New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito listen to Sam Morse, owner of Southside Design and Building, as they tour his shop at the Greenpoint Manufacturing & Design Center in the Greenpoint section of the borough of Brooklyn in New York, on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2015. (Todd Maisel/The Daily News via AP)

I came into office determined to use every tool available to a Mayor of New York to fight the inequality that is threatening the city I love. There’s still much more to do, but New Yorkers should be proud that we have taken big steps forward.
Our city is now measurably fairer. By the end of the first two years of our administration, the share of New Yorkers living in or near poverty fell almost two percent. We now have the lowest share of New Yorkers living at or near poverty since the Great Recession.
This did not happen by accident. It was the result of choices we made every day. We chose working families over corporations. We chose seniors over developers. We chose neighborhoods over hedge fund billionaires. The income inequality that has been strangling us is the result of choices made by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent. We …
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