATION WE ARE TODAY PUTTING TOGETHER AN INITIATIVE TO HELP YOU IMMEDIATELY IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO CALL 311 AND GET CONNECTED TO SOURCES OF HELP EXPERTS WHO CAN HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE APPLICATIONS THIS IS SOMETHING WE’RE PUTTING TOGETHER QUICKLY AS WE SEE THIS NEED WE’RE HEARING IT SO DEEPLY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO IMMEDIATELY START WORKING ON THAT APPLICATION SO IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS GO TO FBA.GOV PLEASE IMMEDIATELY GET THE APPLICATION, GET READY THE INFORMATION YOU NEED AND IF YOU NEED SOME SPECIAL HELP CALL 311 THIS AFTERNOON AND BEYOND AND WE’LL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT OKAY IT’S TIME FOR OUR DAILY INDICATORS AND AGAIN, WHAT WE’VE SEEN IS OVER THE WHOLE COURSE OF ALMOST TWO WEEKS NOW, DEFINITE AND SERIOUS PROGRESS NOT THE PROGRESS WE IDEALLY WANT WHICH IS FOR ALL THE TIND KAY TORRS TO GO DOWN STEADILY AND IN THE SAME DIRECTION BUT PROGRESS AND THAT’S GETTING CLOSER TO THE DAY WE CAN START TO OPEN THINGS UP WE’RE GOING TO BE CAUTIOUS, WE’RE GOING TO BE CAREFUL, WE’LL BE GOVERNED BY THE FACTS AND THE FACTS HAVE TO GET CONSISTENT FOR US TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE MOVES AND WE’RE GOING TO BE VERY SMART AND CAUTIOUS WHEN WE DO IT TODAY A GOOD DAY NOT A PERFECTLY GOOD DAY BUT DEFINITELY A GOOD DAY INDICATOR ONE, DAILY NUMBER OF PEOPLE ADMITTED TO HOSPITALS FOR SUSPECTED COVID THAT WENT DOWN FROM 122 TO 112 INDICATOR TWO, DAILY NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN ICUs ACROSS OUR PUBLIC HOSPITALS FOR SUSPECTED COVID-19, THAT WENT DOWN FROM 756 TO 745 INDICATOR THREE, PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 CITY WIDE THAT WENT DOWN 29% TO 27% THE ONLY CATEGORY THAT WENT UP IS IN SOME WAYS THE TOUGHEST CATEGORY, THE TESTING AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAB AS SOME OF THE FOLKS DEALING WITH THE MOST ILLNESS, THAT WENT UP BUT ONLY BY 1% THAT’S A GOOD SIGN FROM 55% TO 56% SO A VERY STRONG DAY, FURTHER EVIDENCE THAT WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING IS WORKING KEEP DOING THE SOCIAL DISTANCING, KEEP DOING THE SHELTER IN PLACE, STAY AT HOME IT’S WORKING WE’RE GETTING

CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THOSE DAYS WHEN WE SEE STEADY DOWNWARD TRENDS EVERY SINGLE DAY AND THAT’S WHAT WE NEED SO I’M GOING TO JUST SAY ONE MORE THING TO THE KIDS OF NEW YORK CITY AND THEN A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH AND THEN I’M GOING TO TURN TO OUR CHANCELLOR SO TO EVERY KID OUT THERE, EVERY STUDENT, EVERY YOUNG PERSON, IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE GOING THROUGH A LOT RIGHT NOW, GUESS WHAT? WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE YOU’RE GOING THROUGH A HELL OF A LOT I FEEL BAD FOR YOU, I DO, BECAUSE YOU’RE BEING ASKED TO SHOULDER A BURDEN THAT HONESTLY, YOUNG PEOPLE HAVEN’T BEEN ASKED TO SHOULDER IN A LONG, LONG TIME YOU’RE BEING ASKED TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS CRISIS IN YOUR OWN LIVES WHILE GOING THROUGH EVERYTHING ELSE YOU GO THROUGH AS YOUNG PEOPLE IT’S A LOT SOMETIMES PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS YOU THINK MAY NOT UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING YOU’RE GOING THROUGH I’M SURE THAT’S TRUE ON ONE LEVEL BUT WE ALL TRY WITH ALL OUR MIGHT TO APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU’RE GRAPPLING WITH AND WE WILL BE THERE FOR YOU THE TIMES WE’RE LIVING IN, THEY’RE LITERALLY UNPRECEDENTED THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THIS WE CAN FIND A PARALLEL FOR, CERTAINLY NOT IN OUR MEMORY BUT WHAT WE KNOW IS WE HAVE TO SUPPORT YOU THE LOVE WE ALL FEEL FOR YOU HAS TO COME OUT AS SUPPORT AND UNDERSTANDING WE HAVE TO EXPRESS IT AS REAL EMPATHY FOR WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH AND SO WE’RE GOING TO BE THERE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY I HAVE FAITH IN YOU, I REALLY DO I HAVE SPENT THE LAST SIX YEARS GOING TO NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, LITERALLY THE MOST INSPIRING THING I DO AS PART OF MY JOB AS MAYOR IS MEET ALL OF YOU AND SEE HOW EXTRAORDINARY YOU ARE THERE’S A BRIGHT, BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD WE’LL HAVE TO FIGHT OUR WAY THROUGH THESE MONTHS AHEAD BUT THERE IS A BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD AND IT’S BECAUSE OF YOU SO THANK YOU A FEW WORDS IN SPANISH [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ] >> WITH THAT, I HAVE TO SAY ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER WELL IS AT THE TIME THAT I HIRED RICHARD TO LEAD THE LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY, HE HAS JUST BEEN A LEADER IN HOUSTON IN THE VALIANT EXTRAORDINARY EFFORT TO BRING THAT CITY AND THAT SCHOOL SYSTEM BACK AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY AGAIN, AN UNPRECEDENTED DISASTER THAT AFFLICTED ONE OF THE NATION’S BIGGEST AND GREATEST CITIES AND THEN AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE HOUSTON SCHOOLS, HE WAS THE MAN WHO HAD TO INUNDATE A WHOLE NEW APPROACH AND SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF BRINGING BACK EDUCATION, A PLACE THAT HAD BEEN PUT BACK ON ITS HEELS I WAS SO IMPRESSED WHEN I SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT THOSE TOUGH DAYS HE WENT THROUGH AND EVERYONE IN HOUSTON WENT THROUGH BECAUSE HE HAD THIS CLEAR SPIRIT, THIS CAN-DO ATTITUDE, THIS BELIEF THAT ANY CHALLENGE COULD BE OVERCOME IT WAS UNMISTAKABLE AND IT GAVE ME A LOT OF HOPE THINKING ABOUT WHAT HE WOULD DO AS OUR CHANCELLOR LORD KNOWS I NEVER EXPECTED HIM AND EVERYONE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH A PANDEMIC B TELLING THAT THIS MAN HAD ALREADY BROUGHT HIS SCHOOL SYSTEM BACK PREVIOUSLY IN ANOTHER PLACE FROM ANOTHER DISASTER AND IT WAS IN HIS DNA TO DO SO SO CHANCELLOR, WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, WHAT YOUR TEAM HAS DONE HAS BEEN MIRACULOUS AND I HAVE GREAT FAITH THAT WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A STRONG SPRING, A STRONG SUMMER AND OUTSTANDING, ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING NEXT COOL YEAR WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH I AM HUMBLED TO BE HERE AND HONORED TO BE HERE AND I WANT TO ECHO EVERYTHING THAT YOU’VE SAID ABOUT OUR STUDENTS, ABOUT OUR TEACHERS, OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR FAMILIES, BUT BEFORE I SAY ANYTHING ELSE, I WANT TO GIVE — YOU KNOW, I’VE SPENT EVERY WEEK VISITING OUR REGIONAL ENRICHMENT CENTERS AND

SEEING HEROES IN ACTION, OUR NUTRITION WORKERS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR ADMINISTRATORS REALLY TENDING TO THE CHILDREN OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS AND OUR MEDICAL PERSONNEL HAVE A VERY CARING, LOVING AND TRAUMA INFORMED WAY IT’S BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF MIRACULOUS BUT I DO WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK THE TEACHERS WHO ARE TEACHING THE ADMINISTRATORS THAT ARE SUPERVISING, CLEARING THE WAY AND CLEARING THE OBSTACLES FOR TEACHER TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT THEY DO AND OUR PARENTS AT HOME I HAVE SEEN COUNTLESS EXAMPLES OF INCREDIBLY INNOVATIVE AND ACTIVITIES THAT THEY’VE PUT FORWARD FOR OUR STUDENTS FINDING THEIR STUDENTS AND MAKING SURE THEY’RE ENGAGED SO I WANT TO SAY TO ALL THE TEACHERS OUT THERE AND ALL THE PRINCIPALS, THANK YOU ONE OF THE FALLACIES THAT WE OFTEN HEAR IS THAT WE’VE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL FOR A NUMBER OF WEEKS WELL, I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR THAT SCHOOL HAS BEEN IN SESSION WE HAVE NEVER STOPPED BEING IN SESSION WHAT HAS CHANGED IS THE MANNER IN WHICH WE’VE ENGAGED IN WITH OUR STUDENTS INSTEAD OF FACE TO FACE IN PERSON, WE ARE DOING IT REMOTELY WHICH IS WHY WE SAY THIS IS REMOTE LEARNING SO TO ALL OF OUR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS ON THE FRONT LINES I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOU AS WELL YOU ARE THE HEROES THAT CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS ENGAGED, SO THANK YOU WHAT WE’RE ANNOUNCING TODAY IS THE RESULT OF A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF DLAB — COLLABORATION AND DISCUSSION ON THIS PARTICULAR TOPIC THE OPINIONS AND IDEAS ARE VAST AND WIDE ON ONE END THERE IS THE NOTION THAT NOTHING SHOULD CHANGE WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO HAVE EVERYTHING AS IT WAS PRIOR TO COVID-19 THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS IMPORTANT ON THE OTHER END IS LISTEN, IT’S A TRAUMATIC EVENT, WE’VE NEVER GONE THROUGH THIS SO EVERYBODY PASSES, EVERYBODY GETS AN A, EVERYBODY JUST MOVES FORWARD AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, WE’VE HEARD ALL OF THOSE COMMENTS BUT AT THE TEND OF THE DAY, MR MAYOR, YOU AND I HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY YOU AND I HAVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF HAVING A POLICY THAT WILL NOT INADVERTENTLY HARM STUDENTS WHEN THEY DECIDE TO DO THE NEXT THING IN THEIR CAREERS WT IT’S GOING TO COLLEGE, WHETHER IT’S A SCHOLARSHIP, WHETHER IT’S A CAREER, SO WE HAVE TO CRAFT THE POLICY THAT RECOGNIZES THE TRAUMA, THAT RECOGNIZES THE VOICE, THAT RECOGNIZES WHAT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN THROUGH YET STILL PROVIDES FOR A FAST FORWARD FOR OUR STUDENTS GIVEN THE FACT THAT WE’VE NEVER STOPPED BEING IN SESSION SO THE POLICY WE’RE INTRODUCING TAKES INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVED WE’VE HEARD FROM STUDENTS, PARENTS, PRINCIPLES, TEACHERS, WE’VE HEARD FROM PROFESSORS, WE’VE HEARD FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS, WE’VE TAKEN ALL OF THAT INPUT INTO CONSIDERATION WITH A POLICY BUT WE REMAIN FOCUSED ON KEEPING OUR STUDENTS LEARNING WHILE TAKING THIS INTO ACCOUNT IN THIS NEW REALITY MR. MAYOR, AS YOU SAID WE’VE DEVELOPED A POLICY THAT KEEPS OUR STUDENTS ON TRACK ESPECIALLY OUR SENIORS WHO ARE ABOUT TO GRADUATE AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE COMMITMENT TO THIS CITY TO SEK RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE OUR SENIORS WE WILL CELEBRATE YOU IT MAY NOT BE IN THE MANNER THAT WE THOUGHT WE HAVE A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THINKING ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DO AND WE’LL SUPPORT THEM AS WELL BUT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE’RE PROUD OF YOU THIS ACCOUNTS FOR THE EXTRA SUPPORT THAT STUDENTS ARE GOING TO NEED AND HELPS US IDENTIFY THOSE STUDENT WHO IS ARE GOING TO NEED THAT EXTRA SUPPORT I FULLY STAND BEHIND THIS POLICY I THIT’S AN ELEGANT WAY TO THREAD THE NEEDLE OF KEEPING STUDENTS ENGAGED WHILE STILL RECOGNIZING THAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS SUFFERED TRAUMA REMEMBER, THAT THIS IS ABOUT RECOGNIZING THE NEEDS AND THE STRENGTHS OF OUR STUDENTS AS WE GO FORWARD THIS POLICY ALSO RECOGNIZES THAT AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF OU STUDENTS ARE BRINGING THE ACUTE TRAUMA THAT COVID-19 HAS WROUGHT FOR THEM IT ALSO TAKES THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT INTO ACCOUNT WHEN ASSESSING STUDENTS AND ENSURING THAT WE HAVE A UNIFORM EQUITABLE SYSTEM ACROSS THE BOARD THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT I HEARD FROM EVERY STAKE HOLDER THAT I’VE ENGAGED WITH IS WE NEED SOMETHING THAT IS CITY WIDE AND THAT IS STANDARD IT MAINTAINS OUR STANDARDS AND REQUIRES STUDENTS TO COMPLETE THE WORK BUT RECOGNIZES AS WELL THAT WE AS EDUCATORS, WE HAVE A SYSTEM, AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND WE MUST BE FLEXIBLE IN HOW WE GO ABOUT THAT WORK OUR TEACHERS AS YOU MENTIONED, MR. MAYOR, ARE OUR EXPERTS IN MEETING STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE AND RESPONDING TO DIFFERENTIATED LEVELS BUT THEY NEED TO KNOW AND THEY NEED TO HAVE THE INFORMATION AT THEIR FINGERTIS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE

THOSE ASSESSMENTS WE’RE PROVIDING AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE TO SCHOOLS IMMEDIATELY AND IF YOU’RE A PARENT OR GUARDIAN REQUESTING, DON’T HESITATE ASK WE’RE HERE TO WALK YOU THROUGH THIS AND WE’RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY THE EXTENT OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS HAS BECOME CLEAR THAT WE NEED TO CLOSE BUILDINGS AND IF YOU REMEMBER MR MAYOR, THIS WAS A DEEPLY PAINFUL BUT NECESSARY DECISION HOWEVER, THROUGH ALL OF THE UPS AND DOWNS OUR FAMILIES AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES HAVE REMAINED RESOLUTE WHILE TACKLING THIS TREMENDOUS UNDERTAKING AS ALWAYS, WE KNOW THAT OUR STUDENTS CAN RISE TO THE OCCASION BUT WE’VE ALREADY SEEN OUR EDUCATORS TAKE THIS ON INTO THE LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN IF AMERICA, ENTERING OUR SIXTH WEEK OF REMOTE LEARNING FOR OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEMS ARE STARTING TODAY SO THIS IS KUDO TO OUR EDUCATORS WHO HAVE MADE THIS HEAVY LEFT I WANT TO CLARIFY ONE DATA POINT YOU ASKED WITH OUR iPAD DISTRIBUTION, WE HAVE NOW SHIPPED 247,000 iPADS, WIFI EQUIPPED iPADS THAT’S I KWEF LENT TO THE ENTIRE SCHOOL SOME OF ATLANTA, SEATTLE, DETROIT AND SAN FRANCISCO COMBINED IS THAT NUMBER 247,000 SO WE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WE’VE DONE, BUT ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE’S MUCH MORE WORK TO DO >> THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE VERY MUCH, CHANCELLOR OKAY WE’LL TURN TO OUR COLLEAGUES OF THE MEDIA, PLEASE REMEMBER TO GIVE ME THE NAMES AND THE OUTLET OF THE MEDIA >> JULIA IS UP FIRST >> GOOD MORNING MR. MAYOR AND CHANCELLOR HOW ARE YOU? >> GOOD, JULIA HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> I’M FINE, THANK YOU I ACTUALLY HAVE A TWO-PART QUESTION FOR YOU REGARDING THE EDUCATION ISSUE THERE HAVE BEEN ABOUT 300 PARENTS ON A ZOOM MEETING I BELIEVE YESTERDAY OR LAST NIGHT THAT WERE OPPOSED TO THIS PROPOSAL THAT YOU’RE MAKING THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT YOU’RE MAKING AND THEY ARE SUPPORTIVE OF THIS MEASURE THAT WOULD ALLOW THE LOWEST GRADE TO BE DROPPED SO THAT STUDENTS CAN GO WITH THE GRADE OF THREE QUARTERS OF THE WORK THAT THEY DID DURING THE YEAR, SO THAT’S QUESTION NUMBER ONE NUMBER TWO, HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH SNOW DAYS? HOW ARE YOU WORKING ON COORDINATING THAT >> >> HELP ME JUST UNDERSTAND THAT QUESTION A LITTLE BIT BETTER WHAT AE SAYING WITH THAT SECOND PART? >> ABOUT SNOW DAYS, ARE THEY GOING TO EXIST ANYMORE OR DO YOU COUNT FOR THEM AT ALL? >> WELL, I’M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND I’LL SEE IF I CAN GET THAT I MEAN, THE — THE NOTION FOR THE FUTURE CERTAINLY EXISTS BUT I THINK THE QUESTION HERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN, YOU KNOW, ONCE YOU BROKE OUT AND IT WAS HORRIBLE TO HAVE TO DO THIS BUT ONCE WE BROKE OUT OF THE TRADITIONAL MODEL OF KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING CHANGED, SO YOU KNOW, WE HAD PHYSICAL SCHOOLS THE WAY THEY WERE OR SOMETHING LIKE A SNOW DAY WOULD BE AN ISSUE BUT EVERYTHING LIKE THAT IS NOW BEEN SUBSUMED BY DISTANCE LEARNING WHEN WE COME BACK IN THE FUTURE WE’LL RESUME THE FOCUS ON EDUCATION AND SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, THE CONCEPT OF SNOW DAYS AND ALL WILL EXIST HOPEFULLY WE WON’T HAVE THE SNOW TO GO WITH IT BUT IT WILL EXIST BUT TO THE FIRST POINT, YOU KNOW, I’LL PASS TO THE CHANCELLOR, BUT JUST SAY, REMEMBER THAT THE WORK DONE IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE SCHOOL YEAR HAPPENED AND IS IN THE BOOKS AND WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT REALLY IS THE SECOND HALF OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WHICH GOT DISRUPTED VERY EARLY ON, THE KIDS CAME BACK JUST WEEKS BEFORE, YOU KNOW, FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR, THEY CAME BACK JUST WEEKS BEFORE THIS ALL HAPPENED AND SO THIS IS ABOUT REALLY ACKNOWLEDGING HOW DISRUPTIVE THIS ALL WAS FOR KIDS AND HOW IT MAKES IT REALLY HARD TO ADJUST AND DO WHAT WE WERE DOING BEFORE WITH NO MODIFICATION WITH SMART PADS AND FLEXIBILITY BUT THAT DOES NOT AFFECT EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN THE BOOKS PREVIOUSLY CHANCELLOR? >> WE’VE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION THAT PARTICULAR QUESTION IT’S IMPORTANT AS THE MAYOR HAS MENTIONED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THREE QUARTERS OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR WERE IN THE BOOKS WHEN WE ADJOURNED TO REMOTE LEARNING SO TEACHERS DO HAVE AN ACADEMIC RECORD OF STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL WHICH IS WHAT I READ INTO THIS QUESTION BECAUSE IT’S MUCH MORE GERMANE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, THERE IS A PROVISION WHICH

IS ALIGNED TO WHAT CUENY DOES WHICH ALLOWS STUDENTS AT THE END OF THIS PERIOD — FIRST OF ALL A STUDENT WON’T GET A FINAL GRADE THAT IS LOWER THAN ANY OF THE GRADES THEY GOT IN ANY ONE OF THE MARKING PERIODS THIS YEAR THAT’S A SAFETY NET FOR OUR STUDENTS BUT SECONDLY, ONCE A STUDENT IS READY FOR A LETTER GRADE, THE STUDENT AND FAMILY HAVE WILL THE OPTION OF EITHER TAKING THE LETTER GRADE OR INSTEAD OPTING FOR A PASS NOW, THE DIFFERENCE IS IS THAT IF THE STUDENT CHOOSES TO KEEP THE LETTER GRADE, THAT GETS FACTORED INTO THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE THE GPA, BUT IF THE STUDENT OPTS TO TAKE A PASS THEN IT DOES NOT IMPACT THE GPA IT JUST SHOWS CREDIT HAS BEEN EARNED SO IT’S ANOTHER FLEXIBILITY AND FLEXIBILITY POINT THAT WE’VE BUILT INTO THIS GRADING POLICY THAT AGAIN RECOGNIZES THE TRAUMA, IT’S ALIGNED TO STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS, AND IT’S ALIGNED TO WHAT THE STUDENT DOES AS WELL SO AGAIN, TRYING TO PROVIDE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF FLEXIBILITY AS POSSIBLE >> KATIE FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS UP NEXT >> I HAD A TWO PART QUESTION IT’S BEEN FOCUSED ON THE STUDENTS TO HAVE SCHOOL YEAR ROUND, IF THERE’S ANY PLAN TO UPDATE THAT PROGRAM AND I GUESS IT WILL CONTINUE REMOTELY AND ADDITIONALLY, WHAT IS THE DEAL WE’RE WORKING ON TO PROVIDE THAT ADDITIONAL NEED TO SUPPORT STUDENTS WHO MAYBE MISSED A LOT OF REMOTE LEARNING OR WILL THEY ENROLL IN SUMMER SCHOOL OR WHAT’S USUALLY ENROLLED >> WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THE SHAPE OF SUMMER AS WE SPEAK WE’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ON THAT SOON IN TERMS OF WHAT SUMMER LEARNING OPTIONS THERE WILL BE WE UNDERSTAND THAT SUMMER AND THE ATMOSPHERE IS A BIG OPEN QUESTION BUT WHAT IS NOT AN OPEN QUESTION IS THAT THE DEAL WE WILL HAVE MORE THAN ONE CONTINGENCY READY, PROBABLY GOING TO SUPPORT KIDS ONLINE AT MINIMUM SO I WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT YOU KNOW, WHEN THE DAY COMES WHEN WE’RE GOING TO FLESH THAT OUT AND SHOW THE EXACT NATURE OF THAT WE WILL PRESENT IT, BUT AS WE SEE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF A SUMMER PLAN ARE BEING PUT TOGETHER BY THE DOE >> THANK YOU, MR MAYOR SO REALLY GOOD QUESTIONS THE GRADING POLICY AND THE FLEXIBILITY WILL APPLY TO ALL STUDENTS AS WE KNOW, STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALTERNATE ASSESSMENTS HAVE DIFFERENT EDUCATION PLANS, IEP SO THAT IS BEING NOTED AND THERE’S OUTREACH TO PARENTS I BELIEVE THOSE PARENTS HAVE A VOICE IN WHAT THAT IEP LOOKS LIKE THAT STARTED ON DAY ONE WHEN WE WENT INTO REMODE LEARNING THAT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY AND AGAIN, THE FOCUS HERE IS TO PROVIDE THE MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY TO STUDENTS AND TO PARENTS THAT RECOGNIZES A TRAUMATIC EVENT THAT WE’RE CURRENTLY IN IT ALSO APPLIES TO OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE IMMIGRANT STUDENTS, STUDENTS WHO ARE MULTILINGUAL LEARNERS SO OUR SCHOOLS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR ADMINISTRATORS ARE FOCUSED ON WHAT THEY’RE BEING SERVED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE THERE ARE MULTIPLE SCENARIOS THAT WE ARE MODELLING ABOUT SUMMER SCHOOL THAT WE ARE WORKING THROUGH ABOUT WHAT SUMMER SCHOOL WILL LOOK LIKE OBVIOUSLY THE MEDICAL ADVICE AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN TERMS OF THIS VIRUS IN THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO HAVE A BIG ROLE TO PLAY IN WHAT SUMMER SCHOOL CAN OR WILL LOOK LIKE WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY CLEAR THOUGH IS THAT THIS GRADING POLICY WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO IDENTIFY STUDENTS THAT NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT, THAT NEED ADDITIONAL ENHITCHMENT THAT NEED ADDITIONAL TIME AND THEN PROVIDE THEM THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY COMPLETE THE GOAL HERE IS NOT TO FAIL STUDENTS I CAN’T THINK OF ANY EDUCATOR THAT SAYS I WANT TO BE A TEACHER BECAUSE I WANT TO FAIL STUDENTS THE GOAL IS TO HAVE STUDENTS MASTER THE SUBJECT MATTER THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE GOAL SO IF SOME STUDENTS NEED MORE TIME, THIS IS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THAT SYSTEM WHERE STUDENTS GET THAT TIME >> HENRY FROM BLOOMBERG IS UP NEXT HENRY >> HELLO, MR MAYOR THERE’S A REPORT IN YAHOO NEWS THAT SAYS THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SUPPORT THE CITY IN A MASSIVE ANTI BODY TESTING PROGRAM AND I’D LIKE TO KNOW WHETHER OR NOT THIS REPORT IS ACCURATE AND IF IT IS, HOW MANY TESTS ARE GOING TO BE CONDUCTED, WHEN WILL IT START, WHO WILL BE TESTED, AND WHAT’S THE INTENT OF THIS PROGRAM? >> SO HENRY, THERE’S BEEN A

NUMBER OF DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE QUESTION OF TESTING TO SAY THE LEAST I HAVE HAD THE CONVERSATION ABOUT TESTING WITH THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT AND A WHOLE RANGE OF THE KEY HEALTH OFFICIALS IN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR WEEKS ON ONE LEVEL WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN DO MORE TESTING OF EVERY KIND, ANTI BODY TESTING WHICH YOU KNOW, HAVE BEEN CLEAR AND OUR HEALTH LEADERSHIP HAS BEEN CLEAR BRINGS SOME REAL VIR CHUS IT HAS TO BE DONE THE RIGHT WAY AND HAS TO BE DONE WITH THE QUALIFICATION THAT IT ISN’T A PERFECT ANSWER BUT — AND OF COURSE, THE PCR TESTING THAT WILL BE THE BACKBONE OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO WITH TESTING AND TRACING THAT’S REALLY THE CENTRAL STRATEGY GOING FORWARD WE NEED FEDERAL HELP TO DO ALL OF THE ABOVE SO WE HAVE BEEN IN REAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW TO DO THAT AND HOW TO EXPAND IT MY HOPE IS WE’LL HAVE SOMETHING MORE TANGIBLE TO SAY IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS BUT THE FACT IS AS WITH ALL THINGS FEDERAL IT’S BEEN THE KIND OF UNEVEN SITUATION I’D LIKE TO GET CLEAR ANSWERS SO WE CAN PRESENT THEM TO THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK CITY AND I’D LIKE TO SEE A LOT OF FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR TESTING HERE IN THE CITY AS SOON AS WE HAVE SOMETHING READY TO GO WE’RE CERTAINLY GOING TO ANNOUNCE IT >> NEXT UP IS MARSHA FROM CBS 2 MARSHA >> HELLO, MAYOR, HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY >> GOOD, HOW ARE YOU >> >> GOOD I’D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE HOMELESS ON THE SUBWAYS I HAVE MULTIPART QUESTION BUT THEY’RE ALL RELATED ANNOUNCING THIS NEW PROGRAM, ARE NOW NOW ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR GETTING THE HOMELESS OFF THE SUBWAYS AND SINCE THE NYPD FLOODED THE END OF LINE STATION AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER WITH COPS AND WORKERS, ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO IT AT THE OTHER END OF LINE STATION? THERE ARE 38 TOTAL I KNOW YOU’RE FOCUSING ON TEN AND I JUST ALSO WAS WONDERING SINCE YOU’VE LEFT ABOUT A BILLION DOLLARS OUT OF YOUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, WILL THAT ADVERSELY AFFECT THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS IN THE CITY BECAUSE THERE WILL BE LESS PLACES FOR THEM TO LIVE? >> THANK YOU, MARSHA APPRECIATE THOSE QUESTIONS THE LAST PIECE, I DON’T THINK — I MEAN, LOOK, WE’RE ALL PAINED THAT WE’VE HAD THE LARGEST AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM IN THE HISTORY OF NEW YORK IT’S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS AND I WANT TO TIP MY CAP TO EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF IT FROM DAY ONE CREATING SUCH AN AGGRESSIVE AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM AND IT’S BEEN CONSISTENTLY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE AND ON BUDGET IT’S BEEN AMAZING IT’S SAD TO HAVE TO DELAY SOME OF THAT IT’S VERY SAD, BUT THAT IS THE BUDGETARY REALITY THAT WE’RE HAVING TO DEAL WITH THAT WAS SOMETHING WE DECIDED WE WOULD JUST GRUDGINGLY HAVE TO MAKE A TOUGH CHOICE ON, BUT IT WILL CONTINUE UNQUESTIONABLY MARSHA, ON THAT PIECE I WOULD SAY IT — LIKE EVERYTHING, THE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING THE BETTER OFF YOU’RE ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN TERMS OF FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS BECAUSE THE SHAPE OF HOMELESSNESS TODAY IN TERMS OF SHELTER HOMELESSNESS IS MORE AND MORE AS WE TALKED ABOUT, IT’S FAMILIES IT’S FAMILIES WHO FOUND ECONOMIC STRUGGLES NOT BECAUSE OF MENTAL HEALTH OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE BUT ECONOMIC PROBLEMS END UP IN SHELTER THE MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING WE BUILD THE MORE YOU CAN ADDRESS THE SHELTER HOMELESS REALITY UNQUESTIONABLY BUT WHEN IT COMES TO STREET HOMELESSNESS WHICH IS A PAINFUL, PAINFUL PROBLEM, VERY PAINFUL AND HISTORIC PROBLEM IN THIS CITY, BUT IT IS A MUCH SMALLER PROBLEM, IT’S A FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE OUTREACH EFFORTS IN RECENT YEARS, THE HOMESTEAD EFFORT, THE SAFE HAVENS THAT WE’VE TALKED ABOUT A LOT, THOSE SMALL ER PLACES WE BRING PEOPLE IN SUPPORTIVE HOUSING WHICH IS AFFORDING HOUSING SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS AND NEED SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE PLACE THEY LI THAT WORK ALL CONTINUES YESTERDAY WE ANNOUNCED THAT ADDITIONAL SAFE HAVEN SPACE HAS BEEN BROUGHT ONLINE RIGHT NOW THE PIECES MOST FOCUSED ON THE HOMELESS ARE CONTINUING UNABATED THE LARGER REALITY OF OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN, SOME OF IT WILL HAVE TO BE DELAYED BUT HERE’S WHAT I WOULD REMIND YOU AND MARSHA, I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BACK AROUND THE HOLIDAYS THAT JOURNEY HOME VISION IS GETTING STREET HOMELESS PEOPLE OFF THE STREET THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ON THE STREET A YEAR, TWO YEARS THREE YEARS, FOUR

YEARS, WE BELIEVE WE CAN CONSISTENTLY GET MORE AND MORE OF THEM OFF THE STREET NOW WE’RE GOING TO BUILD IT OUT AND EN THIS CRISIS I SPOKE TO COMMISSIONER BANKS ABOUT THIS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS WE’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF PERMANENTLY HOMELESS FOLKS COME IN AND ACCEPT THOSE SAFE HAVEN PLACEMENTS SO THAT DOES NOT STOP NOW, ON THE QUESTION ON WHO’S RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMELESSNESS IN THE SUBWAYS, IT’S LIKE OTHER QUESTIONS I’VE BEEN ASKED LATELY WE’RE ALL RESPONSIBLE IT’S ALL OF OUR JOB TO GET THIS DONE THE STATE RUNS THE MTA, CLEARLY STATE HAS A WHOLE LOT OF THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE ALL OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THE MTA WHO NEED TO HELP IN THIS EFFORT THE MTA POLICE, THERE’S LOTS OF PIECES OF THE EQUATION THAT IS RUN BY THE STATE BUT THE CITY HAS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS TOO NYPD IS THE PRIMARY IN THE SUBWAYS THEY’RE DOING MORE AND MORE WORK ON HOMELESS OUTREACH AND TEAMING UP WITH SOCIAL SERVICES AND HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO DO MORE TO HELP HOMELESS PEOPLE GET IN TO SHELTER NYPD HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING AND OF COURSE SOCIAL SERVICES, ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO OUTREACH AS PART OF THE CITY, ALL THE NONPROFITS, I SEE THIS AS A BIG TEAM EFFORT AND A JOINT RESPONSIBILITY WHAT WE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY IS MORE PLACES TO BRING HOMELESS FOLK FROM THE SUBWAY OR THE STREET TO GET THEM OFF THE STREET OUT OF THE SUBWAY PERMANENTLY AND WHAT WE ANNOUNCED IS A VISION THAT WE NEED THE MTA TO HELP US WITH WE’LL DO OUR SHARE WE’LL DEVOTE THE POLICE RESOURCES, WE’LL DEVOTE THE OUTREACH WORKERS, WE’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES BUT WE NEED THE MTA TO AGREE TO THIS PLAN IT’S A COMMON SENSE PLAN HERE’S HOW IT GOES WE GOT TEN KEY STATIONS THEY’RE THE END POINTS OF SUBWAY LINES THAT’S WHERE WE HAVE A PARTICULAR PROBLEM WE ALL KNOW FOR DECADES THERE HAVE BEEN HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THE SUBWAY GOING FROM ONE END OF THE LINE BACK AGAIN, BACK AGAIN, ALL NIGHT LONG, THAT NEEDS TO STOP THE WAY TO STOP THAT IS SUPPORT THOSE PEOPLE AND HELP THEM COME IN AND ACCEPT HOUSING BUT ALSO TO DISRUPT THE PATTERN THE WAY TO DISRUPT THE PATTERN IS BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5:00 A.M., CLOSE THOSE STATIONS DEEP CLEAN THOSE STATIONS, WHICH IS GOOD FOR EVERYONE IN THIS MOMENT HAVE A SHUTTLE BUS THAT TAKES ANY CUSTOMERS WHO NEED TO GET ON THE SUBWAY, TAKE THEM ONE STOP UP TO THE NEXT STATION SO LITERALLY YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 5:00 A.M. ON A SUBWAY SYSTEM THAT’S GOT A SMALL FRACTION OF THE NUMBER OF STRAP HANGERS IT NORMALLY WOULD HAVE SO THAT CAN BE DONE WITH SHUTTLE BUSES WE’LL HELP GET THAT DONE TOO, BUT DEEP CLEAN THE STATIONS AND EVERYONE HAS TO GET OUT OF THE STATIONS INSTEAD OF WHAT’S HAPPENED FOR YEARS AND YEARS THAT A HOMELESS PERSON JUST SITS THERE ON THE TRAIN OR MAYBE GETS OFF THE TRAIN AND GETS RIGHT BACK ON IT AND THEN GOES THE WHOLE WAY BACK, WE WANT TO CREATE A CHANGE WHERE EVERYONE GETS OUT OF THE STATION OUR HOMELESS OUTREACH WORKERS ARE THERE TO ENGAGE AND GET PEOPLE SUPPORT TAKE THEM RIGHT AWAY IF THEY’RE READY TO COME IN TO A SAFE HAVEN AND NYPD IS THERE TO ASSIST AND MAKE SURE WE GET THE HELP TO PEOPLE WE NEED THIS WILL BE A GAME CHANGER WE JUST NEED THE MTA TO SAY YES, IT’S NOT HARD THEY JUST NEED TO SAY YES TO THIS INNOVATION WE’LL DO OUR SHARE AND THEN SOME IT’S CONEY ISLAND, BROOKLYN COLLEGE ON THE 2 AND 5 JAMAICA ON THE F TRAIN, PARSONS, ARCHER ON THE E WORLD TRADE CENTER ON THE E SECOND AVENUE ON THE Q 242nd ON THE 1 TRAIN WAKEFIELD 244th STREET ON THE 2 AND 5 AND WOOD LAWN ON THE 4 TRAIN THE MTA HAS TO SAY YES AND WE CAN TOGETHER DO SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THE SUBWAYS AND GET THE HELP THEY NEED LET’S GET TO WORK ON IT TOGETHER >> SHAUN FROM THE LADY NEWS IS UP NEXT >> THANK YOU, MR MAYOR I GATHER THAT HOMELESSNESS ON THE SUBWAYS IS JUST ONE PIECE OF COMMUTERS RESERVATIONS ABOUT USING THE SUBWAYS DURING CORONAVIRUS THERE’S STILL A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT BEING CLOSE TOGETHER WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL NEW YORKERS TO REASSURE THEM ONCE THE CITY REOPENS THAT THE SUBWAYS ARE SAFE? ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE, GRADUATION TRADITIONAL BEING A TIME WHEN SENIORS MIGHT

INDULGE IN PRANKS WHAT DO YOU SAY IN CONTEMPLATING THAT WHEN THEY WANT TO BLOW OFF SOME STEAM? >> IT DOESN’T SURPRISE ME THAT THAT MOMENT — IT’S A JUBILANT MOMENT WHEN YOU GRADUATE BUT I DON’T — MAYBE I’M MISSING SOME OF THE MOOD BUT I DON’T THINK SO I DON’T GET THE FEELING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE THINKING ABOUT PRANKS RIGHT NOW I THINK EVERYONE IS PRETTY SOBERED BY THIS MOMENT I’VE WATCHED CAREFULLY AS I’VE GONE ALL OVER THE CITY, TALKED TO SO MANY PEOPLE THAT ARE DEEPLY ENGAGED IN THEIR COMMUNITIES I’M NOT GETTING THE IMPRESSION SO FAR THAT YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE SOMEHOW MISSED WHAT A DIFFICULT MOMENT THIS IS I THINK THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, THEY HATE BEING COOPED UP AT HOME, I THINK WHEN THEY GO OUT TO PARKS AND ALL THEY STILL HAVE A TENDENCY TO WANT TO GATHER TOGETHER THAT’S ALL UNDERSTANDABLE AND WE’VE GOT TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND FOR THE SAFETY THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE BUT I’M NOT GETTING THE SENSE OF PRANKS BEING ON PEOPLE’S MINDS BUT SOMETHING WE’LL CERTAINLY KEEP AN EYE ON I THINK THE MESSAGE WOULD BE LEI, YOU KNOW, ANYTHING THAT MIGHT BE UPSETTING TO PEOPLE OR, YOU KNOW, HURTFUL TO PEOPLE AT THIS MOMENT, PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH A LOT PROBABLY NOT A GREAT TIME FOR MOST OF THE THINGS WE THOUGHT WERE PRANKS IN THE PAST ON THE QUESTION OF THE SUBWAYS, LOOK, SHAWN, I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A STEP BY STEP THING WE’RE GOING TO BE REAL CLEAR ABOUT THESE INDICATORS, GO OVER WHEN IT’S TIME TO DO A LITTLE MORE AND A LITTLE MORE BUT WE’RE GOING TO BE CAUTIOUS I THINK THAT’S WHAT THE PEOPLE BELIEVE IS RIGHT AT THIS POINT CAREFUL AND SMART AND REALLY GO BY THE NUMBERS WHICH MEANS I DON’T EXPECT SUBWAY RIDERSHIP TO TURN ON SUDDENLY I EXPECT IT TO BE SLOW AND STEADY IN STAGES I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE FOAL THEIR WAY AND I THINK SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE MORE READY TO GO BACK TO THE SUBWAYS EVENTUALLY I BELIEVE WE’RE NEW YORKERS WE’RE ALL GOING TO COME BACK TO THE SUBWAYS OVERTIME BUT IT WILL BE IN DIRECT CONNECTION TO A COUPLE OF THINGS HOW WE’RE DOING ON THE DISEASE, WHAT IS DONE TO KEEP SHOWING THAT THE SUBWAYS ARE BEING CLEANED REGULARLY AND THAT THERE’S A REAL SENSITIVITY TO THE HEALTH REALITY, YOU KNOW, AND I THINK PEOPLE JUST HAVING A SENSE THAT WHEN THEY WEIGH THE OPTIONS, IT’S THE ONE THAT MAKES SENSE FOR THEM IN THEIR LIVES NEW YORKERS ARE VERY RESILIENT AND I THINK AT FIRST SOME MIGHT BE HESITANT OVERTIME THE CONVENIENCE OF THE SUBWAYS, THE FACT THAT IT’S PART OF OUR CULTURE WILL BRING THE SUPWAY BACK BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT IN STAGES THAT’S THE SMART WAY TO GO >> HI, MR. MAYOR I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT UNDERGROUND THERE’S BEEN RECENT REPORTS THAT THE EFFORTS ARE MORE ORGANIZED AND NOT PERHAPS ROGUE OPERATIONS AS INITIALLY THOUGHT SO I WANTED TO ASK YOU HOW YOU GUYS ARE INVESTIGATING THESE COMPLAINTS AND ALSO WHAT’S THE PROTOCOL IS BECAUSE WE’VE HEARD IN ONE CASE THE NYPD WAS INVESTIGATING, IN ANOTHER WE HEARD THAT CITY HALL WAS RESPONDING DIRECTLY TO SOMEONE’S COMPLAINT SO JUST HOW — HOW ARE YOU GUYS INVESTIGATING IT AND WHAT’S THE LATEST YOU’RE HEARING? BECAUSE INITIALLY CITY HALL KIND OF DISMISSED IT AS THE KIND OF ROGUE TEACHING OPERATIONS >> YEAH, YOU KNOW, I DON’T REMEMBER ANYONE DISMISSING ANY GATHERING HONESTLY I THINK WE WERE VERY, VERY CLEAR AS YOU KNOW, I TALKED ABOUT PUBLICLY WEEKS AND WEEKS AGO I HAD A CONFERENCE CALL OF KEY JEWISH LEADERS AROUND THE CITY AND THERE WAS TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FOR SHUTTING DOWN ALL SORTS OF COMMUNITY GATHERINGS AND I THINK THE LEADERSHIP OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN ABSOLUTELY UNITED IN SAYING ALL OF THAT HAS TO CHANGE AND I’VE SEEN A WHOLE LOT OF ADHERENCE TO THAT THE — WHEN WE SAW SOME SPECIFIC COMPLAINTS ABOUT WHICH WAS IDENTIFIED FROM THE BEGINNING AS A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE TRYING TO CREATE SERVICES, SOME IN THEIR ACTUAL SYNAGOGUES, SMALLER SYNAGOGUES, SOME IN HOMES, MADE VERY CLEAR, I MADE VERY CLEAR AND MY WHOLE TEAM HAS, THAT’S UNAK — UNACCEPTABLE AND THERE WASN’T MUCH THAT NEEDED ENFORCEMENT IN THE END I PUT THAT IN THE SAME CATEGORY AND FOR ANY FAITH, ANY BACKGROUND, NO GATHERINGS WE’RE NOT ALLOWING GATHERINGS NOW SO I’M GOING TO SAY IT TO YOU AND TO ALL YOUR COLLEAGUES SOMEONE GIVE ME AN ADDRESS WE HAD A POINT THE OTHER DAY

RAISED BY ONE OF YOUR COLLEAGUES FROM ONE OF THE JEWISH PUBLICATIONS AND I SAID TO THEM, GIVE ME THE ADDRESS OF THE PROBLEM AND HE GAVE ME THE ADDRESS RIGHT THERE WE SENT NYPD OUT TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM IMMEDIATELY AND TO MAKE CLEAR IT’S UNAK — UNACCEPTABLE IF ANYONE KNOWS ABOUT IT YOU CAN CALL 311, YOU CAN TELL THE NYPD, IT’S ONE COMMON APPROACH IT WILL BE SHUT DOWN, PERIOD >> ALEX IS UP NEXT >> MR. MAYOR, HOW ARE YOU? >> GOOD X ALEX HOW ARE YOU DOING? >> GOOD I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS E T UPN WHAT YOU MEAN BY IN PROGRESS LIKE HOW THAT WILL BE DETERMINED AND LIKE IF YOU’RE A STUDENT WHO IS JUST GETTING AN iPAD THIS WEEK, LIKE, ARE YOU JUST AUTOMATICALLY GOING TO GET AN IN PROGRESS GRADE? AND MY SECOND GRADE IS ABOUT SCREENING, GIVEN THAT OBVIOUSLY GRADES THIS YEAR ARE GOING TO BE VERY DIFFERENT AND ATTENDANCE IS NOT GOING TO BE CONSIDERED IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSION, LIKE WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO TELL SCHOOLS IN TERMS OF HOW THEY CAN SCREEN STUDENTS OR WHETHER THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SCREEN STUDENTS >> GO AHEAD >> SO ON THE QUESTION OF SCREENING AND WITH THE GRADES, THE MAYOR AND I HAVE BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT WE WILL NOT PENALIZE STUDENTS IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM BECAUSE OF CIRCUMSTANCES OUT OF THEIR CONTROL A PANDEMIC IS CERTAINLY A CIRCUMSTANCE OUT OF THEIR CONTROL WE’VE ALREADY SAID WITH ATTENDANCE, SO WITH THE GRADING POLICY WE WILL BE PUTTING FORTH SOME GUIDANCE IN THE COMING WEEKS AROUND WHAT THAT WILL LOOK LIKE IN TERMS OF THE SCREENING AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS AS WELL AS IT PERTAINS TO IN PROGRESS CLASSIFICATION, THAT IS BEING USED FOR STUDENTS WHERE THERE’S JUST NOT ENOUGH INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS TO ASSESS WHERE ARE THEY HAVE THEY MET THE STANDARD OR HAVE THEY NOT YET MET THE STANDARD SO IN PROGRESS KA DENOTE TO THE SYSTEM THAT THESE ARE THE STUDENTS THAT HAVE TO G RIGOROUS ASSESSMENT PROTOCOL TO ASSESS WHERE ARE THEY, WHAT DO THEY NEED IT COULD BE A FACT THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE TECHNOLOGY, IT COULD ALSO BE THAT THEY DID HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY, BUT WERE DEALING WITH A NUMBER OF FAMILY MEMBERS THAT WERE SICK, IT COULD BE THAT SOME OF THESE STUDENTS ESPECIALLY OLDER STUDENTS WERE ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN GROCERY STORES, SO THERE’S A WHOLE MYRIAD OF THINGS THAT COULD AFFECT A TEACHER NOT HAVING ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MAKE AN ASSESSMENT OF THAT STUDENT’S ACADEMIC PROGRESS IN PROGRESS IS SOMETHING THAT GIVES US NOT ONLY A MARKER BUT GIVES THE TEACHER THE ABILITY TO SAY, WE NEED TO DO A DEEPER DIVE WITH THIS PARTICULAR STUDENT >> SYDNEY >> MR. MAYOR, LAST WEEK I ASKED YOU WHY YOU WEREN’T INCLUDING THE ENTIRE BUROUGH OF STATE IN YOUR DAILY INDICATOR COUNT I WONDER IF YOU MIGHT CONSIDER ADDING STATE’S PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO THAT COUNT SO THAT THE ICU PROJECTIONS FROM ALL OF THE FIVE BUROUGHS ARE REPRESENTED AND IF YOU COULD ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT MORE ON WHY YOU AREN’T INCLUDING THE ICU FROM PRIVATE HOSPITALS HAVE YOU TRIED TO DO SO OR HAVE YOU NOT TRIED AT ALL AND I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT THE FERRY THE PAPER REPORTED THAT NYC’S FERRY WILL RETAIN ALL EXISTING FUNDING AND NOT RECEIVE A BUDGET CUT OR FERRY CHANGE WHILE STATE BUDGET WAS CUT IN YOUR FISCAL 2021 BUDGET WONDERING WHY IT WAS CUT AND NOT NYC FERRIES AND DO YOU ANTICIPATE STATE’S FAST ROUTE WILL BE ABLE TO LAUNCH THIS YEAR GIVEN THE FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY THE CITY IS FACING RIGHT NOW >> OKAY ON THE FERRY, ONE, THERE WILL BE CUTS TO NYC FERRY THAT WILL CERTAINLY BE REFLECTED IN THE NEXT PHASE OF THE BUDGET PROCESS TWO, AND OBVIOUSLY IT’S NEVER FUN TO TALK ABOUT ANY CUTS BUT EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO BE CUT WILL BE CUT AS WE DEAL WITH MORE AND MORE CHALLENGES TWO, WE’RE CERTAINLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NEXT PHASES THAT HAD BEEN SCHEDULED FOR THE FERRY EXPANSION STATE WAS A PIECE OF THAT, CONEY ISLAND, THE BRONX, WE’RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THAT IN LIGHT OF EVERYTHING GOING ON SO WE HAVE MORE TO SAY ON THAT AS WELL IN THE BUDGET PROCESS BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE

ON THE ICUs, WHAT I’VE SAID BEFORE THE DATA RELATED TO THE HOSPITALS IS THE DATA THAT IS MOST CONSISTENT AND READILY AVAILABLE FOR US FOR A DAILY TRACKING SYSTEM OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS WE’VE SEEN HIGH LEVELS OF CONSISTENCY BETWEEN THE HEALTH AND HOSPITALS THAN WHAT WE’VE SEEING IN THE REST OF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IT GIVES US A PRETTY CLEAR VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING THROUGHOUT, BUT IT’S MORE READILY AVAILABLE CONSISTENT DATA BECAUSE 56 HOSPITALS OVERALL, VERY DIFFERENT SYSTEMS, VERY DIFFERENT WAYS WITH WHICH WE GET THEIR INFORMATION SO THIS WAS ABOUT KEEPING OUR INDICATOR SYSTEM GOING ON A REGULAR BASIS AND CONSISTENT AND INFORMATIVE WE’LL CHECK FOR SURE TO SEE IF THERE’S ANY DIFFERENCE WHEN WE FACTOR IN NOT JUST THE STATEN ISLAND HOSPITALS BUT IT’S NOT — I THINK YOU SHOULD NOT SEE THIS AS AN EFFORT TO GIVE YOU A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EVERY HOSPITAL THIS IS A CITY WIDE INDICATOR TO DECIDE HOW WE’RE GOING TO APPROACH THE RESTART AND WHAT POINT, WHICH WAY SO LONG AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE IT AS A CONSISTENT ACCURATE CITY WIDE INDICATOR THAT’S WHAT IT’S THERE FOR >> ERIN FROM POLITICO IS NEXT >> WITH REGARD TO THE CUTS TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY UNITS THAT IS GOING TO AFFECT, AND WHAT SPECIFICALLY WERE THE CUTS CHOSEN TO BE MADE IN THIS AREA? >> SO ERIN, WE’LL GET TO MORE DETAIL TODAY AND OBVIOUSLY WE’RE GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH A LOT OF DETAIL OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AS WE GO INTO THE HEART OF THE BUDGET PROCESS CULMINATING IN THE MIDDLE OF JUNE BUT LOOK, FIRST OF ALL, THE LARGER VISION AROUND THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING REMAINS INTACT THIS IS ABOUT SLOWING DOWN SOME INVESTMENTS AND POSTPONING SOME THINGS IT IS NOT TAKING AWAY THE BIGGER VISION AND IT’S A VISION THAT I REALLY AGAIN COMMEND EVERYONE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO NOW WAS PART OF CREATING AND IMPLEMENTING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN BECAUSE IT’S BEEN CONSISTENT AND IT’S REACHED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND ULTIMATELY AS YOU KNOW, THE FULL EXTENT WILL REACH MORE THAN 700,000 NEW YORKERS SO IT’S AN ASTOUNDING INITIATIVE IT WILL KEEP GOING, BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE BUDGET DYNAMICS, WE WERE DEALING WITH SUDDENLY A MASSIVE BUDGET GAP WE WERE DEALING WITH A CASH FLOW CRISIS ON TOP OF THAT ANY TIME THAT YOU BOOK A CAPITAL PROJECT IT HAS RAMIFICATIONS FOR THE BUDGET OBVIOUSLY FOR THE EXPENSE SIDE OF THE BUDGET BECAUSE OF DEBT SERVICE WE HAD TO SLOW DOWN A LOT OF CAPITAL INVESTMENTS JUST TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE WE COULD PAY THE BILLS NOW AND IT’S REALLY — IT’S A HORRIBLE SITUATION, BUT THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO BUT THE PLAN IS INTACT AND IT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FUTURE AGAIN, THE BIG QUESTION IN THE MONTH OF MAY WILL BE THE FEDERAL STIMULUS AND WHAT THAT WILL PLEEN — MEAN FOR EVERYTHING WE’RE DOING I SPOKE WITH SPEAKER PELOSI ON SUNDAY WE HAD A VERY GOOD DETAILED CONVERSATION AND I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER AMAZING LEADERSHIP AND THE NEXT STIMULUS BILL WILL INITIATE IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THAT’S A GOOD THING FOR ALL THE PLACES THAT HAVE BEEN HURT BY COVID-19 BECAUSE I KNOW THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS LISTENING TO ARE REALITY OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN THROUGH SO THE STIMULUS WILL REALLY DETERMINE WHAT WE V GOING FORWARD IT WILL BE TOUGH ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT BUT THE STIMULUS TAKES INTO ACCOUNT WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE, ALL THE COSTS, HUMAN AND OTHERWISE THAT HAS BEEN INFLICTED ON NEW YORK CITY AND ALL THAT’S BEEN LOST, AND INCLUDING FIRST AND FOREMOST THE HUMAN LOST BUT THEN OF COURSE THE HORRIBLE IMPACT ON THE BUDGET THAT’S USED TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO PEOPLE, IF IT’S REALLY, REALLY HEARD AND UNDERSTOOD AND ACTED ON THAT STIMULUS SHOULD BE A LIFESAVER FOR US IF NOT IT’S GOING TO BE IN A TOUGHER SITUATION BUT THAT’S GOING TO REALLY GOVERN EVERYTHING ELSE WE HAVE TO DECIDE IN JUNE >> SO — YOU’RE REALLY QUIET >> SORRY ABOUT THAT >> THERE YOU GO >> SO GOOD MORNING REAL ESTATE IS A MAJOR PART OF THE TAX BASE WHAT’S YOUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE FOR HOMEOWNERS DURING THIS TIME? >> RENT STRIKE IS NOT THE ANSWER,

BUT RELIEF FOR RENTERS IS THE ANSWER SO ONE, I CALLED UPON OUR RENT GUIDELINES BOARD IN THE CITY THIS IS A PIECE WE CAN DO A RENT FREEZE FOR THE YEAR AHEAD IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO GIVEN WHAT TENANTS HAVE GONE THROUGH THE HORRIBLE ECONOMIC SITUATION WE’RE IN BUT THE STATE HAS THE POWER TO TAKE OTHER ACTIONS INCLUDING MOST IMMEDIATELY TO ALLOW RENTERS TO PAY THEIR RENT WITH A SECURITY DEPOSIT WHICH IS THE ITMENT WIN-WIN IT HELPS THE RENTERS AND THE LANDLORDS THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY ACTED ON THIS AND I COMMEND THEM AND I PUT OUT A T AND I SAID AS PROUD NEW YORKERS IT’S HARD TO GET THE WORDS OUT OF OUR MOUTHS WE’RE GOING TO FOLLOW NEW JERSEY BUT WE SHOULD FOLLOW NEW JERSEY ON THIS THE STATE OF NEW YORK SHOULD DO WHAT NEW JERSEY DID AND GIVE THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR RENTERS AND BEYOND THAT, IF YOU HAVE NO MONEY TO PAY THE RENT YOU SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO FOREGO IT AND PAY IT BACK LATER ON THERE SHOULD BE A PAYMENT PLAN SYSTEM AND OF COURSE, TIGHTENING UP OUR ANTI EVICTION RULES TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY CANNOT BE EVICTIONS NOW DURING THE CRISIS AND FOR 60 DAYS AFTER TO PROTECT PEOPLE I THINK GIVEN THAT I KNOW LANDLORDS ARE GOING THROUGH LOT TOO AND AGAIN, THE VAST MAJORITY OF LANDLORDS GO ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS APPROPRIATELY AND FAIRLY THEY NEED OF COURSE SOURCES OF INCOME, BUT WE CAN’T ASK TENANTS WHO DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY, IF THEY DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY, THEY DON’T HAVE ANY MONEY IT’S NOT THEIR FAULT SO FOR THE TENANTS WHO CAN PAY, GREAT KEEP PAYING ON TIME IF YOU CAN’T PAY YOU SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO USE YOUR SECURITY DEPOSIT IF YOU CAN’T PAY AFTER THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO DEFER BUT WITH A PAYMENT PLAN SO AT LEAST THE LANDLORD CAN PLAN ON THAT >> LAST TWO, JEFF FROM “NEW YORK TIMES.” >> GOOD MORNING, MR. MAYOR THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WISHED HE HAD BLOWN THE BUGLE EARLIER ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AND WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN WUHAN PROVINCE DO YOU WISH YOU HAD DONE ANYTHING EARLIER IN RELATION TO DEALING WITH THE PANDEMIC THAT WE’RE EXPERIENCING RIGHT NOW? >> JEFF, LOOK, I RESPECT THE QUESTION I KNOW YOUR PUBLICATION HAS PUT A LOT OF ENERGY INTO LOOKING BACK AND I THINK IT’S AN IMPORTANT ENDEAVOR AND AS A HUMAN BEING YOU KNOW, OF COURSE I THINK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS AND THINK ABOUT WHAT D UNDERSTAND, ALL OF US, WHAT DID WE NOT UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT? BUT I WILL ALSO TELL YOU THAT RIGHT NOW HONESTLY, WE’VE GOT LIVES TO SAVE RIGHT NOW WE’VE GOT EXTRAORDINARILY IMPORTANT DECISIONS TO MAKE RIGHT NOW ABOUT THE FUTURE, ABOUT HOW WE PROTECT PEOPLE AND HOW WE BRING THE CITY FORWARD AND HOW WE FIGURE OUT THE RIGHT KIND OF RESTART I DON’T PERSONALLY PUT A LOT OF TIME INTO DWELLING IN THE PAST WHEN I HAVE PEOPLE TO SERVE AND PROTECT RIGHT NOW I THINK THERE WILL BE A TIME TO REALLY EVALUATE EVERYTHING AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WE CAN LEARN, WHAT IT CAN TELL US FOR THE FUTURE, WHAT WE UNDERSTOOD, WHAT WE DIDN’T, WHAT WE DID RIGHT, WHAT WE DIDN’T THAT TIME WILL CLEARLY COME BUT I’LL TELL YOU ONE THING AND I APPRECIATE, YOU KNOW, THE GOVERNOR I THINK WAS SPEAKING FROM THE HEART AND I APPRECIATE THAT I DO KNOW ONE THING ON JANUARY 24th A GROUP OF US GATHERED AT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND WERE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS VIRUS COMING TO NEW YORK CITY AND I REMEMBER VIVIDLY SAYING IT WAS NOT A MATTER OF IF, BUT WHEN AND THAT THE ABILITY TO PROTECT THE CITY ENDS ON TESTING AND THAT IF WE COULD NOT GET NOT ONLY THE PHYSICAL TEST BUT THE AUTHORITY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PERFORM OUR OWN TESTS OUR CITY WAS IN DANGER REMEMBER THE WEEKS AND WEEKS WHERE WE PLEADED JUST TO BE ABLE TO DO TESTS LOCALLY REMEMBER ALL THAT LONG STRETCH OF TIME WHERE EVERY TEST HAD TO BE SENT TO ATLANTA? I MEAN, WHEN YOU LOOK BACK, THERE WILL BE PLENTY TO DISCUSS ABOUT EVERYONE’S ROLE BUT THE CENTRAL ISSUE HERE, THE ORIGINAL SIN HERE IS THE QUESTION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ROLE IN TESTING BECAUSE WE HAD A CHANCE IN THIS CITY TO CONTAIN THIS HAD WE BEEN ABLE TO SEE IT WE COULDN’T SEE IT WITHOUT TESTING BUT AGAIN, WE’LL ANALYZE AND EVERY ONE OF US, YOU KNOW, IF YOU’RE A HUMAN BEING WITH A HEART AND SOUL, YOU’RE THINKING ALL THE TIME, NOT ONLY WHAT WAS BUT EVERY SINGLE HOUR OF THE DAY, AM I DOING THE RIGHT THING WITH THE INFORMATION I HAVE, AM I MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR MY PEOPLE AND WHAT I’M CRYSTAL CLEAR ABOUT IS IT’S ABOUT HEFLT

AND SAFETY THAT IS WHAT LEADS CHOICES AND I STILL — I STILL AM FRUSTRATED THAT KNOWING THAT THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT MY PEOPLE WOULD BE MAXIMUM TESTING, EVEN THIS MORNING AS I SPEAK TO YOU, I DO NOT HAVE THE COOPERATION I NEED FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DO THAT SO IMAGINE JANUARY 24th, FEBRUARY, MARCH, NOW ALMOST ALL OF APRIL AFTER THE SAME EXACT QUESTION, MAKING THE SAME EXACT DEMANDS AND STILL WE’RE NOT GETTING THE HELP WE NEED THAT’S THE BIG STORY HERE AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO STOP FIGHTING UNTIL WE GET IT >> LAST QUESTION GOES TO GLORIA >> THANK YOU I JUST WANTED TO SEE IF — I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS IF IT WAS POSSIBLE TO GET SOME CLARITY ON THE SUMMER SCHOOL ASPECT OF THIS I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU’RE STILL WORKING OUT HOW YOU’RE GOING TO DO SUMMER SCHOOL OR IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, BUT HOW DO YOU DETERMINE HOW YOU’RE — WITH THE — MY POINT BEING WITH THE GRADES CHANGES, HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO GO TO SUMMER SCHOOL? AND THEN MR MAYOR, I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT THE SUBWAY ANNOUNCEMENT SOME OF THE ADVOCATES HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE PROVIDED THE 200 ADDITIONAL SUPPORT BEDS, THE SAFE HAVEN BEDS, THE CITY — THE HOTEL ROOMS THAT iEAR PROVIDING FOR PEOPLE AND THERE ISN’T ENOUGH BEING DONE TO PROVIDE PEOPLE A SAFE OPTION TO TAKE SHELTER IN OBVIOUSLY WITH THE SHELTERS NOT BEING IDEAL RIGHT NOW WITH THE PANDEMIC SO CAN YOU JUST TALK ABOUT THAT? >> YEAH LET’S DO THIS LET ME START ON THE SUMMER SCHOOL, PASS TO THE CHANCELLOR TO ADD AND THEN I’LL COME BACK AND FINISH UP ON THE SUBWAY QUESTION SO ON SUMMER SCHOOL, GLORIA, FIRST THING I WANT TO SAY IS, IT’S HARD I THINK FOR ALL OF US WHO ARE USED TO, YOU KNOW, A SCHOOL BUILDING AND A SCHOOL YEAR IN THE TRADITIONAL SENSE AND SO SUMMER SCHOOL, WE ALL — I THINK THE THING A LOT OF US WE’RE USED TO IS A RELATIVELY FEW KIDS NEEDED THAT EXTRA INSTRUCTION AND THEY WENT THROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL AND THEY WERE USUALLY NOT TOO HAPPY ABOUT IT BUT IT WAS NOT WHAT MOST KIDS EXPERIENCED ONLINE LEARNING HAS CHANGED THE WHOLE REALITY AND THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS YOU CANNOT DO AS WELL BUT ONE THING IT IS GOOD FOR, IT’S VERY FLEXIBLE AND FOR KIDS WHO VERY SADLY HAVE TO BE INDOORS A LOT OF THE DAY NOW IT’S AN OPTION THAT THEY CAN GO MUCH MORE DEEPLY INTO AND THEY CAN DO IT, YOU KNOW, AT THEIR OWN PACE IN THE ABILITY TO REACH KIDS IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS AND I THINK YOU DON’T HAVE — AND THIS IS WHAT I’LL PASS TO RICHARD AND SAY I DON’T THINK IT’S THAT KIND OF BINARY, OH, THESE KIDS DON’T NEED SUMMER SCHOOL AND THESE DO NEED SUMMER SCHOOL WE HAVE A MUCH BIGGER SET OF KIDS WHO ARE GOING TO NEED SOME MORE HELP BECAUSE OF THE DISRUPTION THEY WENT TO, THE TRAUMA THEY WENT TO, THEY DIDN’T YET HAVE THE iPAD, WHATEVER IT IS, I THINK IT WILL STRETCH OUT INTO THE SUMMER THERE’S GOING TO BE DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR PARENTS BUT I THINK ONE THING WE CAN ASSUME IS A LOT OF KIDS ARE GOING TO ENGAGE SUMMER LEARNING SOME ARE GOING TO ENGAGE SUMMER LEARNING NOT BECAUSE THEY’RE IN A DEFICIT BUT BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE MUCH TO DO AND IT MIGHT BE A TIME TO LEARN MORE AND GET AHEAD OF THINGS >> SO ADDING TO WHAT YOU SAID, MR. MAYOR, I THINK THAT IS ABSOLUTELY ON TRACK IT’S MORE OF A CONTINUUM RATHER THAN THE COMPARTMENT TALLIZED WAY WE THINK OF SCHOOL THIS IS GOING TO BE MUCH MORE OF A CONTINUUM BUT PERHAPS TO PUT THIS IN CONTEXT, EVERY GRADE LEVEL AND EVERY COURSE AT THE SECONDARY LEVEL, THERE ARE STANDARDS IN OTHER WORDS, THERE IS A BODY OF KNOWLEDGE THAT STUDENTS MUST DEMONSTRATE MASTERY OF TO SAY THEY’VE COMPLETED THE THIRD GRADE, THEY’VE COMPLETED THE SIXTH GRADE, ET CETERA SO THE IN PROGRESS CLASSIFICATION AS I SAID IS REALLY AN INDICATOR THAT THE TEACHER IS SAYING I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE YET OF WHETHER OR NOT TSENTS ACL MARSERRED THIS BODY OF KNOWLEDGE NOW, THAT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHATEVER THE

STUDENT HAS NOT MASTERED OR WHATEVER INFORMATION THE TEACHER DOES NOT HAVE THEN BECOMES THE LEARNING PLAN THAT STUDENTS CARRY ON THROUGH THE SUMMER THE DIFFICULTY THAT WE’VE HAD IN THE PAST IS THAT NOT HAVING THIS KIND OF REMOTE LEARNING ACROSS THE SYSTEM AND THE TECHNOLOGY GAP, THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE DURING THIS PANDEMIC IS THAT WE ARE CLOSING THAT DIGITAL DIVIDE WE’RE CLOSING THAT TECHNOLOGICAL DIVIDE OUR TEACHERS WHO I GIVE TREMENDOUS CREDIT TO HAVE BEEN BUILDING THEIR CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE INSTRUCTION IN VERY DIFFERENT WAYS THAN WE DID SEVEN WEEKS AGO THAT’S NOT GOING TO STOP AFTER THIS PANDEMIC IS OVER WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO BUILD ON THAT CAPACITY SO THAT WE ARE AS THE MAYOR HAS SAID, PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES 24/7 TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND AND CONTINUE TO MASTER THE STANDARDS THAT’S GOING TO BE THE CORNER STONE OF — THAT IS THE CORNER STONE OF WHAT WE’RE PLANNING FOR SUMMER AND WHAT SUMMER LEARNING LOOKS LIKE THE NUTS AND BOLTS ABOUT THE WHO, WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE, THOSE ARE THE MODELS THAT WE’RE WORKING THROUGH BASED ON WHAT THE MEDICAL ADVICE AND MEDICAL SITUATION AT THE TIME IS >> THANK YOU, RICHARD SO GLORIA, TO YOUR OTHER QUESTION OKAY FIRST OF ALL, THE WORK WE’RE DOING TO HELP THE HOMELESS, AS I SAID, IT WAS REALLY NOT THAT LONG AGO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT DECEMBER WHEN WE ANNOUNCED THE JOURNEY HOME VISION THIS IS THE MOST AUDACIOUS AMBITIOUS EFFORT IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY TO END PERMANENT STREET HOMELESSNESS AND THE REASON WE ANNOUNCED IT THEN WAS THAT WE HAD SEEN FOR THREE YEARS PROGRESS IN FINALLY FIGURING OUT WHAT IT TOOK TO GET SOMEONE OFF THE STREET HOW MUCH WORK IT TOOK AND THE FACT THAT IT COULD BE DONE AND AS I SAID, I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO HEAR FROM COMMISSIONER BANKS THAT EVEN IN THE MONTHS OF MARCH AND APRIL WE’VE SEEN SUCCESS GETTING PEOPLE TO COME IN OFF THE STREET AND STAY OFF THE STREET BECAUSE OF OUR AMAZING OUTREACH WORKERS THAT EFFORT IS GOING TO CONTINUE BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THE OUTREACH WORKERS REPORT BACK IS THEY NEED MORE SAFE HAVEN OFFICERS AND THAT’S WHAT WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO AND THE 200 BEDS IS A CRUCIAL PIECE OF THE EQUATION THE RIGHT SAFE HAVEN BEDS IN THE RIGHT PLACE IS THE WAY TO GET SOMEONE OFF THE STREET YOU GET THEM THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES, WHATEVER IT IS THEY NEED, A LOT OF CASES THAT PERSON NEVER GOES BACK TO THE STREETS AGAIN THAT’S WHAT WE’RE HERE TO DO SO THIS IS CRUCIAL TO THE BIG EQUATION BUT FOR THE OTHER POINTS YOU’RE RAISING, THE SHELTER SYSTEM NOW IS BEING CONSTANTLY REDUCED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS SAFE ANY TIME WE NEED TO REMOVE PEOPLE FROM SHELTER, WE WILL AND THAT’S WHAT WE SAID WE WILL MAKE AS MANY HOTEL BEDS AVAILABLE AS NEEDED ANY SHELTER THAT NEEDS MORE SOCIAL DISTANCING, HAS ANY CHALLENGE THAT REQUIRES MORE ACCESS TO HOTEL BEDS, THEY WILL BE THERE, PERIOD AND THERE’S A CONSTANT REVIEW BEING DONE TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY TIME THAT’S NEEDED IT’S ACTED ON RIGHT AWAY BUT WHAT COMMISSIONER BANKS HAS SAID AS WELL IS THAT WE’VE GOT TO REMEMBER A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE IN SHELTER, NEED TREMENDOUS SUPPORT THE CORONAVIRUS IS ONE CHALLENGE, A LOT OF THEM HAVE SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND OTHER ISSUES THAT REQUIRE A SUPPORT STRUCTURE IN PLACE AND NOT ALL OF THAT CAN EASILY BE TRANSFERRED TO A HOTEL SO WE’RE TRYING TO STRIKE THAT BALANCE, MAKING SURE WE DON’T, YOU KNOW, SOLVE ONE PROBLEM, CREATE ANOTHER PROBLEM, FIGURE OUT WHAT’S THE RIGHT NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT SHOULD BE IN ANY SHELTER AND ANYBODY — ANYBODY BEYOND THAT TE PEOPLE GO TO HOTELS SO RIGHT NOW WE REACHED THAT MARK WE TALKED ABOUT OF 6,000 PEOPLE WHO — 6,000 HOMELESS FOLKS IN HOTEL SETTINGS WE’RE GOING TO BE ADDING ANOTHER THOUSAND THIS WEEK GOING OUT OF SHELTER IN HOTEL WE WILL KEEP ADDING TO THAT NUMBER BUT IT’S NOT LIKE AN ABSTRACT NUMBER IT’S ACCORDING TO THE MEDICAL NEEDS OF FOLKS, THE SOCIAL DISTANCING NEEDS AND WHAT’S GOING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE THE BEST IS IT TO BE MOVED TO HOTELS OR TO STAY IN A SHELTER BUT IN MANY CASES REDUCING THE POPULATION IN THAT SHELTER SO BOTTOM LINE IS, WHATEVER IT TAKES WE ARE GOING TO DO WE HAVE NO LACK OF HOTEL ROOMS WE KNOW WE’RE DOING THE RIGHT THING TO PUT SOMEONE IN A HOTEL ROOM WE’RE GOING TO DO IT LET ME CLOSE US UP TODAY WITH JUST A POINT ABOUT YOU KNOW, WHERE WE STARTED TODAY WAS ABOUT WHAT WE OWE OUR KIDS TODAY WAS A DAY TO RECOGNIZE WHAT OUR KIDS HAVE GONE THROUGH AND HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO BE THERE FOR THEM EVERY ADU WITH A CHILD IN YOUR LIFE, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU’RE TH FOR THEM ALL THE TIME PARENTS, AUNTS,

UNCLES, GUARDIANS, GRANDPARENTS, YOU KNOW, SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE IS BEING THERE FOR THE CHILDREN YOU LOVE AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF KIDS AND ALL SORTS OF OTHER SETTINGS AS WELL PEOPLE WHO — THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND THE FOLKS IN FOSTER CARE AND EVERYONE WHO HELPS KIDS IN THE COURTS, OUR EDUCATORS ALL FEEL THAT PASSION FOR PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN, HELPING OUR CHILDREN AND WE OWE OUR KIDS REAL UNDERSTANDING AND SENSITIVITY AND LOVE IN THIS MOMENT THEY’RE GOING THROUGH BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT WE OWE THIS WHOLE CITY RIGHT NOW AND I CAN TELL YOU WHAT I’M COMMITTED TO AND THE WHOLE TEAM HERE AT CITY HALL AND IN THE CITY GOVERNMENT WE’RE COMMITTED TO PROTECTING YOU, WE’RE COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THAT THE TESTING THAT WE NEED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS TESTING TO HAPPEN IN THIS CITY WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE TRACED IF SOMEONE TESTS POSITIVE WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THERE ARE HOTEL ROOMS AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE ISOLATED WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO YOU TO BUILD THE BIGGEST TESTING AND TRACING APPARATUS THIS CITY HAS EVER KNOWN, SOMETHING NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE BUT WE’RE GOING TO DO IT BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT WE DO HERE IN NEW YORK CITY WE CREATE THINGS THAT HAS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE AND WE’RE GOING TO RESTART THE CITY WE’RE GOING TO DO IT IN A SMART WAY, IN A WAY THAT’S BASED ON THE FACTS AND THE SCIENCE, BUT WE ARE GOING TO RESTART THE LAST THING I’LL SAY IS TO REMEMBER WHY THIS CITY IS THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD IT’S BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE BUILDINGS ARE GREAT LOVE THE BUILDINGS THE CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, THAT’S WONDERFUL BUT IT’S YOU THAT MAKES THIS THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD YOUR STRENGTH, YOUR CREATIVITY, YOUR ENTREPRENEUR SHIP ALL OF THAT IS GOING TO BE CALLED UPON NOW SO WE IN LEADERSHIP OWE IT TO YOU TO BUILD THE FRAME WORK TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND BRING US BACK AND ALSO WE OWE IT TO YOU TO UNLEASH ALL THAT YOU DO, ALL THAT YOU’RE CAPABLE OF BECAUSE WHEN ALL THAT ENERGY AND PASSION AND ABILITY AND CREATIVITY COMES TO THE FORE, THE CITY WILL COME BACK, WILL IT COME BACK STRONG AND WILL EVEN COME BACK BETTER BECAUSE IT WILL ADDRESS SOME OF THE VERY CONTRADICTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN LAID BY THIS CRISIS I DON’T HAVE A QUESTION IN MY MIND OF THE FACT THAT THIS CITY IS CAPABLE OF A GREAT AND STRONG COMEBACK WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU THE FOUNDATION SO YOU CAN PAINT THAT PICTURE, BUILD THAT STORY FOR THE AGES, SOMETHING GREAT WILL HAPPEN IN NEW YORK CITY AND YOU WILL BE A PART OF IT AND YOU WILL BE THE ARCHITECTS OF IT IN THE MONTHS TO COME THANK YOU, EVERYBODY