Deputy Mayor Richard Buery: Diversity is not “a strong enough word”
Richard Buery has become somewhat of a fixer for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. As deputy mayor for strategic policy initiatives, Buery has been the point man on high-profile projects like Pre-K for All, ThriveNYC and the Young Men’s Initiative. One of his latest projects is leading the Mayor’s Office of M/WBEs, which aims to get 30 percent of city contract dollars to firms owned by women and racial minorities by 2021.
Buery sat with City & State Editor-in-Chief Jon Lentz for a one-on-one interview at City & State’s On Diversity conference on June 27. Buery admitted the 30 percent goal was ambitious, but said the city is making progress. He also spoke about the importance of the effort.
“Diversity is, for me, not quite a strong enough word to get at what we’re trying to get at here,” Buery said. “We’re really talking about equity. We’re talking about having a city that functions well for everyone. A city that honors and takes advantage of the skills and talents that everyone has to offer.”
You can watch the entire conversation here: