Transcript: Mayor Eric Adams holds readings with Mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martinez Almeida

New York City Mayor Eric Adams meets with Mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida of Madrid

September 14, 2022

Mayor Eric Adams: We acquired a cute little present to have a good time a sister metropolis pact signed 40 years in the past. Contained in the graffiti From Madrid to New York Metropolis on the fortieth anniversary of the sister metropolis settlement, signed by Mayor Koch 40 years in the past. We thanks for this present. Mayor Jose and his workforce are right here. Curiously, there are some commonalities between the cities. He’s coping with an reasonably priced housing disaster. He offers with transportation crises and offers with a criminal offense disaster with gangs. He offers with a really pleasant press. Nevertheless it was actually a enjoyable alternative to sit down down and discuss as we struggled with these powerful instances in each our cities.

Madrid is a metropolis of over 3 million individuals. Thousands and thousands of individuals use their streets each day. Making an attempt to navigate the dialog about electrical automobiles, make them accessible to town, and cope with their metro. We see the frequent points that we face and one of many issues that now we have moved away from is how can we come collectively as mayors to search out actual options to the issues we’re coping with? And that is one thing our commissioner, Commissioner Ed Mermelstein, will do on this administration. We are going to come throughout the pond, we prefer to say, and start to construct these worldwide relationships. identical issues. We are able to discover comparable options for them. And in addition the mayor, I am glad you are right here. That is your first journey to New York. I hope it will not be the final.


Mayor Adams: I sit up for coming to Madrid and seeing your stunning metropolis once more. It has been about 15 years since I have been there and I am wanting ahead to going again once more. Please say a number of phrases.

Mayor Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, Mayor of Madrid: Thanks my expensive buddy, the mayor, and thanks for your loved one workforce. We really feel actually, actually, actually comfy right here in New York and also you make us really easy to remain right here till subsequent Saturday and we’ll be again in Madrid. Forty years in the past, Madrid and New York Metropolis grew to become sister cities by signing an settlement with Mayor Koch and Terno Galvan. The place we really feel so happy with having town on our facet, we come all the best way to changing into the understanding metropolis that we’re proper in some ways, because of the instance of New York Metropolis.

In these 40 years, Madrid has gone from being a small capital in Southern Europe to some of the necessary cities on the planet. We’re a metropolis of European alternatives. We’re the European Freedom Metropolis. We’re the European metropolis of happiness.

Now, our historical past, and we pay tribute to the reminiscence of New York and the individuals of New York, particularly the New York public providers. Whereas historical past serves a typical path not solely in our greatness but in addition in our darkest moments. This metropolis suffered from 9/11 21 years in the past and we suffered from 9/11 18 years in the past. The instance of New Yorkers, the mayor, who led the individuals of Madrid to beat the scenario, is stronger than ever.

I would love to thank Mayor Adams for his kindness, friendship and dedication to the friendship between our cities and our folks that she’s going to certainly carry into the longer term. We serve some frequent targets corresponding to safety, immigration, integration, environmental insurance policies, digital transformation and reasonably priced housing. Our native police departments are working carefully and will definitely proceed to take action sooner or later.

I take this chance, expensive Mayor, to increase an invite to return to Madrid, please. To go to us in Madrid the place he will certainly really feel, as you’ll, at dwelling within the capital of Spain, one of many best international locations on the planet. Thanks very a lot Mayor Adams. Thanks very a lot to your workforce as a result of we really feel at dwelling right here in New York. However we count on and hope to see you quickly in Madrid. Thanks a lot.

Mayor Adams: Thanks. Thanks a lot. I do know you’ve a few of your journalism from Spain, so we will open up about a number of subjects.

A query: sure. Mr. Mayor, I would prefer to ask the Mayor of Madrid a query in Spanish, in the event you do not thoughts. (Speaks in Spanish).

Mayor Martinez Almeida: In the event you do not thoughts, I am going to converse in Spanish.

Mayor Adams: no Please.

Mayor Martinez Almeida: Thanks a lot. (Speaks in Spanish).

A query: Can I ask in English and Spanish, please? How’s it going… I imply we’re speaking about 40 years and you’ve got highlighted among the most necessary moments of that point. However wanting into the longer term, how do you wish to make this relationship between the 2 cities even stronger? Not simply in these marital points that you simply talked about you’ve got been combating currently. How do you assume you possibly can be taught from one another? So, in the event you do not thoughts, in English then Spanish.

Mayor Adams: I believe we be taught from one another in three areas. The primary is schooling. We aren’t solely now permitting our college students to speak immediately with college students in Madrid. Classroom and studying, it shouldn’t be secluded or confined to only a classroom. We wish to use Zooms to get college students in Madrid speaking to college students right here at each schooling stage from elementary faculty to center faculty to highschool to allow them to see how they’ve the identical wishes and outcomes. and the way they’ll work collectively on actual initiatives to do schooling primarily based studying collectively.

The second is economics. We wish to see how we will share enterprise right here. The factor that I cost with my Commissioner for Worldwide Affairs is to know what job alternatives now we have around the globe generally? However particularly in these areas the place now we have sister metropolis conventions and we wish to take a look at how we will usher in delegations of enterprise women and men right here and there.

And eventually, tradition. Tradition is likely one of the finest methods you possibly can be taught and respect totally different international locations. Our world is a smaller place and our objective is to point out the tradition right here in New York, although various and share the tradition of Madrid. And I believe these three areas are clear areas the place we will carry our cities nearer collectively.

Mayor Martinez Almeida: Thanks mayor. (Speaks in Spanish).

A query: Mayor Adams, I’m wondering in the event you converse Spanish, in the event you be taught Spanish, in the event you plan to make use of it on the press convention within the (inaudible) however dangerous option to attain Spanish audio system –

Mayor Adams: Hola, mi gente. Mi Casa, Sue Casa. sure I do. Day-after-day I observe and love Spanish. A lot of the Spanish talking workers, like Gladys who has been with me all these years, train me phrases again and again. However I do not wish to make de Blasio’s model that kills Spanish. I wish to give her the respect she deserves and I am going to exit sometime and provide you with all of the practices I have been by. That method I can provide her the justice she deserves.

A query: (Speaks in Spanish.) Mayor Adams, is there something about Madrid and (insoluble) that evokes you in your fashion of operating New York Metropolis? And the second query is (inaudible) between your metropolis?

Mayor Adams: I used to be actually impressed when speaking about affordability and residing in Spain…a bunch, a demographic that we have usually missed. He does all the pieces he can for the low-income individuals who can afford it – the high-income individuals – are in a position to reside in Madrid. However a middle-income earner. We frequently overlook them.

Overlook those that don’t obtain the identical stage of assist as we see right here. Typically they slip by the cracks. They’re struggling and he clearly acknowledges that we must be there for middle-income earners as effectively and that is one thing I wish to proceed to give attention to.

Mayor Martinez Almeida: (Speaks in Spanish).

A query: I’ve a thread out. I wished to know, Mayor Adams, what’s the latest–

Mayor Adams: We’re engaged on it with the mayor so you do not embarrass me in entrance of the mayor. Another subjects? OK. Mr. Mayor, thanks.

Mayor Martinez Almeida: Mr. Mayor, thanks.

Mayor Adams: Good to see you.

Mayor Martinez Almeida: I present Mayor Adams that Madrid is the correct place to be taught Spanish. (Laughter.)


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