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Mayor Adams Paints Himself a Hero While NYC Students Brace for Next Climate Disaster

New York, NY – In response to Mayor Adams’ State of the City address, ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York, released the following statement:

“Today, Mayor Adams painted himself a hero for restoring cuts he made, fixing crises he inflated, and keeping New Yorkers safe. But Adams isn’t saving us; the state of our city is one unprepared for the next climate disaster and still recovering from the last, while low-income, Black, brown, and immigrant communities continue to bear the brunt of the climate crisis. What NYC needs now is investment in our future. If Mayor Adams wants to #GetStuffBuilt, he can start by making our schools sustainable learning environments,” said Theodore A. Moore, ALIGN Executive Director

“Green, Healthy Schools can be part of the solution to the city’s budget woes. By electrifying and upgrading 500 public schools by 2030 and making our school district emissions-free by 2040, we can save the city millions in annual utility costs, create thousands of family-sustaining green union jobs, meet the mandates of our climate laws, and ensure that students, teachers, and staff can breathe clean air and attend school safely. We must also make sure that past climate victories aren’t weakened under Adams’ watch; Local Law 97 and Commercial Waste Zones were historic, nation-leading wins that must be fully funded and implemented to protect New York’s clean future. Mayor Adams, make good on your promise of a thriving city and ensure New Yorkers have a safe and healthy NYC.”


ALIGN (Alliance for a Greater New York) brings together labor, climate, and community organizations for a more just, sustainable New York. Working at the intersection of economic and climate justice, ALIGN builds coalitions with those most impacted and uplifts worker and community voices to fight for dignity in the workplace and a just path to a renewable energy economy for all. 

Read more about ALIGN’s 2024 Labor & Climate Agenda.