De Blasio Seeks and Receives Advice From New Yorkers

NEW YORK (AP) -
Suggestions for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio are on display Sunday in a transition tent in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)
Suggestions for mayor-elect Bill de Blasio are on display Sunday in a transition tent in Manhattan. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)

New Yorkers are offering mayor-elect Bill de Blasio their opinions on everything from schools and health care to making food more affordable as part of a two-week initiative to confront issues affecting the city.

The “Talking Transition” initiative is sponsored by 10 philanthropic foundations and is located in a 15,000-square-foot tent set up in lower Manhattan that has a message wall for residents to post sticky notes and computers to register their thoughts electronically.

Taireina Gilbert, a member of Farm School NYC, which teaches people to plant their own produce to save money on food costs, wrote a sticky note that read: “Support for small community-owned business!”

“If people can’t afford to make a way for themselves, then they stay stuck in their cycle of poverty,” Gilbert said. “And that affects the city as a whole.”

Other stickers read, “Subway stations should not look like horror films” and “Continue to foster new development.”