New York City, New York
There should be no more fucking doubts about who Mayor Big Slow de Blasio prefers to serve, besides himself and his running gag political career. This dumbass decided to devote 30 million dollars from President Biden’s stimulus recovery bill for an ad campaign begging tourists to come back to New York City. Showing once again that he is more concerned for the leisure of visitors than for services for his constituents who still go wanting.
Although this ludicrous boondoggle city p.r. campaign is supposed to start in June, it’s clear that this money was already
spent wasted before the Blaz announced it in the most surreal daily briefing he has done so far during the still existing pandemic for a video produced by the city’s office of tourism, NYC And Company (a city government bureaucratic agency that really has absolutely no use for the residents of the five boroughs).
NYC and Co already gets about 3 million dollars in funding each year, somehow The Blaz feels that they should get 10 times that amount to use for a few months. And it’s quite egregious that the first video they put out mostly promotes upscale lifestyle leisure with two wealthy White men dining on overpriced comfort food in an open restaurant shanty on a street curb. Another egregious thing about this tone-deaf b-roll is NYC & Co closed the comment thread on their youtube channel, preventing taxpayers from venting their displeasure with wasting city money or from making compliments for the agency vain optics of the city’s “reawakening”.
This is just another extension of the Blaz’s mostly vainglorious “Recovery For All Of Us” mission to bring NYC back to normalcy, despite the pressing problematic issues that is inconveniencing and surely delaying it, with COVID variants infecting younger people, a still high amount in cases in various zip codes in the five boroughs and citizens losing confidence in the vaccines after the suspension of the J & J vaccines, even though they have finally been made more accessible with walk-in sites just opened up and in chain pharmacies.
What’s truly obscene about the Blaz’s announcement is that it follows his revival and revision of last year’s “summer all-in” program to get guns off the street and his decision to finally send more cops in Midtown to remove homeless people and stop open street drug abuse where this tourist fueled reawakening is going to take place. This also follows his idiotic behavior and attention to prioritize art and culture over quality of life as major felonies and bias attacks against Asian people escalated in the first 3 months of the recovery for all of us.
The way The Blaz re-allocated fed funding to his equally oblivious upper class crony at the NYC & Co office shows once again that he has no concept of how to budget, especially during an emergency like the pandemic that’s still plaguing the city he has been running into the ground and which he’s trying to cover up with circuses and bread for his fauxgressive neoliberal entertainers, the only constituency he’s been mostly concerned with.
The Blaz must think 30 million dollars is not that much money, which continues his proclivity for funding mostly feel good programs that signify nothing and inevitably doesn’t help anyone, the most devastating of all being his co-mayor and wife’s Thrive mental health program and office. Too bad he couldn’t allocate this money to programs and services that could alleviate the many existential crises that would bring actual meaning to his recovery for all of us.
Some of that 30 million dollars could help NYCHA buildings, which is still in horrendous shape as de Blasio’s PACT program has exacerbated environmental and infrastructure hazards in apartments, hallways and stairwells. Maybe it could have led to some elevator and doorbell repairs or a few cameras and personnel to do security being that gang violence and other crime as gone up around the buildings again.
That 30 million could have went to provide health services and secure shelters for the thousands of homeless people on the streets suffering from mental illness or drug addiction. It’s going to be interesting to see how NYC & CO’s commercials are going to convince tourists and transients to visit the city while most of the hotels are still housing homeless people who suffer from these aforementioned maladies and recidivist criminals placed there after being released without bail. But that money could have went to people forced into homelessness after being displaced from their neighborhoods from fires, like what happened most recently in Richmond Hill and Jackson Heights. The 30 mill could have went to free Wifi and quality laptops to homeless children living in shelters or working poor families that live far from the lights on Broadway.
This 30 million could be used for the basics of city services. Increasing transit service by hiring more drivers, fixing storm drains and catch basins, reallocate funding for sanitation and restoring more hours for corner trash pickups and all fixing all the fucking potholes and cracks on the streets, avenues and boulevards.
But the most interesting and overlooked thing this 30 million could be used for, especially how often de Blasio speaks about equity, is to implement a Universal Basic Income stimulus for the poorest citizens of NYC until the merciful end of his final term as mayor. Doing this would also put a crimp into Andrew Yang’s own campaign for mayor, since it’s the most recognizable policy of his platform.
What’s really amusing about the Mayor’s reckless misuse of fed stimulus cash to produce commercials which he proclaimed was the biggest in the history of NYC is that Andy Yang actually pointed out not long ago when Biden sent the stimulus funds to NYC, he gave pretty good sage advice not to waste any and leave the next mayor hanging without aid in case the city still hasn’t recovered (or reawakened) and the Blaz immediately and arrogantly dismissed it by claiming that to keep government working for the people validates the urgency to spend it, which was also backed up by Yang’s competitor and de Blasio’s former consigliere moll Maya Wiley.
Sadly, the Mayor’s RFAOU initiative is all about optics and illusions plus delusions and the persistent optics of blight and inequity will befall on his constituents as essential and safety net services go wanting as all that fed money will go to a useless bureaucratic office whose only purpose is as a bean counter and guesstimator for the city’s tourist populace. Never mind the fact that it was because of the city’s dependence on tourism for decades is why the city is still deserted, broke and dependent on federal aid and a big factor on how COVID-19 spread across the nation and the world in the winter of 2020. But the Blaz will not relent, because he still has his emergency powers and the new and most essential emergency is to ensure that his true base, the transients, are milling and mingling around the biggest destinations of Manhattan like it’s 2014-2019 again.
And he’s not going to let anything like reality get in the way of that.