PBS MetroFocus on Fernando Mateo
On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, PBS sat down with Fernando Mateo to learn more about him and his candidacy for Mayor to Fix NYC.
Fernando Mateo made a name or himself through his activism in the city- teaching vocational skills to inmates at Rikers Island, organizing a program in which residents could trade in guns for toy certificates, and serving as the President of the New York State Federation Of Taxi Drivers. He is also a multi-million dollar grossing entrepreneur.
During the PBS interview, Mateo touched upon numerous topics ranging from public safety to defeating poverty with prosperity. He talked about his meeting with President Donald Trump as well as outlined his vision for youth employment and economic growth through aggressive tax incentives. He concluded the in-depth discussion on NYC's history of voting for a Republican Mayor for virtually 2 decades, Mateo reaffirmed that results from his work to build up NYC over the past 30 years demonstrates his ability to lead transformations, redeeming the promise of potential.
Below are select excerpts from the PBS MetroFocus interview: On the topic of opportunity, Mateo said:
"I BELIEVE IN CREATING OPPORTUNITIES.
YOU HAVE ONE LIFE.
IF YOU DON'T MAKE AN IMPACT, YOU DID NOTHING.
MAKING MONEY IS THE EASY THING.
CHANGING LIVES IS THE DIFFICULT THING.
THERE ARE 8 MILLION LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY THAT NEED TO BE CHANGED.
WE NEED TO BRING BACK PROSPERITY.
THERE SHOULD BE NO POVERTY IN THIS CITY.
THERE'S POVERTY BECAUSE WE HAVE VERY BAD LEADERSHIP IN NEW YORK."
Mateo also commented on problems facing our youth and discussed solutions to get the next generation ready to succeed in life. He said:
"OUR KIDS 14-18 COME OUT OF SCHOOL AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO.
WHEN I WAS 14 I DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL AND I WAS ADOPTED BY A JEWISH FAMILY THAT TAUGHT ME THE ROAD TO SUCCESS AND MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY.
I WANT TO CREATE THOSE SAME OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS 14-18 THAT ARE GOING TO HIGH SCHOOL AND WHEN THEY COME OUT OF SCHOOL THEY SHOULD HAVE A PART-TIME JOB.
IF WE GUIDE THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, WE WILL END POVERTY IN NEW YORK, WE WILL CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MORE ELECTRICIANS, PLUMBERS, CARPENTERS.
CORPORATE AMERICA WILL HIRE THESE KIDS.
I WILL ENGAGE EVERY CITY AGENCY TO GIVE OUR KIDS AN OPPORTUNITY.
A 14-YEAR-OLD TODAY IN SEVEN YEARS WILL BE 21.
IF WE DON'T GUIDE THEM, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THAT KID?"
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Watch the full PBS MetroFocus interview here or under the following link: https://www.thirteen.org/metrofocus/2021/06/metrofocus-june-15-2021-woie3p/#