Mayor wants to spend $10 billion to create jobs
Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out a plan for creating jobs that includes a slew of new spending, even as the city steep record deficits.
In his eighth state of the city address, delivered at Brooklyn College, Bloomberg is proposing $10 billion in public works spending, including a new police precinct in Staten Island, a $100 million renovation of the Hunts Point produce terminal and a new beer distribution facility in Red Hook.
Bloomberg also proposed surveillance cameras in high-crime areas, special police monitoring of the top 12 quality of life offenders in each borough and a host of new restrictions against gun dealers.
Bloomberg also vowed to enact legislation to require existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, which he said would be the nations first such law.
"The city will create its own green jobs by investing 900 million over the next nine years to retrofit city schools, hospitals, and other buildings with new energy systems. That work will support 1,000 jobs in the construction industry, save tax taxpayers money and help us meet our goal of reducing city govt's carbon footprint 30 percent by 2017."