His focus was on small businesses, and he spoke with members of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce at Crystal Window and Door Systems on the Whitestone Expressway, a company that employs 370 people.
“We should be trying to support small businesses in different ways, including buying supplies in bulk,” Yang said. “The city can buy heat lamps and air filtration systems for restaurants trying to survive at this time.”
He discussed with business owners how the city should be providing aid in helping them pay back rent still owed due to the pandemic.
“We have to make sure that business owners have a light at the end of the tunnel, but also make sure landlords have a chance to have their back rent paid,” Yang said. “The city will have to help with that.”
Yang also pledged to reduce street homelessness by over 50 percent in his first term as mayor.
“With the right leadership and resources and investment, we can get people into a safer environment, that’s good for them, that’s good for the city, and that’s good for public health and safety,” Yang said.
Yang said the city needs to take very seriously the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
“I’m Asian-American and the son of immigrants and it’s heartbreaking that our city has been the place for so many of these anti-Asian incidents of violence,” Yang said.
The Democratic Primary for the crowded field hoping to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio is on June 22.