Sarah Jessica Parker joins business leaders who have had it with de Blasio
Even Carrie Bradshaw has had it with Bill de Blasio!
“Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker, who started her own SJP shoe and accessories business in New York, joined the list of dozens of top business executives beseeching Gotham’s elected leaders to up their efforts to bolster the coronavirus recovery and tackle mounting qualify of life concerns.
But this time, the bold-face business names sent their letter on Friday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo — as well as Mayor de Blasio — after receiving the brushoff from Hizzoner last week.
“As the first place in America to be struck hard by the coronavirus and the first to successfully manage its containment, New York should step up to chart the course for recovery of urban centers everywhere,” the letter from the Partnership for New York City says.
“We urge you to convene a multi-sector leadership initiative, which can call upon the broadest possible range of resources and expertise to develop plans, policies and implementation strategies for how cities will overcome the challenges created by the pandemic and re-emerge stronger, fairer and more resilient than ever.”
The Partnership’s call for an economic planning task force was also signed dozens of top city businesses leaders and some of Gotham’s wealthiest families, including mega-investor James Tisch; Goldman Sachs boss (and moonlighting DJ) David Solomon; Douglas Durst, the CEO of the Durst Organization; Joshua Tishman, the vice-chairman of AECOM and Tishman Realty; Joshua Silverman, the CEO of beloved crafts website Etsy; Josh Zimmer, the cofounder of ride-hail giant Lyft; and John McAvoy, the chairman of ConEd.
Robert Thomson, the CEO of The Post’s parent company News Corp., also signed on.
“By all measures, New York City was at the peak of its economic powers on March 1, 2020, when the first coronavirus case was diagnosed,” the letter says, citing a report it commissioned that estimated New York and its suburbs have lost as many as one million jobs to the pandemic. “Economic losses, like health impacts, will be most profoundly felt by low wage workers and in communities of color.”
This is the third letter sent by the Partnership for New York City in the last two weeks.
The first, sent last week, called on the Big Apple’s Marx-quoting mayor to tackle mounting quality of life issues which the top business executives said could stunt the Big Apple’s coronavirus recovery — but were blown off by de Blasio.
Their second letter, sent Tuesday, called on President Trump to support a federal aid package for city and state governments and transit agencies across the country, warning that municipal layoffs and massive cuts to train and bus schedules would harm the nation’s economic recovery.
It’s unclear what if any impact the Partnership’s proposal planning committee would have.
De Blasio commissioned a slew of his task forces to examine the city’s coronavirus response in the spring — only to largely ignore the recommendations submitted by transit experts and his top former economic development and city planning advisors.
City Hall and Cuomo’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Additional reporting by Julia Marsh
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