Mayor de Blasio’s fulsome reward of his embattled NYCHA chief is beginning to sound quite a bit like George W. Bush’s “heckuva job, Brownie” attaboy to his FEMA chief throughout Hurricane Katrina.
Extensively attacked for not booting Shola Olatoye regardless of despicable situations in NYCHA buildings and her falsehoods to the feds and the Metropolis Council, the mayor this week doubled down.
She has “steadily, constantly improved a really troubled group” and “wants to remain for the great of [NYCHA] residents, and I don’t care how many individuals really feel in another way,” he mentioned on “Good Day New York.”
By no means thoughts her failure to examine for lead and her lies about it. Pay no consideration to the ceilings caving in on residents. And the damaged boilers that left tenants freezing. And the mildew. And lethal elevators. And . . .
No, Olatoye isn’t at fault, the mayor insists: Blame Mike Bloomberg. Oh, and the media, and NYCHA center managers.
“Good Day” host Rosanna Scotto was dumfounded: “There are experiences in each paper” that Olatoye “lied” to the council, she famous.
De Blasio’s response: “Don’t consider all the things you learn within the papers.”
“However the Division of Investigation is trying into this now, ” pressed Scotto.
“I don’t all the time consider [DOI] both,” the mayor huffed. (Blas is constant: He ignored different DOI pink flags, even amid the rising toll of youngsters dying from abuse on the watch of his Administration for Kids’s Companies.)
In the meantime, he credit Olatoye with one thing she had nearly nothing to do with: rolling again crime. “Working with the NYPD, she helped to convey down crime steadily,” he boasted.
Good p.r. trick: Blame others for her failures and credit score her for others’ success.
Unhealthy sufficient that de Blasio places loyalty to his employees over concern for the citizenry. Disgraceful that his excuse-making is so baldly cynical.