There’s just one honorable step for Mayor Invoice de Blasio to soak up gentle of being pressured to swallow federal oversight of NYCHA, which discovered the company filled with “administration dysfunction and organizational failure”: He ought to resign instantly and flee to a metropolis far, far-off.
De Blasio, self-anointed champion of town’s poor and disenfranchised, turned out to be their commander in chief of distress.
Whereas he spoke about remedying the “story of two cities,” and trumpeted creating just a few “inexpensive housing” models right here and there, de Blasio handled 400,000 low-income residents with flagrant contempt.
The mayor howls over “grasping” property house owners, however he’s public housing’s Public Enemy No. 1. He’s town’s worst landlord, filled with sound bites about struggling tenants however too lazy to concentrate to them.
He had no extra curiosity in offering them with respectable residences than he had within the nuts and bolts of any facet of presidency. He’s corrupt, incompetent and totally disengaged from the laborious work of the job.
“I’m sick to my abdomen,” de Blasio mentioned at Monday’s press convention. Certainly, he meant not over horrendous dwelling situations, however over getting caught for being liable for them.
In essentially the most ludicrous public testimony since mob boss Michael Corleone proclaimed his innocence in “The Godfather: Half II,” de Blasio boasted, “With NYCHA I’ve discovered extra with each passing month.”
Ahem — his studying curve didn’t embody the gross incompetence of former NYCHA boss Shola Olatoye, who lined up lead paint publicity and different situations that jeopardized the well being of untold tenants — and whom de Blasio unfathomably wouldn’t hearth.
De Blasio and his leftist acolytes whine that federal “disinvestment” is guilty for the appalling situations within the metropolis’s public housing.
However NYCHA’s solely boss is the mayor. He runs the rattling factor. The buck begins and ends with him.
Town whines that the feds diminished NYCHA funding by $three billion since 2001. It sounds huge till you notice that the cutbacks amounted to a comparatively puny $176 million a yr. That’s peanuts in contrast with Metropolis Corridor’s annual $88 billion funds — a mere zero.2 % of it.
De Blasio presides over an extremely wealthy metropolis. A far cry from the strapped metropolis of latest reminiscence, it loved a $2.6 billion funds surplus for fiscal 2018.
Perhaps de Blasio would have pumped extra dough into NYCHA if he had ever discovered time to walk behind the brick partitions.
However that may intrude along with his heavy sleep schedule, which brought about him to overlook a 2014 memorial for 265 victims of the crash of American Airways Flight 587.
He normal himself a champion of the homeless — but presides over the worst homeless disaster within the metropolis’s historical past. That’s partly as a result of, as The Put up reported final month, Metropolis Corridor can’t pay its payments on time to homeless-service suppliers — or to anybody.
That de Blasio was simply re-elected testifies to a dysfunctional political panorama. However de Blasio can nonetheless do the best factor: hop a aircraft out of city and don’t come again.