Mayor de Blasio Makes Unprecedented N.Y.C. History By Firing His Department Of Investigation Chief Mark Peters

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New York, N.Y.

The mayor waited a while since the release of a draft letter crafted by his (technically ours) city attorneys calling for the removal of Department of Investigations head honcho Mark Peters but they finally got it. He did not even strategically wait until this holiday weekend to do it too.

But de Blasio did strategize and machinate for about a year to sack him in order to selfishly avoid the bad optics and pathetically evade suspicions for firing the historically independent top investigator of department bureaucracies. Which under this corrupt and stupid mayor have all become shambling shitshows.

These two one-time allies for liberal causes and accountability have took quite the 180 degree turn since Peters was financing de Blasio’s 2013 campaign which the mayor thanked his friend with an immediate patronage hire for the D.O.I. position. But something wicked happened in the first couple of years, de Blasio spent the majority of his mayoralty distracted with boosting his national profile, forming and running a shady PAC fundraiser in city hall, and spending time and money in burgeoning court hearings involving that illicit fundraising while Peters actually and dutifully concentrated on doing his job and noticed a tons of malfeasance and corruption going on in almost every city office, the standouts being the Administration of Childrens Services, NYCHA, Department of Education, Department of Homeless Services, Department of Buildings and even the NYPD.

Reading Mark Peters letter to City Council, the impression it gives is that de Blasio had been hoping that Peters would let all of his political discrepancies and repulsive influence peddling and pandering slide. It also shows Peters as a man who saw all this endemic crooked behavior effecting city policies and services and was probably driven nuts by the efforts by de Blasio’s minions as they undermined him whether by collusion as what led to his ouster by firing an aide over an authority and agency shakeup at the BOE; or by intimidation as Peters cites one meeting with a top brass cop flashing his piece; or by petty tribal insults as his former colleague Deputy Anthony Shorris derided Peters as an asshole and not a “real friend”.

You gotta wonder what a toll this took on Peters psyche, seeing a guy he raised money for and believed in him turn into a colossal two faced back stabbing prick as he filled his cabinet with like-minded soulless amoral sycophants and opportunists.

Well, de Blasio no longer has to worry about his former friend that he threw under the bus since he got elected and will now insert a person that will be expected to give a veneer of independence and transparency while giving fealty to Bill the whole time, so his honest grafting in City Hall will continue unabated. That way he will be able to waltz around town on occasion, jab an accusatory finger at reporters and escape from New York time to time to promote his progressive activist charades.

But it’s not all bad, despite this brief respite from the facts that incriminated Mayor de Faustio, he still has to deal with the citizens despite his concerted effort to hide from them too. Because a few months ago while Bill de Bastard was dithering like a coward to fire Peters so the optics wouldn’t look horrible (even though it still does), there was a homeless 72-year-old woman named Nathylin Flowers Adesegun that wanted to do some intrepid sleuthing of her own:

Knowing that the snowflake mayor stops at the Park Slope Y during his entire morning ritual every fucking day commuting to Park Row, Ms. Flowers Adesegun, along with housing activist group VOCAL-NY, walked up to where he was “doing yoga” sitting on the floor holding his Blackberry and kindly asked him how come there wasn’t a sufficient amount of “affordable housing” for the homeless and he told her that “he wasn’t doing this right now because he was “working out” and scurried away from her with his NYPD security guards.

Now what Nathylin exposed here wasn’t only what an reprehensible elitist scumbag and shameless liar who betrayed poor and vulnerable people like her is. It’s what she and VOCAL caught de Faustio doing, and that’s this man’s daily tax dollar profligate wasting workout routine is a ruse.

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Really, who does yoga in cargo shorts. Who does it while wearing running shoes, although they came in handy here to briskly walk away from a elderly woman demanding answers.

And for a physical workout that takes concentration and inner peace like yoga, he berate sNathylin for disrupting it with her distracting and inconvenient question. The big stinky shitty but is why the fuck is he holding and using his Blackberry during his “workout?”? Obviously, he is bothered and can’t won’t have a discussion with one of the 63,000 plus homeless people of your city but he can talk and text on his blackberry during it. He was actually texting while she was talking to him too.

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Knowing the character of our Mayor here, he is still conducting government business on the sly like he did with those non-elected “agents of the city” meetings with lobbyists that worked on his 2013 campaign in City Hall in his first two years. Hell, he could still be calling them to this day. That Blackberry needs to be FOIA‘ed immediately.

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Of course this is just a amateur theory. But it still warrants an investigation. Which unfortunately, the guy that seriously devoted his energy to expose and expunge graft and the embedded kakistrocacy and cronyism in our city gov’t departments was expunged himself by his fellow Park Slope compadre.

But it wasn’t in vain, for if it wasn’t for the intrepid work of Peters we all wouldn’t be cognizant of the Rivington House deed flip, the slack responses that led to child deaths by the ACS, the criminal obfuscations at NYCHA by the executives in charge and the amoral workers covering up the dilapidation as well as their asses, and the peculiar happenings going on in the NYPD involving the shakeups at the Special Victims Unit divisions, which may be why rape has been redefined into two genres (stranger and acquaintance rape) and blaming the 25 % rise of rapes this year on the #meToo movement.

We hardly knew ya Mark. But that will surely change pretty goddamn soon. Even the NY Post and Daily News have been solid and blunt covering #MayordeFaustio. For that teflon covering on that bag of dicks is starting to crack.

And rest assured that Ms. Flowers will not be the only one holding Mayor de Faustio accountable for his brazen lies, there will be many other citizens too.

As well as this digital publication, Impunity City.

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Airbnb As A Criminal Enterprise

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N.Y., N.Y. (at least an imitation of it)

“A House Is Not A Motel”

Arthur Lee

The day is coming when City Council will finally take on one of the sharing economies cancer Goliath, the room rental company Airbnb with long overdue regulations and penalties for it’s participation in the influential effects of rising and overvalued rents, in gentrifying neighborhoods and for the dwindling stock of available and bare existence of affordable housing.

Even though the damage has already been done on a massive scale, being that this tech company has already made billions from their usurpation of living in the city year round and these councilmen and women natural habit of reacting too late for everything as with the app-based car services that they ignored. But at least it’s something to start with. And the avaricious beings behind Airbnb don’t like one bit as they continue to lobby in hypocritical vain to keep the status quo and continue to profit off their basically illegal and criminally advantageous business model, like trying to come off all populist by accusing the hotel industry which they are trying to destroy of swaying and controlling council members and harping about how middle class homeowners use their service to survive financially in this overvalued city that Airbnb themselves had a hand in their current struggles being that the now concerned multi-billion dollar startup led to a amount of over $600 million dollars allocated from the rental hikes and livelihood costs on tenants.

It still doesn’t and damn well shouldn’t absolve this overvalued as well hospitality app corporation. Since being exposed for a suspicious anomaly in a data report about their hosts Airbnb submitted to this city, more and more criminal behavior has arisen about the lengths hosts will go to acquire extra cash to quote “to make ends meet”.

Most recently two derelict hosts took this too an absurd and lunatic level. Last week, a landlord who owns 4 other apartment buildings and was listed as one of the 100 worst landlords in NYC, rented out a kitchen for lodging in the same former two bedroom and likely rent stabilized apartment where 5 other rooms were being used through Airbnb.

 

And some imbecile host from Corona, Queens turned their 2 floor home above a storefront into a flophouse NY Hilton complete with cheap partitions and bunk beds and placed tents with air-mattresses in the backyard. Which was able to house forty people a night there and outside. One hostess regularly squeezed 34 lodgers in a “beautiful” apartment building in the formerly working class neighborhood of Bushwick, which was one of the top neighborhoods listed on Airbnb abuse.

The list of other illegitimate listings produced through the app are outstanding. Some earlier standout sleazy ones come to mind like a wretched couple profiting off their city provided affordable housing apartment to rent to gullible vacationers and some sleazy douche renting out parked vans for lodging in the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn where guests had to use the city parks bathrooms to bathe or thoroughly wipe themselves.

Then there a swath of apartment buildings run by unethical landlords and the mysterious partners of LLC’s for providing lodging to a demographic and travelers who can’t afford or are to cheap to stay in a hotel and motel. The most notable host might be Mayor de Blasio’s former campaign contributor Jona Rechnitz who was able to run his own illegal hotel in a building he owned on Madison Avenue even after getting caught and fined as the mayor waved off later D.O.B. investigations, enabling Jona’s blatant scam to continue using Airbnb as a criminal enterprise to demand more cash donations from him to supplement de Faustio’s political interests involving his flawed agenda and upstate N.Y. senate seats.

Rechnitz continued to break the law because of his association with the morally bankrupt and money-grubbing mayor, but the fines dispensed to various other individual landlords, brokers, and LLC’s using airbnb for their buildings to enrich themselves were barely enough to put a scare in these repeat offenders.

And what can be described as an advocate for Airbnb taped professional looking fliers inside the halls of the Ebbets Field Houses looking to recruit hosts in addition to encouraging tenants to keep their apartments in their name, despite it being a crime to use city funded and rent-stabilized apartments as a business.

 

And now comes the embarrassing yet not surprising news, that the home-sharing app is being manipulated for money laundering through stolen credit card information by nasty Russian cybercriminals often times conspiring with actual but corrupt Airbnb hosts. The sharing economy app was also illicitly exploited by one month Trump presidential campaign Paul “Mumbles” Manafort.

As a recently unsealed indictment against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort showed, not even Airbnb is safe from money launderers. But Manafort isn’t the only one allegedly funneling dirty money through the mega-popular accommodation service. Scammers are leveraging Airbnb to launder dirty cash from stolen credit cards, according to posts on underground forums and cybersecurity researchers consulted by The Daily Beast.

“People [have] been doing it forever,” one current and experienced credit-card scammer told The Daily Beast.

The Daily Beast found a number of recent posts on several Russian-language crime forums, in which users were looking for people to collaborate with to abuse Airbnb’s service. According to Rick Holland, VP of strategy from cybersecurity firm Digital Shadows, these operations rely on an individual or group using legitimate or stolen Airbnb accounts to request bookings and make payments to their collaborating Airbnb host. The host then sends back a percentage of the profits, despite no one staying in the property. 

In essence, it’s a way to extract value out of stolen credit cards. In another case, fraudsters might buy electronic goods such as iPhones with stolen cards to then resell at a profit. This is the same idea of laundering funds, just with Airbnb.

“The money is 50/50,” one apparent scammer wrote on a Russian crime forum in August. “You receive the money within two days after the booking date,” it continues, and adds that there are “story-telling hosts” ready, likely referring to hosts who are in on the laundering.

Another poster on the same forum says they are looking for “hosts for cooperation,” and a third implies they will launder the funds specifically through Russian hosts who already have reviews on Airbnb.

When a customer stays at a host’s property, the customer is encouraged to leave a review, so other potential vacationers, and perhaps Airbnb, can know if the host is legitimate. The scammers appear to circumvent that protection by, in some cases, using real but corrupt hosts.

The Daily Beast

Since it’s inception at the start of his decade, Airbnb usage has permeated households and apartment rentals with the effect of a serial killer. It’s impact felt on metropolitan cities like their home San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, and New Orleans and international cities like Barcelona, London, Florence, Berlin, Paris and Signapore. The latter two cities have brought up aggressive bills to prevent the scourge of opportunistic unethical hosts. Following a protest at Airbnb headquarters, a proposition to protect tenants rights to fight eviction attempts from predatory landlords and to restrict short-term rentals won decisively in San Francisco.

Airbnb’s reassuring press releases about their purported security standards get less credible every day. It may be because they are busy counting their billions to worry or care about neighborhoods getting decimated, people getting kicked out because of the high rents that their immoral and greedy hosts have caused. Despite all their technical expertise, they still don’t diligently vet their hosts (unless they are black).

Airbnb is a shitty business model to begin with. But are fortunate that most of their customers are young and stupid and living beyond their means. And a large percentage of them don’t seem to mind bunking with 20 others in a cramped apartment or sleeping in a bag on the floor. And their most successful money earning hosts are bereft of morals and consumed with greed. Most importantly, Airbnb is just another peer-to-peer service and are not wholly responsible for the actions of their rogue hosts.

But Airbnb has definitely impacted cities for the worse and society as a whole. There is just too much crooked recidivist activity involving this company to be considered a legitimate business.

But if there is case against the defendant Airbnb and their inability and incompetence to vet their hosts and their total disassociation of the communities concerns and cities as a whole, the best may be when State Asssemblywoman of Manhattan Linda Rosenthal posed as a guest looking for rooms to dwell in and every host she encountered in her district did not even recognize her and advised her not to tell anyone it’s an Airbnb, which is actually standard procedure for every other building being abused for vacation lodging over renting.

Unfortunately for Assemblywoman Rosenthal, Big Bad Bill de Blasio was already bought by the house share tech behemoth, which explains how all this brazen criminal app activity was able to fester. As if Airbnb making a video congratulating the mayor wasn’t enough of a conviction.

 

 

These few examples above doesn’t even scratch the surface of the offenses committed via this 30 billion dollar industry. And like a recidivist petty crook, their app continues to be used malignantly and Airbnb doesn’t have the capability or will to stop it and there will be more stories like this to come, for their aforementioned inabilities stabilizes their wretched bottom line and is the basis for their ill-gotten gains and Wall St. determined and inflated worth. And will lead to more citizens of cities struggling to get a roof over their heads and tenants dealing with strangers shuffling in and out of their buildings every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: Jared Kushner’s Real Estate Firm Falsifies Building Permits To Force Gentrification

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Jared Kushner. Gentrification mongering punk.

Astoria, Queens, New York

Looks like demoted advisor to the imbecilic Figurehead Trump and husband of his reminded like a pornstar daughter, Jared Kushner is gonna get it. With the same approach and dubiously absent-minded attempt Jar-Jar took to file his applications for security clearances to access top secret documents so he can oversee foreign policies that would benefit him and his trust fund baby peers financially and influentially was exploited by his real estate company who outsourced agents to falsify documents for 3 apartment buildings in Astoria they owned and ran regarding the presence of rent-stabilized tenants so they can do disruptive internal construction to force them out. 2 years later and a bulk of affordable renting systematically driven out, the buildings sold for a $40 million dollar profit.

This was perpetrated with the simple checking of a box on Department of Buildings applications that their Kushner Cos. signatory filled hired by Kushner Cos. claiming that there were no rent regulated apartments, giving them permission to do internal construction in these buildings along with 80 other apartment buildings in the agency’s portfolio that they rented out during the years 2013 to 2016, causing hazardous environments and rodent infestations inducing tenants to move out of their apartments, dwindling the amount of rent-stabilized units by 75% with just a few hold-outs remaining in buildings in other trendy neighborhoods with low income tenant presence in the East Village, Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Heights.

Let this be abundantly clear. Jared Kushner and his company, before he divested from it taking his current gig in the White House and with a majority of presumed progressive democrat lawmakers in city hall and city council, engaged and perpetrated in forced gentrification by blatant and brazen predatory means for personal ill-gained profit. Resulting in the current overvalued market rates affecting citizens in this city who can barely make the rent and buy groceries, and having a deleterious effect on the current crop of affordable housing units on new structures being built under Mayor de Faustio’s affordable housing plan and transformation of neighborhoods into investment opportunities and high end brands.

For some reason though, Kushner Cos. mischievous signatory check the box for rent-reg tenant on their Department Of Finance applications, which can only be so they can get the required tax abatements. So not only is Kushner Co’s perpetuating forced gentrification, they are technically embezzling the city of tax dollars during the process of inducing rent-regulated tenants to leave.

Reaction was swift of this half-decade criminal gentrification spree. Councilman Ritchie Torres aptly labeled Kushner Cos. tactics as weaponized construction and has called for belated punitive action.  And the Mayor for predatory developers Bill de Blasio muttered that Jared “might have problems on his hands” and chided him for his lying to the government in another display of blissfully ignorant hypocrisy pertaining to his obstinate advocacy for NYCHA commissioner Shoya Olatoye and her similar insouciant lying to the government.

So this sudden awareness and acknowledgement and the recent filing of a probe of Kushner Cos. predatory business model and perjuring by D.A. Schneiderman is quite late. And the recent rezoning proposals by the Mayor and current approvals by City Council has already had an effect on towns borough wide, as opportunistic bush league landlords have already and are currently employing the same tactics despite the few recent busts of some who have got by with ineffective fines and the conviction of scumlord pioneer Steve Croman.

Like in Baychester in the Bronx, where a middle age couple with a son suffering from asthma had their heat and electricity cut off because their landlord wants to begin renovating the apartments. And in a Foxhurst apartment building where an LLC is using the same disruptive gut renovation, service refusals and intimidation to drive out tenants to raise rents in total imitation of Kushner Co’s brand of tenant terrorism.

And like in trendy Williamsburg in Brooklyn, where tenants had to vacate their lofts because the landlord told them he had to make repairs to keep the building in code, instead kept delaying their return until they were able to access their apartments after 3 years to retrieve their belongings to find their doors jimmied and windows broken, all their property damaged and covered in bird shit.

 

Even though it’s now being taken seriously with the acknowledgement of the fine reporting of the Housing Rights Initiative, Kushner and Kushner Cos. tactics have been an established business model for quite a while now. Especially with the omnipresence of Airbnb. And the city and the D.O.B. did nothing but let that model and unaffordability metastasize.

And not helping at all is the recent comment vomited by city planner Winston Von Engel  at a community meeting in Bushwick on the subject of rezoning and gentrification that the cities intention “is to preserve the character and the buildings, not the people in them”.

Supposedly all that new money the City Council added to their office budget will go straight to hiring people to investigate the diabolical deeds of predatory landlords and developers instead of hiring glorified interns, marketers and sycophants which probably made up the majority of de Blasio’s 300 staffers in his first term. It’s a wonder how the mayor could have missed the chicanery by the son-in-law of his alleged politically ideological rival. Not to worry…

“We have to do a better job of cross-checking our information too, and that’s something that we want to do,” the mayor said.

De Blasio said he realized that agencies don’t often share information when he first took office four years ago.

“We tried to break down some of that, some of those silos, some of that separation, but we’ve got a lot more to do. So I think it’s a valid concern and I want to see how we can get those two agencies to be coordinating. Because if someone violated the rules, we want to get them. It’s as clear as that,” he said.

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Got it. Well it’s a good thing the co-mayor, the city council and the A.G. are focused now after the quasi-complicit honest graft sanctioning in not acknowledging Kushner Cos dishonest certification, weaponized construction and terrorizing tenants for over 5 years (and counting). It shouldn’t be that hard to draw up subpoenas or even a warrant to get that scrawny weasel Kushner to face the music in light of just recent allegations of his loan hookups totaling 500 mil with Citibank and Apollo Equity this month, the latter promising to get the CEO a job in the White House.

We, specifically all those under the daily passively menacing threat of displacement and disenfranchisement by Kushner Co’s and their yearly overlooked predatory peers and bush league amateurs engaging in the same nefarious acts, shall see.

And I didn’t even get to NYCHA’s current derelict bullshit yet.

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA’s Winter Of Dysfunction, Gaslighting Deceit And Virulent Denials

Related imageImage result for nyc housing authorityExhibit A, Public Housing.                                                                      Exhibit B, a bureaucratic shitshow.

As the warm embrace of spring arrives in just a few weeks, it is apropos that the chaotic gross incompetent management and scurrilous mischief, criminal indifference and abject perjury committed by the executives, inspectors and maintenance staff at the New York City Housing Authority enabled by the equally gross incompetent and indifferent mayor and council members that resulted in the fucked up environment of hundreds of thousands of struggling people and kids living in public housing. THE REAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM.

The biggest scumlord of the city has wrought an audit by recently re-elected Comptroller Scott Stringer:

The New York City Housing Authority, the country’s largest public housing agency, has fallen far short of its pledge to make fixes to residents’ apartments in a timely manner and eliminate a massive repair backlog, an audit by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has found.

In fact, the housing authority was reporting repairs in such a way that “obscures the actual amount of time it takes NYCHA to fully complete repairs,” the audit found.

The thing about this audit, the one above, it’s from July 2015 from a Propublica article and it’s unavailable. But Scottie compiled a new one for this winter of total discontent from the amazing circumstantial breakdowns and perpetual same old shit regarding the grotesque elements of mold, bugs and vermin, masonry dilapidation, broken lights, out of service elevators, busted doorbells and locks, leaky ceilings and pipes, persistent crime and vagrancy and the habitual absenteeism of lazy and shiftless inspectors. And of course all that lead that was lied about to HUD when it was run by a democrat wonderboy Julian Castro under the supervision of President Barack Hussein Obama. It turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports

The week after it was revealed that Commissioner Shoya Olatoye deceived the federal housing authorities about the lead contained in apartments and the unlicensed contractors hired to remove it (or didn’t) and a few days after Bill de Faustio got re-elected with a paltry turn-out of registered voters, over 1,400 residents received form letters from projects from all five boroughs demanding their eviction without any basis and without a signatory from an official. Leading to ensuing unnecessary horror amongst the unfortunate people that received them. According to some flacks at the department it was just a computer glitch, which should give any official pause to rely on algorhythms to do research and vetting. A month later, NYCHA saw fit to send warning letters to vacate to tenants in the Red Hook Houses after doing a surprise inspection in their apartments and bodaciously blaming them for the lead inside that their boss lied to the feds about.

And more cases are starting to surface regarding their officially confirmed lead oversight, as new tenants that moved into units in the 5 boroughs in the past 5 years were not cognizant of the toxicity and babies and children growing up during that time gained developmental problems wind up enrolled in special education classes. Giving them the comparably gradual effect on their young minds as football players dealing with CTE they weren’t aware they had. All attributed to the criminal avoidance and deceit from the Housing Authority brass.

Then, winter had come.

It took the bomb cyclone to wallop the city with 3 weeks of sub-10 degree weather exacerbated by brutal winds to expose more NYCHA oblivious neglect of basic services, as the majority of boilers at projects in all five boroughs malfunctioned, leaving over 320,000 residents in hundreds of buildings over 50 projects without heat at the absolute worse time in the longest coldest snap the city has seen in over 50 years. As NYCHA minions diligently tried to cover up the thousands of complaints of freezing residents by hastily closing tickets for heating repairs. Keeping up what can only be the Shoya Olatoye doctrine of perjuring offenses of willful neglect, ironically when the proverbial heat is on them.  It turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports

(Their whiny defensive responses about the heat they denied have absolutely no merit, maybe except for a case when a baby got scalded by a ruptured pipe leaving third degree burns all over his little body and still predictably refused to be accountable for it then too.)

All it took was media exposure to get the cretins at NYCHA to react, as PIX correspondent and sweetheart Monica Morales showed. Like a 93-year-old woman immolated under her blankets. Monie’s wholesome reports managed to get heat back at the Sotomoyer and Douglass housing buildings after the bitter 2 1/2 week freeze. Which may have initiated and motivated de Faustio to take his slow ass to a project to see for himself and to miraculously find 13 million dollars to make these quick fixes and get heat working again for the people that pay for it.

Proper protocol and belated reactive actions inside NYCHA as 3 aides got sacked except for you know who and by city council people and borough presidents collectively demanded a state of emergency to make the neglected and overdue repairs and got the mayor to find 200 million dollars to get the boilers fixed, which apparently should have been funded back in April of last year. The bad news is that the repairs won’t start until July. Of next year. And they won’t be fully functional or replaced with new ones until 2022. The massively belated delay is actually reasonable being that over a hundred boiler technicians quit the agency during Olatoye’s tenure as NYCHA’s spin doctor and REBNY puppet. That loss of professionals is in stark contrast with the amount of lawyers working at NYCHA trying to evict tenants from their real affordable apartments, leading to a heinous rise in city court hearings in the past 3 years to 2016. A 74-year-old woman being needled by NYCHA’s counsellers to get out of her apartment in the Bronx because the lease holder is in her late mother’s name despite continuing to pay the rent should attest that this statistic has rose as well.

But those feel good stories (and the disappointing one) will have no staying power or nary an effect on the fact that the boilers are all old, broken down and outdated as well as the pipes which easily froze during the torturing first weeks of January. It also turns out NYCHA did have a 5 year plan to upgrade and repair boilers but officials bungled the reports. And the massive lack of technicians to fix these cruddy boilers played a factor too, which may NYCHA didn’t duly prepare to have these fixed during the summer or even during the exceedingly warm months last October and November, as a majority of tenants still didn’t have hot water to cook or bathe with.

Despite all these hearings and the sudden media scrutiny of NYCHA’s revolting indifference, the buildings dilapidation is the only thing progressing as mold, roach, rat and bedbug infestations continue to grow.

And de Faustio while he defends the odious technocrat Olatoye, the Cruella De Ville of NYCHA, keeps deferring and deflecting blame everywhere he can find it. Like how historic the recent cold weather was or the obvious recent sordid history of conditions of public housing and a culture of willful ineptitude and obfuscation and which goes overlooked just like the shitlist of problems plaguing the buildings to this second and remains and grows worse. He doubled down on his ignorance on the plight of his poor constituents by getting the average amount wrong by half of the allotted time tenants went without heat and hot water during the 3 week arctic blast. By underestimating the inhumane habitability of the glacial conditions, the Blaz undermines the neglect and suffering of people in public housing. Although to the mayor’s credit, actually his luck which he has a massive amount of, that nothing disastrous or tragic happened or even someone dying during that time; like from fires considering tenants had to use alternatives for heat like leaving the ovens on and space heaters. Or like a lethal flu outbreak considering the lengths people went through to get the elusive warmth denied by NYCHA’s systemic disarray.

During this chaos, all the usual suspects, meaning spokespersons for NYCHA and Hizzoner and his spokesminions just repeat the same refrains of “we must do better” and “we will work harder”.

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Yet the Blaz again defers blame, but his defense doesn’t hold muster when his flawed affordable housing program to build and preserve 200,000 units, now up to 300,000 to make it more impressionable to desperate people and self-satisfied liberal phonies for material at democrat fundraisers, is that it didn’t include NYCHA housing in the first place, as the funding for repairs is currently dependent on the NEXTGEN program relying on commercial real estate developers (you know, his fucking donors) to build new mixed income towers on space on public housing grounds like parking lots and playgrounds. Despite recent contracts doled out by the mayor to build over a playground in Yorkville (make that squeeze into) and two parking lots in Brookyn housing projects to his favored developer pals (the ones that didn’t get indicted) for city property building tax-abated leases and to a LLC consortium that are already seeing refurbishments on a NYCHA building before they were even leased out to them, somehow the millions of city largess has not come to the housing projects in dire need. Comporting the continuing duress on the buildings and it’s tenants is, in actuality, the mayor himself, with his selfish frivolous spending of tax payer dollars on his personal lawyers and his staff of solicitous sycophants during court hearings from his immoral yet legal bribes he accepted through his Campaign For One New York 501 (c) (4) fund. And whatever it cost to make those lame ass pamphlets for his bored audience to glance at during his TED TV-like state of the city address that neglected to address the internecine problems with and come up with concrete solutions to efficiently fix and fund NYCHA. the usual suspects all acknowledge finally with claims and pathetic mollifications that “we must do better” and “we have more work to do”

And now de Faustio and Mario’s Son Governer Cuomo are now at loggerheads just like with the MTA over NYCHA. These two idiots who used to work at HUD together in the 90’s under Bill Clinton, where they clearly also ignored the dysfunction at NYCHA and every national city public housing projects, are again using their petty political bickering as a distraction for their own stupendous incompetence as elected officials. Mario’s son for one earmarked $100 million and hoarded it from the city because he actually had the audacity to say or suddenly utilized governmental prudence that he wanted to make sure the money was spent appropiately. Although it did get to NYCHA, it went instead to security cameras instead of the leaky roofs of buildings that needed it.

Maybe Andy might have had a point for his targeted allocation as it turns out that NYCHA hoarded 3 billion dollars sent by FEMA for repairs and upgrades to 33 coastal project buildings that got clobbered and damaged by Hurricane Sandy as only one building has got done in the 6 years since. Which has left over 2 billion dollars unaccounted for that could have went for boiler, roof and lock repairs, new boilers, lead and mold remediation to state the fucking obvious.

This has opened up a class action suit by  tenant association Citywide Council of Presidents  from the NYCHA’s slowly dying buildings to demand not money but reform and genuine responsible leadership to public housing. It is going to be interesting to see de Faustio and Olatoye respond to this simple on its face and indisputable request and injunction against this shitshow city government agency considering the precedence the plaintiffs have regarding a recent awarding of 57 million dollars to a mother and a child affected by the lead contamination in their apartment and a way under-speculated $100 million dollar suit against the city for Ms. Olatoye’s defiant perjury against the feds. Surely the CCOP will gain traction and not be the least bit discouraged after de Faustio and his unelected yet office holding and policy approving wife walked up the steps of city hall defiantly ignoring their protest out front.

Exhibit D, coil spring ‘do, worn by Defendant 2

As for the perjuring Commissioner, the girl still can’t help herself from perjuring herself. Even during two city council hearings, the first one where she again lied about the inspections that weren’t made and the unlicensed workers tasked with the assignments to inspect and abate the lead removal. And the second one where she showed up with a new terrible hairstyle and where she had the city’s top lawyer Zack Taylor along with other city aides and hack NYCHA officials giving rank testimonies, obfuscations and non-responses in what were basically meaningless hearings which were supervised by the former public housing committee chairman and Bronx councilman Ritchie Torres, who didn’t say a fucking word last year as Shoya was preparing her perjury statements to HUD last year and Speaker Corey Johnson who still supports her as commissioner, just like the stupid willfully blind and lying de Blasio.

The lying corrupt mayor recently and crassly said that the people in the projects should not expect a rose garden regarding the tardiness of refurbishments to the boilers and everything else in NYCHA housing. This from the guy who confidently told these same people that the tale of two cities will end on his watch and there will be one city for all and then said, for lack of profundity that this was your city. Well the city the people of the projects have received from this disappointing mayor is a shithole that he helped exacerbate with his stupid misspending, lousy policy-making and governing, unscrupulous bribe accepting and doling of civic services resulting from them and his obstinate support of a wretched worthless louse like Shoya Olatoye.

If there is a literal update to the tale of two cities Mayor de Faustio failed to end, this tale of two NYCHA tenants could be illuminating proof.

In the middle of the bomb cyclone freeze in mid-January, a bedroom ceiling collapsed in an apartment in the Weeksville Gardens Houses from in Crown Heights leading to the two people getting injured resulting from the atypical NYCHA non-response from the tenants complaints and a decayed leaking pipe. The suddenly traumatized and briefly homeless family where met by agency assigned movers who refused to lift anything big like their TV and were left hanging by the city and waiting on the cold street after they were promised a new apartment by the mayor and his trusty fixer deputy mayor of housing and development Alicia Glen. When they were finally transferred to an apartment far from their town, they arrived to a smaller unfurnished apartment with a leaking toilet, they were pestered by a mayoral lackey on the phone days later about taking a place in another borough, leading the mother to show up personally to NYCHA’s office only to be shunned because she did not make an appointment with them.

Then there is the recently revealed and overlooked story of a family in the Lincoln Houses who also had a leak in their ceiling. Instead of getting the standard runaround and unanswered phone calls from the dysfunctional agency, they just happened to have the good fortune of having their blighted issue happen during the 2013 mayoral election. As then public advocate de Blasio showed up there with his hipster daughter beside him during the campaign trail, along with other candidates and an NYPD escort, and saw the above damage along with the mold that covered their furniture and miraculously NYCHA made repairs. Since that day/photo opp, the family got their broken stove replaced and had an exterminator arrive promptly to remedy a mice problem they had. To top off the quid poor quo, when the mother had a problem receiving her disability payments, de Blasio made some calls for her to receive them post-haste. Somehow, everyone else in the same housing building were going through the same daily rigamarole resulting from NYCHA’s shitty standards of building maintenance and management.

As with these two tales and how de Faustio governs, the East Harlem family got a tiny taste of the favoritism that has lucratively regaled all that paid to play to get the mayor’s divine attention.

After all this disarray, Olatoye remains in her undeserved position and seems to be more powerful and like her confidant and number one advocate de Faustio, practically untouchable. And defiantly oblivious. For after 5 months since she got caught lying to the feds and consistently lying to her tenants, she has finally apologize somewhat with a form letter from her social media platform:

Actually, this form letter is more humblebrag and talking points than an apology. And of course it’s full of so much shit that it’s not worth wiping your ass with or even wiping the excess feces that comes out of Shoya’s mouth every time she opens it. She also found space to vilify journalists who exposed her and the agency’s illicit offenses. Got to hand it to Ms. Olatoye, for she is more like a public relations flack than a commissioner, which being a pathological liar makes her a natural. Like she can make up for 4 years of wanton neglect and blatant deceit with a warm and fuzzy letter that congratulated herself more than the achievements she and the dysfunctional agency under her supervision alleges to have made.

The summation to this amateur audit is that the way this mess was handled by all the human failures involved, it is to be reminded of the Aesop fable “The Ant and The Grasshopper“. As everyone in charge were busy fucking around than preparing for the worse. And were busy having fun with rich assholes at parties getting sweet deals for the flawed and sure to spur more forced gentrification with the heinous NEXTGEN program. And it’s not just the winter that passed and the winters that will come in the next 3 or 4 years that will see more severe weather from the extreme effects of climate change (hell there could be another or a few hurricanes that will come around again in the autumn),  it’s in the form of the massive tax cuts to public housing put forth by Figurehead Trump to finance the tax cut Oligarch Welfare Law, the wall in Mexico and so he can have his beautiful military parade.

Which will provide more convenient excuses for the usual suspects, Shoya and Bill, to do nothing for the people languishing in the squalor their rancid policies and governing has produced and induced. And the endless cycle of government waste from unqualified hacks continues unabated.

For these two terrible people will continue their atrocities for they are hoisted by a well-heeled lawyer on the NYCHA board that somehow eluded the personnel house-cleaning as noted by the thorough muck raking news blog Progress Queens:

As the New York City Housing Authority has faced one crisis after another, Derrick Cephas has served as the highest-ranking external member of NYCHA’s Board of Directors. As such, Mr. Cephas has, since his 2014 appointment as vice chair, been in a unique position to serve as a check on an institutional culture that resists accountability and reform. The controversies engulfing the Municipal housing authority include the giving of false testimony by Chief Executive Officer Shola Olatoye about tenants’ exposure, and the risks of exposure, to lead ; a Federal investigation into physical condition standards ; a class-action lawsuit over the exposure to lead ; another class-action lawsuit over mold abatement ; faulty heating and hot water systems during recent frigid Winter snaps ; revelation made by Progress Queens that NYCHA has, in recent years, been engaged in 25,000 Court cases against its tenants annually ; the Authority’s pattern and practise of evicting or breaking up tenants’ families, sometimes without legal basis but usually alongst racial lines ; and new privatisation deals with real estate developers, who have donated money to the various political committees of Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City).

Generally, organisations seek outside directors, such as Mr. Cephas, for specific qualities, such as having no conflicts of interest and offering fresh managerial worldviews. Yet, Mr. Cephas has, during his service, undertaken no public challenge to the growing signs of failed leadership at NYCHA. It is impossible to know what he has done internally, shielded from public view. Mr. Cephas did not answer requests for an interview or for a response from the law firm, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he is a partner and head of its Financial Institutions Regulatory practise group. Prior to joining Weil Gotshal, Mr. Cephas served, for five years, as CEO of Amalgamated Bank, but resigned after he could not execute on a financial plan to double the bank’s profits, according to a report published by Crain’s New York Business. Amalgamated Bank is the largest union-owned bank ; the worldview that Mr. Cephas should be offering NYCHA is one of social responsibility, but that ethos has not been on display.

It is not known whether Federal prosecutors have established whether the senior NYCHA executives, who were aware of the filing of the false certification, included the Board of Directors, and, with them, Mr. Cephas. A preliminary review made by Progress Queens has shown that Mr. Cephas is not so independent as an outside director. Ernie Patron, a former real estate associate of Weil Gotshal, the law firm at which Mr. Cephas is a partner, is now an executive at BFC Partners, a real estate development firm with close political ties to Mayor de Blasio. BFC Partners was one investor selected in secret by NYCHA in 2014 to purchase a stake in a portfolio of project-based, Section 8 housing. A report by Progress Queens showed that it appeared that some of the buildings sold in that portfolio had been renovated in the time leading up to their sale, and that City regulators, including the Office of the Comptroller and the Department of Investigation, were refusing to comment about the terms of the sale. At that time then, NYCHA claimed it could no longer afford the upkeep on the portfolio, but NYCHA officials have not explained why photographs of at least one building showed work scaffolding hanging from the side of one building included in the portfolio. News reports continue to show that politically-connected developers benefit from officials acts by the de Blasio administration that involve the sale, lease, or development of strategic public housing assets. Separately, Progress Queens reported that BFC Partners was chosen to develop 145 new rental units on greenspace in the Ingersoll Houes in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

For the tenants of NYCHA, another winter of their discontent and their justified disgust. And for the idiots in charge and responsible for their security and safety as they wait for the alleged funding to come from the looming luxury towers purported to bail them out, karma and justice cannot come fast and devastating enough for the misery and trauma they have caused with their cognitive dissonance, willful ignorance and defiant arrogance as they live with the toxic elements and fragile environment around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wrath Of The Scumlords: NYCHA Takes Responsibility For Misleading Lead Reports By Making Their Tenants Lives Difficult And Propagandizing And Flattering Commissioner Olatoye, Two Queens Town’s Gentrifications Gives Affordable Rent Tenants The Heave-Ho, A 100-Year-Old Woman Getting Pressured To Leave While Incapacitated, And A Guy Convicted By A Judge Of Being An All Around And Actual Scumlord

https://i2.wp.com/www.asafehome.net/SiteGraphics/SMII_BrokenDoorwDeadbolt.jpg Left to right: dramatization of breaking a lock for lead prevention, the “Lead Lady” Shoya Olatoye, senior citizen and tenant Justa Lopez placed on notice, convicted criminal landlord/developer Daniel Melamud.

Looks like the folks at NYCHA and probably their purveyors at city hall might be taking their jobs seriously now after last week’s revelation of covering up bogus lead inspections and infinite other oversights. And they are not showing a millimeter of class about it.

After appointing a redundant position to assure accountability, for real this time, Shoya and her new crack committee decided to take immediate yet invasive action for actual lead inspections by breaking the locks if no one is home at the time. Leading to new aggravation and inconvenience for the suffering tenants who will certainly be at work or picking up kids at school, for this effort will mostly be done mid-afternoon. Also obviously for more costs with replacing locks and making new keys. Though it’s not certain if some deduction from tenants rents will be considered from this moronic bureaucratic decision, as if the year of neglecting to do federal ordered inspections isn’t enough of a price to pay. Or even if the people they hired are even certified professionals, for it turns out that NYCHA did not even vet the contractors assigned to inspect and repaint the units. Fucking grave.

As NYCHA is now a functioning entity on lead extraction, instead of previously being an optical one, they actually have been quite active on asbestos removal. And just has reckless and irresponsible as the agency’s recent approach on lead, as evidenced at the Seward Park Houses on the Lower East Side by the FDR drive. As the contractors they hired for the toxic removal placed contaminant tents on the project’s playground, exactly right next to the jungle gym and a slide, denying the kids of tenants a safe place to have fun for the last 3 months and certainly for the rest of their remaining childhood

Asbestos huts in a dilapidated playground at the Seward Houses. Sick and twisted.

This is absolutely deranged. And it looks like those playthings need a lead inspection and repainting itself, for it looks like it hasn’t been upgraded in a decade. With this revolting development here, this spot looks like prime bait for the odious NextGen plan to take  unused space like this and parking lots for future development of new buildings with market rate rentals with help from the private real estate industry. Which is naturally the case here, as is NextGen being a program for city sanctioned plunder of government property for predator developers.

While this irresponsible misuse of an public funded amenity is outrageous, NYCHA’s asbestos abatement process is standard procedure.

There’s a lot more where this came from, check out this woman’s youtube channel, she’s got over a dozen more documented flagrant offenses and NYCHA cruelty and brazenness. This building, which is in the super trendy world fascination destination Brooklyn™ makes it seem that Steve Croman, Jared Kushner or Daniel Malemud was running NYCHA. (Yeah, who’s Malemud, you’ll see at the end).

Well, it looks like the Commish is starting to feel the pangs of shame from the general public, mostly from the poor, demanding her termination despite the arrogant, obstinate orders from Day Mayor de Faustio demanding that she remain in her undeserved post. And even from the deluded Ms Olatoye herself, who absolutely has not learned a fucking thing, for she has just summoned her staffers to distribute a hilarious petition letter to the suffering tenant associations for them to sign to advocate for her to remain at her job, as she is about to face the city council in a few days:


A blind person can see the defensive nature of this petition. This letter might be the first of it’s kind that was actually commandeered by an executive instead of the normal protocol which involves actual community participation. Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty fucking demented. What does Shoya via the petition mean by we? The royal we, maybe.

With this obnoxious self-preservation letter NYCHA again finds the funds, in spite of being $17 billion dollars in debt and being forced to seek the aid of the real estate overlords, to piss away on bureaucratic bullshit instead of making their buildings habitable and depriving the civil and civic rights and peace of mind of it’s residents. As is wont of the perpetually troubled and corrupt agency, for with the dispatching of actual lobbyists at the bidding of Shoya it falls directly in line for their historic usage of lawyers commissioned to boot tenants out into the streets. A NY Daily News story from 2013 showed that NYCHA under the direction of asshole technocrat John Rhea spent as much money and hiring on lawyers (8 million plus at the time for 98 lawyers), that you and their poor tenants they hassled paid for, than they spent on bricklayers (6 million plus at time at a total of 65 workers). And roofers (2 million plus for 29 workers) and exterminators (3.8 million for 90 workers) combined. Surely this is a big factor in the decrepit and decaying conditions of these publicly funded buildings and the ongoing deliberate attempts to dissuade poor citizens from living there.

The crazy lady commissioner apparently is cognizant of the reaming she is going to get even from the self-serving hacks of the city council. The majority of electeds are looking for her removal and it syncs well with prominent members looking to extend their terms in another voter referendum, the third time it’s been considered and a sound trashing would make for great optics among voters, if they show up of course. Despite that, she still has got to go. And go down hard.

Meanwhile in Astoria and Long Island City in Queens, rent-stabilized tenants have been under duress from their stingy and avaricious proprietors for over a year, driven by the hyped cachet and hyperdevelopment in those respective towns and exorbitant rent speculation/fabrication in both. A fire that engulfed the L.I.C. building that forced section 8 tenants to take up shelter with their relatives as the city-ordered repairs and renovations continued to be delayed by the building’s owners, conveniently keeping them away.

The rent-regulated building in Astoria is another quite sordid affair as the tenants there have been in constant battle with a proclaimed Christian non-profit that has ran the building for quite some time now wants to kick all of them out so they can run the place as a homeless shelter. In a morbid twist of irony, the group known as NYSUM, the  claims that they are not making enough money to sustain affordable housing there and would do better if they just house the homeless, which current city policies have turned into a profitable quasi-industry. Just ask some certain hoteliers. To do this, which NYSUM has been doing for almost a year and a half, they have relied on less measured predatory tactics like disconnecting free wifi and hardcore ones like tearing up a garden the tenants cared for and sending goons under the non-profits name to intimidate the tenants.

The tenants there have been persistent and have been able to remain. Unfortunately so is NYSCUM who served them eviction notices. The evil being dealt by the pseudo-Christian group cannot even be measured considering that the people that they are disenfranchising from their homes will certainly be homeless with nowhere to go because of the lunatic market rate induced on their town, and clearly will not be invited back despite being qualified for the non-profits purported mission because of their forced status. That they are causing. NYSCUM is more like it.

In another case of savage cruelty and contempt for the aged, Justa Lopez, a 100-year-old woman and resident of this city for 70 years, received an eviction notice from her landlord accusing her of not being present at her residence even though she got injured from the uneven floor she walks on. If the building management would have repaired the damaged surface they would have noticed her presence, so it seems that refusing service to her is another way, another cheap underhanded tactic to not acknowledge her existence and a deliberate criminal way to gradually force her out. And with her time away from her home getting healed at a nursing home makes her tenancy status conveniently untenable, giving the landlords fabrications of her convalescence at a nursing home then her daughter’s house as an extra residency a warped and technically legal justification to deny to return to her rent-stabilized apartment on the upper east side.

In a little bit of good news and rare justice being served. A landlord tormenting rent-stabilized tenants in a building he ran in Crown Heights in an brutal and common practice attempt to spread gentrification by refusing to turn on heat and gas and doing environmentally hazardous gut renovations on empty apts. of the tenants he bought off causing contaminants to spread throughout the building in daily clouds of lead, got thrown in the slammer for his egregious and nefarious dirty deeds which included grand larceny and forgery for creating shell companies to buy more properties and flip them for profits (sound familiar, Bill? you recall Rivington House?) and falsifying applications to get loans from H.U.D. (sound familiar, Shoya and you too Bill?).

The NY Post determined this vile man with a vile plan guilty plea as a admission of being an unadulterated scumbag. Which if one can humblebrag is a validation of my term for this kind of lowlife and bag of dicks and shit assembled and stitched in human form.

The scumlord phenomenon and scourge might just catch on, and it damn well should to cure the affordability crisis pandemic and give NYCHA executives and this fucking mayor a sense of shame in perpetuity as long as these unnecessary conditions continue for the real affordable housing plan in the 5 boroughs.