Every night this week, NY1 is taking a look at where the mayoral candidates stand on some of the big issues facing the city. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report on their plans for jobs and the economy, where much of the rhetoric has focused on the growing inequality during the Bloomberg era.
For Bill de Blasio, it's been the central theme of his campaign.
"The thing we have to address in this city is inequality," de Blasio said in a debate Tuesday night. "We're living a tale of two cities."
To address it, de Blasio would tax the wealthy and use the money to fund early-childhood and after-school programs. He'd also eliminate tax breaks to corporations like FreshDirect and redirect the money to CUNY.
He's not the only candidate positioning himself as a middle-class fighter, however.
"In the Bloomberg administration, when he and his commissioners lay down their head at night, they think of the beautiful skyline of Midtown Manhattan. That's their idea of economic development," said Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. "For me, it revolves much more around the businesses of all five boroughs."
Weiner would also hike taxes on the wealthy, but use it to offset tax cuts for the middle class. He'd focus on what he calls the outer-borough shopping strip economy, and boost the health care sector, he says, with his single-payer health care plan.
One Bloomberg success story is, of course, the growing tech sector, including his plan for a new Cornell tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which Christine Quinn wants to tap into.
"We also need to make sure we take the tech sector's interest in New York and make it so that New Yorkers are getting those Google and Facebook-type jobs by turning CUNY into a pipeline for the tech sector," Quinn said.
Quinn also wants to target economic development by neighborhood, like creating new manufacturing jobs in Sunset Park.
William Thompson has focused on boosting small business, in part by ending excessive taxes and fines. He, too, has also emphasized education and workforce training.
"One of the first things we have to do is to start matching the training up with the jobs that exist. I think it's important," he said. "I've talked about having a chief jobs officer in City Hall."
John Liu is another defender of small businesses. He also wants to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour.
Republicans John Catsimatidis and Joseph Lhota, meanwhile, have focused on taxes, with Lhota proposing to lower taxes for businesses. As for Catsimatidis?
"If you freeze taxes and people believe that you're going to freeze taxes, you know how many jobs that induces?" said Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis.