Join The Fight
The Midtown BID Coalition is a partnership of seven Manhattan BIDs, including the East Midtown Partnership, Fifth Avenue Association, Garment District Alliance, Grand Central Partnership, Hudson Yards Hell's Kitchen Alliance, Madison Avenue BID and the Times Square Alliance, advocating for safer streets and for robust resources to connect individuals in crisis with the services they need.
The Midtown BID Coalition stands with Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams: we support their vision for a safe city, one where we provide services to those in crisis while making clear that crime will not be tolerated.
The Midtown BID Coalition's five-point plan is a balanced solution to the public space challenges we face in our city. Governor Hochul's recently released Public Safety Plan, which hopefully will be included in the new State budget, incorporates many of our points and will not only benefit Midtown — whether you are a resident, business owner, a commuter from the other boroughs, a tourist, or an individual experiencing homelessness — but all of New York City:
1. Increase Supportive Housing: Allocate State resources to develop an effective assessment process and increased housing capacity so that individuals in crisis can be quickly provided with appropriate supportive settings.
2. Adequately Fund City & State Services for the Mentally Ill: Increase state funding for psychiatric beds in accordance with fair share principles and community engagement, and for proactive outreach services with the ability to place those in need in an institutional setting. Develop a new model for drug dependency treatment that includes a mandatory placement component for individuals endangering themselves and others that is not solely reliant upon providing free methadone, needles, and injection sites.
3. Discharge Planning for the Incarcerated: Work with the State parole system to develop and fully fund an informed re-entry plan for those being released from incarceration and foster care beyond just dropping them into the homeless shelter system.
4. Judicial Discretion: Provide judges with more flexible guidelines that reflect standards of social justice and practical impact when dealing with repeat offenders and individuals who have an established record of being a threat to the community. Revisit discovery rules to adequately protect victims and witnesses.
5. Support the Return of Tourism: Increase State funding for tourism promotions to market New York City as a post-pandemic travel destination. Connect New York City and New York State educational institutions like CUNY and SUNY with industry partners to create a tourism jobs pipeline.
Without public safety and order, New York City will not regain the economic and cultural vibrancy vital to its recovery. We encourage you to write to Speaker Carl E. Heastie and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to ensure a safer New York and a strong path towards recovery.
Midtown BIDs Band Together to Advocate for Crime Prevention, April 20, 2022
City & State New York, June 3, 2022
Good Day New York, WNYW-NY (FOX), April 19, 2022, featuring Midtown BID Coalition
New York Post, April 6, 2022
AM 970, April 8, 2022
New York Post, April 8, 2022
WABC-AM, March 31, 2022
Politico, March 25, 2022