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Workers say crime-plagued NYC is no longer worth the hassle

Conditions in New York City have deteriorated so badly that a large proportion of private sector workers consider fleeing rather than going back to the office at a new company poll published unveiled Thursday.

Forty percent of employees who live in Manhattan said they are considering leaving the company, as do 48% — almost half — of workers living in the city’s other four boroughs, according to the online poll by Morning Consult among 9,386 employees. It was commissioned by the Partnership for The City of New York.

Public safety concerns are an obstacle to convincing more employees who are now working remotely to return to their Manhattan offices.

Of those surveyed who work remotely all or part of the time, 43% cited public safety as their top concern, followed by 27% who cited exposure to COVID-19.

According to the group, only 40% of employees have personally returned to their offices full-time.

74 percent of public transport commuters say subway safety has deteriorated since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic two years ago.

In terms of quality of life, 94% of employees said not enough is being done to address homelessness and mental illness. Eighty-two percent said these problems had gotten worse.

Public safety has been the primary concern of remote workers who may be returning to their offices.
Public safety has been the primary concern of remote workers who may be returning to their offices.
Paul Martinka
The survey found that many city employees are considering leaving rather than returning to work.
The survey found that many city employees are considering leaving rather than returning to work.
Partnership for New York City

In terms of crime, 85% of workers said not enough was being done to address assault, 77% not enough was being done to address gun violence, 57% said there was too much shoplifting, while 46 percent said that there is a lack of enforcement of turnstile jumping.

In general, 84% of respondents said that general conditions in the city have gone to hell.

About half of employees claimed the city was dirtier, while 43% said local transport was less reliable.

Only 38% of workers are optimistic about the city’s future, while 62% say they are pessimistic or uncertain.

94% of employees said not enough is being done about homelessness in New York.
94% of employees said not enough is being done about homelessness in New York.
Debra L Rothenberg/ZUMA Press Wire
Half of the workers surveyed said the city had become dirtier.
Half of the workers surveyed said the city had become dirtier.
Samuel Rigelhaupt/Sipa USA

Despite the bleak outlook, 72% of respondents said they were committed to the city and wanted to be part of its revitalization.

Employees said they wanted their companies to hold elected officials accountable to turn the tide on rising crime and restore the quality of life that existed before the pandemic.

In addition to public safety concerns, nearly 60% of employees say not enough is being done to address high housing costs and small business recovery.

43 percent of participants said public safety was their top concern when returning to work.
43 percent of participants said public safety was their top concern when returning to work.
Partnership for New York City

Half of workers say more needs to be done to improve public education.

The survey of 9,386 employees took place between February 17th and March 11th. It has an error rate of plus or minus one percentage point.

Eighty percent of the workers were affiliated with employers in Manhattan.

Of the respondents, 36% live in Manhattan, 25% on the outskirts, 22% in New Jersey, 13% in the northern suburbs of Long Island, and 4% elsewhere.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/24/workers-say-crime-ridden-nyc-not-worth-the-hassle-anymore/ Workers say crime-plagued NYC is no longer worth the hassle

DUSTIN JONES

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