“This is your city”. When Mayor Bill de Blasio ran for re-election in 2017 barely a year after he dodged charges for running an anarchic pay-to-play system with corporations and agencies with municipal business with this city, this bland platitude was his campaign slogan. It looked like it was supposed to mean that his vow on his first day in office back in 2014 to end the tale of two of them had been achieved and it singularly belonged to all us New Yawkers.
As everyone is aware, it is 2019. And it’s still an inequitable fucking mess for this city’s working poor and middle class who still make it run. But it’s crystal clear who the Mayor was talking to when he said “your city” and it’s not only who you would expect by default meaning the benefactors and profiteers of the Gentrification Industrial Complex, the overlords of real estate development or even the transplants that stupidly overspend for their studio and one bedroom apts (and gut converted tenement ones in their portfolios). Nope. The one he was talking about was himself, Bill de Blasio.
Since his farcical presidential run ended, Bill has been a real huge dick lately. Actually it was just a week before he decided to terminate it, when he went on WNYC for his weekly Friday bloviating interview with the sappy host Brian Lehrer. A citizen called in concerning the affordable housing program that he runs has not made it out to the lower income earning people or the ballooning homeless population that need it the most. And this is how this monster responded:
“We can’t just do affordable housing for the lowest income folks,”
Now I have been thoroughly critical of this mayor since the start of this digital publication 3 years ago mostly because of what his morally bankrupt decisions have had on his constituents, but with that tone-deaf statement and with yours truly being a full-time working poor low income folk, now it’s fucking personal.
Because this goddamn Mayor, along with the Housing and Preservation Dept and the Economic Development Corporation with this affordable housing scheme has made it officially impossible for me, lower income and homeless folks to get a decent place to live. And in a town of our choosing.
Just recently city adverts for a new “affordable housing” tower in Fordham Manor in the Bronx showed studio apartments going for about $475 for tenants to pay 30% the AMI (area median income), while studios in apartment buildings like Williamsburg and Bushwick in Brooklyn go for nearly $2,000 a month for higher income earners who make about 120% of the AMI. Not to dis the Bronx but Fordham Manor and a lot towns near there still have crime happening on the regular but at least the rental value and the qualifying incomes is commensurate with what the boroughs citizens collectively earn a year. But what’s the justification for those upscale rents in WilliamBush? Those towns have public housing and plenty of rent stabilized buildings that haven’t been poached yet.
“That’s just not the reality, what you’re presenting,” The mayor also said to his call-in constituent. Au contrare you monster. There is obviously something wrong with how affordable and middle income is being defined and obviously manipulated and exaggerated and it’s being legitimizing these overvalued prices in certain areas. And it’s Because de Blasio’s “affordable housing” program is literally based on segregation and the eventual disenfranchisement against said lower income folk, who continue to languish in shitty dwellings and even homeless shelters as they await to hit the asinine lottery system your city is basing their horrid system on. All you need is an online city application and a dream.
Keep dreaming though. Because all these new apartment buildings do not fulfill the actual demand that was meant for it. The percentage of apts mostly favor the higher income bracket citizens who don’t need the city’s help in getting a place to live. But I guess the purpose for assigning 70 to 80% of apts for market rate is to give transients a hand to move into the most vibrant and hip towns where they are located.
Here’s another presentation of reality Mayor Asshole, there are over 70,000 homeless people in this city and over 200,000 vacant luxury condos according to another study that shows a quarter of these glass stick tower apts. you and your predecessor Bloomberg enabled to get built have not been sold. Although a majority of these apartments were sold aren’t even lived in most of the year. So instead of trying to end the tale of two cities, you’ve caused about 6 new cities to get built.
It’s not just the poor people that de Blasio is trolling either, it’s also the middle class looking to buy a house and maybe have desires to plant generational roots in your city. I don’t know what the source of this verbal turd that defecated from the mayor’s faceanus but it’s a vile one.
There are so many fucked up aspects to this; one is that this monster asshole owns two homes now in Park Slope and was able to get them by never having a civilian job and bought them with his taxpayer funded salaries and while he’s lounging at Gracie Mansion he is renting it out to people paying above the market rate. And number two (pun intended) this observation is not only an attempt at false sympathy to reach out to homeowners he’s ignored for the last 6 years but in actuality de Bastard is humblebragging about his good fortune acquiring his real estate treasure before Brooklyn became a world wide brand.
There is so, so much more to level this guy but they are going to be saved for future posts. And as is farcical five month prez campaign summer shown, he doesn’t give a shit. The haughtiness he’s perfected has made him seemingly immune to criticism, from the funniest to the righteous kind. And it’s not stemmed in the elitism that one develops during the job after getting elected. No, this is based on his wanton corruption and what he has been fortunate enough to get away with.
Take the recent revelation regarding the dastardly shit he pulled when he was running for re-election in 2017 (the your city campaign), de Bastard attempted to drag in a deputy mayor to meet a Dem party donor from Texas despite being under investigation for his nefarious machinating with his in office pay to play Campaign for One New York 501 (c) (4) PAC. He did wind up getting the capped donation of $4,950 from him and another $4,950 from his relative. de Bastard also “advised” his staffers to raise cash for him at a fundraiser in Miami but to cover for him and declare that he wasn’t present for any bribe and diabolically told his staffers to arrange a call with a developer who ponied up the 4,950 and previously donated $40,000 to CONY and 5 large to Blaz’s state PAC that failed to get two Democrat state assembly candidates elected. The sneakiest thing de Bastard used his staffers for was to spend campaign money to produce a video slamming his mayoral opponent Nicole Malliotakis.
This amazing display of political impunity and recidivist abuse of his power, exploitation of city service workers and barely legal donor money raising easily translated to his now legendary failed presidential run. Where he utilized his absurdly misnomered city and state “Fairness PACs to launder big money donations around like a shell game street hustler to avoid reporting the amounts and from whence they came to the Federal Elections Commission for months. Even for months before he made his official announcement to run. As his campaign got worse and worse and his polls remained steady at 0, he came to the realization that it wasn’t his time to run and decided to go back to the job he got elected to do, even if the real motive was that he was siphoning money from the state PAC for personal and travel expenses for him and his wife and son who were on the trail with him.
Cosplay candidate de Blasio managed to get over a million for his idiotic presidential campaign and wound up with just a little over $49,000. This was money that was suppose to used “fairly” to help boost other Democrat candidates and Bill pissed most of it all away in 5 months. Talk about money being in the wrong hands. But the Blaz is just as addicted to donor money as any strung out basehead, dope fiend or tweeker is addicted to crack, smack or crystal meth.
But this mayor is not qualified to have anything in his hands, including a staff of 300 city officials and control over city services that he sells out at the drop of a four and five-figure check. Especially for those that are truly desperate for it like the lower income people that this lying bastard mayor promised and was elected twice to help. His betrayal to his constituency and his brazen self-righteous corruption is brazen. Since he got away with breaking the “spirit of the law” with his heinous donor money machinating, the recidivist shit he’s done since those botched investigations has turned that spirit into a corpse that has been raped and mutilated.
“I want to live in a world where the spirit of the law is upheld over the clever diddling of loopholes”
This shameless, unapologetic bastard mayor may have gotten off thanks to certain loopholes that lets him get away with his heinous double dealing pay to play government and real estate conspiracy operation. He has absolutely no boundaries and it’s fucked up that he is going to be in control of this town for another two years as it turns into a dystopian Blade Runner towered wasteland obscuring the poverty and rising crime growing on the streets…
….of your city.