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

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

He says he's still talking with his family about whether to run but will make a final decision and announce it this week.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at the 2019 National Action Network National Convention in New York, U.S., April 3, 2019.

"He's a problem because his buildings are among the biggest polluters in New York City", said de Blasio, who has confronted the president time and again over issues ranging from global warming to immigration.

"Well, everybody, the Green New Deal - the New York City Green New Deal is here to stay", de Blasio told the crowd, while behind him a small group of Trump supporters could be seen riding the escalators.

"We will not let you mortgage our future for your real estate", de Blasio continued.

"Trump Tower staff turned up the dial on the PA system just moments before the mayor entered the 5th Avenue building", the New York Post reports.

Rivera's comments were met with both cheers and boos - the latter from counter-protesters who interrupted the gathering bearing signs that read, "Trump 2020".

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"Our message is loud and clear", de Blasio said in the statement.

De Blasio, who is mulling a Democratic presidential run, added: "We'll take your money". "Anyone that has a problem with saving the planet, I have a problem with them". "We will hold you accountable".

Trying to make light of the rather farcical scene, de Blasio joked about the pro-Trumpers trying to "serenade us".

But the main facet of the deal is the plan clamp down on emissions from the city's famed skyscrapers with a goal of reducing overall emissions by 40 percent by 2030. While in most parts of the United States transportation is the source of most greenhouse gases, in New York City buildings are our main source of emissions.

"The good performers won't have to pay any penalties but anything above the threshold has a lot of work to do now", said Mark Chambers, director of the mayor's office of sustainability. The law, which takes effect May 17, compels owners of residential and commercial buildings larger than 25,000 square feet (2,300 square meters), to install new boilers, air conditioners, windows and insulation in order to meet sharp carbon-emission reductions.

The deal is actually a package of 10 bills meant to curb carbon emissions in the country's largest city by carrying out measures that will be "the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030", according to New York City's Committee for Environmental Protection Chair Costa Constantinides.