Mayor Bill de Blasio released the biannual Mayor’s Management Report in September, providing a detailed look into city agencies’ progress in reducing crime and traffic-related deaths. According to the report, between the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years major felony crime in the city dropped 6.3% while traffic fatalities declined 10.6%.
The mayor said he hopes the data, which has been released for the past 40 years under requirements in the City Charter, would help city agencies set benchmarks and keep them transparent.
Several agencies showed improvement in their operations during the 12-month period, according to the report. The NYPD, for example, saw a decrease in end-to-end emergency response times by 29 seconds from 10:35 to 10:06.
The city has made several changes to reduce traffic deaths and injuries under its “Vision Zero” initiative, such as a reduced city speed limit and more fines for speeding drivers, and it appeared to have paid off, according to the statistics. Traffic deaths involving motorists and passengers dropped 25% between the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, going from 84 to 63.
In other transportation areas, the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission made strides in meeting its goal to make half of its cabs wheelchair-accessible by 2020. The number of active medallion taxis that are accessible increased 112.3% from 876 in the 2016 fiscal year to 1,860 in the past fiscal year, according to the MMR.