Elizabeth Caputo smiles, standing next to a river with a bridge and city skyline behind her.

 21 Bridges 


 21 Policy Proposals 

 To Bring Manhattan Back 

Bringing Back New York

1. End COVID-related school closures


2. Direct payments for small businesses and workers


3. Refund small businesses for COVID costs


4. Create a safety net for the arts and gig workers


5. Free same-day PCR test results

6. Create a jobs corps for young Manhattanites

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Elizabeth Caputo is holding a microphone and speaking at a Keep NYC Schools Open rally.

Creating A Safer Manhattan


 7. Localize crime prevention interventions


 8. Pilot program for “cop boxes” in our neighborhoods


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Ensuring A More Affordable Manhattan

9. Convert more commercial space into affordable housing 

10. Create early Uniform Land Use Review Procedure warning system     for community boards and new developments


11. Commercial and residential vacancy taxes

12. Secure more NYCHA funding through a preservation trust

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Elizabeth Cauto is on a NYC street meeting a woman in a purple coat and petting her dog.

Improving Quality of Life

13. Make free public restrooms available across the Borough

14. Make open streets, outdoor dining and drinks to go permanent

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​​Reforming Our Community Boards & City Appointment Processes


15. Make the Borough President’s office and Community Boards more responsive than ever

16. Bring the Borough President’s office to more communities

17. Increase diversity on Community Boards


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Elizabeth Caputo walks past a school mural.

Preparing Manhattan For The Future

18. Universal WiFi for Manhattan

19. Implement congestion pricing


20. A coastal resilience plan for all of Manhattan


21. Accelerate phase-out of dirty fuels