NEW YORK (Jan. 12, 2023) — Gregory J. Morris, CEO of the New York City Employment and Training Coalition, released the following statement on Mayor Adams’ Fiscal Year 2024 Preliminary Budget:
“As we review Mayor Adams’ recent preliminary budget, the NYC Employment and Training Coalition appreciates the administration’s on-going commitment to equity and the importance of affordable housing, education, and a cleaner and greener City. In fact, it is the workforce development providers who are part of our coalition who make it possible for New Yorkers to have access to quality jobs in careers connected to that vision from construction and tech to health care and human services. While we acknowledge the City’s financial outlook is complicated, we cannot stand for budget cuts that would severely disrupt workforce development providers’ ability to offer access to the job readiness and training opportunities as well as the essential supportive services and resources that New York talent needs to find pathways to New York careers.
NYCETC will continue to work with the Adams administration and the City Council to reimagine an equitable and effective workforce development ecosystem that demonstrates focused commitment of K-12 education and higher education to career development and access to the clear and sustainable connectivity of employers of every size to dynamic workforce development pipelines. As we invest in a better quality of life for all New Yorkers, we must continue to recognize the intersection of economic and workforce development, invest in the social infrastructures and safety nets that sustain our neighborhoods and communities, and champion the “workforce” workforce who will always be foundational for individuals and families to thrive versus survive.”