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 legislature.it’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
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
5 NYC mayoral candidates take on Rev. Al Sharpton’s challenge, spent last night in public housing (NYP, July 21, 2013)
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.*
DEB political grandstanding in campaign over LICH & subsequent abandonment when elected is an example of why citizens are cynical about pols