Despite the fact that six months ago, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio was defending the public housing horror in that state, he now feels like he has the authority to steal the property of private owners who do the same thing the state has been guilty of for years.
In an all-out move to communism, De Blasio delivered an executive order take action against landlords who try to force tenants out by making the property unliveable. He said that in the event the government intervenes, the buildings would then be controlled by a “community nonprofit.” So, basically, people would have their property stolen by the city.
The move is the most outrageous form of hypocrisy by a democrat… possibly in history. It boggles the mind, considering the federal investigation that made sickening discoveries just a few months ago.
The New York City Housing Authority worked hard to cover up the squalid conditions tenants have been forced to endure, including lead paint, vermin, broken elevators and no heat, federal investigators reported in a lawsuit filed in June.
“The feds’ action followed a recent series of NYCHA outrages, including last year’s revelation by the city Department of Investigation that officials had falsely certified lead-paint inspections — which Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to downplay by claiming ‘that when you dig into the facts, thank God there is less here than appears.’”
That was a lie, and De Blasio tried to downplay it later.
Children were actually POISONED because “NYCHA managers and staffers engaged in devious schemes to hide decrepit conditions during annual inspections by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.” The reason, of course, was because taxpayer, through HUD, shell out $2 billion a year to New York and the gravy train needed to continue.
“Specific tactics included shutting off water service to entire buildings in Brooklyn and the Bronx to hide leaking pipes, which carry a major point deduction because they can cause mold, pest infestations and other problems,” the suit explained.
The feds found that NYCHA “actually trained its staff on how to deceive HUD inspectors” by handing out “a list of ‘Quick Fix Tips’ that served as a how-to manual.”
Now, De Blasio has the gall to say that he will hold private property owners accountable?!
“When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground to stop it in time,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “If the fines and the penalties don’t cut it, we will seize their buildings and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”
His duplicity and rank behavior is being called out by a number of people.
“My first reaction was: Is this communist Cuba?” state Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis stated. “I can say that as a daughter of Cuban refugees who fled Castro’s Cuba in 1959, this is what happened to her family, she had her home taken, my grandfather had his gas station taken.”
“This is extreme even for Mayor de Blasio, because we know that he has socialist leanings, but this is straight communism and I think it’s very scary to America-loving, democracy-loving people.”
Malliotakis said the proposal was also hypocritical, and “Any attempt to seize property will face a court challenge and the mayor himself comes up with these ideas, throws stuff out there and doesn’t know how he intends to make it happen,” she said. “It’s all rhetoric.”
Apparently, that’s true.
However, what is also true is that De Blasio helped try to downplay the fact that children were poisoned by lead, and that a number of people went without heat while living in the squalid conditions of public housing.
At the Woodside Houses in Queens, where 1,300 apartments went without heat during January’s “bomb cyclone” blizzard, tenant Mike Williams said, “Anyone with common sense will blame de Blasio.”
“Hell, yeah, I blame de Blasio. He let that s- -t happen,” said Williams, a 46-year-old father of three.
“Then he comes here posing for the cameras. My babies got to freeze because of de Blasio.”
Meanwhile, at the Red Hook East Houses in Brooklyn — where mom Sherron Paige is suing the city over claims that her son, Kyan Dickerson, was poisoned by lead paint in their apartment — Jason Davis said de Blasio’s assertion “doesn’t make sense.”
“That’s like saying the people that crucified Jesus shouldn’t be blamed for crucifying Jesus,” said Davis, 29, the father of a newborn girl who lives there with her mom.
“Somebody has to take accountability for what’s going on and it’s the mayor.”
However, it looks like that won’t happen, and De Blasio will just keep coming up with schemes that defy the fabric of the republic, and completely ignore his own guilt.