For Immediate Release
For a Just Recovery in NYC, Eric Adams must stand with Workers and Environmental Justice Communities
New York — Today, ALIGN, an influential advocacy group that brings together labor unions, community organizations, and environmental justice groups across New York, released a response to the official Mayoral election results, electing Eric Adams as the next Mayor of New York City.
“The election of Eric Adams as the next Mayor of New York City presents an opportunity for our communities to stand together and prioritize a just recovery for all New Yorkers. The same working class communities that have been affected by climate change, racial injustice, and the pandemic elected Eric Adams as our next Mayor. He has an opportunity to do justice for those communities by aggressively investing in climate infrastructure and green career jobs programs, protecting the livelihoods of workers and their families, and prioritizing an equitable recovery for the frontline Black and brown communities that have been devastated by the climate crisis and the pandemic. We are looking forward to working with Eric Adams to realize a more just and equitable New York City, ” said Maritza Silva-Farrell, Executive Director of ALIGN.
“Last week marked nine years after Superstorm Sandy, and New Yorkers continue facing the devastating effects of our climate crisis: Record-breaking storms, floods, heatwaves, and pollution that are destroying our communities. We urge Eric Adams to continue Mayor de Blasio’s critical investments in climate and jobs policy, including a strong implementation of Local Law 97, New York City’s groundbreaking law that will cut building emissions and create thousands of green jobs. The City has already paved the way for Eric Adams by committing to investing in energy efficiency upgrades in our buildings. We urge Eric Adams to use those funds to begin installing solar and HVAC air control systems schools, prioritizing black and brown communities that will thrive in green, healthy schools,” said Silva-Farrell.