The Mayor’s Corner

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ON Oct. 19, I announced the launch of ConnectNYC, an innovative city-sponsored competition to encourage growing commercial and industrial businesses in New York City to apply for free fiber cable wiring and to ensure the city continues to establish itself as a leader in connectivity and innovation.

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DEPUTY Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Ronald E. Richter, Department of Probation Commissioner Vincent N. Schiraldi, Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt and I recently visited one of the five new sites serving youth in “Close to Home,” a signature component of the Young Men’s Initiative and a sweeping reform of the juvenile system that transfers responsibility for the majority of New York City juvenile offenders to the city, so that the young people can be rehabilitated, educated, supervised and, when necessary, confined near their families and in their communities.

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DEPUTY Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley and Chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Bruce Ratner, and I recently announced that the Barclays Center — the new home of the Brooklyn Nets — will voluntarily adopt the new regulations on the sale of sugary beverages adopted by the New York City Board of Health.

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SCHOOLS Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators President Ernest Logan, and I recently welcomed New York City public school students back for the 2012-2013 school year.

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DEPUTY Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda I. Gibbs, Health Commissioner Thomas A. Farley and I were recently joined by Weight Watchers President Dave Burwick to announce Weight Watchers’ support for the city’s plan to limit the size of sugary drinks sold at food service establishments to 16 ounces or less.

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