Mayor Adams Responds To President Biden’s 2024 State Of The Union Address

March 8, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams tonight released the following statement after President Joe Biden delivered his 2024 State of the Union address:

“President Biden’s State of the Union address rightly focused on the working-class, blue-collar people that make our nation so strong. Just like in New York City, working-class people are the ones who have built our country from the ground up, and our future depends on an agenda that builds them up too.

“I am glad to hear the president remind us of how far our nation’s economy has come in the last three years — helping to grow jobs to historic levels, including here in New York City, where, just today, we learned we’ve hit another record-high job total in our city’s history. The president inherited an economy on the brink, but, like our administration, helped lead us out of COVID and prioritized safely reopening the economy to get people back to work. And he wants to invest in child care, paid family leave, and other vital programs that will help support New Yorkers and other working-class families nationwide.

“I was glad to hear President Biden talk about his bold plans to curb our nation’s housing crisis. We know all too well that New Yorkers need relief from this crisis, and they need it now. That is why our administration is fighting so hard for Albany to deliver new tools to help us create new housing and why we are advancing our historic ’City of Yes for Housing Opportunity’ proposal here in New York City to build a little more housing in every neighborhood.

“Finally, I was glad to hear the president recognize the need to tackle the border crisis and finally pass long-overdue, comprehensive immigration reform. We face a once-in-a-generation national humanitarian crisis, but far-right Republicans have chosen to politicize this issue and block bipartisan legislation just because we are in an election year. In recent weeks, I have been encouraged to hear that the president is heeding our call and considering taking executive action to manage our broken immigration system. I am hopeful that any action provides cities with federal funding to cover the costs of this crisis, expedited work authorizations for migrants, and a nationwide resettlement strategy so that a handful of cities are not handling an influx of asylum seekers on their own.

“In the years to come, our administration looks forward to continuing to work with the Biden-Harris administration to deliver greater public safety, continued growth for our economy, and a city and country that is more livable for all.”

Photo credit: HWM.

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