New York City Mayor Bill di Blasio and Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett recently agreed to bipartisan cooperation on improving mental health services throughout the country at Cities Thrive, a two-day conference for leaders hosted by Fordham University.
“A mayor’s work is rarely partisan,” Cornett, a Republican and the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said. “The
work that we do is about providing services and trying to create a better
quality of life in our cities. So we look for opportunities to work across the
In the recent election, Oklahoma voters
passed two statutes: one that reclassifies some property offenses and simple
drug possession as misdemeanor crimes and a second that will see funds saved by
that reclassification directed to sending those in need to mental health
services rather than to prison.
“People have assumptions across states and
regions, but God bless the people of Oklahoma; they took an important stand on
behalf of addressing the issue of incarceration and the issue of mental health,” Di Blasio said. “This is something we have to foster everywhere in the country. When we show how universal it is ... (and) when it takes on that meaningful
and real aura of bipartisanship, the movement gains power. We have a chance to
do that here.”
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