Mayor de Blasio’s Fear And Loathing Of The Public Record

Journalists and citizens, this is what The Blaz thinks about you

Park Row, Downtown, Blue Room, City Hall, New York City, New York

Good day everyone on the call.

Not long ago, the NYC Council cronies ratified a bill into law that revoked the NYPD from issuing press credentials to journalists, a truly historically groundbreaking paradigm shift in city policy of what was a standard procedure for approving access to events, briefings and police crime scenes for decades. This came about after the NYPD basically sabotaged themselves last summer and in the following months when reporters became collateral damage as they got caught up in the throes of the NYPD’s overtly aggressive militaristic tactics battling and kettling protesters during last summer’s George Floyd protests and various BLM demonstrations and rallies that followed that have occurred in later months. Thanks to the menacing optics of a police state in NYC, it actually justified the necessity of this bill.

So now in a year’s time, the issuing of press passes will be approved by the officials inside the Mayor’s Office of Film And Television Movies And Entertainment. While it sounds progressive and better than having a law enforcement agency determining the qualifications of a news source and who they assign, in essence the determination of who is a journalist or not will be  mostly under the purview of the Mayor of New York City.

Why this is being brought up now is to illustrate what an actual danger this will be considering who is mayor as well as who the next mayor will be. And in the last week since this transfer of press duties was ratified, Mayor de Blasio is setting up a very dangerous precedent with his office’s recent actions regarding his daily briefings. Actually it even started days when the press cred bill was being written up.

Back in January, de Blasio put out a 25 minute b-roll video and passed it out as his State of the City address. Entitled “A Recovery For All Of Us”, the overarching theme of the video was about how the city will make a gloriously historic comeback from the pandemic, optically highlighting programs and policies that will be dispensed equitably that will return the city to normalcy (or at least a semblance of it). In the last 3 months since his office produced that feature, The Blaz has with persistent repetition brought up his “recovery for all of us” during his briefings, aligning his brand title with his self-proclaimed gold standard re-opening of schools and revival of city culture with the widening spread of vaccine distribution.

But The Blaz’s recovery, well the “recovery for all of us”, has hit some snags. The vaccine distribution has been not been as equitably distributed, as higher income neighborhoods have received the vaccine than lower income areas and the school re-openings have resembled more of a brown standard than gold according to frustrated parents and students. Then there was the sudden vanishing of the COVID case data map for three days after it revealed about 30 zip codes with over 15% of the population with positive cases, which revealed that even with hundreds of thousands of citizens inoculated, the contagion was still prevalent and persistent.

As for the contagion, COVID-19 as evolved to four different variants, including a New York strain for fuck’s sake. But it’s the UK strain that’s been the most stubborn as cases continue to plateau again in the five boroughs despite the prevalence of vaccines. What’s disturbing about these variants is how they mostly effect younger people.

About those vaccines, there’s been a little hitch there too, especially with Johnson and Johnson brands. If there wasn’t a problem with them being 30% less effective than the Moderna and Pfizer vacs, the Big Pharma corporation recently had to trash 15 million vaccines because they got mixed up with another brand at the warehouse building where both were being manufactured. It should be noted that the warehouse wasn’t even approved by the FDA.

The FUGAZIed vaccines presents a major quagmire for The Blaz, because he has been utterly dependent on these vacs for the recovery for all of us in New York City. And he was surely hedging his bets for them to correlate nicely with his recent decision to bring all his city employees working remotely from of their $2,500 studio apartments and back to the city offices in the merry month of May even though commercial office buildings still have to follow pandemic guidelines and keep staff levels low.

Somehow, having all city employees back in municipal buildings is tied to de Blasio’s recovery, along with his mission to revive NYC culture by having entertainment spring up on the streets and to open up Broadway by prioritizing vaccine access to theater workers and entertainers with mobile sites.

The Blaz has to explain how all this is going to work and because of his notorious proclivity for being secretive and unaccountable when it comes to his policies and decisions. When he does his weekday media availability (even that sounds Orwellian), it airs on the city’s station on Channel 25 and streams live on the Mayor’s Office youtube channel. Then the Mayor’s Office uploads the entire video to their channel not long after it’s done before noon. But on three recent uploads, de Blasio’s and even his crack quack health commission squad of Dr. Chokshi, Dr. Varma and Dr. Katz responses to questions regarding recovery and COVID cases were suddenly memory holed.

Fortunately, the Mayor’s Office website has the entire transcript of his daily briefings, which makes the butchering of these videos a fool’s errand (especially when the one giving the orders is a fool), but not necessarily moot because the video medium is still the one people go to and is easily available, so it makes sense from the standpoint of a scoundrel looking to cover his ass even though it won’t stop anyone from releasing his words in full. Like on this blog here.

All the statements and misinformation that the Blaz found too incriminating, contradictory, and/or stupid will be hyperlinked and written in bold type.

March 23rd

When Andrea Grymes of CBS New York asked him a basic question about his decision to bring his entire administration back to the office, de Blasio’s response was immediately abrupted and then it suddenly went to a zoom vid response from Health and Hospitals commissioner Dr. Mitchell Katz talking about vacs and then Dr. Chokshi telling us to wash our hands and distance for the millionth time.

Mayor: Great. Thank you. Go ahead, Andrea.  

Question: Thank you. And my other question, I know you’ve advocated for a slower reopening in certain sectors in the state, I’m curious why now you feel like it’s good to bring the office workers back, May 3rd, why now?  

Mayor: Different realities that I think need to be handled different. It’s a great question, Andrea. I – look, I believe we have proven, for example, with our schools we have the gold standard of health and safety, and now we have the CDC saying even further we can bring back more kids to our schools. And in fact, what our health care leaders always say, that’s in the interest of health of our children and our families, mental health, physical health, to get them back in school. I think with our public workforce, we need them to come back to their offices. We’ll make more impact that way. We’ll serve more people that way. I think they’ll send a powerful message to the city about our comeback as well, but there are some areas that need to be handled differently. Obviously, our health care team vehemently disagreed with the Governor and the State of New York on reopening fitness classes, which are very different than schools, very different than offices. Why? Because people are in the middle of exertion, physical exertion, they’re expending a lot of a breath. They’re not, in some cases going to be wearing masks, we all know that, or they’re going to have masks that have gotten wet and are not effective. They’re in small, enclosed spaces, that did not make sense, and I hope that we’ll be reconsidered. Equally, I’ve said the other day, we’ve gone far enough on indoor dining. Thank God, you know, one thing I’m very proud of, we have outdoor dining for every restaurant that wants to take advantage of it. We’re – there’s takeout and delivery and restaurants up to 50 percent. That’s enough to keep everyone safe. Again, a setting where people take off their mask because they’re eating and drinking, special limits and carrier needs to be taken there, while we see what happens with the next weeks as we deal with some outstanding questions like the variants. So, it really depends on the specific activity and how you can apply the health and safety measures to it. That’s my quick overview. I just want to see if Dr. Chokshi wants to add anything?  

Commissioner Dave Chokshi, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Sir, nothing to add to what you’ve said.   

Mayor: Okay, great. Thank you. Go ahead.  

The only time the Blaz actually answered Ms. Grymes question about lifting restrictions for city office workers during his blathering talking point dominated response was a bunch of distinguished theories about exerted breath emissions in gyms and restaurants which was as ludicrous and dangerous as his imbecilic theory that the virus spreads more in upstate New York than in Manhattan as the pandemic was starting a year ago. Dr. Chokshi, who has been quite a reliable patsy defender for Hizzoner’s pandemic decisions, wisely decided to not to legitimize the Blaz’s epidemiological brain farts. Chokshi will need a new job once the Blaz is gone on Jan. 1.

Not only did de Blasio keep Grymes question off the video record, but his aides also deleted questions from three other reporters and 7 other de Blasio responses, including responses from Dr. Varma and Dr. Chokshi. At least 20 minutes of public information regarding the pandemic and the Mayor’s recovery plan were redacted. Starting with Micheal Gartland, City Hall reporter of the NY Daily News, who inquired about the Mayor’s brand new Racial Justice Commission. It should be pointed out here that the majority of questions here focus on this addition to the already oversaturated bureaucracy that’s in de Blasio’s administration.

Moderator: Next up is Michael from the Daily News.   

Question: Good morning, Mr. Mayor.  

Mayor: Hey Michael, how are you, been?   

Question: I’m good. Thanks for getting me in with the questions this morning. I wanted to ask you a question about the commission, and this is where you and Jennifer Jones Austin. Jennifer talked about the need to dismantle systems that enable racism. So, my question is, you know, in city government, what are the systems that enable racism? What do we need to dismantle here and how do we go doing that?  

Mayor: Well, you’re asking the giant question, Michael, that in fact is the reason we need this commission. I’ll turn to Jennifer for her views, but I’ll just start by saying this is historic work, historic because it’s never been attempted anywhere in the country on this scale before, but historic also because it requires looking at the big picture in a way that we just don’t do in the day-to-day work of government. A piece of this equation you saw recently in the work that Jennifer and her colleagues did working with the NYPD, a very important beginning, and I commend Commissioner Dermot Shea, who, you know, and his speech at the greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce issued a formal apology for the institutional racism that had existed in the NYPD and still needs to be weeded out, and obviously, in the letter that he wrote accompanying the second reform report. This is something that you’ve never seen before from a police commissioner. I think it was a very important contribution that was accompanied by a whole host of tangible reforms to address issues, not just structural racism, but a host of issues. I think that is an indicator of the shape of things to come. The commission’s going to look at everything. So, I said, every city agency, the work of the city, the City Charter itself, but they’re also going to invite in the private sector, cultural sector, the academic sector, that they can participate and step forward with their own acknowledgements and their own action plans and work with the commission on that, which I think is another really exciting part of this work. So, I think, you know, hugely important mission that this commission will now shape together and then bring to the people of this city. Jennifer, you want to add?  

Chair Austin: Yes, I very much appreciate the question and I very much appreciate your response Mayor. You know, we, we don’t yet know all that we need to know, but what we do know is that in this nation, time and time again there have been laws, there have been policies, practices that have been designed and implemented. And while, sometimes at face may not seem to be racist or discriminatory in nature, the impact is all – points to racism at every turn. And so, what we’re going to be doing is looking at our laws, our policies, our practices, the systems that hold these laws, policies, and practices up and trying to really get at what is, you know, is it the design that is problematic? Is it the law in itself? How do we need to message it or do things differently so that the outcomes, the impact that results, is not disparate, is not discriminatory? Much work to be done, but we have enough evidence in places and spaces here in New York City and around the nation that tells us this is the work we need to do.  

Mayor: Thank you. Go ahead, Michael.  

Question: That, and I have a question on the May 3rd reopening. You know, I understand that the commission is tasked with kind of identifying these things, but you know, these systems, I mean, it seems like you do have some sense of what they are, and I’m wondering if, you know, is there a reluctance to kind of talk about them on the front end to get more information or can you just kind of share some sense of where you think you’ll be focused on, you know, their particular laws or policies in general you know, that you’re looking at kind of taking on, and then I have another. 

Mayor: Yeah, no, Michael, this, respectfully, is your second question, so, let’s stay there, and we can, you know, the team will follow up with you on other matters. The – look, here’s what I’d say, if you look across city agencies, you will see issues have been raised by leaders, by community members for a long time. We all know a lot of work went into changing the composition of the Fire Department. That work needs to deepen. We all know there’ve been real issues with the Department of Education, ensuring diversity at all ranks of the department, looking at the curriculum. Even something you might not think about at first blush, but it’s been in the news a lot lately. How we go about preserving the city’s history, the work of our Landmarks Preservation Commission, but ensuring it is focused on everyone’s history, you know, the folks who built this city, the communities of color that often were left out of previous official histories. It really is across all areas. So, there’s not, again, there’s not a litmus test. There’s not a preexisting mandate to act on this specific issue. This commission has got a lot to do, but its job is to look across the whole city government to look at the very foundational document of the city, which is our charter. But again, also to invite in non-city actors to join in this effort and to work on their own issues with us as well, and I think a lot of people are going to want to be a part of this, Michael, I think this is historic. It’s the right moment in history where people need to come to grips with this, and this is going to be the vehicle to do it. Jennifer, would you like to add? 

Chair Austin: I will simply add that we’re moving into this and we’re doing this work because we know as you just pointed to that, there are examples that can be done here and there that have devastated communities, individuals, families, and so we have enough of what we’ve experienced to help us appreciate the importance of leaning in, but there is no, there’s no report that’s yet been written that is not yet being surfaced. That’s not what we’re doing here, and we are going to remain as open as we possibly can so that we don’t miss critical issues.  

Apparently, going by these opaque responses, this racial justice commission has no plan and no indications of how to determine what’s can be construed as racist. But plenty of answers on how the implementation of this plan is so historic.

If there is an indication of why the Blaz and Ms. Austin thinks the city needs this commission now and will be able to crack down on internecine racism in civic and government services, it’s obviously tied to the Blaz’s order to lift COVID restrictions and fill up municipal office space again, as if this racial justice commission can’t stop racism on zoom for a few more months.

Now back into the memory hole as he fields then will later vanish questions from Steve Burns from WCBS880 who brings up the Blaz’s contradictory and health risky May reopening and the extremely belated arrival of the racial justice commission.

Mayor: Go ahead.  

Moderator: We have time for two more. First, we’ll go to Steve from WCBS Radio. 

Question: Hey, good morning, Mr. Mayor, how are you?  

Mayor: Good, Steve, how you been?  

Question: I’m alright. First on the return to work here. I take it, there’s some amount of signaling and messaging here as well to New York’s larger business community that it would be okay to bring their workers back as well, that the city is doing it. How amenable or flexible do you think they’ll be, given we just saw the Partnership for New York City survey saying half of workers still won’t be back by September, still going to be a lot of hybrid working, if you will, going forward. How flexible do you think, and do you hope, New York’s broader workforce will be based on what the city is doing here?  

Mayor: It’s a great question, Steve, first of all, I mean, we saw in the news earlier today about Morgan Stanley bringing back a lot of its workforce. You’re seeing more and more of these announcements. I think we should separate the question of, you know, blending and hybrid of in-office and remote work. I think you are going to see every company approach that differently, how much they need their folks full-time in the office, part-time in the office, some days, other days, you know, that every different company is going to work out. Let’s put that question aside. I think the question I would focus on that you raise is, are folks ready to start bringing back the workforce in whatever way makes sense, as quickly as possible? I certainly want to encourage that. We’re going to have five million people vaccinated by June. I think for a lot of companies they’ll make that decision to act in the next few months. I think a lot of other companies are going to wait until September as the natural inflection point with schools coming back fully, et cetera. But what we do see is this issue is now on the front burner, Steve. Companies are now seeing it’s time to come back. It’s time to recognize that there’s progress happening, and it’s going to help companies to do their work, and it’s going to help surrounding communities to have those workers back and it’s going to help small businesses. So, I think you’re going to see a lot more of that in the coming next few months. Go ahead, Steve. 

Question: Thanks for that. On the Racial Justice Commission here. This is a concept that I remember you raised almost a year ago now during the protests, and now that it’s coming to fruition here, you know, nine months later. So, the process means it’ll fall to the next mayor to implement this and inherit this. Is there a reason why there was such a delay here to make this so that it falls to the next mayor to really see the results here? 

Mayor: I don’t – I appreciate the question, but I wouldn’t agree with the way of framing it. So, this Commission, we’re going to set it up, that they can continue their work through this year and if they choose to into next year, and I think whoever the next mayor is, is going to value this work, and certainly look at these extraordinary leaders who are part of this Commission. But the Commission plans on by the end of the year, doing a report, and at that point, determining what steps they’re recommending initially. They, again, can easily continue that work. There’s a lot to do here that could play out over multiple years, but they will have a body of work this year and the ability to send items to the ballot. So, I have no question in my mind, you’re going to see a lot of high-impact work, and then I would advise in advance, since we don’t know who the next mayor is going to be, I would advise them to take this model and keep running with it because this is work that we need to do until the mission is done, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s worth putting several years of effort in to. 

It has been suspected for quite some time that Mayor Big Slow is just biding his time until his term is up and also that his programs were designed for the next mayor to take over (like his affordable housing ruse program) and it’s clear that this was the plan for this commission too, which seems like another ruse and an excuse for de Blasio to have allies in house when the new mayor is elected. (Unless that mayor is a Republican).

The whole thing, for lack of a better term, looks like a shit sandwich and smells like it. And it sure sounds like Henry Goldman of Bloomberg News caught a whiff of the stench too in his last questions that were annihilated from the public record

Moderator: Last, we’ll go to Henry from Bloomberg.  

Question: Mr. Mayor, how are you doing today?  

Mayor: Hey, Henry, how you been?  

Question: I’m good. I guess my question is very similar to the last question. But I would also frame it differently than either one of you, which is –  

Mayor: Yeah, Henry, that is you being yourself right there. (Such a snotty, classless dig)

Question: I guess so. In 2013, you ran this campaign that was on this whole insight that economic inequality is one of the central issues with not the issue of our time, and now it’s 2021, and we’re getting a commission to identify the areas in which economic and racial inequality has kept society’s foot on the neck of people of races other than white races. So, I’m just wondering, given the fact that this was central to your reason for running for office, why are we getting this commission at this late date? 

Mayor: Henry, you know, we, here’s, here’s the summation of how I’ve followed through on the vision of attacking the tale of two cities. We have redistributed now tens of billions of dollars to working people and communities of color. We fundamentally changed education with Pre-K for all, and now 3-K. Fundamentally changed the approach to affordable housing. You go down the list of things, obviously the police reforms, you know, that work followed through on the initial vision that I brought to office, but what has happened in the meantime is a deeper understanding of the fact that institutional and structural racism require not just a set of policy changes or not even individual and profound acts of redistribution, but the entire structure now has to be questioned, and as I said, right down to each agency in the city government, each major institution of our society, and the city charter and the city’s laws itself – this is a deepening of the original mission, and as we’ve done this work, I think I’ve certainly been satisfied, the impact of each major policy change that really is reaching, you know, hundreds of thousands or millions of people. But I also become more and more convinced that we have to look at the entire structure and identify even more profound changes. So, I think this commission will do it. It’s obviously the first in the nation. I think it will be a model for other places in the country, and I also think it’ll be really tough work because it’s never been done before, but I have faith that this group of people will find a way forward for us. Go ahead, Henry. 

Chair Austin: May I just add one thing to that. 

Mayor: No, please. I’m sorry, Jennifer. My apologies. 

Chair Austin: I just want to add that, I mean, we all know, we all are appreciating more and more that structural and institutional racism in this country has been in, has been in place and has been built upon now for better than 400 years. To even begin to suggest that in seven years we would dismantle it in its entirety – you know, we can’t get into that. We can’t get into that. We need to center on what needs to be done in this moment to deepen our work, to look at these structural barriers, that even when we put new policies and initiatives in place will not get us where we ultimately need to be, and so this needs to be a time where we are building on the significant work that has been done and not getting too much into well did we not do enough, or did we not do the right thing? 

This Miss Austin is quite a character. She’s seems more adept at running protection for the mayor, herself and this commission they concocted at the last minute than solving racial justice. But what’s interesting is how she weasels an excuse about how you can’t solve 400 years of racism in 7 years, but apparently it’s possible in 7 months and change. And in the hopes of another 4 years if the mayor they want to win emerges victorious.

Mayor: Thank you. Go ahead, Henry. 

Question: Okay, I mean, I don’t want it to really be literate, but a few years ago I was, you know, in front of the Justice Department and the demonstration, and 98 percent of the people who surrounded me weren’t aware that it was structural racism that was causing a lot of this country’s problems and inability to confront things. Maybe it was 97 percent, I don’t know.  (Shaaaaade)

But here here’s my second question. It has to do with the stubbornness again of these positivity rates and infection rates, and it seems out of whack with this sense of optimism and reopening. We had Scott Gottlieb pointing out that there are all these ZIP codes with over 15 percent positivity in New York City. I counted 30 with 10 percent or more or rounding off 10 percent or more. So, given this state of affairs and the fact that the data is still coming in slow, we’re three days behind instead of two, why isn’t there a greater sense of concern and worry that the infection rates are not coming down as sharply as you would think they should be? 

Mayor: It’s a – I know your questions with a full heart Henry, but I do think there’s an editorial component. There’s plenty of concern, plenty of vigilance, and I don’t know anyone who worries more all day long than our health care team. I’m going to turn to them, I’ll turn to in order and in just a second, Dr. Varma, Dr. Katz, Dr. Chokshi, but I want you to hear from them the way they’re seeing the current situation. We are watching all that data all the time, and we’re listening to different voices. Although, as you know, Henry, there’s different voices in the medical field and in academia that have different views and you take each one in, but you can’t treat anyone as gospel. I think that the three health care leaders that you hear every day from this gathering have led us through this war with extreme ability, and I really appreciate all their efforts and I would summarize it this way: everyone’s watching the data constantly. There’s a strong sense of vigilance. There’s real concern about the variants, but we do see progress unquestionably, and we also are watching the steady pace of vaccination. We know it’s about to uptick intensely and we believe that’s the most critical factor. So, we’re making decisions about what can be moved with all that in mind, but we’re also saying some areas where we don’t think there should be changes or needs to be a different approach. So, it’s really, I think pretty fine-tuned, but let me do in order. Dr. Varma, then Dr. Katz, then Dr. Chokshi on each have their own view of the state of play. Go ahead, Dr. Varma.  

Senior Advisor Dr. Jay Varma: Yeah, thank you very much for the question Henry and I think I would just really try to emphasize, I mean, we speak on these press conferences every day, and if there is a one thing that we are absolutely consistent in, is that we are deeply concerned about the fact that the rates of infection have not declined as dramatically as they should be. It’s the reason we raise caution about people participating in indoor activities, it’s the reason we released, you know, a very extensive guidance on how to die in safely for people that choose indoor dining, and the reason we keep emphasizing how important it is for people to be observing the importance of masks, distancing, hand-washing and frequent testing, and then of course, getting vaccinated as soon as possible.  

Now, that is absolutely what we’re concerned about right now, and we think that there’s a real critical importance for people to maintain that vigilance over the next several weeks and possibly a bit longer. At the same time, we also know the effectiveness of these vaccines. We know the effectiveness from clinical trials. We know the effective this from real world lived experience looking at the UK, looking at Israel, looking at other selected datasets where individual populations have been vaccinated. So, we also know that even though we need to be incredibly persistent right now, there is promise on the horizon, and so it certainly does make sense to plan for a future that will be better while at the same time also recognizing that you need a plan B – if things don’t go the way you want, you need to redirect, and so that’s the way we’re looking at it right now, and I just really do want to emphasize that we want people to get the message that now is not the time to let up. But there will be a time, some point in the future and we have a pathway to get there. 

Mayor: Thank you, go ahead, Dr. Katz.  

President and CEO Mitchell Katz, NYC Health + Hospitals: Yeah. Dr. Varma has done such a great job. I don’t have a lot to add other than to say that there’s been unanimity among your health experts. We talk to each other every day, we support each other. We believe in the work we’re doing together. I’m very pleased to see decreases in the number of deaths and decreases in the number of patients who are seriously ill and require ventilation, and I believe that is because of the success of the vaccines. I believe that once we’re able to vaccinate the entire population you’ll see that the cases themselves begin to decrease more dramatically, but as a physician, of course, the thing I’m most worried about is losing life or people having prolonged hospitalization, and I’m glad that the vaccines are so effective at preventing that, even when there are variants the vaccines still are effective at decreasing the severity of this disease. Thank you, Mr. Mayor.  

Mayor: Thank you, and now, Dr. Chokshi.  

Commissioner Chokshi: Yes, thank you, and thanks for the question Henry which I appreciate you know, what I would just add is that this is not something inexorable that is happening to us. This is something that we as New York City have a lot of agency with respect to how we can continue the fight against COVID-19. All of the things that you’ve heard us say that we know works with respect to beating back the virus masking distancing, handwashing, getting tested, getting vaccinated when it’s your turn. Those are the things that will help us in what is ultimately, you know, a tug of war between nature and New Yorkers, and in that match, I’m going to bet on New Yorkers because we’ve shown that we can do the things that do work with respect to curbing the spread of COVID-19. Now is the time for us to recommit to do that, to hold on so that we can make that the homestretch of what has been a marathon for the city. 

Mayor: The very quotable Dr. Dave Chokshi – tug of war between nature and New Yorkers, we’re betting on New Yorkers. Thank you, I agree, Dr. Chokshi, and look, as we conclude today, everyone – I’m betting on New Yorkers too. I’m betting on New Yorkers all the time, and that is a bet that we win regularly

Evidently, the Blaz and his media minions in the Mayor’s Office didn’t find Dr. Varma’s and half of Dr. Katz’s responses about the rise in variants and hospitalizations worth quoting for video viewing. Nor Hizzoner’s talking point gaslighting in this clip. Dr. Varma clearly points out the still prevalent risks of having normal capacity in the workplace and other indoor venues and clustering with the pandemic’s resurgence which de Blasio’s May order for his administration coming back to offices clearly, irresponsibly and hazardously conflicts with. The fact that de Blasio is willing to undermine his own doctors advice by cutting them out of the conversation on the city’s youtube channel is about as dangerous as Trump telling people to stick a syringe of bleach into your lungs.

And just like how a serial killer can’t stop after he/she kills one person, de Blasio and his minions continued to strike reporters questions and the mayor’s incriminating moron responses and gaslighting about the pandemic off the video record.  And the Blaz does it again to Henry Goldman question about the city’s case data and to Dr. Varma, his senior health advisor of the COVID response and recovery and as well as to the other poor saps of his health commission, striking their responses from the public record with bolts of narrative control lightning.

March 30

Moderator: Next is Henry from Bloomberg. 

Question: Hello, Mr. Mayor, how are you doing today? 

Mayor: I am doing well, Henry. How’ve you been? 

Question: I am good. Baseball season is just days away. 

Mayor: Days away. It’s palpable. It’s in the air, Henry. 

Question: The Red Sox first loss of the season just days away. (Lolz)

Mayor: Ouch, Henry. That’s awfully personal, Henry. Let’s just be a – what’s the word I’m looking for – a good loser, a good winner, not a sore winner, whatever it is. 

Question: All right. Well, my first question is really, you know, these numbers are very stubborn on infection rates, positivity. I’ve asked this question a million times and others have too, but has the City’s priorities shifted toward really caring about hospitalization and death rather than looking at the numbers of cases and the positivity rate? Are those indicators really kind of falling by the wayside, as vaccinations increase? What is the reality here? 

Mayor: It’s a great question. You know, you have raised it and I think I felt like we spoke to this over time, but it’s good to come back to it. I think there was a, and I’ll turn to Dr. Varma and Dr. Chokshi, and I also will get Dr. Long in this because of the experience that we’re seeing in Health + Hospitals, which is really, really important to your question.  

Henry, simply put, job one has been to save lives, from the very beginning. We knew in the beginning what we didn’t know, right? COVID was so new, the approaches in the hospitals just weren’t ready and the immense stress on the hospital system, and, and we were trying with everything we could to just keep the hospital system able to tend to people and save lives. But when we got a year later to the point where the hospitals, the medical world had really learned a lot more about how to address COVID, we saw a very different reality. We saw people go into the hospital and come out alive much more often, thank God, and we did see the number of deaths go down and we saw very, very different reality, and that’s the most important thing, is saving lives. We take seriously the case numbers, for sure. We want to drive them down, and the best tool to drive him down is vaccination, and then the next best thing is all the following all the guidance that that health team has given. That still is overwhelmingly what New Yorkers are doing. So, I think we take both seriously, but undoubtedly, we start with, you know, saving lives and avoiding the kinds of hospitalizations that mean someone’s going through a really, really tough time. So, Dr. Varma, Dr. Chokshi, Dr. Long, just let’s do lightning round, but give your quick responses. 

Senior Advisor Varma: Yeah, I mean, this is obviously – it’s a very hard and difficult topic to discuss, but let me just say a few really quick points. One is, you know, Henry, as you know, none of these indicators is absolutely perfect and that’s why we have always emphasized the importance of looking at all of them together, and as you note, this is –we are at a very high plateau that we want to get down from, and there are ways to get down from that, (ZAP!!!) and one is to make sure that people continue to do all of those personal measures that are important. Number two, they get vaccinated when it’s their turn, and number three, they continue to get tested and to observe you know, the precautions, if they do take risks or, you know, enter into the situation where they’re traveling or something to continue to emphasize those precautions, particularly in those higher risk scenarios.  

I think the second point is that, you know, one of the most effective ways that we can prevent death is through vaccination. I think what has really been consistent throughout all of the different vaccines has been the remarkable impact that they have on hospitalizations and deaths. So, we absolutely to continue to prevent infection through all the methods that we know, but we also know that the vaccines are going to be very effective at that more severe outcome. 

Mayor: Thank you. Dr. Chokshi. 

Commissioner Chokshi: Thank you, Mr. Mayor. I’ll just add briefly you know, as the Mayor said, our job at the end of the day is to save lives and prevent suffering, and that’s why we do look at hospitalizations and deaths so closely and carefully and deploy all of the strategies that Dr. Varma mentioned to try to prevent those numbers from rising, and you know, we see the numbers every morning. We think about them not just as epidemiologists or, you know, from the mathematical perspective, but the very human suffering that is behind each of the 2,600 people who are hospitalized across New York City as of today. But that leads to the other part of your question, which is we do look at cases and test positivity because those are also related to avoidable suffering that we are trying to prevent. Cases and test positivity in particular, are often the leading indicator, meaning we have a beat on what’s happening sooner when we see the trajectory of those numbers. So, we look at all of them together but they inform, at the end of the day, the strategy that we have to try to avoid those outcomes that we take so seriously. 

Mayor: Thank you, and Dr. Long, you can speak for what’s happening in the hospitals directly. 

Executive Director Ted Long, NYC Test & Trace Corps: Yeah, thank you, sir. So, Henry going back to the last March and April, I was on the front lines of our hospitals where we quadrupled the size of our ICU’s. We cannot go back to that. So, what we’ve done here, with respect to the second wave in the city, is we’ve sought to delay and diminish the number of cases that we’re seeing here in the second wave, if you will, and that’s resulted in us being able to save lives, but also importantly, to Dr. Chokshi’s point, keeping our hospitals going so they can continue to provide the excellent care that we know that they can. Through our second wave, we actually have had in New York City, one third fewer per capita that’s of New Yorkers think compared to the rest of the country, and that’s because again, New Yorkers came together, wore their masks. 96 percent of the time we’re reaching every single new case from a contact-tracing perspective. 
Now we’re doing more testing than almost any other country in the world. Those things came together to delay the onset of our second wave, diminish its peak, and that resulted in saving lives, and in particular, by keeping our hospitals going. You walk into the door of any of our hospitals now at Health + Hospitals, it looks different than it did last March and April. And it will continue to look different because of what New Yorkers do and are willing to sacrifice every day. Now, on a note of cases, I just want to make the point that it’s not an issue of whether cases are more important than hospitalizations and deaths, but rather it’s Dr. Chokshi’s point, they serve a different purpose. Where we see cases going up, that enables us to strategically deploy our resources. We see cases going up, testing going down in the community. I, and Test and Trace, have 40 mobile units, all of which have rapid testing capabilities. 20, soon to be 40 mobile units, with vaccines. We can deploy our resources where we need to, and that also helps us to break chains of transmission and save lives. Thank you.  

Mayor: Thank you, Ted. Go ahead, Henry. 

Question: Okay, thanks. Here’s a question that is kind of weird. It’s – Mr. Yang took a shot at you yesterday, not a vaccine shot, but kind of, he threw some shade on your administration. And in the course of enunciating one of a bunch of policies in which he seems to be sort of either uninformed or off, just not factually correct. For example, he wants you to declare a subway fare holiday which would mean taking money out of the City treasury to pay people, literally, to take the subway, which as we all know, is a State-run facility. He’s also asked you, or demanded really, that you not spend all of the federal relief money in one year when we know that it’s going to be dispersed at least over two years. He’s also called the City’s reserves, a rainy day fund [inaudible] that the State law prohibits the City from establishing a rainy day fund, and he’s called on you to tax Columbia and NYU, they can pay property taxes, and we know that that would require a State action to do that. And so, my question to you is, you know, obviously, you know, the whole history of the City is that incumbent mayors don’t get involved in the politicking for the person who’s going to succeed him or her. But he also has called for spending a billion dollars out of the City treasury on 500,000 people who would receive basically $167 a month. So, in giving all of these policies that really either run a [inaudible] of what you’ve done or are really impossible under State law, do you feel an obligation as the incumbent, as the mayor, as somebody who has spent the last seven plus years dealing with these issues to somehow set the record straight and inform the front runner, or at least the population of New York City, that these ideas would take a heck of a lot of work to implement if not being impossible? 

Mayor: I appreciate the question. I certainly would just say to everyone, we for years worked very hard to shed light on the fact that the State runs the MTA. I just want to pull out that one piece. I think it’s really important. Early on in my administration, I would go to town hall meetings and there was obviously – people would raise concerns about the subway, and I would ask them, you know, who runs the subways and there’ll be a lot of confusion. You know, Henry, the MTA was set up purposefully decades ago in part to create that confusion purposefully, to keep accountability from residing in any elected official. Well, obviously over the years, the State became the one place where decisions were made about the MTA controlling the leadership, controlling the budget. And I think we did a good thing in these last years by clarifying that, really creating accountability. 

Typical of the disingenuous Mayor to call for lightning round answers from three doctors responsible for the health and safety for all citizens regarding the steady rise in COVID cases and then strike them down with narrative control bolts like Zeus with a thin skin. Funny thing, is that they didn’t answer Mr. Goldman’s question either and responded with a bunch of obvious takes not much different than de Blasio’s.

Also notable and truly sad is how the Blaz’s media minions wiped out Henry’s question and de Blasio’s wishy washy answer about Andrew Yang’s platform proposals in an attempt to make the dilettante neoliberal candidate and his ideas not only irrelevant but non-existent.

Now here’s where de Blasio’s video redactions start to resemble a serial killer’s pattern, as another media availability upload a week later had minutes erased. And whether it’s coincidental or even personal considering the dig against the Red Sox, the mark getting suppressed again is Henry Goldberg.

April 6

Question: Thank you. Another question, Mr. Mayor, was about the Cleaning Corps. you just announced. I’m wondering, does this differ at all from what the city does, for example, during snow days and hiring workers? is this like a temporary sort of job? I’ve heard some concerns expressed about hiring during the pandemic and whether that is the best use of the stimulus money. So, are these going to be long-term hires or are they temporary hires? Could you give a little more details about the status of these folks –  

Mayor: Yeah, Jeff, these – it’s different than what we do on, you know, that very, very temporary basis. This is for the remainder of the year and we’ll assess obviously toward the end of the year, but the goal is for the year 2021 to maximize the cleanup really, you know, roll out the red carpet all over this city that the city’s coming back. We definitely saw more littering on sidewalks, you know, during the pandemic, we got to clean that up. We saw some more graffiti, we got to clean that up. We got to get to where we were before the pandemic and even better to really foster a recovery for all of us. So, the goal here is hire as many people as possible, as quickly as possible for employment in 2021 and only 2021, and then as we get to later in the year, we’ll assess what makes sense to do going forward.  

Moderator: The next is Henry from Bloomberg.   

Question: Hello, Mr. Mayor, how are you doing?   

Mayor: I’m good, Henry, how you been?   

Question: I’m good. Very good. Thank you. I wanted to ask you about the State Budget. It appears that the Governor has gotten his way, and there’s a $1.3 billion item in there to support this expansion of Penn Station which will involve using eminent domain, there’s a lot of local opposition to it. The local Council people are opposed to it, and it appears that the State can overrule any local land use oversight on this. What’s your feeling about this?  

Mayor: Henry, I want to check the latest because that’s not what my understanding was as of late yesterday. What the Governor proposed is a mistake. It’s not that Penn Station isn’t an important area for the city, it is, and I certainly believe we need more development as part of how we come out of this pandemic, but it has to be the right kind of development. It has to be with communities, not against communities. It has to include the voices of communities. It has to respect what people need in a community and achieve something for that community and not just be a giveaway to big developers. So, the Governor’s plan was very developer friendly, not community friendly. Last I heard the legislature was taking measures and steps to create balance, and I want to get the latest on that. We absolutely need that kind of balance when it comes to Penn Station. Go ahead, Henry.  

Question: Okay. Well, I’m probably going to want to hear from your staff your reaction when you find out the latest on this. My second question, I guess, has to do with the unions concern about schools that a lot of the new infections are occurring in young people, they’re occurring in school age people, partly probably because they’re not vaccinated, but for the teacher’s union and other people who are in the schools, they think this raises the risk that the schools could still be a vector for infection despite how well the schools have been able to prevent that from happening. What is your view on that?  

Mayor: Well, I’ll turn to Dr. Varma and Dr. Chokshi, but I would say this just to put in perspective. I’m really struck by what Dr. Chokshi said yesterday, after 700,000 tests in our public schools. I think the composite figure was 0.57 percent positivity. That’s just night and day compared to, you know, everything else happening in New York City. I mean, they have been the safest places in the city, continually, well before people were vaccinated. Further, we now know that over 65,000 school employees have been vaccinated, and more getting vaccinated every day. So, even with the challenge of the variants, I think we are clearly doing very well in the schools, and in fact, our position gets stronger all the time as more and more people get vaccinated. So, I would say, I think regardless of some recent developments, that fundamental formula still holds very, very true, but first Dr. Varma then Dr. Chokshi.  

Senior Advisor Jay Varma: Great. Thank you very much. I would echo really the points that the Mayor has made. So, first of all we went through a difficult second wave in January where we peaked at over 6,000 cases a day, and during that time, we were able to demonstrate that all of the measures that we use to protect adults and children in schools continued to be effective. So, we know that our defensive measures, our methods to prevent infections, can work even when there’s high levels of community transmission. The second is, as the Mayor has rightly pointed out, we have now added the single most powerful layer of defense, and I would strongly encourage any adult – or really anybody now, 16 and older, that participates in in-person learning in some way, to get vaccinated. That is the single most powerful layer of defense that we could have to help protect against you know, people getting severely ill. And I think a related point to that is from our detailed analysis of cases from October through December, over 80 percent – or I’m sorry, approximately 80 percent of the incidents that involve transmission occurring in the school setting involved an adult being the index case. So, yet another way to prevent and make our schools safer is to protect adults from infection through vaccination, and we know vaccine isn’t a 100 percent effective at protecting adults from being infected, but it is tremendously effective. So again, I would really lean into the importance of one, our defensive protective measures have worked, and second of all, we now have this additional layer of vaccination.   

Mayor: Thank you. Dr. Chokshi?  

Commissioner Dave Chokshi, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Mr. Mayor, I’ll just add that we are following the numbers very closely, not just that 0.57 percent test positivity rate that you mentioned, but also looking at cases and test positivity among children across New York City as a whole. When we look at those case rates and that test positivity, even as we do see the variants increase in the city, those have held stable. We are not seeing increases in the burden of cases or the positivity rate among people age zero to 17. So that’s something that we will continue to follow closely, but Dr. Varma made the most important point, which is that we do know that vaccination of school staff will help because the cases that we do see within the school setting are predominantly brought in by adults. So, this gives us a very important layer of protection that we think can make our schools even safer for in-person learning.  

Mayor: Thank you. Go ahead.   

Mr. Goldberg clearly got cut down because he dared acknowledged teacher’s concerns that the Mayor’s brown standard of school re-openings will lead to another rise of infections and not because he’s still getting back at him for dissing his beloved Bosox.

What de Blasio has been doing here with these videos shouldn’t be undermined and ignored, even if the transcripts are easily available (and the transcripts are still insufficiently informative, because they don’t write down the full names of the journalists). What these selective edits show is a Mayor obsessed not with making the city safe from preventing another outbreak but more with this “recovery for all of us” reality he’s relentlessly pushing by trying to control the primal forces of science and nature while COVID continues to spread through proxy strains. Which has led other nations to reinforce lockdowns again and again and to a stunning rise of cases again in New York City,making us currently number one in the nation in new infections.

This is only going to exacerbate because of the Blaz’s reliance on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which has seen some very unfortunate events in only a week. Turns out NYC will not be seeing another influx of J & J vacs for quite a while after a plant in Baltimore that wasn’t FDA approved screwed up the manufacturing of 15 million vaccines that had to be thrown in the garbage. These vacs also have resulted in harmful side effects after inoculations that a site in Georgia had to suspend service for the day. To make things even more worse for the recovery for all of us, a 30-year-old upper class  White woman from Williamsburg got the Rona again after getting the J&J shot early in March. Which discredits the city’s health departments constant advisory refrain that the next available vaccine is the best one. Surely this probably will have the Blaz shitting in his britches since she is part of the Blaz’s demo to make the city’s recovery a reality. Which is bad timing since he recently debuted the city’s mobile vaccine only a few days ago, after he debuted a vaccine mobile unit for Broadway a week earlier.

So it makes sense that the mayor would prioritize entertainment over his constituents for the city to come back to normalcy, because he’s been acting more like an executive producer than a mayor or even a leader. Which is why he’s been coming up with shit like the Open Culture NYC and emceeing reopenings at entertainment venues at BAM and Lincoln Center and announcing the scheduled reopening of beaches with Spring only 2 weeks old.

But as these videos illustrate, The Blaz is trying to produce an optical illusion of a city overcoming a pandemic and is deliberately and quite nefariously trying to hide any evidence that will counter his Recovery and is willing to undermine his health commissioner and advisers to do it. This is no different than what China did when COVID-19 spread like wildfire in the Wuhan Province and no different when ex-President Trump played down the virus despite initially believing the severity of it.

But most alarmingly, what the Blaz is doing by erasing his bonehead replies regarding cases and spread and the analysis of his health team regarding infection data and medical advice is not much different than Cuomo’s and his toady staffers manipulating the data to edit his best-selling American Crisis novel. In fact, it’s probably more sinister because it’s happening currently and unlike Cuomo, de Blasio still possesses his emergency powers. And the Blaz is able to still get away with this by continuing to keep the press out of City Hall’s blue room by exploiting the pandemic protocols. Which should a beg a question from journalists on how de Blasio can lift restrictions for municipal office work and can still be allowed to continue keeping them from questioning the mayor in person.

And as Mario’s Son has already shown, with those powers brings great micro-mismanagement, it’s not hard to see in these briefings de Blasio’s influence on his doctor’s responses too even in their responses that got butchered from the uploaded videos. Most glaring is city’s doctor and health commissioner Chokshi, who’s more comfortable giving his professional advice and essential accurate information about the variants to a corporate news host than his patsy refrains of wearing masks and washing hands when he’s zooming in the blue room.

Which is why where we are still in the throes of a pandemic and why bringing up the press credential issue matters and it’s not just these videos either, his government city recidivism from covering up data of the racial makeup of those winning the affordable housing lotteries to the his most recent fucking with the public record with his inherently corrupt blackening of a FOIA of the city’s plan to bulldoze a mile of public park space by the East River and place a platform on top of it for some reason, only a few years after it was partially renovated. And after the city claimed that there was no resiliency study made for it.

Because de Blasio is fucking with the press  and his constituents by pushing his narrative for his trademarked “recovery for all of us” by redacting footage from these videos and the public record. And after his most recent press briefings, de Blasio must have just realized that even his gaslighting is not going to be enough anymore in order to get this recovery he desperately is pining for, now that he has fiendishly resorted to manufacturing consent to push his comeback narrative across and doing a horrendously sloppy job at it.

Because this narrative de Blasio is desperately trying to control is obviously already having an deleterious effect with the return of people mingling and clustering in public parks again and tourists coming back to the city, it’s easy to see why the Blaz doesn’t want anyone to know if any of these current COVID cases are from re-infections and the efficacy of vaccines, particularly the weaker J & J. But another reason de Blasio is cutting up these uploaded videos is because he’s the face of the pandemic in NYC now that Cuomo has been sidelined by his scandals and has been evading journalists for months and will continue to. Especially now that the Blaz is fancying designs for running for governor.

These corrupted redactions of the public record are the culmination of The Blaz’s 7.4 years of recidivist unaccountability. Because the recovery is not really for all of us, but rather a self-serving recovery for de Blasio’s abominable political career. And the health of his constituents, his staffers and even the tourists be damned.

We seen this dystopian movie before. It’s de Blasio Vu all over again.

 

AOC Tied To Capitol Police Investigation Of A California Resident Criticizing Her In A Tweet

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Representative of the 14th District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Giving accountability the finger

The Grayzone

An anti-war activist was visited by California Highway Patrol officers after posting video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bumbling comments on Israel-Palestine. The action, which AOC denies triggering, was initiated by a call to US Capitol Police.

As he waited for a food delivery at his home in Los Angeles on April 8, Ryan Wentz, an anti-war activist and producer for the online viral program Soapbox, heard two men calling his name from over his front gate. When he approached, he realized they were not delivery drivers, but police officers flashing badges of the California Highway Patrol.

The cops informed Wentz that they had received a call from the Capitol Police, the federal law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the US Congress, about a tweet he had sent that allegedly threatened Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Wentz told The Grayzone, “The officers said, ‘We got a warning about a sitting member of Congress. And it was because of your tweet, which tagged them in it.’ And then they just wouldn’t back down from this accusation that I threatened to kill her.”

The California Highway Patrol indicated on Twitter that it had acted on a call from Capitol Police.

Though AOC’s office has denied falsely informing Capitol Police of an online threat by Wentz, the Democratic congresswoman has in the past asked her supporters to report critics to social media censors.

Whoever called the police on Wentz furnished law enforcement with a patently false allegation, as he has never threatened violence against any member of Congress.

In the tweet that triggered the police action, Wentz merely posted video of AOC delivering a vapid and embarrassingly convoluted answer to a question about resolving the crisis in Israel-Palestine. Describing her answer as “incredibly underwhelming,” he let the congresswoman’s cringeworthy commentary speak for itself.

Going by my recent difficulty with the Twitter, this incident confirms that the social media platform is no longer a “private company” and has become an arm of the government hell bent to induce and normalize censorship and will shut down any attempt to hold elected officials accountable for their bad policies and idiotic statements. And just like in my case, this person got clamped down for words belonging to another person.

AOC should be less concerned about what she perceives are threats to herself, her brand, her political party and evidently a powerful political lobby and more with the persistent problems and crises that’s affecting her district starting with the recent fire that left hundreds homeless in Jackson Heights. But apparently, the politically gutless AOC would rather have her own personal National Security Agency apparatus than have her manifesting her virtue signal tweets into getting better hourly salaries, secure housing and medicare for all to the people.

 

Fascist idiot.

Queens Is Still Burning And More Housing Insecure

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York

Queens Post

An eight-alarm fire that tore through a Jackson Heights apartment building Tuesday night has left hundreds homeless and resulted in 25 people being injured.

The fire started inside an apartment located at 89-07 34th Ave. shortly after 1 p.m. and quickly spread throughout the building. By 8 p.m., it had been upgraded to an eight alarm blaze, with more than 350 firefighters and EMS personnel at the scene.

Firefighters were finally able to get the fire under control at 12:07 a.m., but the flames damaged the majority of the 133-unit building, a FDNY spokesperson said.

“It took the department eight alarms and almost 12 hours to place the fire under control, working inside [and] outside, causing many injuries to our members and some injuries to civilians,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at the scene this morning.

In total, 19 firefighters and six civilians were injured. None of the injuries were life-threatening, the spokesperson said.

The flames spread throughout the building since the occupants of the apartment where the fire started left their front door open. Furthermore, they waited 10 minutes before calling 911, Nigro said.

The apartment was on the top floor of the six-story building.

CBS News

The flames broke out at around 1 p.m. Tuesday on the sixth floor of the 133-unit building at 89th Street and 34th Avenue. Nearly two dozen people were injured, and the building was gutted.

Martin Barrera said she grew up there with his mother.

“Twenty-three years in an apartment, you settle. There’s something in there that belongs to you, and it’s called your home,” he told CBS2. “For them, this is all they had. It’s not some, or, you know, I can go move somewhere. It’s all they had.”

“We’re all reeling from this. Kids don’t have clothes, we’re completely empty, we have nothing,” said Andrew Sokolof Diaz, founder of the Tenant’s Association.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials said it began inside a sixth-floor apartment. Officials said there was a 10-minute delay in calling 911 after residents smelled smoke.

“People smell smoke, they notify someone else other than us, ‘I think I smell smoke.’ You smell smoke, call the fire department,” FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said.

Investigators also believe the resident left the door open as they ran to safety, allowing the flames to spread into the hallway and then overhead into the cockloft.

Queens Post:

Jackson Heights community members are now organizing efforts to help the 130 families — more than 400 people in total, according to organizers — who lived in the building and have been displaced.

A GoFundMe page was set up for the families by one of the organizers of a local LGBTQ-run food pantry called “Love Wins” and it has raised more than $100,000 in just 13 hours.

“A community made up of majority low-income, working class, immigrant essential workers, already experiencing the aftermath of COVID-19 are now without their homes,” Daniel Puerto wrote in the description of the GoFundMe.

“It’s hard to express the deep sadness we felt tonight as we looked into our neighbors eyes and asked how we could help,” Puerto added.

 

When Mayor de Blasio gets done trying to produce the recovery of all of us by emceeing performance arts venues in Brooklyn and Lincoln Center, maybe some time can be dedicated for his Housing Preservation and Development and Human Resources Administration to make sure these 400 residents who have had their lives upended from getting disenfranchised from their homes and belongings and make sure the owners of this complex, KEDEX PROPERTIES LLC, renovates and restores these apartments as quickly as possible.

And since there is still not much known about how this inferno started, right at the start of the afternoon no less, let’s be positively certain that when this LLC decides to demolish these actual affordable housing buildings and build some garishly designed tower they better let these residents that got displaced be allowed to return without any conditions. Instead of letting more low income people become gentrification collateral damage.

And since these working poor people are in dire need of housing now, surely there are other places to shelter for the time being until they get their homes back.

Since this recovery is supposed be for all of us.

Unless there are some exceptions, right Blaz?

 

Update:

On the day 3 since the displacement inferno in Jackson Heights, The Blaz preferred to go to Luna Park and ride the Cyclone with his entire staff of minions and Senator Chuck Schumer, along with a smattering of essential workers as a token gesture of equity. They were the only ones there at the amusement park’s first opening in over a year.

This bum doesn’t have the decency or even the courage to face the essential workers who got evicted from a devastating fire.

de Blasio is literally fiddling with himself and throwing circuses while the city burns.

Bastard.

Wrath Of The Scumlords: Grifter And Predator Landlord Swindled All Three New York City Housing Agencies For Eight Years

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QNS 

A Far Rockaway man was charged for defrauding government rental assistance programs by renting out dilapidated apartments he did not own to families in need, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Paul Fishbein, 47, faces wire and mail fraud charges for allegedly falsely claiming to be the owner and landlord of 20 rental properties, mostly in the Bronx, while collecting government subsidies and evicting tenants over the course of eight years, according to the Southern District of New York.

“As alleged, Paul Fishbein not only took advantage of New Yorkers in need, he also defrauded city and federal government programs designed to help these very people,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. “Fishbein allegedly lied about ownership of residential properties, fraudulently took rent subsidies and other benefits from those government housing programs, and often evicted tenants without cause from housing that was substandard in any event. Now Paul Fishbein is in custody and facing serious federal charges for his alleged fraud and exploitation.”

According to a complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, Fishbein allegedly lied about owning the properties beginning in 2013 based on forged deeds. He then allegedly rented the properties to homeless and low- to moderate-income families through rental assistance programs operated by three city agencies — NYCHA, the Human Resources Administration and Housing Preservation & Development — and collected money, including federal funds, as the purported owner and landlord of the properties.

The complaint estimates Fishbein defrauded the three city agencies out of about $1.5 million, including more than $270,000 in federal funds. In addition to taking payments, Fishbein allegedly faked using a broker to rent out the properties and kept certain broker’s fees for himself that the HRA issued as payment.

Fishbein is also accused of faking financial eligibility for Medicaid since at least 2014, the complaint says. He allegedly told the HRA he worked at a company where his total income was about $150 a week — or $600 a month — when he in actuality made hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. Prosecutors allege Fishbein received nearly $50,000 in Medicaid benefits to which he was not entitled to as part of his scheme.

Since he’s back on the streets after posting a $250,000 for his bail, on behalf of this predatory landlord, I would like to thank Mayor de Blasio, Deputy Mayor And Commissioners for Housing Alicia Glen and Vicki Been, NYCHA commissioners Shoya Olatoye and Gregory Russ and Steven Banks for letting this poverty pimp personally profit immensely from the homeless and affordable housing crisis and the continuing privatization enabling demolition by neglect of public housing, making him wealthy enough to walk free in society again, even for a little while.

New Bad Days 83: The Ides Of March Bring More Violent Hate Towards Asians And Gun, Gang And Subway Violence To New York City; Convicted Murderer Stomps On Woman As Burly Luxury Building Staffers Display Indifference; Gang Warfare At Woodside Houses Takes A Woman’s Life; A Man Beats The Life Out Of A Child And Another Man Chokes His Girlfriend To Death, Both Cases Stemming From Long Term Abuse; Gig Worker Gets Murdered For Trying To Stop A Thug From Stealing His Livelihood; EMT Gets A Chunk Of Her Face Bitten Off By A Drug-Crazed Teenager; Street Fights And Confrontations Resulting In Wild West Shootings Return To The Bronx And Rikers Island Has Devolved Into A State Of Anarchic Violence And Malfeasant Incompetence

They just stood there.

Queens

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In South Ozone Park, a woman was found dead inside the trunk of an abandoned car parked on Lefferts boulevard as it was about to be towed away by the sanitation department after 311 calls by residents about it’s elongated presence. The woman was reported as a missing person for 4 months after disappearing following an argument with her boyfriend in his car after they attended a birthday party at a bowling alley in Woodside back in November. Her killer, who is also the father of her two children, is still on the loose. The autopsy found that she was murdered from a single strike to her head from a weaponized blunt instrument.

In Woodside, a woman walking home from the supermarket to her apartment at the Woodside Houses got killed by a stray bullet from a shootout between two gangbangers while they were running on the street. A tenant blamed the failed bail reform policy enacted last year for the rise in gang violence in the building. A 19-year-old man got charged for the senseless killing.

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Also in Woodside, a man got shot to death in front of the Woodside Houses in another gang related incident.

Two days later at the Woodside Houses, a man bringing home bread and milk to his grandmother who lives in an apartment there got followed by a man who stuck him up at gunpoint in front of the building and shot him when he refused to give him what he bought. While bleeding on the ground, the victim gave his assailant 7 bucks and his cellphone, which his grandmother mused was the reason for a lot of muggings in recent days.

Again in Woodside, a man jumped another man on the sidewalk and stabbed him in the chest and slashed his hand.

Again in Woodside, a man jumped a woman as she walking on the sidewalk, held her at gunpoint and forced her to walk a couple blocks to house and then into a backyard where he sexually assaulted and robbed $60 off her.

In Ridgewood, a speakeasy rager being held at an abandoned warehouse and federal Superfund site got raided by NYC Sheriffs, leading to the evacuation of over 140 people and the promoters and DJ getting arrested.

Also in Ridgewood, a man flipped his lid while waiting behind a standing vehicle on the street and stepped out of his car with a tire iron and whacked the rear wheel then he smacked the man on his arm when he came out of his car.

In Jamaica at the 179th St. Station, a homeless woman sleeping on the F train went bonkers when the conductor and other transit workers woke her up.The derelict spit and threw cleaning products at them as they tried to get her off the train and then she threw a broom at a transit worker that almost caused her to fall against an arriving train while ducking the object.

Also in Jamaica, a man beat a 71-year-old man to death with a piece of rebar in inside of the victim’s apartment after he argued with him about making too much noise.

Again in Jamaica, a postal worker robbed a credit card from an envelope during her route and used it to get her breasts lifted in a Long Island plastic surgery clinic.

And again in Jamaica, two men got busted with 50 kilos of yayo named after a pro soccer player in their apartment.

And again in Jamaica, de Blasio’s NYPD deployed militarized cops to break into a house suspected of drug dealing based on a bad tip on a no-knock warrant at 6 in the morning. The cops tore up the woman’s nephew’s bedroom wall and  found was about a few grams of weed. This means the NYPD are still using the same policing method that killed Breonna Taylor a year ago and did this right when Albany was in the well-publicized process of legalizing pot.

In South Jamaica, two homeless men living in a hotel homeless shelter got into a brawl at a park across the street, leading to one of them getting stabbed to death and also a security guard from the hotel getting stabbed twice when he tried to stop the fight.

In Jackson Heights, a four alarm fire destroyed a row of 15 small businesses on one block. Some of them weren’t leased or insured. Queens is still burning.

Also in Jackson Heights, a man fired shots directly at a window of an apartment building, attempting to harm two men and a woman inside.

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In St. Albans, a two alarm fire destroyed a house and left 7 people and a dog homeless.

In Woodhaven, a man stalked an 89-year-old man to his apartment building and grabbed his cane when he ambushed him inside and threatened him with it, then he forced the elderly man to give him envelopes filled with cash totalling $50,000.

Also in Woodhaven, a couple who lost custody of their two daughters kidnapped them after they tricked their grandmother into thinking they regained custody of them.

In Elmhurst, two men got held up inside their car at gunpoint after getting rammed from behind from another car occupied by the perpetrators, who stole the drivers cellphone and wallet and shot at the other man as he managed to escape from the vehicle and ran away.

Also in Elmhurst, a boy slashed a 12-year-old girl in the face after she got into an argument with his girlfriend on a street corner.

Again in Elmhurst, a man jumped a woman as she walking on the sidewalk, held her at gunpoint and forced her behind a building and sexually assaulted and robbed $60 off her.

In Ozone Park, a woman got killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver while she was crossing a boulevard notorious for speeding and racing.

Also in Ozone Park, five men dressed like a SWAT team barged into a basement apartment and held up a man and woman residing there at gunpoint and zip tied them as they robbed a watch worth 16 grand, a necklace worth 3 grand and also a designer wallet with 100 bucks inside.

Again in Ozone Park, hundreds of books keep getting plundered from a book share site.

In South Richmond Hill, a man robbed 5 people of their wallets inside stores in 4 month pickpocket spree.

In Far Rockaway, a social worker took advantage of a 90-year-old woman residing in an adult care center and accessed her bank account and transferred over $100,000 to her own savings account so she could use it to pay her student loan debt.

In Averne, a man walked up to another man on the street and shot him multiple times and hit him in four times on one side of his body.

In Howard Beach, a man was found dead from a shot to his chest inside his car at a supermarket parking lot.

In Glendale, a man snatched a bunch of package deliveries that were left by mailboxes inside an apartment building.

In Hollis, a dice game on the street went awry when a man pulled out a gun on his opponent and demanded money from him, then he handed the gun to another man who pulled the trigger and shot the other man to death while he was emptying his pockets. The man who provided the gun is still on the loose.

In Queens Village, a man got murdered from a drive by shooting while sitting in a car with three other men who ditched him as he bled on the street.

Also in Queens Village, a fire destroyed three small businesses and injured three firefighters after the building behind them collapsed from the blaze. Queens is still burning.

In Corona at the Junction Blvd station, two men fighting on the platform led to one of them getting slashed.

In Astoria, a fire that started in a store abandoned by it’s owners spread throughout the building and to a neighboring three story house in a two alarm fire.

Also in Astoria, a man broke into five apartments and looted hair grooming products, a $2,200 rental check, bottles of hemp oil and a stash bag and 150 bucks.

Again in Astoria, a man caught another man trying to steal his ebike in front of a mosque and the got dragged on the street trying to hold onto the bike as the thief was riding but he still got away.

And again in Astoria, a 75-year-old woman and her 48-year-old autistic son were dead for weeks inside their apartment at the Astoria Houses after.

And again in Astoria at the 46th St. Station, a man slugged a 17-year-old boy and pushed him onto the tracks. Then the man attacked a man who was sitting on a bench and slashed him multiple times at the 65th St. Station in Woodside.

In Fresh Meadows, a man approached a woman holding her baby near a park and spit on her while accusing her of spreading COVID because of her nationality.

In Flushing, a 13-year-old boy playing on a basketball court at Bowne Park got hassled then mobbed by three other boys who threw him to the ground and chucked basketballs at him while slurring him for his nationality.

Also in Flushing, a man volunteering for  neighborhood watch group assembled because of the rise of biased violence directed at Asian people surveilled two walking on the sidewalk making verbal threats and slurs at other commuters until they entered an office building. Then one of them comes out and slapped the phone out of the man’s hand.

Again in Flushing at the Main St. Station, a xenophobic man yelled at a woman on the 7 train by calling her a slur and blamed her for spreading coronavirus. Then he grabbed her phone while she was using it take his picture

In Whitestone, an off-duty firefighter killed a man with one punch in the back lot of a bar on a street corner where violence happens daily.

In Long Island City, a man and a woman went to a discount department store, piled $8,000 worth of  bottles of pain relievers into their shopping carts and ran out the door with them.

Also in Long Island City at the Court Square Station, a man yelling on the platform charged and randomly punched a 67-year-old man in the face.

Again in Long Island City at the Queens Plaza Station, a woman jumped another woman who was exiting the station through the emergency door and threw her to the floor and beat her up as a man stole her cellphone.

And again in Long Island City, a man robbed a car from an auto body shop that was about to be repaired.

And again in Long Island City, a man shoved a 61-year-old man to the ground and bashed him in the eye with brass knuckles and robbed his backpack.

And again in Long Island City, a mentally ill man with a knife on the R train fixed his eyes on a woman and then stalked her when she tried to get away from him by going into another transit car and then he sat down next to her. When three Samaritans asked her to come sit with them, the man had an outburst and slashed all three of them when they tried to protect his target.

And again in Long Island City, three men tried to mug an app-hail driver at knifepoint but failed to steal his cellphone and wallet and ran away into the streets.

In Corona, a gang of four men and two women surround a man on the 7 train and beat him down to rob his cellphone.

In Rego Park, a man got killed after getting hit by a driver making a turn while he was crossing Queens Blvd. with the walk signal.

Also in Rego Park at the 63rd St. Station, a man sitting across a woman whipped out his junk at her on the R train.

Again in Rego Park at the Woodhaven Blvd. Station, a man pushed a woman onto the tracks right after she just got off one of the local trains.

In Forest Hills at the 75th Ave. Station, a woman recoiled and moved from her seat to another one when she saw a man taking a piss on the F train, then the man moved towards her and splashed her with urine as he pissed on the seat next to her.

In Kew Gardens at the Jamaica/Van Wyck Station, a man got stabbed during a fight with another man on the mezzanine and died down the block at Jamaica Hospital back in November. The killer is still on the loose.

Also in Kew Gardens, an app-hail driver told a couple to stop fighting with each other in his car then one of the passengers punched him in the head multiple times while he was still driving.

In Broad Channel, a homeless woman lying on a bench on the A train stabbed a man in the arm after he asked her to move so he can sit down.

In College Point, a man rode his bicycle up to a woman on the sidewalk and grabbed her ass and they he whipped his dick out at her. Then he rode up to another woman and smacked her butt and rode away on the next day.

Also in College Point, a woman was found dead in her house under a pile of garbage in her kitchen. The woman, who worked as a set designer for various TV shows, died eight months earlier and the NYPD didn’t even notice she was there when they went their on a wellness check and removed her pets.

In Pomonok, an argument between two men over an available apartment held at an open house sale escalated when one of them took out a gun and shot the other in the ass. Wonder if the apartment was one of those “affordable” ones.

On Rikers Island, a convict who previously served time for killing two men and was awaiting trial for a  shooting murder a few months earlier was set free from a clerical error following a court hearing where he cursed out a judge and he was released after the time on the contempt charge got served. The fugitive did not have bail set for him because of the severity of his crime. Corrections sat on this horrifying information for 12 hours before they notified de Blasio’s NYPD. A deputy warden and four C.O.s got suspended for the drastic miscue.

A week later, another murder suspect was set free from Rikers because of another clerical error that stemmed from reducing the bail for a felony gun possession charge to $1.00 and classifying his felony murder charge as ROR, Allowing him to get Released from the prison On his own Recognizance. Fortunately for the city and society, the felon turned himself.

The other suspected killer fugitive is still running free despite de Blasio’s confidence about his recapture.

Also on Rikers Island, a prisoner serving time for avoiding to pay over $85,000 in child support got mistakenly released on a clerical error. The convict is also COVID-19 positive and took the metrocard and took NYC Transit and the LIRR home to his sister’s house in Suffolk. Even though he’s supposed to remain in quarantine under captivity for another week.

Again on Rikers Island, two inmates associated with the Bloods got into a brawl inside their cell then they both attacked and beat down a C.O. when he tried to break them up.

And again on Rikers Island, an inmate was found dead with his head jammed inside a handcuff port outside of a clinical room and another inmate committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell with a linen cloth.

And again on Rikers Island, a C.O. got into a fight with two of his supervising officers who were trying to force him to work a third shift at the prison after they shut the cage on him when he was trying to go home.

And again on Rikers Island, 13 inmates from the Bloods engaged in five attacks on 11 C.O.’s in a 7 day span starting with two gangbangers attacked a C.O. inciting a prison riot that led to 4 C.O.’s. Another ambush got initiated when one of the prisoners accessed a control room and opened the doors for his fellow inmates, giving them the opportunity to beat the shit out of 4 C.O.’s.

And again on Rikers Island, a prisoner serving time for avoiding to pay over $85,000 in child support got mistakenly released on a clerical error. The convict is also COVID-19 positive and took the metrocard and took NYC Transit and the LIRR home to his sister’s house in Suffolk. Even though he’s supposed to remain in quarantine under captivity for another week.

Has de Blasio, Speaker Cojo and the NY Council fauxgressive cronies ever given the thought that the reason Rikers is making C.O.’s work triple shifts is because solitary confinement has been cancelled and the only way to tamp down violence and keep order is to keep C.O.’s on duty for every minute and second that way they can justify these new supposed progressive policies? Even though it’s clearly not working? Even Jeff Bezos lets his Amazon FFC employees go home.

And while this FUBAR management is going on at Rikers, where is the NYC Jails Commissioner? Whose conspicuous absence after de Blasio put her on medical leave following the release of a fugitive killer that’s still on the loose has made her virtually unobtainable for comment?

Manhattan

In Hell’s Kitchen, a man looked directly at a 65-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk and kicked her in the chest and then stomped on her head three more times as she lied on the pavement in front of luxury apartment building, as the doorman closed the door as she writhed in pain on the ground while the man yelled at her that she didn’t belong here because of her race, which he presumed was Chinese, but she was really a Philipino woman. When the coast was clear, two building employees went outside and aided the woman although the NYPD said that no 911 calls were made after the attack despite the luxury building owners claims. The lunatic then threatened another man with a knife who tried to stop him from getting away according to a witness. 

The man got arrested at a hotel homeless shelter in 3 blocks south from where he pummeled the woman in broad daylight. The city placed him at that hotel after he served a 17-year-sentence for murdering his mother by stabbing her in the chest three times with a kitchen knife at her home in the Bronx. He was released on parole in late 2019 after being rejected two times the prior two years.

This barbaric attack was enough to garner enough local and national media  for Mayor de Blasio to give a token condemnation for violence towards Asian people, which exceedingly rose in the city he runs after he announced an undercover cop task force to catch bias violence against Asians in the act and demanded his constituents to report people even on the presumption they said slurs resembling bigotry against Asians. Which shows that everything the Blaz touches to try to stem crises of any kind, he exacerbates them

The psycho is now incarcerated and denied bail.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, during a Black Lives Matter protest, a man got his face lacerated when a demonstrator smashed the plexiglass window of a restaurant shanty while he was eating.

And again in Hell’s Kitchen, a man ran down the sidewalk and clotheslined a 73-year-old to the pavement in broad daylight.

 

In Harlem, a man brutally beat his 10-year-old stepson to death inside their apartment at the St. Nicholas’ Houses. On the day before the murder, cops were sent to the building to respond to a 911 call describing a man yelling threats and banging on a wall When they arrived to the source of the disturbance, they waited in a hallway and left after 12 minutes after allegedly not hearing anything and getting a voicemail trying to contact the person who notified them. The next time the NYPD sent cops to return to the building to investigate another domestic violence call, the boy was lying dead in a bathtub hours after his stepfather threatened to beat him worse than he did the day before.

During the boy’s life, the NYC ACS were regular visitors to this household, as early as when he was a baby when his mother was charged for neglect. His stepfather had prior  domestic violence arrests for beating up his mother and also assaulted another woman in front of her 3 kids. The autopsy of his final beating of his stepson found internal injuries to his organs and broken ribs.

Also in Harlem, a man shot at two men inside a bodega after he accused them of starting at him and when one of them threw a tin dish of food he was eating at him. Then the gunman and his friend rode away on scooters.

Again in Harlem, a 17-year-old boy got slashed in the neck by two men he engaged in an argument with on the street.

And again in Harlem, a man got shot in the ass during a dispute with two other men inside a deli.

And again in Harlem, two men got shot on a street corner and ran to a nearby hospital. One died from getting shot in the chest and the other survived a bullet to his leg.

And again in Harlem, a xenophobic man shoved another man to the pavement then punched his face after yelling a bigoted slur at him

And again in Harlem, cops deployed by the Department of Homeless Services to a shelter building attempted to calm an unruly man down and then he viciously attacked a cop, punching his face multiple times until he was maced by the other cop. The man then took some clothes of his and ran out into the streets while the cop he pummelled has to eat and drink through a straw until his broken jaw heals. Where the fuck is Thrive, Co-Mayor Chirlie?

And again in Harlem, an 8-month-old baby died inside a NYCHA apartment.

And again in Harlem at the 125th Station, a man slashed another man in the face on the 4 train and ran out into the streets.

And again in Harlem, a woman got shot in the stomach on the street in broad daylight.

And again in Harlem, a man walked under a scaffolding bar to punch a 75-year-old woman in the face.

In East Harlem, a man grabbed a woman as she was walking around the corner on the street and threw her on the sidewalk and attempted to rip off her clothes in broad daylight, but the woman managed to fight off his effort to rape her.

Also in East Harlem, a man bashed a woman’s head onto a guardrail and stole her phone.

Again in East Harlem, two gang members got shot in the middle of the street.

And again in East Harlem, a man shot another man to death on a street corner,  then he got into a car with another man and fled the scene of the murder. Then they were pursued by the cops who heard the shots nearby and got into a high speed chase with them on the FDR drive. The two men abandoned the car in Midtown and fled on foot. The cops managed to arrest the passenger but not the driver and found the murder weapon on the ground.

And again in East Harlem, an app-food delivery man got shot to death in a playground after he tried to stop his killer from stealing his e-bike while he was about to eat lunch. Robberies of ebikes have seen a massive surge during the year long pandemic, mostly off of gig working undocumented immigrants who make about 60 bucks a day and are usually too scared to go to the cops to report them stolen, making them easy prey for lowlife thieves. For some reason, the delivery guys have to purchase their own bikes even though they work for tech companies that make billions of dollars and don’t pay as much taxes as regular businesses in the city.

In Midtown, a man driving a commercial van blacked out and rear-ended another car and caused it to crash into a restaurant shanty, the van driver then collided into a fruit stand set up under a building scaffold. Two children, an elderly man, a fruit stand worker and 3 other people got injured during the melee.

Also in Midtown at the 59th St./Lexington Ave. Station, two men sans shirts and a woman ganged up on a man on the 5 train and one of them slashed him in the head. Then they ran away and took the express train back uptown.

Again in Midtown, a protest held against Mario’s Son Governor Cuomo’s homeless and housing policies as well as demands for his resignation led to four demonstrators getting arrested and reporters being intimidated from photographing the protest from threats and arbitrary unconstitutional orders to stay off the street by de Blasio’s NYPD.

And again in Midtown, a man poured fluid on a woman while she was carrying shopping bags and then yelled at her to go back to China.

And again in Midtown, a pro-Trump march with his supporters walking with a 2024 campaign flag the size of a football got into a brief clash with Antifa protesters leading the cops breaking it up and arresting four people who were caught carrying tools and weapons. A man who threw a bottle of bleach at the cops and then ran away to the Bryant Park station.

And again in Midtown, two men made off with a bag of $8,000 in fresh bills that was left on top an ATM machine by a security guard at a bank.

And again in Midtown, a homeless man stole a bakery van while a 15-year-old boy was sitting inside and drove it on the sidewalk and crashed it into a building scaffold because he thought someone was going to shoot him. During the manic theft, the delivery man wound up breaking his legs after he held onto the door to stop the lunatic.

And again in Midtown, a man got hit with a stray bullet when someone involved in rumble on the street between rival gangs decided to settle it with a gun.

And again in Midtown, a woman threw an Asian woman to the pavement and punched and yelled at her.

And again in Midtown at the 51 St./Lexington Ave. Station, a xenophobic man punched a woman in the face on the 6 train and also called her a slur, blamed her for the pandemic and demanded her to go back to China.

And again in Midtown, a man got held up at gunpoint in front of an office building and robbed of a duffel bag containing $60,000 from a recent “business transaction”

And again in Midtown, a man tried to scale a too big to fail bank building during a protest in front of it and then fell on his ass and broke his pelvis and a can of black spray paint. The injured protester is a small business owner.

And again in Midtown, a man got caught shoplifting in 7/11 by a worker and he punched him in the face and called him a bigoted slur.

In Times Square,  a trash can on a subway mezzanine was set on fire and exploded as a cop was about to take a peek at it and as a woman and her two children passed by.

Also in Times Square, a man beaten and strangled his girlfriend to death inside a hotel homeless shelter after 2 years of abusing her and using her government financial aid to spend lavishly on booze and drugs. The man had 15 prior arrests, his most recent one in February when he beat the shit out of his father while he was sleeping in his bed and then stomped on him with his boots and and evaded arrest even when he kicked in the door of his late girlfriend’s mother’s apartment and wanted to freeload because police couldn’t do anything because she didn’t want him to leave.

Kayla Estevez and her boyfriend, Ernest Wright, are pictured in an undated photo. Estevez is shown with a black eye in this photo, which her family claims was the result of domestic violence.

Her boyfriend claimed she crushed her larynx by herself. The woman suffered from bipolar disorder and her brother’s repeated calls for help to city government agencies to get help for her were for naught. So where the fuck was Thrive, @NYCFirstLady?

Again in Times Square, a man yelled a sexist insult and xenophobic slurs at a woman and told her children that she was going to kill them. Then the lunatic smacked the phone out of her hand as she was filming him and kicked it onto the tracks.

In Greenwich Village, an app-hail driver got held up at knife point had his bag containing his wallet robbed and his car partition damaged by a man and a woman he tried to kick out of his car for not wearing masks.

Also in Greenwich Village, a man hassled a cop who was monitoring a protest with profanities and xenophobic slurs.

Again in Greenwich Village, protesters smashed the plexiglass window of a restaurant shanty.

In Downtown Manhattan, two homeless people savagely beaten a homeless woman to death with a shovel and a pipe during a dispute over money and with the aid of another homeless woman tried to hide the body by wrapping her in plastic bags and duct tape inside an abandoned fish market building.

Also in Downtown Manhattan at the South Street Seaport, a man being unruly on a city bus bit a cop on his thigh when he was trying to remove him.

Again in Downtown Manhattan, a fight broke out between a Trump booster and an anti-Trump protester during a massive campaign flag demonstration supporting the previous one term president.

And again in Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton Street Station, a Samaritan got in a man’s face when he caught him harassing a woman and her two children and then the thug stabbed him on the shoulder when he was walking away.

And again in Downtown Manhattan at the Oculus, a woman running for city council got attacked by a woman and fought her off on the staircase. I have to remind you that she’s an Asian-American woman and she’s going to walk instead to get around the city she wants to represent.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, a homeless man suddenly charged a couple walking with their 1-year-old son in his stroller by Battery Park and slashed both of them and then slashed the toddler on his lip. The assailant previously served time for attempted murder. During the remote court hearing, the goon didn’t seem to give a shit about being convicted again.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, a man committed suicide by jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the East River.

In Times Square at the 42nd. St. Station, a man killed himself jumping in front of the arriving A train.

In Murray Hill, a 92-year-old man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was crossing the street.

In the Upper West Side, three men jumped out of a car and jumped a woman walking on the sidewalk and robbed her purse. Then the goons went east on 65th st to the Upper East Side and did the same thing to two other women.

Also in the Upper West Side at the 96th St. Station, a man pushed a woman onto the tracks after she told him to stop flirting with her and when she took a picture of him on her cellphone.

In Central Park, two men on citibikes going riding on a pleasant day got jumped by three boys who held them up at knifepoint and stole their bikes. The three little bastards are also suspected mugging a man for his cellphone at knifepoint on the sidewalk by the park, stole a motor scooter from an apartment building, and held up 3 boys at gunpoint and robbed their cellphones and ganged up on a 13-year-old boy and robbed his cap on the Upper West Side.

Also in Central Park, a mentally ill man approached a couple and their 5-year-old son sitting on a bench and then sat down next to the mother and whispered in her her and then punched the man in the face after he told him to leave them alone.

In Manhattanville, a man got shot in the leg on the street in broad daylight.

In Inwood, a 71-year-old man was stabbed to death by his son’s girlfriend following a domestic dispute. The woman claimed that she killed him to fight off a rape attempt.

In the Upper East Side at the 96th St. Station, a homeless man got killed by a rescue train inside the tunnel.

Also in the Upper East Side, a man swinging a sword on the street got the attention of cops who told him to put down the weapon. Then the maniac got belligerent and rushed one of the cops and punched him multiple times before the other cops cuffed him.

Again in the Upper East Side at the 63rd St./Lexington Ave. Station, a man kept flogging his dolphin on the F train.

In Washington Heights, a man got shot in the leg while he was being robbed on the sidewalk and the mugger got away in a car with three other men.

Also in Washington Heights, two men got shot on Broadway during a drive-by.

Again in Washington Heights, a man stabbed a 17-year-old boy on the street to settle an argument. The victim walked to a nearby hospital and died there.

And again in Washington Heights, a man walked into a fashion boutique and had a few words with the sales woman and then slashed her across the face with a box cutter.

And again in Washington Heights, a man and a woman arranged a hookup on an app and the date went awry at the woman’s apartment as the man demands for anal sex were rejected so he tried to rape her and then the woman stabbed him in the neck and kept his wallet.

In Hudson Yards, a construction worker went into a luxury clothing store and stashed a gun in there.

In Union Square, Bill de Blasio gave a platitude laden speech decrying biased violence against Asian-American people and nobody wanted to hear his bullshit as he got mercilessly heckled at and then fled from his constituents with his NYPD detail as they continued yelling at him.

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In Penn Station, a man randomly punched another man in the face in the plaza and then mocked his victim with a kung fu pose.

In Herald Square, a man got killed when he got hit by the D train while he was standing on the tracks.

In Grand Central, a man got slashed in the arm while fighting with another man on the 4 train.

In the Lower East Side, a man smacked his daughter in the head while she during a zoom video class at their apartment because he thought she was cheating.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man went into a cellphone store and asked the saleswoman if he could test a celly, then he tried to steal it and the woman grabbed it back. Then the crook went behind the counter and smacked her in the head and ran out with the phone he was looking at.

Again in the Lower East Side, a man got ambushed by a homeless man who punched him in the face and yelled xenophobic slurs at him on a street corner after the victim parked his car.

And again in the Lower East Side, a man rushed up to 54-year-old woman, called her a fucking Asian and hit her face with a pipe.

And again in the Lower East Side, a stubborn woman got belligerent inside a supermarket when she refused to put on a face mask when a counter person told her to wear one. Then the woman called him a racial slur and repeated it over and over again in front of appalled customers and a security guard who had trouble trying to kick her out.

And again in the Lower East Side, a man got shot in broad daylight drive-by while sitting in his car as a Black SUV rolled right by him.

In Tribeca at the Franklin St. Station, a man called a 68-year-old man a motherfucking slur and punched him in the face on the 1 train.

Also in Tribeca, a 17-year-old boy drunk off his ass fell down the stairs during a NYC Sheriff raid of luxe bottle club party in a two floor loft where pandemic protocol violating illegal speakeasy ragers primarily run and promoted by the tenant have been going on for nearly a year.

In the Financial District, a man yelled a xenophobic slur at a food delivery guy and bashed him on the head with a pipe.

In the West Village, a 68-year-old woman  got slugged in the head by a man who ran by her while she was walking on the sidewalk.

In the East Village, a sidewalk on 14th Street has turned into a homeless retail market and a red light district for drug sales and use ever since a church’s clothing charity shut down because of the pandemic.

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In Alphabet City, a 14-year-old boy got stabbed while being beaten down by a gang of six men who robbed his backpack and a Samaritan got stabbed when he tried to help the victim in front of an apartment building at the Riis Houses.

In Noho, a man randomly attacked a young woman and hit her with a blunt object and then tried to strangle her on the sidewalk in broad daylight.

Also in Noho, a woman at a Stop Asian Hate rally got confronted by a homeless man who asked about the sign she was carrying, then he took it and stomped on it after failing to stuff it in a garbage can. Then he punched her face two times after she demanded why he wrecked her sign.

In Soho, a xenophobic man yelled racial slurs and tried to spit on a woman who was walking her dog and demanded that she go back to China.

Also in Soho, two men broke through the window of a luxury fashion designer store and robbed 33 grand worth of handbags, tote bags and scarves.

Again in Soho,protesters broke plexiglass windows of a restaurant shanty during their march on the street.

In Kips Bay, Senator Daniel Moniyhan’s daugther yelled xenophobic slurs at an app-hail driver.

Also in Kips Bay, a homeless woman set herself on fire on the sidewalk.

In Sugar Hill, two men engaged in a wild west shootout on the street as stray bullets broke the windows of parked cars.

In Columbus Circle, a man committed suicide by jumping in front of the arriving A train.

In Morningside Park, a man was found dead floating in a pond.

In Tudor Village, a man committed suicide by leaping from the 23rd floor of his apartment building.

In the Financial District, two men ran out of a restaurant without paying then and fled in different cars, but not before one of them took out a gun and fired random shots and got arrested and the other driver knocked down a pedestrian while driving the wrong way during his getaway.

In Washington Square Park, a man stole a little bike from a 5 year-old boy after he tripped him up and then a month later he pushed a 3-year-old girl off her bike and ran away.

Also in Washington Square Park, a woman writhed on the arch and danced like an idiot while barefoot as a man played free jazz on a saxaphone.

 

Brooklyn

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In Sheepshead Bay, during an EMT response to an emergency call, a paramedic got attacked by a 17-year-old girl who has having a drug-induced breakdown and jumped her on the stairs as she was entering the house and then she wrapped her arms and legs around her and chomped on her face like a cannibal. The medic wound up with a permanent scar on her face.

This is just one of over 50 attacks on EMS workers in the past year. So when does Chirlane McCray’s Thrive officials come into a situation like this?

Also in Sheepshead Bay, a man committed suicide by setting himself on fire in his backyard. His mother has been reported as a missing person.

In Cypress Hills at the Euclid Ave. Station, a man sidled over to another man sitting on the A train, gave him a menacing stare and bashed him on the head with a cane following a dispute.

Also in Cypress Hills, three cat burglars broke into a supermarket by cutting a hole on the roof and then cracked two safes and an ATM machine and stole $50,000.

In City Line, a woman got shot to death and two men got hit during a gang-related shootout between two men  in front of a commercial store used as an event space following a speakeasy party being thrown there. One of the gunman got arrested 4 days later.

In East New York, a woman got crushed to death after getting run over by a back hoe that was backing up on the crosswalk where she walking while looking at her cellphone. No bollards or barricades were at the Con Edison worksite.

Also in East New York at the Eastern Parkway Station, a man approached an 83-year-old woman waiting by an elevator and tried to steal her shopping bag of groceries. The elderly woman valiantly fought back as her cries for help went unanswered and the man managed to steal a loaf of bread and ran away. It’s like a scene of Les Miseralbes for the 2nd decade of the 21st century. Or a very dystopian version of a classic Seinfeld episode.

Again in East New York, two Sanitation workers on their route hauling trash and recycling got yelled at by two women who were passengers in an app-hail livery car and wasn’t going to tolerate waiting for them to cleanup up the block. Then a gang of four men arrived after being summoned by one of the women on her celly and they attacked the two garbage men with a golf club and a bat and stole a cellphone off the one they beat the worst. The four skells are still on the loose.

And again in East New York, a man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street near his house.

And again in East New York, a man found a dead man that was left by a dumpster and he took his wallet and used the credit cards inside to buy a cellphone and a cap in stores at City Line.

And again in East New York, a man flipped out on the J train while waving a machete at commuters.

And again in East New York, a man shot another man on the street at 4 in the morning.

And again in East New York, two men walked up to a man sitting in a parked car and one of them shot him multiple times. The man later died from his wounds. The victim’s mother cited the shooting stemmed from an obnoxious man who got into fights with people over parking spaces.

And again in East New York, a man got killed engaging in a shootout with another man at a plaza space by a public housing building.

And again in East New York, a woman crashed her SUV into a livery car as a man was exiting the vehicle, leading him to lose his leg from the impact.

And again in East New York, a man threatened a couple with a 2×4 and called them xenophobic slurs inside a Home Depot.

The man told them “I’ll cut you, I’m a Blood, I’ll shoot you.” These words the NY Daily News quoted word for word on a tweet and when yours truly repeated the words on a tweet, it got me banished and virtually vanished from Twitter.

In Canarsie, a man jumped out of a car shot and killed a 17-year-old boy and shot and hit two other men who were with him as they were walking on the sidewalk in broad daylight.

Also in Canarsie, a woman stabbed her boyfriend to death inside his apartment following a domestic dispute while her kids were in another room.

In Borough Park, the founder of neighborhood vigilante patrol squad Shonrim groomed a 15-year-old girl and raped her at his home, at his other house upstate and in a hotel room in Chicago where he she went to Yeshiva school.

Also in Borough Park, a woman sneaked into a Yeshiva school and robbed nearly $200 worth of food a carton of milk

Again in Borough Park, two accordion buses got stuck facing each other on street corner as the drivers haggled over who had the right of way to advance.

In Coney Island, burglars broke into a convenience store and robbed a portable ATM containing 10 grand.

Also in Coney Island, a man smacked another man in the head with a stop sign during a dispute over a parking space.

Again in Coney Island, a man who recently moved into an apartment building with his wife and two sons got into a fight with two men in the courtyard and then one of them shot him to death.

In Bushwick, cops responding to a domestic violence call got greeted by a rabid pit pull as they tried to enter the apartment, then they shot the dog.

Also in Bushwick at the Myrtle Ave./Wyckoff Ave. Station, a man was causing a ruckus on the M train and then he repeatedly punched a woman as she tried to exit the train.

Again in Bushwick, a man got murdered by his best friend who stabbed him to death in front of his apartment building where his victim let him crash while he was out on bail after getting arrested for gun possession.

And again in Bushwick, two men and a woman were spray painting their tag names on a brownstone building in broad daylight and when a 62-year-old woman caught them in the act and yelled at them, the trio followed her and one of the “street artists” slashed her in the arm with a boxcutter and they ran away.

And again in Bushwick, a man shot two other men in front of somebody’s house.

And again in Bushwick at the Kusciuszko St. Station, a man beat the shit out of another man and choked him out on the corner seat on the J train.

And again in Bushwick at the Wyckoff Ave/Mrytle Ave. Station, a homeless man begging for change got frustrated when he wasn’t getting any then he pulled out a knife and started swinging it and yelled at a woman to go back to China.

In Williamsburg at the Marcy Ave. Station, a man shoved another man onto the tracks and justified it by claiming he was a bothersome junkie.

Also in Williamsburg, a homeless encampment tree house tower found in a lot that was built and assembled with garbage, discarded furniture and debris from building developments lot also served as a drug den.

This is what deeply affordable housing is in New York Fucking City (Photo by Dean Moses)

Again in Williamsburg, five people got shot at a speakeasy rager inside a garage cum hookah lounge.

And again in Williamsburg, a man got shot to death at point blank range at the front door of his apartment after his killer knocked on it.

And again in Williamsburg, a man sneaked up behind another man and snatched his $8,000 shtreimel off his head.

And again in Williamsburg, three tweens harassed a man and threw trash at him and when a cop showed up to admonish the brats, one of them bit him.

In Flatbush, a man pushed an 81-year-old man to the concrete as he stepped out of a liquor store.

Also in Flatbush, a woman beat her 3-month-old baby to death at her apartment.

Again in Flatbush, a man stalked a woman to her apartment building and grabbed her in the lobby then he repeatedly punched and caused her head to fall on the stairwell and then he fingerraped her.

And again in Flatbush, a man shot another man to death in the middle of the street following an argument.

In East Flatbush, a fire destroyed three floors of an apartment building, causing injuries to three residents and two firefighters.

Also in East Flatbush, a man shot a 16-year-old boy in the stomach during a drive-by.

In Sunset Park at the 36th St. Station, a man bashed a bottle on a woman’s head after she demanded him to stop scoping out her autistic sister on the N train.

Also in Sunset Park at the 59th St. Station, a man waltzed up to a cop and grabbed her in the crotch on the platform.

In Crown Heights, a man shot another man in the gut while he was standing at a bus stop.

Also in Crown Heights, a man stabbed another man in the neck on a city bus.

Again in Crown Heights, a man empty the clip of his gun firing into the lobby of an apartment building.

In Bed-Stuy, a man got stabbed to death on the street after tussling with two other men a few blocks away from his house.

Also in Bed-Stuy at the Utica Ave. Station, a woman got killed when she fell off the platform as the C train arrived.

Again in Bed-Stuy, a woman committed suicide when she jumped in front of the arriving C train.

And again in Bed-Stuy at the Nostrand Ave. Station, a man whipped out his dick in front of a woman on the A train and smiled as she took a picture of him.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man shot his roommate inside his apartment during a brawl and then shot at two cops coming up the stairwell as they were responding to the domestic dispute call, hitting one of them in the leg and the other in the chest, his bulletproof vest saving his life.

Also in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man got shot to death on the street following an argument with his killer.

In Brownsville, a 19-year-old man that got shot in the head was dropped in front of a hospital from a car with no plates and died on the operating table.

Also in Brownsville at the Sutter Ave/Rutland Rd. Station, an argument between a 14-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman at deli earlier escalated on the elevated platform when the teenager pulled out a tazer and then the young woman pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the chest and then ran away with a gang of 10 people.

Again in Brownsville, a man and a woman got shot in front of a restaurant while they were waiting on line to get served.

In Fort Greene, three men grabbed a woman and held her down in the middle of the street as they stole her ID, debit card and cellphone.

Also in Fort Greene, a man grabbed his ex by her hair and beat the shit out of her just to steal her car keys

Again in Fort Greene, a 14-year-old boy had his cellphone robbed while he got ganged up and beat down by a gang of other boys in a playground. Another boy got robbed of his cellphone in the same fashion on the street two days later.

In Midwood, two men having an argument over a woman in front of an event space escalated into a shootout between the two and one of them wound up dead.

In Weeksville, a man attacked and robbed a purse off a 72-year-old woman in an elevator at her apartment building by pepper spraying her.

In Clinton Hill, a woman came home from a week long vacation to find her apartment robbed of her television and about a few grand in cash.

Also in Clinton Hill, a man broke into a sushi restaurant and robbed it of a 1000 bucks.

Again in Clinton Hill, a man got jumped by a gang of four men who grabbed him by his arms and legs and turned him upside down and robbed his phone after he took it out to tell them the time.

And again in Clinton Hill at the Clinton Ave/Washington Ave Station, a man punched a woman in the face and stole her wallet as she was buying a metrocard.

And again in Clinton Hill,  two men sitting in a double parked car got approached by two men who asked the driver what time it was and then stuck a knife at him and carjacked his vehicle after two other men showed up in broad daylight as pedestrians walked by and people riding their bikes passed them.

In Bensonhurst, a 16-year-old boy beat down a 61-year-old man and robbed him of 3 bucks and his car keys.

Also in Bensonhurst, a man clobbered another man upside his head with a 2×4.

Again in Bensonhurst, a man riding a motorcycle without plates threw his helmet at a cop who pulled him over and then ditched the bike and tried to run but got caught and was found possessing an unlicensed semi-automatic gun.

And again in Bensonhurst, a man whacked a woman in the head with a glass bottle inside a deli.

And again in Bensonhurst, a man looted a grand worth of pills from a pharmacy.

And again in Bensonhurst, two men stole over 14 large worth of car and truck gear and tools from an auto body shop.

In Bay Ridge, a dead man washed upon the shore near a wastewater plant.

In Bath Beach, three men held up a man inside his car at knifepoint and robbed $800.

Also in Bath Beach, a man tried to choke his friend inside his house over money.

Again in Bath Beach, a man trying to hock a necklace ran with $3,000 of jewels when the clerk wasn’t looking.

And again in Bath Beach, a man went into a deli and held a worker at knifepoint and robbed $250.

In Kensington, a man yelled racial and sexist epithets at an 18-year-old woman as she was helping her mom unload groceries from her car and then he hit her leg with his car while fleeing after she was about to dial 911.

In Brooklyn Heights, a man smacked another man in the head with a cane and left him lying on the sidewalk.

In Greenpoint, a man walked up to young man sitting in a car by a playground and shot him on his arms and legs.

Also in Greenpoint, three off duty MTA workers, one of them who cleans trains for a living, were caught vandalizing a van with their graffiti tags.

In Downtown Brooklyn, two men shoplifted bottles of perfume from Macy’s and menaced a worker with a knife who tried to stop them.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a female firefighter discovered her city placard was stolen from her car along with other belongings.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn at the High St. Station, a homeless lifted a cellphone from a man’s pocket and then punched his face when he tried to retrieve it.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn at the Nevins St. Station, a man stabbed another man on his legs on the 4 train.

And again in Downtown Brooklyn, a man broke into a newsstand and robbed cash and scratch tickets totaling over 12 grand.

In Boerum Hill, a man beatdown a man with an aluminum bat in front of a bodega.

Also in Boerum Hill, a man had his ebike stolen while he was making a delivery, even though he locked the wheel.

Again in Boerum Hill, a man looted $3,500 worth of equipment from a medical office.

In Flatlands, a woman being treated for cardiac arrest by paramedics died after a driver crashed his car into the ambulance she was in, causing it to flip over from the impact.

In Brooklyn Heights, two men snatched over 14 grand in lottery tickets from a deli.

In Dumbo, a woman got slashed on her leg in front of her apartment building.

In Ditmars Park, a man got shot in the stomach after an argument with his assailant on a street corner.

In Manhattan Beach, a man spit on a woman while she was walking her dog and told her he had COVID.

In Gravesend, a man pushed his neighbor to the sidewalk for being Chinese.

Also in Gravesend, a homeless man punched a Samaritan in the face who was trying to stop him from harassing an elderly couple and then called him a xenophobic slur.

In Brighton Beach, three men beat down a man inside a deli and stole his wallet.

In Seagate, a couple of men broke into a synagogue and cracked a collection box open and robbed $1,000.

In Gowanus, a man crashed his car into a truck on the expressway while driving drunk and killed a woman who was sitting beside him in the front seat.

At the Brooklyn Criminal Courthouse, a judge released a 19-year-old gang member on a gun charge on the defense that the gun belonged to another gang member he was with inside an app-hail delivery car despite having four prior indictments for gun possession in 2 arrests when he got caught trying to ditch the weapons. And two other arrests where he got caught doing a gunpoint robbery while possessing baggies of cocaine in Jamaica and setting up gunpoint robbery of two men at a hotel plus with another gang member and two women plus an attempted murder charge when he was 15. When the thug returned for another arraignment hearing, a different judge decided to lock him up. 

Bronx

In Parkchester, a confrontation between a man and two other men in front of a deli escalated when one of the men punched the other man in the face, then the man who got hit reached for his gun but got beaten on the draw by the other man standing there who shot him twice and killed him with a bullet to his head. This happened just before sundown at a quarter after 5 PM.

 

Also in Parkchester, a man got stabbed in the lobby of an apartment building.

In Concourse Village, cops in the area caught two men in the act of shooting down a man to death in the the middle of the street and fired back at them. Both assailants ran away but got caught by two other cops patrolling the area. A bystander on the sidewalk got hit with a stray bullet during the crossfire but nothing is known if it came from the gunmen or the cops. What is known that one of the cops bullets hit one of the gunmen.

In Mott Haven, three men standing in front of store got confronted by two cars that rolled up in front of them, and then two men charged at them. One man armed with a gun shot two of them and another man targeted the other man and stabbed him multiple times in the back.

Also in Mott Haven, a one-month old baby was beaten to death inside an apartment and the mother tried to blame her death on a stomach ailment.

Again in Mott Haven,  a man walked into a laundromat and asked a worker their for help doing laundry when another man jumped him from behind and pistol whipped him and held him up at gunpoint and both men made off with $1,500.

In Throggs Neck, two men stole a painting of a sheepdog drinking a bottle of Jameson from a bar’s facade.

In Crotona Park East, a gangbanger got shot to death from a fusillade of bullets in the middle of the street.

In Crotona, a man got shot to death from a blast to the chest and another man survived a shot to the head on the street.

In Pelham Parkway, a man brutally stabbed his friend to death following a brawl with him where he claimed he was attacking him with a straight razor inside his apartment and then left him there to rot for days.

In Olinville, two men on a scooter rolled passed a playground slow as the man in the back seat took out a semi-automatic gun and fired multiple shots at numerous people hanging out by the jungle gym and the handball courts

Since The Blaz is such a big fan of The Wire

Also in Olinville, a man barged into a deli and demanded free store credit at knife point. Then he got into a fight with a worker after he called him a racial slur and stabbed him in the back and neck.

In Soundview, a man was shot to death in a gang related incident in front of a juice bar in broad daylight.

Also in Soundview, a man shot another man with a tazer as he was depositing money in an ATM inside a bank. The fiend made off with 20 bucks.

Again in Soundview, a man bled to death after his girlfriend stabbed him on the shoulder during a domestic dispute in his apartment.

And again in Soundview, a man shot another man in the legs on the street.

In Norwood, a man shot a woman to death inside an apartment frequented by gangbangers.

Also in Norwood, a man stabbed another man multiple times in front of a bar. As his assailant ran away, another man came running up the street and shot at him multiple times but missed and a stray bullet hit a woman in the ass who standing outside.

In Longwood, a man stood in the middle of the street to stop an express city bus then he went to the drivers window and punched him in the face and spat on him. Another man showed up with the attacker and forced the bus doors open and got into an argument with the driver without face masks on.

Also in Longwood,  a woman walked inside a bodega and stuck her gun through the partition and shot four times at the clerk.

In West Farms, a man got shot to death on the sidewalk in broad daylight.

Also in West Farms, a man stabbed his boyfriend to death over drugs inside their apartment.

In Fordham, a man rushed towards a 61-year-old man on the sidewalk and slugged him twice and then he got on the bus after leaving him unconscious.

Also in Fordham, a man got shot on the sidewalk and was found face down on the pavement with a gun his hand.

In Kingsbridge, a couple beat up and strangled their teenage daughter inside their apartment and were caught with a cache of weapons consisting of a guns, swords and a rifle and also a bulletproof vest after a visit from ACS officials investigating them for child abuse.

In Melrose, a man got killed by a hit-and-run driver as he was while walking on the crosswalk.

In University Heights, a 15-year-old boy on a moped scooter got into a fight with a man on a street corner and got stabbed three times.

In Morrisania, a man riding a citibike rolled up to a 14-year-old boy walking on the sidewalk, bashed his face a few times and robbed his cellphone and rode away.

Also in Morrisania, a man chased another man up a stairwell at a NYCHA building and shot him to death.

Again in Morrisania, two men brawling in front of a hotel homeless shelter ended with one man lying unconscious on the pavement. He died three days later from the injuries he sustained. His killer is still on the loose.

In West Bronx, a man got shot in the middle of the street.

In South Bronx at the Cypress Ave. Station, a man slashed another man on his lip to settle an argument on the platform.

Also in South Bronx, a man having a row with another man on the street shot him in the legs to settle it.

In Fordham Heights at the Fordham Road Station, a man grabbed an 8-year-old boy from his mother’s hand as they were walking down the stairs and gave her a menacing stare after he failed to kidnap the child.

In Williamsbridge, a man walked steadily down the street and shot a man who was talking to a friend of his in front of his car.

On the Major Deegan Expressway, a man and a woman got hit by stray bullets in her car while in the crossfire of a shootout between two gangs as they were blasting at each other from moving vehicles.

Also on the Major Deegan Expressway, a man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking on the exit ramp.

On the Bruckner Expressway, a man got shot to death in a drive-by in an exit lane.

A NYPD detective got indicted for sexually molested a 12-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl inside his apartment.

Staten Island

In Tompkinsville, a man shot his mother’s boyfriend to death in front of a deli in broad daylight in front of a deli on the sidewalk where Eric Garner got murdered by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

In West Brighton, a 75-year-old man got killed when he got hit by a SUV as he was crossing a two-way street.

In Bullshead, two men barged into a house and beat down a man and then zip tied him along with an 86-year-old man who was in the kitchen with him but left without robbing anything.

In Stapleton, a 7-year-old boy injured himself when he ran into the street coming out of a bus and got hit by a fire engine.

In Clifton, a man got murdered execution style from a fusillade of bullets by the Stapleton Houses while he was attending a vigil for a man killed by gun violence.

In Grasmere, a triple car crash led to a median lamppost getting knocked down and one person going to the hospital.

In Grymes Hill, a man shot at another man three times during an argument after a car crash near a college campus.

In New Brighton, a man tried to flee from the cops during a traffic stop and got caught with a loaded gun.

In Great Kills, a man crashed his car through a brick wall and into a backyard while tripping balls on drugs.

In Travis, cops deployed to break up a street fight arrested a man with a 9mm on him.

In Rosebank, a man got approached by cops while he was rolling a joint in his car, then tried to run away when they noticed he had a loaded gun on him.

In New Dorp, a man got arrested for drunk driving and then went on a vulgar rant and made descriptive threats to his arresting officers.

In Clifton, a young man got shot in the gut inside an apartment building at the Park Hill Houses.

In Graniteville, a man currently on parole got busted for possessing an AK-47 and a semi-automatic plus 4 loaded clips in his apartment. And also crack.

In Bloomfield, two men went into a hotel and held up the front desk person at gunpoint and robbed $1,500.

In Port Richmond, a man held up a cellphone store at gunpoint and ran out with $300 after he threatened to blow a worker’s face off.

In Midland Beach, half of a connected two family house went up in flames.

In Mariners Harbor, a 54-year-old woman got arrested at her house for running a gun trafficking ring with her boyfriend with weapons they dealt traced to murders of a man and his pregnant girlfriend.

Also in Mariners Harbor, a humongous fire devoured a warehouse.

Finally, in only a week since The Blaz re-opened high schools for in person learning, there has been a rise of students having their weapons confiscated.

Watch your steps, kid.

Open Letter To A Twitter Algorhitm

 

Dear Twitter Algorhitm,

Why did you do it?

Why did you suspend my account? How can you determine that what I wrote was directed as a threat to a newspaper? How is it possible that you cannot distinguish between a sardonic joke and an actual threat? 

Most of all, how can you determine that I made a direct threat at a corporate news website when they were the ones that printed the actual threat and repress my only social media account when they were the ones who actually tweeted the inflammatory threat in whole first. Clearly to get clicks and RT’s. Why do I get censored for quoting their tweet, making a rhetorical situation out of it with the victim’s responding to the maniac who made the actual threat?

And I don’t get why the email informing me of my irrational and unjustified suspension makes it look like I directly threatened the Daily News when my tweet didn’t even @ them.

 

 

Even though I’m not surprised by this unreasonable ban on my rights to publish opinions on your platform, you did do it to the NY Post, which your boss and owner cited as a grievous mistake even though he still claims he didn’t know how it happened in two congressional testimonies. The same obviously happened here but what I find interesting is that the tweet you cited as proof in my email is utterly different than the actual tweet I made. Mr or Mrs. Algorithm, don’t you also have a zero tolerance policy regarding tweets that are not based in fact? Because this shows you are clearly in error.

Twitter Algorithm, I assure you I do not misuse my account with your platform to troll or to intimidate people or organizations or even for various genres of disgusting fetish porn, but to inform myself, my followers and passerby viewers in topics and news regarding politics, government affairs and events, various genres and forms of culture, mostly music and entertainment and also of updates to my blog post on Impunity City.

This arbitrary censorship of my account as well as the accusation of being a violent account is what’s really offensive and threatening and I demand it be restored.

Sincerely,

JQ LLC

P.S. Notice I didn’t even bring up the fact that this happened shortly after I published and tweeted my post on Andrew Yang. who has a quite a vociferously dedicated massive cult on your platform running protection for him. I would be remiss if you did the same for Yang like you did banning reports on Joe Biden’s never-do-well son so he would win the primary…

Update:

Here’s the first comment regarding my still suspended twitter account. But unlike twitter, I believe all voices and words should be published. Especially when a threat is legitimate and condones oppression of voices and words buttressed by baseless accusations.

 

New York Reaches Higher Ground With Marijuana Legalization

Albany, New York

It took almost a decade since it was first proposed, three years of Governor Cuomo blowing it off, and 50 years since Governor Rockefeller gleefully criminalized it, but in the 3rd decade of the 21st Century, New York has finally ended the prohibition on Marijuana, making it legal to smoke, grow and sell.

This way overdue decision is going to ignite this state’s economy with tons of businesses and jobs. Since the law was ratified, stocks on marijuana and smoking and toking accessories are literally reaching new highs. It might take a while, but soon we all will have the divine right to buy it in a dispensary, a chain pharmacy and finally at the corner bodega without worrying if the po po is rolling around the corner. It’s going to be so sweet to buy a dime bag of sativa instead of that ajax tainted K-2 shit those stores have been selling for the last 5 years.

It took awhile for Mario’s son Governor Cuomo to finally come to his senses and also follow the science, considering the well-documented medicinal benefits of the wacky tobaccky, notably for treating glaucoma and even PTSD and cultural benefits being responsible for the best music that’s been created in the last 70 years. It’s also irresistible to point out how Cuomo decided to vote for legalization when he pointed out how the justice system unfairly treated Black and Latino people who got charged and served time for minor possessions and how his expedient empathy for being hounded by the cops and the feds correlates precisely with two federal investigations against him for his executive decisions lead to over 15,000 fatalities in nursing homes and his abominable abuse of power over his female staffers in multiple sexual harassment cases.

No matter, in a year’s time, there will be no need for a road trip to northern Mass. or a PATH ride to Jersey. Kind buds will be sprouting and flowing without restriction from Niagra Falls to the New York Island. A critical mass of tokers finally liberated,  feeling the effects of the high til infinity.

Smoke em if you got ’em, and when you get ’em.

Andrew Yang’s Underhanded Bribe Initiative

New York Fucking City, New York

Spring has thankfully arrived in the city of New York. And along with the blooming leaves and flowers along with an influx of (weaker) vaccines about to come to town while public spaces and streets are still barren public during this stubborn pandemic, the Democrat primary race for mayor to rid this town of de Blasio will truly commence until it’s final destination on the second day of summer. But one candidate has already taken over your city’s poltical zeitgeist, and according to corporate local news, that candidate is Andrew Yang.

It wasn’t that hard for Yang to conquer all the attention, he already ran for president of the United States and his unlimited basic income proposal from that campaign actually influenced national policy with the last three congressional budgets with checks of $1,200, $600 and most recently $1,400* given to every citizen during this pandemic (although incrementally, since Yang’s UBI was supposed to be for a check every month and the 1,400 payout was means tested and limited to an earned income cap, not to mention that Biden promised 2 grand and lied). And now with the celebrity and name recognition, jumping into New York City’s Democrat primary mayor’s race was an easy transition since the competition is pretty stale across the board with career city bureaucrats like current office holders Brooklyn BP Eric Adams and Comptroller Scott Stringer, Ex Sanitation Chief Kathryn Garcia, Big banker Ray McGuire and two ethically challenged candidates lawyer Maya Wiley and prodigal son bureaucrat Shaun Donavan. After Wang’s announcement on the Coney Island boardwalk, the first poll immediately put Wang at a commanding lead over his opponents at the time.

But after that auspicious start, reality and even logic has crept up to Yang in only a few months, revealing himself more as a dilletante huckster than the political outsider he’s being portrayed as.

As with his presidential campaign, there is nothing much or distinguishable from the other candidates about Yang’s mayoral platform to run this city except for his Basic Income proposal, which he marked down from a grand a month nationally to a one time payment for the city’s check to check working class. There is a lot to like about it because it does target residents who needs this money the most, even if it can barely pay the rent and utility bills but might be just enough to play lottery scratch tickets. The big hairy but to this is how as mayor is Yang going to come up with the city funding for this and his answer was quite startling but expectantly and obviously vague.

last week, Yang was talking to reporters about the movie he planned to see on the first day that New York City theaters reopened since the pandemic shut them down. He also fielded questions about he’d fund his basic income plan and gave an admittedly “vague” response, suggesting it’s still unclear if he’d rely primarily on existing city funds, hit up private investors, rely on a rollback of state tax breaks — or a combination of all three.

First, he said that even in its “diminished” state, the city has the “level of resources to commit to this, in part because it’s going to save us a lot of money on things like homelessness services and shelters that are very, very costly.”

“Keeping people in more secure and stable environments will actually, in large part, pay for itself,” he said.

But Yang did not say where in the ailing city budget he intends to draw the $1 billion it will take to pay for the plan.

He then added that he’s been in talks with “several New York-based philanthropists who are very excited about this program and so hopefully we’ll have some private sources of funding as well.”

When asked to name who those potential financial backers are, he replied: “Of course I’m not going to tell you right now after I just gave you, like, you know, like, this vague, like, several private sources because, you know, we have to have things to announce for later.”

NY Daily News

At least Yang’s fumbling and his campaign manager’s pathetic sop defense of the candidate’s ambitious program has a scintilla of honesty even if for the past 2 months they didn’t even have a solid budgetary plan to justify it, considering how it’s the main driver of the candidate’s platform.

His career bureaucratic competitors smelled the blood in the water and pounced on it. Eric Adams, BP of Brooklyn and who has been persistently polling second; “You can’t call it a plan if you don’t explain who would benefit and how you would pay for it. New Yorkers are struggling right now — they need serious action, not empty promises.”. Comptroller Scott Stringer’s spox response was delish; “Andrew Yang has a plan written on the back of a napkin that would be pure comedy if the times weren’t so serious.”

Although you got to feel a tinge of sympathy for Yang for being so flummoxed about how to fund New York’s UBI for the working poor and low income families, because it’s 180 degrees removed from how he was going to fund the monthly UBI “freedom dividend” that he proposed during his presidential campaign run, because under President Yang that UBI was going to extract funding from national social safety net programs for the poor like housing vouchers, food stamps and social security and the monthly stipend was based on a prospective rise in unemployment caused by automation’s usurpation of industrial, retail and restaurant jobs. It also should be worth a mention that Yang’s  UBI has solidarity support from every tech billionaire who would benefit from a society solely dependent on a meager dividend every month like how they have massively benefiting from a world wide pandemic for the past year. Yang is not just selling a benefit plan to voters, he’s buying them as well.

This has exposed a major vulnerability in Candidate Yang, for he was easily caught off guard when he was queried about something substantive after being on the receiving end of a glut of flattering profiles from the local news blogs while spending the majority of his time on Twitter to the delight of his adoring Yang Gang followers, a horde that has been relentlessly battling naysayers (like yours truly) doubting his qualifications and capability to run New York City with absolutely no prior civic experience whatsoever. Not even with the basic civic duty of voting in an election his entire adult life living here.

But to run NYC you got to be quick and have a settled plan and it’s utterly disturbing that he has nothing behind his basic income program that he’s been touting for months since yelled “Can You Dig It” in Coney Island at the start of 2021 (even though the gangbanger Cyrus who said that, yelled that line in a park in the Bronx before he got assassinated). Now instead of a policy to help the most vulnerable populace, it now comes off as a bribe to win their votes.

Another flawed thing about Yang’s basic income proposal that he’s not sure how he’s going to fund is his plan to build a People’s Bank in City Hall. Yet again it sounds like a good idea, tying it to the NYC ID the city put out a few years ago to help working poor people and undocumented immigrants get access to municipal and commercial services requiring identification and using the NYC ID as an ATM card to access it. But if “Mayor” Yang still is unable to fund it, then who will. In a way, this resembles the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York PAC that’s already available in the Mayor’s Office and de Blasio’s redundant and corrupted Campaign For One New York 501c4 PAC he ran to fund Pre-K and “affordable housing”. If the funding isn’t enough to keep Basic Income and the People’s Bank running, will it rely on money from “philanthropists” that do business with the city and yearn to get more of them?

Yang’s Basic Income and his hypebeast social media fueled campaign has all the elements and mannerisms of pushing a startup company or an app, and like those ventures, it’s all hype and show and no substance and all risk; Citizen Yang’s ventures belie his status and bonafides to run a city as an entrepreneur. Starting with his last one when he started a fellowship non-profit to inspire other entrepreneurs and college graduates to invest and work in smaller cities and after 3 years it only produced 4,000 jobs. Normally a disaster like this would make you reevaluate your decision making abilities and recognize limitations, but Yang would follow this up with running for the highest office in America.

Yang has transferred his own quixotic run for president into his current quest for mayor, but fortunately for him the competition for the role of hizzoner (or herzzoner) is a lot easier as they poll in the signal digits with only him and Adams polling in the doubles. Although Yang via his startup strategy had to buoyed his top rank by citing a poll made up by his consultants before he even announced his candidacy.  Despite how unethical it was, that little issue went ignored and he was able to gain momentum as later polls continued to favor him with bigger leads, even though he’s running neck in neck with voters polled who are not sure or undecided who they want to vote for.

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Another thing that has buoyed the Yang campaign, is his Yang Gang following on social media running protection for him as he was making startling gaffes and displaying general cluelessness about city life and issues, like his notorious visit to a “genuine bodega” and his defense of staying at his second home in upstate New York because he was agitated to work remotely as CNN pundit while watching his two sons in his two bedroom apartment in The Heights, which must have been thrilling to families that had no other housing option like Candidate Yang had and lived in smaller apartments or even a homeless hotel room.

Corporate news media interest is also enamored with Yang, notably Washington DC based website The Hill, which captured Yang giddily greeting people on a line stretching about a mile on the sidewalks of Flushing waiting to get food as he gave elbow bumps while Assemblyman Ron Kim vividly described the food insecurity that has exacerbated during the pandemic in what is practically an integrated news segment/campaign ad. Although it was quite noticeable how the people were used as props.

Yang’s campaign and narrative strategy also includes avoiding the mayoral debates, which is easy to do because of the existing distancing guidelines and the Zoom platform, when he was absent for was an essential debate centering on the homeless crisis. Although he did have an excuse for bailing on a Zoom debate because he contracted COVID, he still had the strength to appear on a Zoom fundraiser for his campaign.

While Yang is being portrayed and portraying himself as an outsider in the primary, his pandering to the Orthodox Jewish vote by condemning the BDS movement against Isreal’s government’s apartheid treatment of Palestine and the West Bank shows his willingness to pander like any run of the mill establishment politician; this may be the most New York thing he’s actually done so far with his cognizance of a key demographic and the reach of powerful lobbies,  shown most recently when an aide of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards had to resign (aka fired) after only 3 days when he got appointed for only tweeting his support of BDS.

Last but not least, Candidate Yang last few public engagement attempts have come off obviously contrived going by his appearances with fellow candidates Maya Wiley and Kathyrn Garcia (twice) to establish an RCV prospect to his and their bases and an awareness rally to address the anti-Asian violence from a recent shooting massacre in Atlanta (where White women also got killed). But his naivete of city and state politics hit a nadir during a recent debate on his desire (and frankly everyone’s) on getting NYC Transit out of New York State Control and back under the purview of the NYC Mayor by asking a mindlessly picayune question about “who do you complain to?” as if the MTA is some disembodied omniscient entity and not under the grip of a despotic megalomaniac elected official for the past 10 years.

This is exactly the type of unadulterated ignorance a person exhibits when he never voted in NYC elections his entire adult life as well as national ones also.  And another thing to kill this outsider myth that’s been manufactured about Yang is that he’s scared to call Cuomo on his scandals, especially his sexual harassment and assault accusations. Candidate Yang knows Cuomo isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and will have to deal with him, and even through his pink washed virtue signal tweet, he’s already folded to the governor.

This why Andrew Yang’s mayoral campaign is all hype and no substance and is barely thriving on a foundation of cult of personality worshipping hypebeasts on social media and this has manifested in the most recent polls too. Yang went from a commanding lead in the last two polls hovering around 30% and nosedived to 17% in a recent poll that relied on phone tallying, putting him barely above Eric Adams at 13% and way behind Not Sure/Undecided at 50%, making candidates polling in the single digits actual contenders again thanks to the ranked choice voting system. This probably came as a shock to the Yang and the Yanggangbangers who realize that astroturfing is a lot harder to spread on a landline than on the internet.

It’s really not hard to fathom Yang’s current plight as just another bland candidate in the fight the city hall. To think only a few months ago he could seemingly walk up to a crowd in say Union Square and flip the bird and grab his junk towards them and would strut away in slow motion still with a commanding lead. But he’s not in total peril because it’s clear as day that half the legal voting age citizens of NYC have absolutely zero confidence in everyone on the Democrat primary ballot.

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It’s not hard to see how this has regressed for Yang as the weather gets warmer and the election near. And it also confirms how tainted those initial polls favored Yang; because they relied on online tallying, and not every constituent in the five boroughs has a social media account. Or they do but don’t have the time or interest to Stan anyone, especially during a stubborn pandemic and an economy in purgatory.  Another thing this city doesn’t need is a mayor who wont be accountable and transparent and Yang doesn’t show much hope for a return to those values by inducing non-disclosure agreements on his campaign staffers.

And the last thing New York City need is some dilettante entrepreneur who suddenly decided he can run city government after being disconnected from it for so long and show up with hollow polices (or continue established incremental policies)  cloaked with wondrous optimism. Because NYC already has gone through 7.4 years of that with de Blasio.

That’s why Yang is where he’s at now. Like the Blaz, all he knows how to do is tweet. He’s all platitudes, nice words and neat ideas but no sense and no functional plan to save New York City.

That’s Candidate Yang.

Scenes Of Queens: Rockaway Boulevard Station, Art Over ADA Compliancy

Rockaway Blvd Station, twilight time

This post on the scenes of Queens focuses on one of the MTA and NYC Transit’s most recognizable depots,  the Rockaway Blvd. Station in Ozone Park, where the A trains go to and from Lefferts Blvd. and Mott Ave. destinations before going to their destinations in Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway. Although at times it’s mostly not recognizable as tourists and gentries keep confusing the two trains upon each trains arrival and wind up stuck an inconvenienced or causing irritable delays asking commuters if it’s the train going to the beach and airport despite the convenience of hanging timeline monitors or available MTA apps easily available on their thousand dollar cellphones.

But this isn’t about griping over oblivious commuters not paying attention to detail (even though it’s obvious I been waiting years to get this off my chest), the reason why this station is getting way belated attention is because of recent news that has relevance to what is not here and what is here at this very busy transit stop that is linked to about 6 bus transfers on Cross Bay and Rockaway Blvd.

Let’s acknowledge what’s here first. About 4 or 5 years ago, the MTA run by Governor Cuomo was renovating and upgrading dozens of stations while finally building the 2nd Ave transit line. And in certain stations of these long overdue infrastructure upgrades, the MTA thought, “hey since where already here and all this time to make our scheduled completion, why not put some art at these stations?”

And one of those stations is the one profiled here and this is the exhibition:

Behold

This was installed back in 2017. Besides the title which acknowledges the integrated bus/train transit hub in this location and conveyed by the web little colored lenses, it’s not really that imaginative or aesthetically pleasing. Besides, to the eye of the beholder, it doesn’t look safe to lean on and would be a big detriment in the winter time for those long train delays on the platform, especially for night owl workers who have to wait longer because of limited surface. But it actually does serve a purpose. It makes the sights of the boulevards more colorful if you peer through them or through the eye of the celly.

Cross Bay Blvd. before…

And after.

 
 
 
 
 
Now Woodhaven Blvd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For decades, commuters waiting at this station were denied the opportunity to visualize the drab boulevards of Ozone Park and now thanks to the MTA, they can see it in a smudged and scratched rainbow of colors in a respite from watching the tracks from the east and west waiting for their arriving trains.
 
While the this station got blessed with this art, it’s peculiar that with all the time they were renovating this station they didn’t think to bless it for the less able-bodied and aged. Because after 6 years and a class action lawsuit against the MTA, this station is still not ADA compliant.
 

96th Street And Liberty Ave

 

Liberty Ave. and Woodhaven and Cross Bay Blvd

 
What could have been done way back when. Here you got two places to put down elevators serve the disabled and elderly by Cross Bay Blvd and Liberty Ave/Rockaway Blvd right by 2 bus stops.
 

Liberty Ave. stairs by the Cross Bay Blvd. bus stops

 

Liberty Ave stairs by Rockaway Blvd. bus stops.

All these harbingers take on new colors considering a recent report of how the MTA is slow walking the ADA compliance upgrades because of how they are spending commuter tax dollars trying to fight various lawsuits that forced them to finally make stations accessible for the handicapped and infirm

gothamist.com

The MTA has denied a request from a disability rights group to disclose how much it is spending in taxpayer dollars to fight several lawsuits claiming it discriminates against its disabled customers.

The groups — which include the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID) — claim in their lawsuit that the transit agency has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by renovating stations without adding elevators and failing to maintain existing elevators. They also claim an overall lack of subway accessibility is a violation of New York City’s Human Rights laws.

Currently, a little over a quarter of the NYC’s 472 subway stations have elevators, slightly more than what the MTA agreed to after settling an accessibility lawsuit in 1994. The agency agreed to make 100 stations accessible by 2020 at the time, a figure it has exceeded.

In June 2020, BCID executive director Joe Rappaport filed a public request asking the MTA for the full amount it has spent for outside counsel. The agency, last month, denied the request on the basis of how it was worded.

“Please be advised that records are not maintained in a manner which permits practical retrieval because the MTA does not categorize or index payments made for legal services in the manner requested,” the MTA wrote in its response.

The agency released a document containing the retainer fees, but the dollar figures were blacked out.

At the MTA’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Gothamist asked MTA Chairman Pat Foye if he would release the dollar figure for how much the MTA has spent on lawyers fighting the six accessibility lawsuits. Foye said he would check with the Freedom of Information Law office about getting the numbers. But he wouldn’t commit to releasing them.

“I can’t commit to that because I don’t know what the issues are, but I will talk to the FOIL people,” he said.

The MTA did not return an earlier request from Gothamist for comment about how much it has spent on outside lawyers fighting the six accessibility lawsuits or why it denied the public records request Rappaport filed.

To make matters worse, this station wasn’t even included in the MTA’s 55 billion dollar infrastructure plan enacted by the embattled Governor Cuomo last year much to the chagrin of former NYC Transit president Andy Byford and enabled by the typically feckless and lazy Mayor de Blasio, who has been defiantly deliberately absent when it comes to transit system in the city he runs.

Even though Cuomo’s MTA continues to obstinately refuse to be accountable for their spending, they can’t obscure the fact that they prioritized decorative improvements over essential ones. Besides the stupid Rockaway Blvd. addition, the MTA’s costly decisions to deny easier access for the city’s most vulnerable commuters for the sake of art is apparent in stations in Manhattan like the Park Ave. South 28th St. Station east side entrance where they commissioned an expansive grandiose floral mosaic on the walls and the 6th ave 23rd St. Station where they commissioned an artist to install portraits of his dogs wearing human clothes. While the 28th St. Station does have an elevator on the west entrance (but no art), the prioritization to put sucky art on the walls at the 23rd St. Station instead of elevators is even more negligent considering that there’s a residential building for the blind down the block from this station.

It’s easy to see why the MTA would try to counter these lawsuits and hire the most expensive law firms to defend their abominable insouciance of the rights of their disabled and aged customers (and let’s not leave out parents with toddlers and babies in strollers who should also be called as witnesses), because they spent more effort making city transit more convenient and pleasant for instagram, tumblr, flickr and twitter by turning stations into ersatz galleries.

While these exhibitions make for great social media sharing, with more city and state funding lost on account of stupid MTA board decisions and inevitable settlements compounded with the low ridership from the pandemic and it’s aftermath in addition of steady subway crime, the future of NYC Transit is heading for a shitty horizon.

But at least the aesthetics will be nice.

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Shaun Donavan Needs His Daddy To Make Him Mayor

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New York Times

With New York City’s mayoral primary a little more than three months away and a deadline to qualify for the city’s generous matching-funds program having just passed, pleas for donations have been in overdrive in recent days.

But in the background, another spigot of money has quietly opened for two Democratic mayoral candidates who are trailing in early polls: Raymond J. McGuire and Shaun Donovan.

An independent expenditure committee for Mr. McGuire, a former Wall Street executive, has garnered more than $3 million since Feb. 1, with more than 70 donations from business magnates, including Kenneth Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot; the art world philanthropist Agnes Gund; and the real estate developer Aby J. Rosen.

A new super PAC for Mr. Donovan, a former cabinet member in the Obama administration, in contrast, has drawn $1.02 million from just two donors — the primary benefactor being his father, Michael Donovan, an executive in the ad tech industry who donated $1 million.

In an interview, Mr. Donovan, the candidate’s father, said he was trying to “level the playing field,” particularly since some candidates began raising money before they even declared they were running for mayor.

“I can’t give very much to Shaun directly, and seeing the amount of money McGuire had raised and all these other people, I felt he needed enough to go out and compete and get the message across,” Mr. Donovan said.

In other words, Shaun Donavon, a man who recently turned 55 years old and worked for Mayor Mike Bloomberg and President Obama, saw his current predicament in the mayor’s race and said:

“DADDY I WANNA BE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW!!!!” 

“GIMME A MILLION DOLLAAAARRRSSS!!!”

It’s not even worth going into why he’s running and why he’ll be a shit mayor just like the current shit mayor who’s been stinking up city hall for 7.3 years, but to summarize Shaunny will not to do a thing to improve the housing crisis and the continuing demolition by neglect of public housing in the five boroughs considering they never improved in his time running city housing in New York and Housing and Urban Development in the White House.

But the focus should not only be on the infinitely cancerous influence of money and politics that’s destroying democracy stemming from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, because there are so many piles of rancid corrupted shit involved in Shaun’s pop trying to salvage his floundering and now incestuous mayoral campaign. Daddy Donovan is not only his son’s number one financier, but he’s on the board of the slick public relations firm MediaOcean that’s been fueling Shaun’s campaign media exposure. To make this more nauseating, Shaun’s current raise on his allowance is designed to qualify for public matching campaign funds which would him to accrue 9x the amount of every individual (person) donation under 2,000. Campaign funding that comes directly from city taxpayer dollars.

This brazen purchasing of the primary by Shaun’s dad is that besides him there’s only one person that feels he’s qualified to run City Hall. Even more pathetic is that Shaun’s dad thinks his son’s (inevitable) absence from the race is some form of voter disenfranchisement and not because he can’t keep up with his competitors whether on the issues or fundraising. Especially with the latter, considering Shaun must have been jelly about Ray McGuire’s rapid money bundling from corporations and celebrities.

Another thing about Shaun Donovan and his pop trying to buy recognition and relevance in the mayor’s race is that this fits in with the demographic profile and stereotype of the hipster transients that moved to  Brooklyn. It’s no coincidence that Shaun was running the HPD Dept. under Bloomberg, running his housing and development policies that fostered the rapid overvalued speculative real estate market rate with renters dependent on their parents financing their rents while living lavishly beyond their means, which led to hyper gentrification and tower pestilence as the germination of Brooklyn’s gentrification that began in Williamsburg and creeped into nearby middle and working class towns like Bushwick and Bed-Stuy.

If there is anything to gleam by this passive patronage by Donavon and Son from the insipid article by the Times is the obvious toxic internecine connections involved in Shaun’s PAC is that the treasurer handling his million dollar allowance Brittany Wise previously worked on de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign. The Blaz’s campaign manager Bill Hyers is reunited with Ms. Wise as advisor for Donovan’s farcical campaign. Overlooked in the Times article is that Shaun’s dad’s “ad tech” firm’s CEO goes by the name of Bill Wise. Doesn’t say if Brittany is his wife or sibling, but the kismet is super strong here.

But it’s not kismet, it’s establishment. Shaun is a spoiled manchild but he’s not naive. He was there when Bloomberg was buying the mayor’s office by spending 100 million dollars on ads to numb people into voting for him and in a way not to vote at all from being fatigued from his overexposure, and then how he bought other oligarchs and city council to run for an illegal third term.

And surely Shaun got inspired by the current Hizzoner; even though Mayor de Blasio has been a verified disaster at his job, he’s shown to be an idiot savant when it comes to filthy lucre fundraising, starting with his bribe and straw donor laden 501 c 4 he ran in City Hall with the Campaign For One New York to his shell game money laundering stylings with his two PAC funds he ran during his farcical presidential run in 2019 and was still able to escape unscathed even when he got sloppy with donors who themselves got indicted for the crime of giving him bribes and getting access to services as the Blaz had the good fortune of the SCOTUS McDonnell decision that legalized the acceptance of government bribes.

Top this off with the normalization of impunity in New York as Governor Cuomo continues to run the state and the pandemic response while being overwhelmed with three heinous corruption scandals with two federal investigations and near universal calls for his resignation and is still laughing it up in daily briefings with clearly intimidated brownnosing aides and officials and legendary Mets and Yankee pitchers like everything is still new normal.

Which is why Shaun Donavan and his Daddy’s flacks get in cognitive dissonance mode about their honest and wholesome graft, as plain and obvious as it is. They might not emerge victorious from this stunt, but they have set a new precedent and a newer normal for campaign fundraising and ultimately political patronage.

It’s new values for a  newer normal in a New New York.

Yeah? Well, then normal is fucked.