Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz wants an Apple factory in Brownsville; Mayor Mike Bloomberg keeps saying New York’s Silicon Alley will rival Silicon Valley. Now Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer is the latest New York pol to pay homage to the city’s budding tech sector—although he’ll be careful to plug Wall Street first.
“The financial industry will always be a key driver of New York’s economy,” begins the text for tonight’s State of the Borough address. “We can never take that for granted—not when it generates 20 percent of all wages in the city. But we need to diversify our economy by pursuing industries that we know will power the marketplace for years to come. That begins with high-tech.”