NYC mayor says he'll decide on presidential run this week

Protesters gather as Mayor Bill De Blasio holds a Green New Deal rally At Trump Tower in New York City on May 13 2019

Protesters gather as Mayor Bill De Blasio holds a Green New Deal rally At Trump Tower in New York City on May 13 2019

Supporters of President Donald Trump on May 13 upstaged a Green New Deal press conference featuring progressive New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"President Trump, you're on notice. We don't back down in New York City, do we?", De Blasio asked, stirring the crowd to reply "No". "Cut your emissions or we'll cut something you really care about".

De Blasio said he will announce this week whether he will take part in the Democratic Party's presidential primaries. As for the hostile reaction inside the tower, he said he wasn't concerned.

"Clearly the Trump Organization is a little sensitive to the fact that we're calling them out for what they are doing to the climate but we are not backing down", the mayor said. Along with the humor, the mayor also tried some tough talk: "They're scared of the truth", he declared. "Anyone that has a problem with saving the planet, I have a problem with them".

Under a deal Trump struck with the city decades ago, the skyscraper's lobby is considered a public space for much of each day.

Under New York City's Green New Deal, which was passed last month, buildings of 25,000 square feet or more must reduce emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels. De Blasio has not yet signed the legislation but is expected to soon.

He added, "I expect cities all around the world, all around the country, are going to look at this plan and are going to adopt it". The new law, which goes into effect in three days, is a central component of the OneNYC 2050 Green New Deal, a $14 billion effort aiming to cut down 30 percent of greenhouse emissions by 2030. Part of the legislation calls for buildings of 25,000 square feet or more, which account for almost a third of the city's carbon emissions, to increase their energy efficiency.

"One of the things you have to be when you're mayor is unflappable", he said. "If you don't do it by 2030 there will be serious fines, as high as $1 million or more for the biggest buildings".

Buildings that fail to meet the marks will be punished by major fines.

According to data shared with the Guardian, eight Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations created to slash greenhouse gas emissions. "New York City will not survive without a radical action to stop climate change".

The new regulations on large buildings echo a central plank of the Green New Deal, a federal plan put forward by the NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that calls for retrofitting all buildings for energy efficiency within 10 years. "New York City is providing both with its Green New Deal".

"We will do what's necessary to combat the climate crisis. leading the charge, with a clear vision for protecting the environment and making our economy work for everyone".