Ida, Vision Zero among topics tied to NYC mayor’s annual report, which lays out successes and shortcomings –

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a media availability at City Hall on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration on Friday released its annual report that details city government’s performance over the past fiscal year.
The Mayor’s Management Report covers from July 1, 2020 to June 30 of this year, and shares 2,000 indicators from 45 city agencies that offer a look at how government functioned in the past year.
On Monday, the mayor took questions during his morning media briefing about some of the shortcomings outlined in the report, including the Department of Environmental Protection’s efforts to address sewer complaints when compared to last year and how it relates to flooding in storms like Hurricane Ida.
“What happened with Ida was absolutely terrifying in terms of the amount of water that fell in a short period of time, far beyond anything either projected or ever experienced. And even with perfectly functioning sewers, it was going to overwhelm the sewer system,” de Blasio said.
The mayor’s report, the last in his time in office, also showed a decrease in the NYPD’s traffic violation enforcements — a key focus of the de Blasio administration has been the Vision Zero initiative meant to reduce traffic fatalities.
For specifics on why there were shortcomings in some categories, the mayor pointed to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its effects on the city, including on the NYPD.
“For the six years before COVID, we know that very aggressive enforcement by the NYPD played a crucial role on failure to yield, on speeding, it was a crucial element of Vision Zero,” he said. “We need to reorient to get us back to the strong levels of enforcement that we had before, but I would be very clear, NYPD was pulled in a variety of directions, trying to deal with a global pandemic.”
On Thursday, ahead of the report’s Friday release, the mayor touted some of the successes laid out, including the city’s highest-ever graduation rate, 200,000 built or preserved affordable homes, and 500 miles of new bike lanes around the city.
“Undoubtedly, like every report, you’re going to find some things that we feel great about, and other things that we have to do a lot more work on,” the mayor said. “What it does prove is the ability of this city to move forward and do great things.”
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