Saturday, June 28, 2014

de Blasio Broken Campaign Promises

Daily News Tell CM Torres Your the NYCHA Problem
 Instead of just criticizing the state of the New York City Housing Authority, New York City Councilman Richie Torres and the rest of the city Council should recognize they serve as landlords for more than 400,000 New Yorkers and the public housing crisis is theirs to solve

Members of the CityCouncil are NYCHA’s true owners (NYDN)  Those grilling chairwoman Shola Olatoye need to take a hard look in the mirror  The chairman of the City Council Public Housing Committee says he knows who’s responsible for leaving public housing decrepit and dangerous: a conspiracy of the powerful. In which Councilman Ritchie Torres failed to include himself and the rest of the city’s time for Torres, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the rest of the body to recognize that they serve as landlords for more than 400,000 New Yorkers. The public housing crisis is theirs to solve.  NYCHA needs more money to operate and much more money to make repairs. If Torres & Co. are serious that improving the lives of residents is a top priority, they will draw a budget that provides the cash by shifting support away from less pressing needs.

NYCHA Has A Math Problem But Also A Larger Larger Washington Cut-Off Problem

Unreal Expectations In 2015 GOP Congress

City Council membersconfront NYCHA over skyrocketing overtime costs (NYDN)  NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye blamed the authority’s excessive OT bill on the emergency nature of repairs, which she said often results in evening or weekend jobs.City council members confronted NYCHA over its ballooning overtime costs on Tuesday, responding to a Daily News exposé about plumbers who’ve worked so much OT that they earn more than the authority chairwoman. “Have you looked at the math to make sure that you’re using the money wisely?” an incredulous Councilman Jumaane Williams asked NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye and other agency execs during a hearing on how the authority’s repair problems have affected tenant safety.* According to a city investigation, one in three New York City Housing Authority tenants say mold in their apartments returns even after NYCHA claims the problem is fixed,the Daily News reports: 

de Blasio Campaign Trail Promises On Public Housing

New York mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio ripped the “fundamental problem of management” at New York City Housing Authority on Wednesday and vowed to clean house if he’s elected. (NYDN, 10/1/2013) Bill de Blasio blasts NYCHA policies as he launches Watch List (NYDN, Aug. 9, 2013) Public Advocate and Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio is set to launch the NYCHA Watch List, letting the public know how deep the backlog of public housing repairs really is.* De Blasio sides with the tenant “advocates” (the left’s equivalent of Tea Party ideologues). He opposed the NYCHA plan during primary season. Monday, he repeated, “NYCHA land is not for luxury condos. Any . . . plan must include substantial amounts of affordable housing.” His pie-in-the-sky solution is to “rally the country’s cities around a new urban agenda in Congress for public housing.” (NYP, Oct. 21, 2013) *   On August 9, 2013, the office of New York City (NYC) Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (and now democratic mayoral candidate) launched a website publishing a searchable list of 369,090 backlogged repair requests reported by the city’s Housing Authority (NYCHA) the previous May 31. * An audit from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found that the New York City Housing Authority failed to take advantage of $692 million in available federal funding between 2006 and 2011, even as other cities’ public housing programs reaped the benefits of federal money, the Observerreports:

Did the Mayor Use LICH Hospital As An Election Tool? Many In Cobble Hill Think So 
There are signs that de Blasio is willing to fight for ordinary New Yorkers, but many in Cobble Hill think he is setting aside the fact that he protested the proposed closure of Long Island College Hospital last year, Liza Featherstone writes in amNewYork:

Big Nonprofit Hospitals Who Use Their Political Power to Close Hospitals for the Poor, Do Not Help the City's Uninsured  
A Tale of Two Hospitals System
NYC’s top nonprofit hospitals spend little on care for uninsured(NYP)The city’s top nonprofit hospitals enjoy the tax-free perks of charitable organizations and receive millions of dollars in state aid — yet spend less than 2 percent on the poor in the form of free care. New York Presbyterian — the city’s wealthiest hospital — raked in $3.9 billion in revenue in 2012, but administered a paltry 1.03 percent, or $37.6 million, of its total expenditures in free care for the uninsured, according to the most recent tax documents available.
Meanwhile, it paid Executive Vice Chairman Herbert Pardes $5.58 million and CEO Steven Corwin $3.58 million that year. The hospitals “would rather put the money into their salaries,” said Anthony Feliciano, director of the advocacy group Commission on the Public’s Health System.* NYC’s top nonprofit hospitals enjoy the tax-free perks of charitable organizations and receive millions of dollars in state aid — yet spend less than 2 percent on the poor in the form of free care.*   heads back to  court Tuesday vs. SUNY hospital rankings.  press conference/ rally 9 a.m.

DEB political grandstanding in campaign over LICH & subsequent abandonment when elected is an example of why citizens are cynical about pols
Closing Hospitals, HHC, LICH

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