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Lansing mayor highlights diversity, accountability efforts in State of the City address

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Lansing Mayor Andy Schor highlighted his efforts at addressing diversity and accountability during Wednesday’s State of the City Address.

Schor touted his efforts in working with Lansing’s police chief to reform policies for traffic stops and putting an end to “no knock” searches. He also pledged to continue addressing racial disparities through his Racial Justice and Equity Alliance.

“We must face the harsh reality of inequality and injustice for black and brown community members in our community. These conversations can be uncomfortable and difficult, but they're necessary.”

Schor’s actions follow a tumultuous 2020 when several Black community leaders requested his resignation for what they say was a lack of action during a summer of protests following the police killing of George Floyd.

Schor also announced a new phone service to help city residents during the address.

He says the “One Call to City Hall” answering center will help solve any non-emergency question related to the city by calling 311.

“Staffed by real people right here in Lansing will be equipped to handle almost any problem question or complaint that residents may have and will provide better customer service for residents by addressing their concerns quickly and efficiently.”

The mayor also says residents will be able to file their individual income tax returns online.