Blaz’s Recovery Advisor’s Salary Double Dip And Washington Square Park Connection

I got it made

NY Post

The NYPD’s former highest-ranking uniformed officer is cashing in with his new gig at City Hall — thanks to a little-known legal loophole that allows him to collect both a pension and a taxpayer-funded salary, The Post has learned.

Retired Chief of Department Terence Monahan started collecting his $188,280 annual pension on March 28 while also earning a $242,592 annual salary as Mayor de Blasio’s new senior advisor, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Law.

Retired public employees who are under the age of 65 and are collecting a pension are required to file paperwork — known as a 211 waiver — making the case for why they are uniquely qualified to collect an additional public salary.

The applications then go to the Department of Citywide Administrative Services or the New York State Civil Service Commission for approval. Without the waiver, the retiree is limited to $35,000 per year, according to state law.

But that approval was able to be sidestepped with Monahan placed on the payroll of the Economic Development Corporation — a city-funded nonprofit organization — following his February appointment to oversee the city’s safety planning for COVID recovery.

Pensioners who are employed by a public benefit corporation, like the city’s economic development arm, don’t need to file a 211 waiver, according to a 1997 decision by the city’s Law Department, DCAS spokesman Nick Benson said. The ruling has never been challenged in court.

On top of the dual income, the 60-year-old former cop is also still owed a hefty payout for unused days off, estimated at nearly $300,000, according to a review of his payroll records obtained by The Post. That lump sum payout is still pending, the city’s payroll office said.

Reached by phone recently, Monahan declined to comment on his pay.

Why should Terry comment, he’s the luckiest man and he’s got the easiest job in NYC right now and he acquired it by being a recidivist dirty cop while working under the most cravenly corrupt and cowardly mayor in NYC history.

For Terry winding up to become the deputy recovery czar in City Hall, he didn’t have to try that hard considering what he accomplished during the pandemic last year. First he tried to orchestrate a heist to steal a truck full of face masks and other PPE’s  meant for doctors, nurses and other essential workers in hospital services (most of whom did not even bother wearing face masks), which induced a stunning profane laden  reaction from the city’s former doctor health commish Oxiris Barbot, which led to her eventual phasing out and firing by the Blaz.

Then after the Mayor’s team arranged a media circus and stunt for the NYPD to feign solidarity for the policing public execution of George Floyd, which Monahan got on his knee and held hands with other BLM protesters, Monahan ordered a brutal NYPD offensive against hundreds of protesters who arranged a demonstration in Mott Haven in the Bronx by ordering cops to kettle them from both sides on the streets to prevent them from departing after the Blaz’s 8 PM curfew and letting them loose to viciously attack them as they walloped them with clubs, attacked them with bikes and also engaged in dogpiling individual demonstrators tactics the cops used with absolute gleeful expressions. This day of infamy in NYC as well as the other days of brutality the NYPD inflicted on protesters during that week of demonstrations got immediate condemnation by Human Rights Watch for the brazen suppression of free speech and free assembly and eventually was subjected to a thorough investigation by D.A. Letitia James leading to NY Senate and Assembly laws calling for the expunging of policing records of every cop on the force. It was most certain that the record of Chief Monahan and whatever abuses and violations he accrued throughout his career was bound to be revealed.

But when 2021 came and Mayor de Blasio laid down the base for the”recovery for all of us” mission as expose’s of rogue cops and disciplinary actions were starting to mete out (however incrementally), The Blaz did his usual machinating and bailed out Monahan and transferred him to NYC Economic Development Corporation Dept. to be the deputy czar of the city’s recovery immediately after he resigned and traded in his acquired uniform for a bureaucrat’s suit, thereby acquiring his cherry six figure pension while getting a bigger six-figure salary while also exempting him from D.A. James disciplinary probes in his new position as an “advisor”

When asked about Monahan’s city salary double dip, The Blaz was asked if this profligate use of taxpayer dollars for one man and his advisories has resulted in any dividends in services for the city as well as it’s recovery and security. It’s a waste of time to print de Blasio’s response because he predictably didn’t give one, but recent events have showed that Monahan has taken to his suit as a do nothing bureaucrat very well.

Presumably, the justification for Monahan’s shady transfer and presence in City Hall and the EDC is because his career and experience as a police officer would be that he would give sage advice for keeping the streets safe and ensure economic gains and a return of tourist activity in the city’s popular destination areas like Times Square. But look at what’s happened there since the weather got nicer, two shootings and four people hit by stray bullets despite a massive police presence and surveillance cameras on every lamp post and building and vagrancy and other petty crimes as not subsided as well.

Then there is the issue of Washington Square Park, which as become a quasi-autonomous zone which daily open air drug abuse  and nightly relentless noise pollution from all-night DJ ragers and yelling from transient denizens of the greenpace loitering past the parks closing, under the watchful eyes of de Blasio’s NYPD, who are clearly under orders to maintain their surprisingly tolerant behavior despite demands by residents for them to take action and despite the blowback from their collective inaction resulting in slashings and assaults in the vicinity.

Which makes it a wonder why the cops have been standing down so long from enforcing the normal curfew and allowing these baccanalias and calamitous events to continue. Turns out that the man who kneeled along with the former Chief Monahan  for de Blasio’s NYPD’s gaslighting solidarity photo op for the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter movement is David “Shaman” Ortiz, who just happens to promoter of the WSPAZ DJ ragers and also for illegal unsanctioned public boxing matches that are held right by the Arch the cops are protecting. And it’s quite clear that they are protecting Promoter Ortiz party plans as well, which gives the impression that this guy has been giving de facto permission and permits in the park as part of the city’s recovery for all of us, giving de Blasio the optics to declare the Summer of NYC is off to a rousing successful start. Maybe that’s why the Blaz is confident that the violence and noise in WSP will take a natural course back to normalcy.

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Ortiz has not been shy about this symmetry either nor his contempt for the residents of this district and he can’t help himself from talking shit about it too.

“This is my response to the residents, If you have an issue with amplified sound and you live in the downtown area, you live in the Washington Square Park area, then you should move.”

Can’t really blame this opportunistic reprobate for his hubris, especially when looters were able to capitalize from last year’s BLM protests that got the majority of the police response and aggression last year as they ransacked every high end designer clothing and jewelry store in Soho and every small business in the middle and lower AMI income town Fordham in the Bronx with hardly any effort at repression from the NYPD. Also revealing is that these lootings were still continuing throughout 2020 even without the presence of protests ahead of them. Protests also continued sporadically during last year too and guess which public activity got the bigger police response again? All this impunity and abuse of authority made possible under the purview and the street policing decisions of former chief Monahan.

Now that Monahan is making a half million dollars this year and felonious crimes and shootings making distressing upward trajectories, it’s a wonder if his advice and his presence at the city’s abominable EDC office is actually being detrimental to the city’s recovery and also if he is giving bad advice on purpose since it’s highly doubtful he’s going to remain a city worker when this hellish final year of the Blaz is over. Looks like the current circumstances makes it clear he still as much a human profligate tax boondoggle and moral hazard to the city as he was when he was wearing a white shirt being an abusive and disconnected high brass cop and police chief.

And he’ll continue to get away with it. Because the lawlessness that’s gripped the streets doesn’t hold a candle to and is only an extension of the bureaucratic anarchy directed by the Blaz in City Hall.

 

 

New Bad Days 85: May Flowers Bloom With Ultraviolence In The Subway And Bullets Flying Everywhere; A Gang Initiation Ritual Transit Commute Leaves 4 Straphangers With Stitches; Gangbangers Engage In Wild West Evocations With Daylight Shootouts; Citizen Israelis And Palestinians Go Wild During Competing Midtown Protests, Leading To Blowback Extraneous Altercations And Vandalism In Other Boroughs; NYPD Doesn’t Bother To Put A Cop On Post For Woman With Order Of Protection Against Ex Boyfriend Who Lives In Same Building And She Winds Up Murdered By Him; Mentally Mad Men Continue To Wander The Streets Attacking Other Men, Women And Children; Two Women Killed Themselves Trying To Hop Buildings; Washington Square Transforms Into Party And Drug Ground Zero And Outdoor Insane Asylum; Two Boys Got Shot To Death In Two Gang-Related Hits; Grade School Student Dies From Getting His Skull Battered By Bullies; People Are Resorting To Fisticuffs, Guns And Knives In The Civil War For Dwindling Parking Spaces As Trends Rise In Auto Thievery And Vandalism And Continuing Gang Warfare

Mayor de Blasio’s recovery for all of us since spring started has not gone as well as he planned. Because the only recovery that has occurred since the temps got higher is the recovery of felonious crimes and wanton senseless violence. None more pronounced than the steady and now daily rises in random and intentional crimes on the subway, now up by 93%, and the plague of shootings on the streets of New York, now up by 73% from last year.  While it is a massive difference because of the “perfect storm of COVID, it’s now worse while the city is in recovery and all social distancing bans are lifted and people are gathering on the streets and commuting more.

While subway crime and shootings have been getting more and more local media attention as the Blaz continues not to acknowledge it (which will need a whole thesis or even a long form post to cover it), other felonious crimes that also rose 20% or more over the year have fallen off the radar, like burglary, robbery, grand larceny, rape, assault and battery and auto theft. The only crime that didn’t go down (but still stayed steady) was homicide, although that’s mostly because these people can’t hit their targets for shit, which is the only good news that’s going on these turbulent new bad days.

MAY DAY! MAY DAY!!!

These gruesome stats are compounded by a drop in actual arrests for these crimes, which is perplexing given that the NYPD is the biggest police force in the world and they still can’t catch the really bad and crazy guys.  Which unsurprisingly includes the misdirected deployment of extra cops the Blaz ordered to walk beats underground.

Speaking of commuting, another subway crime that has seen a rise is fare evasion. In fact, people are still evading fares on city buses too, leading to a loss of $59,000,000 from city and state transit coffers.

To top off this shitshow, it should go without saying that the blight of garbage on the streets and graffiti on residential and commercial buildings is more omnipresent than it’s ever been. And while Mayor Big Slow has devoted more tax dollars to ameliorate those two crises, he and the city still can’t catch up.

Manhattan

In Midtown, a gang of four male teenagers armed with 12 inch serrated knife got on the 4 train and engaged in a bit of the ol’ ultraviolence and took turns with the blade in a spree of attacks on the transit line, starting with attacking a man and slashing him in the face, the victim got off after the train arrived at Union Square. Then they targeted two men and slashed and beat them down as the train was rolling into Astor Place. Then they ganged up on another man and slashed him and robbed his cellphone and then all of them got off at the Brooklyn Bridge stop. The four punks then got on the D train going back uptown and beat down a man and slashed his eye while trying to steal his backpack at the Columbus Circle Station. Then they got caught and arrested by the cops waiting at the 79th St. Station.The spree of wanton brutality was spurred by gang initiation rites.

Couldn’t help but noticed that their ultraviolence spree ended blocks away from city hall. This may have played a factor in Mayor Big Slow finally admitting he was wrong about subway violence, leading to his belated decision to incrementally deploy another 250 cops underground.

In Midtown, a man stabbed another man to death inside a hotel homeless shelter.

Also in Midtown, a man held up a leather store at gunpoint and grabbed all the cash from the register.

Again in Midtown, five young male teenagers took turns firing BB guns from the roof of a fancy hotel and hit a tourist and also hit a city resident in her chest on the street below. Good to see visitors to NYC help us in this recovery for all of us.

And again in Midtown, a man attempting to shoplift expensive kicks from a high end department store got pinched by a security for possessing a loaded gun, which the skel grabbed while being detained in a room and threatened to use it on the guards, who were all  able to wrest it from him. The gangbanger got caught with other heaters twice last year.

And again in Midtown, a man got shot in the leg after getting into a verbal dispute with a couple.

And again in Midtown at the 51st St. Station, a man accused another passenger of staring at him and then one of his pals sucker punched him in the face as the shit talker stole his cellphone.

And again in Midtown at the 59th St./Lexington Ave Station, two men grabbed a 65-year-old man as he was going through the turnstile and demanded money from him, then they slashed his head with a razor and beat him down to the ground and robbed 100 bucks and his phone off him.

And again in Midtown, a man walked into a Japanese grocery store and got pissed when a cashier told him to put on a mask and then he punched her in the face.

And again in Midtown, a man got into an argument with another man in front of a hotel and wound up getting stabbed in the belly.

And again in Midtown, a man injured himself while riding his motor scooter after he crashed into a stone pillar

And again in Midtown, a man attacked and slashed a man with gardening shears on the street at the start of the day.

And again in Midtown, a man stabbed another man while he was pissing on a building wall.

And again in Midtown, a man grabbed a woman, threw her against a gate and tried to rape her in broad daylight.

And again in Midtown, a man assaulted an app-hail livery car driver inside his vehicle while he was driving and then got knocked out cold during a fight with him on the street.

And again in Midtown, Israeli and Palestinian citizens gathered in respective protest groups and publicly assembled on the streets and got in verbal and physical clashes with each other.

Protests resumed a week later during the cease fire agreement between the IDF and Hamas as Palestinian protesters blocked traffic during the demonstration, at one point all of them bowing down to the east in prayer, but then got heated when cops started to move in and force them off the avenue, leading to dozens of arrests. Later on, a man riding in a pickup truck festooned with flags of Palestine threw a firework at people coming out of a Diamond District building which wound up injuring a woman.

In Times Square, a man got into an argument with his brother over selling rap cd’s in the area and then he shot at him and missed and the stray bullets hit two women and a four-year-old girl in a stroller as she was waiting on line to go into a store with her aunt. A very brave police woman grabbed the wounded the girl and rushed her to safety and a waiting ambulance.

The rapper/gunman cut his hair and trimmed his beard got out of the city and fled to Florida where he got caught and arrested by U.S. Marshalls and an NYPD fugitive task force unit, along with his girlfriend/accessory as they were about to order grub at a McDonalds. (I didn’t know the NYPD had bounty hunters?)

One of the women who witnessed the dispute between the two brothers which led to her getting shot has to live with a bullet fragment in her leg for the rest of her life. But the mayor probably thinks she’s not a real New Yorker.

Following and including this incident, shootings in the five boroughs went up 86%. The perp got arraigned and sent to Rikers Island,because it seems the city still has a use for it, much to the chagrin to all the fauxgressive elected shitlibs that want to shut it down.

Also in Times Square, a man slashed another man in the face with a scalpel on the 1/2/3 subway platform because he assumed he was “talking to him” and a woman yelled at a transit worker and then punched her in the face and ran after her and then got on the 7 train to Flushing.

Again in Times Square, a man attacked another man inside a theme restaurant and stole 500 bucks and his credit cards after punching him multiple times.

And again in Times Square, a security guard caught and restrained a man shoplifting socks from a single brand candy store and then let him go free when he pulled a knife on him.

And again in Times Square, a man loitering in front of a tv studio building aroused suspicion of the NYPD and some other city cops working off duty for the corporate news station across the street and found him possessing an unlicensed BB gun. The man remarked he only wanted to resemble a cop with a souvenir NYPD shirt and hoodie because he doesn’t feel safe in New York City, sharing a sentiment that’s become common among the citizenry and providing this post with it’s obligatory theme song.

And again in Times Sqaure, Palestinian and Israeli demonstrators clashed during Pro-Israel rally being held by the TKTS plaza. As both sides got into fisticuffs and ripped flags from poles representing both nations. At one point during a clash, 5 Palestinian men ganged up and beat down a Jewish man as cops struggled to maintain control on the divisive crowds

In Harlem at the 155th Station, a man sat next to another man on the D train, called him a faggot then stabbed him in his stomach with an ice pick and then split. The victim got off at the Yankee Stadium stop to get help and get stitched at a hospital in the Bronx.

Also in Harlem at the 135th St. Station, a man got off the 1 train and ran to the token booth and banged on the glass window and then went back on the platform attacked a 60-year-old man at random and pushed him onto the tracks. The victim refused medical attention and continued his commute to work and had some advice for the shitty Mayor (who he works for as a NYC Parks employee) and the mediocre mayoral hopefuls. The Blaz would probably think he’s a “real New Yorker” that’s ready for anything when you take mass transit.

Also in Harlem, a man got shot in the torso on the street in the dark of night and wasn’t going to snitch on his assailant.

Again in Harlem, a man stalked a woman on the sidewalk, slashed her three times and ran away.

And again in Harlem at the 110th St. Station, a man resisted arrest and fought with two cops on the platform after they caught him jumping the turnstile.

And again in Harlem at the 135th St. Station, a man slashed another man in the face on the platform.

And again in Harlem and again at the 135th St. Station for the third time in a month, a man pushed another man onto to the tracks and tried to push others but didn’t succeed, then he must have got tired and went to sit on a bench. When cops approached him, he punched one of them in the face and knocked off her body cam and glasses, and continued to fight off other cops as they tazed his crazy ass.

And again in Harlem at the 148th St. Station, a man punched a transit maintenance worker in the face who told him to get off the 3 train.

And again in Harlem, a woman got stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend who lived downstairs from her although was able to defend herself and stabbed him three times.

The couple’s tumultuous relationship came to a head when the man beat her down in her apartment four months earlier and a judge put an order of protection for her to keep her boyfriend away, even though they lived in the same building. Before he killed her, the man tried to break into her apartment through the fire escape but cops showed up and were able to stop him.

Despite the man having a court order against him and scheduled court hearing on the day of the murder and six prior domestic abuse charges made by the woman for his attacks going back to last year, the cops decided not to remain by the building to prevent another inevitable attack, enabling the man to go up the fire escape again when they left and then proceeded to slaughter his ex.

Although there were more than enough deployed at the crime scene as the woman’s life was bleeding out of her body and then was carried out on a gurney.

And again in Harlem, a man got shot in the leg on the street and was dropped off at a hospital anonymously where he bled out and died from his wound.

And again in Harlem at the 125th St. Station, two men having a dispute escalated when one of them pulled out a knife and the two start brawling on the mezzanine and then by the metrocard machine as the knife comes loose and then the initially unarmed man picked it up and stabbed his foe in the back.

And again in Harlem at the 110th St. Station, a man got into a verbal dispute with another man on the platform and slashed him in the arm and then slashed another man as he was running away.

In East Harlem at the 116th St. Station, three homeless men assumed a man was harrassing two women on the platform and then they beat him up and one of them slashed him the face, even though the women were his wife and stepdaughter.

Also in East Harlem, a man got shot on the street shortly before dawn.

Again in East Harlem, a man got shot in the hand underneath building scaffolding.

And again in East Harlem, a man got shot to death while sitting in his car by a man who rode by him on an e-bike. Or in other words, an e-ride by.

And again in East Harlem, a homeless man discovered a dead man’s body in a garbage can while collecting recyclables.

And again in East Harlem, a 15-year-old boy accompanying his sister to pick up a sandwich from a bodega got shot to death and another man also got shot on a street corner in a gang-related hit. The killer is still on the loose.

In the Upper East Side,  a man got shot to death on a stairwell  inside an apartment building by two men who set up a weed deal with him only to rob him.

Also in the Upper East Side at the 63rd St./Lexington Ave. Station, a man grabbed a woman on her ass and then whipped out his dick when she turned around.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a homeless man randomly attacked a man walking on the sidewalk, punching him multiple times and demanded he go back to another nation. Then the maniac beat him on the ground and bit his middle finger tip off.

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For the xenophobes

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, a man punched another man in the face for wearing a necklace with a pendant of a religion he didn’t like.

Again in Hell’s Kitchen, a man walking with a plastic traffic pole skulked up behind an app-food delivery worker and bashed him on the head with it. Base first.

And again in Hell’s Kitchen, a man who died of a drug overdose was found lying on the asphalt between two parked cars.

And again in Hell’s Kitchen, a man freakishly died after he hurriedly walked and smacked his head into a parked Snapple truck unawares.

And again in Hell’s Kitchen, squeegee men crews have returned in full force washing the windshields of vehicle commuters stuck in traffic while trying to go downtown and into the Lincoln Tunnel. A squeegee “supervisor” warned a frontrunner GOP mayoral candidate that he’ll go back to robbing again if he’s forced to stop.

In the Upper West Side, a homeless man covered head to toe in blankets charged a man who just parked his car and kicked the door and then walloped him in the face and exhorted that the street was his property as his wife and child watched in horror. Twelve cops were deployed to arrest the mentally ill perp, who yelled at them and refused to be detained.

Also in the Upper West Side at the 72nd St. Station, a woman punched a train conductor in the face.

Again in the Upper West Side, two gangs of men loitering by a restaurant street shanty suddenly pulled out their guns and got into a shootout in broad daylight, firing rounds while ducking behind cars and running down the streets. One of the gunslingers fled the scene on a razor scooter.

Not one sign of any violence interrupters around before and during the fusillade. Fortunately, there weren’t any bullet interrupters since no civilians got hit.

And again in the Upper West Side, a 65-year-old woman visiting the city got plowed while crossing the street by a man riding an unlicensed motor scooter and rode away leaving her on the asphalt.

And again in the Upper West Side at the 96th Station, a man yelled homophobic slurs at a couple which compelled one of them to brandish a knife, which the man grabbed during a tussle with him and then he used it to slash him on the ear and his girlfriend twice on the face. The perp once killed a man 30 year ago.

In Morningside Heights at the 116th St. Station, a woman gets off the 1 train and a man jumps out from behind a pillar and whacks her in the hip with a cane.

Also in Morningside Heights, a man got into a tussle with two other men on the platform and slashed one of his foes in the arm.

In Washington Heights, a man robbed 2 G’s from a bank after passing a note to the teller, who threw a dye pack inside before she gave him the loot. The man also robbed 2 banks in Midtown and Harlem and 2 other banks in Long Island City, making off with over $4,000.

Also in Washington Heights, two men on a motor scooter rode up to a 63-year-old man riding his bike and knocked him down and then laughed at his expense when he fell onto a parked vehicle.

Again in Washington Heights, a man got instantly killed when he got hit by a car while walking on the Henry Hudson Parkway. Th

In Inwood, a NYPD patrol car rear windshield was smashed to bits as cops were searching for a man waving a knife on the streets.

Also in Inwood, a man drove his motorcycle towards another man on a street corner and held him up at gunpoint then shot him in the knee and robbed his gold chain as he laid on the asphalt.

Again in Inwood, a man got shot in the ass after having an argument with his assailant on the street.

In Fort George, a man threw eggs and yelled homophobic slurs at two EMT’s on the sidewalk.

In Columbus Circle, a man strangled and bit a Samaritan who tried to stop him from harassing a commuter on the D train and then waved a box cutter to ward off witnesses.

Also in Columbus Circle, a mouse was found inside a refrigerator display case inside of one of Jeff Bezos’s high end supermarket chains and indulging itself on chops of veal worth over $20 a pound. A woman filming the food violation in real time was met with snickers from one of the butchers when told about the rodent snacking right under his nose.

In Central Park, a woman got ambushed by a man she arranged a date with on an app who put her in a chokehold and ran away with her purse.

Also in Central Park, a woman followed and vociferously cursed at a man who served time for and testified against President Trump during congressional hearings about his former boss’s payoffs to cover up affairs with two Playboy centerfold models as he was walking on the street. It would have been funnier if he told her “Says who?

Again in Central Park, a man got jumped by five men and two of them ganged raped him and robbed him.

In Tribeca at the Chambers St. Station, a man ran up to a tourist and stabbed him twice with a screwdriver in front of his family. The victim’s wife notified transit cops and had him arrested. This was a few weeks ago so he’s probably back riding the rails right now.

Also in Tribeca, a trust fund baby man who got busted for throwing illegal booze parties inside of the loft building his mommy rents for him while charging people and kids 100 bucks to get inside during the pandemic is still throwing more speakeasy ragers despite complaints from his wealthy neighbors while he defiantly refuses to let in Department of Buildings agents inspect the building in utter defiance of judge’s orders by making the lamest excuses to blow them off.

Since this recidivist scumbag was breaking distancing protocols and breaking the law letting rich kids get loaded, why didn’t de Blasio’s NYPD send some coppers to break down his door and frog march him to the 1st Pct. in handcuffs? Well, it’s too late now since indoor event guidelines have been lifted. So why don’t they send the cops back to see if this booze party promoter is making sure his customers are vaccinated?

All of those questions are now moot because the greedy entrepreneur left the building virtually unnoticed and unscathed of any criminal charges.

Again in Tribeca, a trust fund baby and career hack bureaucrat who’s running for mayor thanks to getting a million dollar a week allowance from his daddy got arrested obstructing the Holland Tunnel entrance while kneeling during a Black Lives Matter protest.

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Pity the rich performance progressive.

In the Lower East Side, a man approached a woman on a street corner to panhandle her and then he punched her head like a speedbag.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man with a suitcase used it to clobber a 2-year-old girl sitting in a stroller right in front of her father, who just returned to Manhattan after spending the last year in Brazil.

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Just another victim, I mean another real New Yorker

The psycho who got arrested for his lunatic assault has 69 priors going back 15 years and was recently held on a warrant for an assault 3 months earlier.

Again in the Lower East Side, a man stuck up another man at gunpoint and directed him to an ATM machine and robbed $200 off him.

And again in the Lower East Side, a woman attacked a man who approached her on his bike and stabbed him in both arms.

And again in the Lower East Side, a homeless man stabbed another homeless man to death with a razor at a skate park down under the Manhattan Bridge.

And again in the Lower East Side, a man drove his car straight through the front door of a small business store.

And again in the Lower East Side, a man stole an ebike by cutting off the lock with a power saw in broad daylight in front of passerby while wearing a fluorescent green shirt. Like other trends in felonious crimes during the recovery for all of us, bike theft has also seen a massive rise, which will be immensely great for Lyft’s ride share  Shitibike.

And again in the Lower East Side, a man made violent threat to traffic cops in a patrol van, which he punched at while riding by them on his e-bike.

In the East Village, a man shot another man in the leg after he snatched his cellphone.

Also in the East Village, a woman killed herself when she fell down a shaft as she tried to climbed from one rooftop party to another rooftop party at the next overvalued rental apartment building.

In the West Village, a woman got randomly punched in the face by a man while walking on the sidewalk.

In Soho at the Houston-Lafayette Station, a man mugged a woman on the platform.

Also in Soho, an art gallery featuring the racist destruction of a successful business street in Tulsa had it’s title displayed on the window defaced with white paint 3 times in a week. The vandal also left his initials behind, which could be an indication that these defacings may be more motivated by aesthetic critiques than institutional racism.

In Noho at the 8th St. Station, a deranged man tossed a soda can at a man and called him a racial slur on the platform.

In Union Square, a woman sucker punched a man on the 456 platform as he was waiting for the train.

Also in Union Square, a man brawled with another man and then slashed him in the neck with a knife following an argument on the NRQW platform. The victim turned out to be an ex-con who served time for beating up two women on the street in a xenophobic attack and still can’t seem to stay out of trouble but is more cognizant of the new bad days than the Mayor is.

Again in Union Square, a man randomly attacked a woman and slashed her multiple times until a Samaritan intervened by spearing the psycho to the floor and holding him an headlock while another Samaritan pinned his legs down as they awaited the arrival of some of the 250 extra cops the Blaz finally sent to the subway.

In Chinatown, a man laid a roundhouse punch to a woman’s face who was passing by him on the sidewalk in broad daylight and in front of patrons dining at a restaurant shanty and the recidivist criminal with over 40 prior arrests for similar acts of violence feigned he was the one who was struck.

In Greenwich Village, a man randomly attacked another man on the sidewalk by hitting him in the face with a blunt object.

Also in Greenwich Village, a five alarm fire engulfed a two story commercial building and a Chinese restaurant. The FDNY had trouble getting to the blaze sooner because of all the shanties on the street curbs in front of restaurants were obstructing their path. Two firefighters got injured during the blaze.

Again in Greenwich Village, an argument between two men on a street corner escalated when one of them pulled out a gun and shot his foe in the leg.

And again in Greenwich Village, during another protest, a demonstrator smashed a restaurant window, injuring a patron who got hit with glass. Which was instantly replaced, showing that some businesses are already adjusting to the urban blight and societal decay happening during the recovery for all of us.

In Herald Square, a man begging for money on the F train wanted more from a man he targeted and stole his handbag and cellphone after he threatened him.

In Penn Station at the 34th St. Station, a man with 12 priors and a recent arrest for subway violence shoved a 65-year-old woman down the stairs.

In Chelsea Piers, a man tried to hijack a lux booze cruise boat while in his p.j.’s.

In the Financial District, the son of the NYPD’s greatest cop died of a heroin overdose inside his apartment.

In Kips Bay, a man killed another man with his car while he was speeding down a service road as the victim was crossing and kept going until his car konked out, as a patrol car caught up to the hit and run driver and arrested him.

Also in Kips Bay, a man was found dead floating in the East River.

Again in Kips Bay, a woman killed herself after she fell five stories off a fire escape and landed in a courtyard while trying to get to a party on the roof of an apartment building.

And again in Kips Bay, a man shot another man to death point blank to his head on the sidewalk based on a look.

In Downtown Manhattan, migrating birds are killing themselves by crashing into a glass window railing at the World Trade Center building.

Also in Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton St. Station, two men brawling with each other escalated when one of them whipped out a blade and slashed the other guy twice on the 4 train.

Again in Downtown Manhattan, a woman spray painted a political message supporting de Blasio’s NYPD on the street and got arrested. Never mind that de Blasio circumvented DOT regulations to paint Black Lives Matter murals last summer that he doesn’t give a shit about anymore.

Three men converged on a man on the F train as it was crossing under the East River  and robbed his cellphone at gunpoint.

On the Manhattan Bridge, a man decided to try to kill himself and managed to disrupt 4 subway lines. Meanwhile in the East River tunnel under the Brooklyn Bridge, the emergency brakes on the A got activated when the third rail malfunctioned. Leading to power going off and multiple lines getting re-routed. There’s no stoppin’ New York City.

In Washington Square Park, a mentally disturbed man disrupted  a film shoott for an insignificant sitcom show that streams on Amazon and grabbed the leading actress from behind. After one of the show’s workers restrained the man and threw him to the ground, the kook hung around and threw bottles and votive candles on the ground near them, smashing glass all over the place, leading the show’s creators and producers to cancel the shoot.

Also in Washington Square Park, public crack smoking, smack shooting and drug dealing has laid predominance inside the park once again. Because of this public display of societal decay and the wanton and slovenly behavior of visitors using the park for rager parties going into the early morning hours which consists of high decibel EDM music and tons of detritus left behind, de Blasio’s NYPD enacted a 10 p.m. curfew every weekend ensuring not one soul dares to occupy the park for one second. Even including residents that live in the area and nearby the landmark public space.

Yeah this is going to work out like gangbusters just like the curfew the Blaz enacted on the city this time last year.

Only a week after the curfew was implemented and a NYPD militia was deployed to the park, gangbusters manifested itself as hundreds of people were still hanging around, getting drunk and loaded and throwing ragers in the park at 11 p.m. and got into a violent clash with the cops as they tried to make them disburse by pushing bikes and barricades at them, leading to 23 people getting cuffed.

Because of the bad optics of the over-deployment of cops and their obligatory use of excessive force (MOVE! BACK!) which only provoked more violence and chaos which culminated with cops chasing citizens away from the park and continuing to pursue them on the streets, de Blasio’s NYPD didn’t show up the next evening, as hundreds of people returned and threw another rager while others drove ATV vehicles in the public space.

Brooklyn

In Flatbush, a 12-year-old boy died a day after he was bullied  by classmates and was assaulted by a boy who got paid a dollar to brutally beat him down inside a public school. The victim was persistently harassed and beaten by his bullies for two days before he succumbed to his final torture at the hands of his young tormentors after getting hit in the head multiple times.

Also in Flatbush, a young man shot his girlfriend in the arm inside an apartment building.

Again in Flatbush, a man with a bullet in his chest was dropped off at a hospital anonymously and abandoned and wound up dying from his wound.

And again in Flatbush, a construction worker got killed falling four stories to the ground after breaking up concrete on the roof while not being tethered at a building demolition site.

In East New York, a man walked into a store and threatened to shoot a man for being Asian and then threatened to shoot anyone that would defend him.

Also in East New York at the Pennsylvania Ave. Station, a man yelled at 60-year-old woman on the platform and then he slashed and stabbed her multiple times until a Samaritan intervened and stopped him and protected her.

Again in East New York, an 18-year-old man got shot to death on a street corner where he was looking to hook up with a woman he chatted with online but got ambushed by a gang who was menacing and stalking him for nearly a year.

And again in East New York, a 19-year-old man driving a stolen car ran a red light and got into a high speed chase with cops in pursuit. When the cops caught up to the gang member after he crashed into a row of parked cars, the cops discovered he was still on parole after being released from prison after serving time for 3 years for paralyzing a cop who pulled him over during a traffic stop when he was driving a stolen car  4 years earlier and then hit the gas and dragged him on the street for two blocks.

In Cypress Hills at the Broadway Junction Station, a homeless man putting on his pants on a bench got up and randomly pushed a 65-year-old woman onto the tracks. The woman does not plan to ride the subway by herself ever again, but surely the mayor thinks she doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking out.

In Park Slope at the Union St. Station, a disheveled homeless man loitering by the turnstiles was hassling commuters and made juvenile expressions to surveillance cameras and then he attacked a 63-year-old man while he was paying his fare and shoved him to the ground, kicked him in the face and pummeled him multiple times and stole his wallet.

Also in Park Slope, a man broke into a grocery store and almost made off with 4 large but got trapped by the po-po who caught him hiding in a crawl space wielding a fake gun. The perp was just released from prison with 3 more years of parole to go.

In Brownsville, a man got shot in the stomach while the sun was still out early in the evening and found sanctuary at a nearby house. The man later died after succumbing to his wound.

Again in Park Slope, a dilettante candidate for mayor got yelled at by a bunch of upper class shitlibs who don’t need cops in front of a YMCA.

Also in Brownsville, three teenage boys injured two cops and themselves after they stole a car and the car hijacker driver sped down the streets and collided into a patrol car after blowing a red light and then crashed into another car and the back of a box truck, concluding their little late evening joyride.

Again in Brownsville, a 16-year-old boy got shot while trying to defend himself against a gang of 5 other men on the street.

And again in Brownsville, a man stepped out of a car and fired shots at a playground at the Seth Low Houses, hitting a man in the leg.

And again in Brownsville, a 17-year-old boy shot a 16-year-old boy on the leg on the street to settle an verbal dispute.

And again in Brownsville, a man approached a 13-year-old girl with a Alaskan Husky and asked her to take a celly pic and then he took her to an apartment building with a ruse claiming he left it there and then he sexually molested her. He tried the same pattern with an 11 and a 12-year-old girl the next day and they both ran when they got to the building. Word really got around fast about this creep.

In Bed-Stuy, an argument between two men on the street escalated when one of them pulled out a gun and blasted four shots to his foe, killing him execution style.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a man got beaten down and stabbed to death by two men inside the vestibule of a NYCHA building. The man who plunged a knife in him three times stabbed him months earlier during a fight on the street where the victim was armed with a starter pistol and who didn’t cooperate with the cops to have his killer arrested.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man got shot in the hip at a park in broad daylight.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man shot at a group of people in broad daylight while riding on the back of a motorcross bike.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man who got shot by his house by a relative of his died from his wounds weeks later. On his death bed, the man wouldn’t divulge his killer to the cops.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man riding a motor scooter got shot to death by a man who surprised him as he stepped on the street and then the gunman hopped in a car and got away.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a homeless man stabbed another homeless man to death in the lobby of a hotel being used as a shelter. Did anybody get the number of the non-profit running it?

And again in Bed-Stuy, a fire started on the top floor of a townhouse killed a 15-year-old boy and engulfed the adjacent apartment building.

And again in Bed-Stuy at the Kingston-Throop Station, a man randomly stabbed another man in the back on the platform.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was crossing the street.

In East Flatbush, a man was shot to death inside an apartment building after arguing with his killer.

Also in East Flatbush, a man shot another man in the leg after he robbed him.

Again in East Flatbush, a man got killed crossing the street by a hit and run van driver.

And again in East Flatbush, a man got shot in the legs and shoulder following an argument with his assailant nearby a house party.

And again in East Flatbush, a small business owner got killed while he was crossing the street by a hit and run van driver in broad daylight.

And again in East Flatbush, a man got shot to death and was found slumped on an office chair inside a mixed use building.

And again in East Flatbush, a woman pushing a cart with cans for recycling got hit by a car and died trying to cross the street.

And again in East Flatbush, a man shot another man in the leg four times then robbed his sneakers and wallet in broad daylight.

And again in East Flatbush, a mentally disturbed man set a mixed-use apartment building on fire, causing the death of one tenant and leading two tenants to jump out their windows. Four other tenants and a firefighter also got injured during the blaze. The arsonist had 17 priors, the most serious being menacing, assault and robbery, two of which he recently committed back in January in a homeless shelter.

In Bushwick, a man ran up to a SUV with three men inside as the driver was waiting for the red light and shot at all of them in a gang-related attack. The driver died from a blast to the chest as one of his passengers survived getting hit twice.

The gunman came upon two cops in an unmarked patrol car deployed to the area and immediately shot at them when they came out of the vehicle. The cops responded with 21 shots and took him down and arrested him, but after he managed to get 3 bullets at one of the cops, hitting him in the leg, butt and torso. The cop survived thanks to his kevlar vest.

Also in Bushwick, a man backed up his car into another vehicle, then took out his gat and shot at the driver who was about to confront him.

And again in Bushwick, an 11-year-old boy fell through a subway grate hole next to a playground that was missing the fucking grate, which the city knew about for four fucking weeks.

The boy accessed the transit grate path through a hole that was cut through a fence that was under the purview of de Blasio’s NYC Parks Dept. Somehow this was overlooked during a recovery for all of us, but at least there are open boulevards to go to soon.

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And again in Bushwick, a woman abandoned her seven-month baby in her stroller in front of a deli while she was inebriated.

And again in Bushwick, a man shot a online monopoly retail delivery man in his face inside his truck in broad daylight after he got pissed off when the delivery guy hit his rear fender.

And again in Bushwick, a man shot four other men in front of a bodega in a gang-related hit on Memorial Day when 15 people got hit by bullets in 6 hours. The gunman got busted the next week and was found to be the man who crashed his car on the Clearview Parkway while driving drunk and killed his friend who was riding in the front with him and when a cop assigned to direct traffic from the wreck was murdered by a woman who hit him with his car because she was inconvenienced by the traffic delay.

And again in Bushwick, a clinically depressed man being admitted to a hospital vociferously demanded to be given a bed and then tackled an EMT and bashed him against a COVID-protection plexiglass shield. The victim remarked that there has been a perfect storm of attacks against EMT’s from robbery of essential equipment to the rise of mentally ill people being let loose and ignored by the city on the streets.

And again in Bushwick, an 18-year-old man repeatedly punched a city bus driver through the partition after he was told to wear a mask inside the bus.

In Crown Heights, a 17-year-old boy got shot in the neck on the street in broad daylight in a gang related attack.

Also in Crown Heights, a man fired shots at a gang of men on the sidewalk in broad daylight.

In Williamsburg, a man who just cashed a settlement check to rent an apartment for his family went to a jewelry store with his girlfriend to buy a pendant and another man struck a conversation with him. Then the other man followed the couple out the store and tailed them as they were walking on the sidewalk when a man with a cane comes toward them and whacks the man with a cane multiple times trying to get the bag containing the money he just cashed. Then the man hit the woman with the cane and both of them robbed the bag and made off with $18,000, leaving their victims and their children in dire straits.

Also in Williamsburg, a man got killed when he flipped his livery SUV making a turn fast and crashed into three parked cars.

Again in Williamsburg, a man got pissed after getting bounced out of a bar and then he took out a gun and shot at the workers inside and missed.

And again in Williamsburg, a man crashed into another car in an intersection and then a building wall while speeding and driving drunk and then he tried to run from the scene but got caught by witnesses and neighbors.

And again in Williamsburg, a woman got beaten to death inside her apartment.

And again in Williamsburg, a man attempted to rob a couple he knew at gunpoint as they entered their apartment building and then shot both of them when they tried to shut the door on him. After getting hit, the woman took out her husbands gun and shot their assailant to death.

And again in Williamsburg, a man arguing with another man on the sidewalk escalated when his foe was suddenly accompanied by two other men which encouraged him to punch his rival in the face, but ran away when he punched back.

In East Williamsburg at the Willoughby/Myrtle Ave. Station, a young man lost his leg after jumping in front of the arriving G train.

In Canarsie, a man got stabbed to death on the sidewalk in a gang-related attack.

In Sunset Park, a freight elevator inside an “Industry City” building carrying over 20 NYPD and federal marshals collapsed, causing injuries to all of them.

In Fort Greene, a man and a woman were found dead inside their apartment at the Ingersoll Houses.

Also in Fort Greene, a man stabbed two other men on the grounds of the Ingersoll Houses, killing one of them.

Again in Fort Greene at the Lafayette Ave. Station, a man slashed another man in the face on the platform.

In Borough Park, a woman hassled than smacked a woman on the D train and told her she doesn’t belong in this country.

Also in Borough Park, three men yelled anti-Semetic slurs at people going into a synagogue, then got out of their car and chased them inside and banged on the doors while still yelling threats.

Again in Borough Park, a rabble rousing activist and podcast host got punched in the face and his phone damaged during an altercation with two men he knew who threatened him in front of his house.

In Boerum Hill at the Atlantic Ave. Station, a man walked towards a man talking on his celly and punched him in the face. Then they both got into a tussle by the turnstiles.

Also in Boerum Hill at the Atlantic Ave. Station, a woman spat on another woman on the platform and yelled a xenophobic slur at her. Then she chased her out of the station.

Again in Boerum Hill, a 70-year-old man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was crossing the street.

And again in Boerum Hill and also Brownsville, Canarsie and in Midtown Manhattan, a gang of 3 young men engaged in a one month mugging spree in the subway, threatening commuters and making off with their cellphones and wallets.

In Prospect Park-Lefferts Gardens, a man was shot three times on three different parts of his body on the street.

Also in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a woman bit the finger off a nurse’s hand while she was treating her at a hospital.

Again in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens at the Eastern Pkwy/Brooklyn Museum Station, a paranoid woman attacked another man with a hammer and bashed his face with it because she thought he was looking at her as commuters gawked at the violence.

And again in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man blasted another man in the knee when he pulled out his gun to settle a verbal dispute on the street.

In Prospect Heights, a 17-year-old gangbanger looking to settle a dispute with another gang, shot and missed his targets as stray bullets hit a woman in the eye who was dining outside (and who happens to be a federal prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.’s office), and also hit a man who was walking by. These victims were just two of the 30 people that were shot in less than 16 hours at the start of that weekend.

Also in Prospect Heights, a man got killed after he fell off while making a turn on his motor scooter and then got hit by a car.

In Coney Island, threatening bigoted graffiti in blue paint was found sprayed on a mosque.

Also in Coney Island, a fire broke out at an apartment building power center, cutting off electricity to tenants in the complex.

Again in Coney Island, a man stabbed another man following an argument by a gas station.

In Brighton Beach, a man randomly stabbed another man in the back inside an apartment building.

In Manhattan Beach, a man drove by a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old boy and tried to seduce them into getting in his red car with candy.

In Red Hook,cops approached a man sitting in his car in a no standing zone and after an I.D. search while writing up a ticket found that he was wanted for murder when a man got shot in the face in front of his house back in December. The cops also found him in possession of a loaded gun after they arrested him.

Also in Red Hook, a man stood on the rooftop of a NYCHA building and shined a laser pointer at a NYPD and corporate local news helicopter hovering above the vicinity.

In Weeksville, a woman got shot to death during a drive by while she was attending a sidewalk vigil for a man who also got shot to death on the street the night before in East Flatbush when an argument with his killer escalated after he stepped on his shoe.

In Bensonhurst, a man climbed a fence in front of a church and knocked over a crucifix  statue of Jesus Christ and then he placed Old Glory on the fence and set it on fire. The vandal got arrested when he was caught on security cameras setting a bonfire on a pile of garbage bags he set aside by a Yeshiva building in Borough Park an hour before sunrise, punching a man who was sitting by an auto body shop and then stealing a bike from an alley.

Also in Bensonhurst, a 19-year-old man expecting to sell his car from an arrangement made on social media got ambushed and abducted by six men who held him for ransom and expected his cousin to give them 10 grand for his release. Then the kidnappers got caught by a NYPD training facility at Marine Park as NYPD patrol cars swarmed after the cousin traced the hostage’s cellphone and identified the location.

Again in Bensonhurst, a woman got grabbed by two men on the sidewalk and then directed her to her house where they robbed $13,000 from her.

And again in Bensonhurst, a man robbed another man’s green card and $1,000 after beating him up on the sidewalk.

In Bath Beach, a man robbed a man of 400 bucks after he threatened to chop him with an ax.

Also in Bath Beach, a 65-year-old man died at a police station after being detained for drunk driving and after being initially sent to a hospital.

In Greenwood, a church statue of the Virgin Mary holding her baby Jesus was found with the son of God’s head decapitated.

In Clinton Hill, a mentally ill or drugged up man got on a city bus and gave the driver a hard time and then he punched him in the face when he was told to get out.

Also in Clinton Hill, a man stabbed another man in the chest on the sidewalk.

Again in Clinton Hill, two men attacked and put a deliveryman in a chokehold and robbed his phone.

And again in Clinton Hill, a man broke into the trunk of a woman’s car and robbed over $100,000 worth of jewelry.

In Greenpoint, a statue at McCarren Park was found covered in trash and vandalized with xenophobic graffiti.

Also in Greenpoint, a man got killed by a hit and run Rolls Royce driver while crossing the street when the light was red.

In Sheepshead Bay, a man charged at a 67-year-old man walking to a synagogue and punched him in the face and yelled anti-Semetic slurs at him.

Also in Sheepshead Bay, a 16-year-old girl was jumped by two men while standing at a bus stop and robbed her cellphone after pulling her down to the pavement by her hair and spraying her with a caustic liquid.

In New Lots, a stray bullet hit a man in the arm as he was walking on the sidewalk.

In Brooklyn Heights, a man and a woman approached an app food delivery guy making a drop off and got into a tussle with him trying to steal the order.

In DUMBO, a man randomly punched another man in the chest after yelling at him.

In Downtown Brooklyn, six men got indicted for stealing $2,000,000 from the federal government by stealing identities to make debit cards to withdraw unemployment and emergency supplemental insurance funds from the pandemic stimulus bills and then all of them decided to build social media fame from their plunder. Two other scumbags involved in the fleecing are still on the loose.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a critical mass bike ride protest for the anniversary of George Floyd’s extrajudicial murder by Derek Chauvin that was coming off the Brooklyn Bridge was disrupted by an impatient SUV driver who hit the gas after one of the protesters jumped on his hood and then he another cyclist in his path. A NYPD cruiser hit another protester while in pursuit of the driver.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn, a man and a woman got busted trying to shoplift over $2,500 in merchandise from a mall but a man got away pilfering a bunch of designer shirts from the same mall three days later.

In Dumbo, a man randomly punched another man in the chest after yelling at him.

Also in Dumbo, a man in a reflective vest broke into a home and robbed car keys from the resident owner, who caught him and chase him outside but didn’t get his keys back.

Again in Dumbo, one of The Blaz’s and the EDC’s precious NYC Ferries smashed into a barge both that was docked by the pier station.  Must have been worth the 10.00 for every 2.75 fare ride for these commuters.

Bronx

In Concourse, two gangs pulled out guns and shot at each other on a busy sidewalk in broad daylight, causing commuters to take cover behind piles of garage bags.

Also in Concourse, two men held up two other men at gunpoint and robbed a bag containing $2,500 after pistol whipping one of them. The other man managed to fight back and punched one of the muggers in the face and then ran down the street with the two gunmen in pursuit until he fell on the asphalt and wound up getting shot by both of them.

Again in Concourse, an idiot drove a dirtbike onto a running oval track at MacCombs Dam Park and hit a 5-year-old boy, and then he split when witnesses yelled at him.

In Mount Hope, a 60-year-old man caught a recidivist shoplifter who robbed 50 bucks worth of jewelry and perfume from his daughters store that the thief robbed months earlier and then chased him out to the street with a clothes hanging pole but wound up getting assaulted by the thief who grabbed the pole and then beat him up with it and ran away.

In Parkchester, a man loitering in front of a department store swung a knife at random people coming out and then got shot three times by a mall cop after various warnings to disarm.

In Morris Park, a man got shot to death on the street in broad daylight following an argument with the killer.

In Longwood, a man murdered another man in cold blood when he sneaked up on him while he was walking on the sidewalk and shot him point blank in the head.

Also in Longwood, a man got shot in the chest in an alleyway and died later in the hospital.

Again in Longwood, a city bus caught fire after a man crashed his motorcycle into it from behind.

And again in Longwood, a man rushed another man in a hallway in an apartment building and held him at gunpoint, then shot him to death after he pistol whipped him.

In Mott Haven, a man asked another man about to pass by him for a dollar and then busted his mouth open with one punch when he refused to spare the bill.

Also in Mott Haven, a man jumped out of a car and pulled out his gun on two men as they exited a deli and then shot them down in a fusillade of bullets as they ran for their lives, even though there was an NYPD command post in the vicinity. One of the men died from his wounds after getting hit 12 times in the gang-related assassination.

Again in Mott Haven, an elevator malfunctioned at a charter school building under construction and collapsed from the top floor, killing the site supervisor and injuring a worker as they were moving tools and debris.

And again in Mott Haven, a man grabbed a 17-year-old girl and a young woman asses in two apartment buildings in the span of an hour.

In Fordham Heights. at the Fordham Road Station, a man pushed a woman and caused her to fall on the platform, then he took her cellphone and smashed it on the ground when she tried to photograph him.

Also in Fordham Heights at the 182nd/183rd St. Station, a man trying to mug another man at gunpoint for his pinky ring went awry when after he shot his mark, his victim fought back and shot him in the face with his own gun during the tussle.The gunman had 45 priors, with over half of them being felonies.

In West Farms, a man got shot on a street corner a half hour before the crack of dawn.

In Hunts Point, a man and a woman got shot in their car during a drive-by.

In Melrose, a man got shot in the leg on a street corner in the middle of the night.

In University Heights, a man got shot inside a building in broad daylight.

In Belmont, a man got shot to death and another man got wounded while they were handing out in front of a deli when three armed men ran towards them and fired a fusillade of bullets at them.

Also in Belmont, a man shot another man in the head from behind at point blank range inside a nite club following a dispute over who was ahead in line to go to the bathroom. The victim died days later from his wound.

Again in Belmont, a 16-year-old boy got shot in the arm during a drive by as he was walking on the sidewalk. Then got shot at again when he tried to flee from the driver pursued him.

In Morris Heights, a man shot two men hanging out in a hallway inside an apartment building, killing one of them by blasting him in the head and wounding an older man in the stomach.

In Claremont, a man shot another man in the back to settle an argument on the street.

Also in Claremont, two men held up two other men at gunpoint and robbed a backpack containing $2,500 and then shot the other man when he resisted them.

Again in Claremont, a man shot at three other men on a street corner during a midnight gang-related attack.

And again in Claremont, a man threw his soft drink at a city bus driver and then punched him in the neck and ran.

In Claremont Village, a man shot another man to death inside of a playground and a stray bullet hit a woman as she walking by the homicide scene.

In Claremont Village, a man came running out of a park towards a group of people hanging out in a Mickey D’s parking lot and shot a fusillade of bullets at them, instantly killing a 17-year-old boy and hitting three other men and a woman in the legs, then got into a car waiting for him and fled. The part-time working mother of the slain teenager, who survived getting stabbed on the subway back in March, can’t afford to give him a funeral.

In Pelham Gardens, three men barged into a home while impersonating cops and held two women at gunpoint, then they search the premises for cash but found nothing of value so they stole a cellphone. That’s a good way to get traced dummies.

In Fordham, a man got shot inside an apartment building following an argument with his killer and refused to rat him out to the cops.

Also in Fordham, a man snatched a chain from the neck of a 71-year-old woman inside a pawn shop.

Again in Fordham, a city bus driver got punched by a man after he confronted him to turn down his bluetooth speaker inside the bus.

In Morrisania, a man loitering on a street corner smoking a joint with his friends pulls out a gun and fires it at random and the bullet hits an 80-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease in the ass as he was walking on the street while going shopping with his wife and niece.

Where are the violence interrupters? Or do we really need bullet interrupters?

Also in Morrisania, a man got into an argument with a worker at a cellphone store and pulled his gun out at him, then he ran outside while holding his piece and in the presence of cops who caught him fleeing and then the skell shot at them as cops returned fire, but the gunman managed to get away.

Oh, there are the violence interrupters.

Again in Morrisania, a man held up a dollar store at knifepoint and stole $219 from the register while other patrons were still shopping.

And again in Morrisania, two men got shot on the sidewalk during a drive-by.

And again in Morrisania at the Freeman St. Station, a man slashed another man in the chest after he was arguing with his girlfriend and thought he was gawking at them.

In Mount Hope, a man got shot four times in three different parts of his body on the street in broad daylight.

In East Tremont, a man got shot to death in a drive-by while sitting in a fancy car.

In Co-Op City, an 87-year-old man murdered an 83-year-old man by beating him to death by bashing his head on the floor of his room inside a nursing home.

In Castle Hill, a man got shot in the leg in a hallway of a public housing building and refused to drop dime on his assailant.

In Norwood, two men got shot while walking on the sidewalk during a drive-by.

In the South Bronx, two boys invaded a van inside a parking lot and woke up the driver sleeping inside and threatened to shoot him, then they stole his wallet.

Also in the South Bronx, a woman stalked a health care worker making a house call at an apartment building and then got inside with her when the tenant buzzed her in and grabbed her by the hair and punched her multiple times.

Again in the South Bronx, a young woman got shot in the back on a street corner during a drive by.

And again in the South Bronx, a man beat down a transgender woman inside her apartment after they hooked up with each other on an app.

In Unionport, a man trying to find a parking space on his block after finishing his day doing his job as an EMT got hassled by two men who were mocking him for asking them to spare a spot because they and their friends were partying on the street. Then the off-duty life saver got punched in the face by both of them and wound up with his jaw broken.

In University Heights, a man got shot three times on a street corner following an argument with his assailant.

In Mount Eden, a 16-year-old girl shot herself in the eye while messing around with her boyfriend’s gun inside an apartment.

Also in Mount Eden, a man got shot on a street corner in the dead of night.

In Hunts Point, a man shot another man on the street before the crack of dawn.

On the Bronx River Parkway, a man attempting to walk across the highway against traffic got killed instantly when a car hit him.

In Bedford Park, drug dealers took over an abandoned house on a street corner and turned it into a drug den and whorehouse. Because of the state’s still standing eviction moratorium, the outlaws occupying the home are legally allowed to remain there even though the illegal activity they are profiting from hardly justifies any claims of hardship.

Queens

In Northwestern Queens and also Southern Bronx, a gang of men jacked 19 cars at gunpoint during a 5 day span.

In Flushing at the 105th Precinct, three cops got indicted for running a racket with a tow truck company by confiscating vehicles involved in wrecks and arranging all pickups from accident and crime scenes with them and a body shop they were tied with. The pigs also stole data of the victims from the auto wrecks and sold what they hacked to tow operators who sold that data to personal injury lawyers and physical therapists.

One of the rogue cops was involved in heroin dealing while collecting a city pension after retiring and dispensed racist vitriol and flashed his gun at people he swore to serve and protect. The ex-cop current convict racked over 30 complaints while staining the badge and was only investigated by the NYPD for one. The dirty cop made bail was released a few days later, because this is how the city treats hardened criminals these days.

Also in Flushing at the Main St. Station, a MTA conductor trying to tell a man to stop smoking on the 7 train got a violent response as the derelict whipped out a box cutter and chased him on the platform while spewing threats to stab him and then spat a loogie on him. The conductor ran into a token booth to get away from the thug as the station agent locked the door. The lunatic punched the glass and made more threats as he tried to force open the door and then he threw up gang signs, proclaimed that the subway was “his house” and warned that he was going to get him later.

During this prolonged act of terror, no cops were in the station, which is one of the busiest in Queens, or in the vicinity at all.  Some cops were deployed to the station later but informed the transit worker that wouldn’t pursue him because spit is not a weapon And apparently making threats to someone’s life does not qualify as hate speech and is not tantamount to prosecutable hate crimes. The cops took over a week to find and arrest the maniac.

Also in Flushing, a man took a mallet and smashed the window of a jewelry store and robbed $32,000 worth of baubles in broad daylight as pedestrians were passing by and then rode away on his bike.

Again in Flushing, a man died after he got run over by a truck when he rode right into it coming off the curb while riding his moped on the sidewalk.

And again in Flushing, a man broke into a spa and robbed a laptop.

In Elmhurst, after murdering a homeless man at the Grand St. Station in April and ditching the weapon by throwing it a sewer, a man attacked another man with a knife as he was walking on the sidewalk and stabbed him in the neck, leaving him paralyzed on one side. Then the slasher got into a dispute with a man in a basement gambling den in a house who told him to stop stalking his girlfriend and then he stabbed him multiple times in the arm and on his torso. Then he stood outside as the cops rolled up and finally arrested him. His last victim revealed that he stabbed a man in Flushing and didn’t report it to the NYPD and his own mother put out a protection order against him after he tried to stab her.

Also in Elmhurst and in Jackson Heights, a gang of six men attacked, beat down and robbed four men in four muggings during a three day span, making off with over $2,000 from each battery and larceny.

Again in Elmhurst, a woman got killed when she got hit by a turning SUV while crossing the street because some people don’ t know how to fucking yield.

And again in Elmhurst, a memorial dedicated to those who were sacrificed to fight the Vietnam War at a park was bombed with graffiti containing vulgarities, slurs against veterans and swastikas.

In St. Albans, a man ran out of his house in his britches to stop a city marshal and a tow truck driver from booting his car by whipping out his gun and shooting at them. The livid man managed to get a bullet on the tow truck driver’s head and was able to stop them from clamping the boot on his vehicle.

Also in St. Albans, a man pulled out a gun and shot a fusillade of bullets at a group of people in front of a house, hitting a man and his 8-year-old son who was riding his bike at the time and another man in a gang-related drive-by attack.

In Queens Village, a man beaten and strangled his mother to death and then sexually molested her dead body in the basement of her house the night before Mother’s Day.

In Long Island City, a man held up a bank with a menacing note and made off with over $1,115.

Also in Long Island City, a man walked up to a car parked by the Queensbridge Houses and shot a man to death who was sitting in the front seat. The killer only got out of prison 6 months ago.

Again in Long Island City at the Queens Plaza Station, a man got into a dispute with a woman on the 7 train and then punched her in the head and stole her phone.

And again in Long Island City, three men died a superfund watery death inside a car when their driver sped down a dead end street and crashed through the fence and dived and sank into Newtown Creek.

And again in Long Island City, a construction worker fell four floors to his death inside an elevator shaft while working at a building site. The site has 16 open DOB violations.

And again in Long Island City at the 21st St./Queensbridge Station, a man muttered something at another man on the platform and then shoved him onto the tracks and walked away like a bad ass.

In Jackson Heights, a man driving his car while speeding down the street collided into another car as it was slowly backing up from a parking lot driveway. When the reckless driver got out of his car, he charged at the two men in the other vehicle and demanded to be re-compensated for the damages to his vehicle at that very moment. Then he attacked both of them and knocked out the older man cold with two punches, causing him to fall on the asphalt and then he punched his son in the face and beat him down also. Then he stole the elder man’s cellphone and wallet and got in his car and sped off as citizens witnessing the barbarism only gawked and did nothing to stop the brazen daylight assaults.

The man eventually got arrested but was released on $60,000 two days later. So he’s back on the streets and behind the wheel again.

Also in Jackson Heights, a grifter impersonating a real estate agent robbed $50,000 in finders fees and safety deposits from people trying to find apartments. I wonder if they were affordable?

In East Elmhurst, a man got shot to death inside an abandoned house being occupied by squatters and frequented by drug addicts.

In Astoria at the 46th St. Station, a man snatched a purse off a woman on the platform, then used one of the cards inside to buy some grub at Key Food.

Also in Astoria, a man who vandalized 20 cars with spray paint in March came back to town and spray painted the first letter of his name on 45 more  cars in a span of two weeks and then he tagged his scarlet letter on the front of a woman’s house in Woodside and tagged and slashed the tires of other park cars in the vicinity.

Now that the man’s arrested, maybe he can get a job writing for Streetsblog, since this sounds like a guy who really hates car culture, right Kuntzman?

Again in Astoria, an app-food delivery e-bike rider ran over and killed a woman as she was crossing the street. I’ll say it again, e-bikes are motorcycles and anyone who doesn’t agree has rocks in their heads. Right Streetsblog open street colonizing bike zealot?

And again in Astoria, a man randomly punched a 65-year-old woman in the chest as she was walking by him near the corner.

In Corona, a shootout between two men on the street led to stray bullets going through a parked car and an apartment building window.

Also in Corona, a man got shot to death in front of a bodega in gang-related hit in broad daylight.

In Lefrak City, a man sitting on a street curb got up and took a walk and then sucker punched a 75-year-old woman passing by him on the sidewalk.

In Jamaica, a man killed another man when he rear-ended the victim’s car while speeding and caused it to crash into a pickup truck.

Also in Jamaica, three men armed with semi-automatic guns ran up to a man as he was about to enter his SUV in a mall parking lot and one of them shot him in the leg when he tried to shut the door and then he gave up his wallet.

Again in Jamaica, a man punched a 75-year-old woman in the face as she stepped off a city bus.

And again in Jamaica, a man got shot in the stomach on the street in broad daylight.

And again in Jamaica at the Jamaica Ave/Van Wyck Station, a man snatched a cellphone out of a woman’s hand while she was standing on the E train.

And again in Jamaica, a man got shot by a bus stop following an argument with his assailant.

And again in Jamaica, a man got shot in the ankle on the street following a dispute with his assailant.

And again in Jamaica at the 169th St. Station, a man approached a woman on the F train and sexually molested her.

And again in Jamaica, a man got shot in the back after following a fight with his assailant on the street.

In Hollis, a man driving with his friends after leaving a party got shot in the chest from a fusillade a bullets fired at his car in a gang-related attack. The man died from his wound later on.

Also in Hollis, a man running for city council caught two men dumping trash from their truck on a curb and then one of them smacked him around and took his cellphone and smashed it to the pavement.

Again in Hollis, a woman shot pepper spray in the face of a city bus driver.

In Richmond Hill, a man got held up at gunpoint by two men as he was going back to his car to get his keys. The skells left with nothing because their mark wisely remained in the vehicle.

Also in Richmond Hill at the Lefferts Blvd. Station, a man punched a homeless man in the face and then stabbed him in the chest and his eye with an icepick and robbed his wallet as the A train was pulling into the station.

Again in Richmond Hill,a gang of boys robbed 5 other boys of their cash and phones at gunpoint at two public schoolyards in consecutive weeks after setting them up putting up bikes on sale via a social media app.

And again in Richmond Hill, a two alarm fire destroy a house by the Van Wyck. Queens is burning…

In Woodhaven, a man got shot in the stomach in front of his house.

In Averne, a woman got shot on the street by the boardwalk.

In Far Rockaway, a young man got shot to death on the boulevard from a blast to the throat following a street fight.

Also in Far Rockaway, a 60-year-old woman took off all her clothes and then ran into the ocean and killed herself.

In Edgemere, a gunman shot a 10-year-old boy to death and hit his uncle in the shoulder by firing through the window of the uncle’s house allegedly over a dispute of a parking space in a shared driveway.

In Ridgewood, a man pilfered over $9,000 worth of clothing from a department store garage.

In Forest Hills, a woman yelled at another woman for wearing a mask and because she was Asian. Even though we are still in a pandemic.

Also in Forest Hills at the 75th Ave. Station, a man randomly punched a woman in the face on the platform.

Again in Forest Hills, a man suddenly punched a parks worker in the face while he was trying cut weeds.

And again in Forest Hills, a 10-year-old boy got hit by a car while crossing the street.

In Springfield Gardens, a man got shot in the neck while driving his car as another car zipped by him.

Also in Springfield Gardens, a man sexually took advantage of his daughters friends while they having sleepovers and raped them after he drugged them.

In Laurelton, a man very territorial about his parking space caught a man moving his precious traffic cones so he can park his car there while visiting friends across the street. Then the entitled space hog yelled at his invader while wielding a knife, and then the man complied and moved his car while a neighbor put his precious cones back where they were. But then the “invader” told the parking space tyrant that the streets belong to everyone, which triggered the entitled space hog, who chased him with the knife and forced him to fall on the pavement and stabbed him seven times on his chest, torso and arms.

After spilling his victim’s guts on the asphalt, the provincial park space prince stash the assault weapon in his dishwasher.

In Woodside, a man killed himself when he got hit by a car as he tried to run across the Grand Central Parkway.

Also in Woodside and in Sunnyside, a man broke into two apartments through the window by pushing in the air conditioner and robbed jewelry. Four days later, a cop caught a burglar in the act trying to pull the same stunt.

In Fresh Meadows, two men walked past a 67-year-old man on the sidewalk who was having a conversation with his friend, then one of them turns around and runs up to him sucker punches him.

In Ozone Park, two men got killed when they got hit by a driver as they jaywalked across the boulevard.

Also in Ozone Park, a fire broke out on the third floor of an apartment of a rowhouse building, causing injuries to a woman and her three daughters who lived there. Queens is still burning.

Again in Ozone Park, thieves are cutting air filter pipes from underneath vehicles to sell them for scrap metal. This poaching has went up 500% in the past year, but de Blasio and the city council cronies will only tell the victims to buy bikes.

In Bayside, a man broke into a Japanese restaurant, a flower shop and a plumbing supply shop and robbed tools and a cellphone in an overnight burglary spree.

Also in Bayside, an 82-year-old woman got killed when an SUV driver made a turn into her while she was about to cross the street.

Again in Bayside, an 79-year-old man got hoodwinked out of $9,000 which he handed to a man waiting for him at his house after he got a call about a relative needing money to post bail.

In Hunters Point, a dead man was found floating in the river by the park of the luxury housing burg.

In Kew Gardens Hills, a man wielded a taser and yelled anti-Semetic slurs at a crowd of people coming out of a synagogue. A week later a man nearly hit a group of teenage girls with his car and yelled at them demanding Palestine’s freedom.

In College Point, a 16-year-old boy got plowed by a hit-and-run driver while he was riding his bike.

On Rikers Island, a convict tried to bust out of prison by escaping through a hole in a fence, but got caught by C.O.’s. Let there be no doubt the city is letting the complex rot purposely for it’s scheduled closing from demolition by neglect.

Also on Rikers Island, a counselor C.O. led a jailhouse bribery and contraband racket with 10 other prison workers during a two year span, pooling over $50,000 for smuggling drugs and weapons. Now imagine this endemic corruption happening in a tower prison near you in your borough.

Again on Rikers Island, a gangbanger convict ambushed and brutally beat down a C.O. who was trying to help him get an item from a food pantry.

In Lindenwood and Howard Beach,summer’s almost here and the time is right for revving loud engines in supermarket parking lots and racing in the streets.

In Rockaway Beach, a concession space and bar recently taken over by the former Brooklyn/Riis Park beach bazaar thanks to a generously long contract by de Blasio’s NYC Parks dept, was sabotaged with dead fish and rotten food left in air ducts and on the floor and dead fish and spoiled milk in economy jars plus cement was left in the drains causing the place to turn into an olfactory disaster area and delaying their opening on Memorial Day.

Staten Island

In Graniteville, a man got shot in the leg and arm after engaging in an argument with two men on the street.

In Stapleton, a man challenged another man inside a barber shop to a street fight and then took out a knife and stabbed him in the torso.

Also in Stapleton, a man grabbed a woman’s ass inside a supermarket.

In Mariners Harbor, a man got caught by cops following a car chase after being pulled over for having a suspended license and was found with a loaded gun.

Also in Mariners Harbor, cops found a man loitering in an apartment building and caught him with a loaded gun.

In Tompkinsville, a man stuck a knife into a woman’s neck and robbed her wallet as she tried to fight him off on the sidewalk.

In Clifton, a man got stopped and questioned by cops and they found baggies of coke and smack and a switchblade after they frisked him.

In Port Richmond, a panhandler approached a woman on the sidewalk and demanded 20 bucks from her and then he punched her, whacked her with a cane and stole her purse after she refused.

Also in Port Richmond, a man poured a pound of sugar into a Benz gas tank, costing the owner 300 bucks to repair it.

Again in Port Richmond, cops pulled over a drug addict for driving without a license and found a can of iced tea loaded with baggies of heroin and naxalone pills.

And again in Port Richmond, a drunk driver sped down the wet road and ran over three cops who were putting up barricades for a Memorial Day parade and then crashed into a pole.

In Concord, two men shot at two other men near the Park Hill Houses.

In Tompkinsville, a man got plowed by a SUV driver while riding his bike from a hit-and-run.

In New Springville, three men robbed a cellphone store of over three grand worth of phones that were sitting on display cases as one of the robbers held up a worker with a taser.

In Annandale, a man robbed a bank of $2,000 after he gave the teller a note and got nailed by the cops when he tried to do the same robbery at another bank blocks away.

In Graniteville, a man got attacked by three men who broke into his house and one of them held a knife to him and stole his cellphone. They then locked him in his bathroom and turned his place upside down and all they found was another cellphone to steal. Actually that might just be enough since all data is currency.

In Dongan Hills, a man jumped into an SUV and stuck a gun to the drivers head and made off with his ride but got nailed by cops nearby.

Also in Dongan Hills, a man charged towards 8-year-old girl and her mother and knocked the girl off her scooter and then hit her mother with his backpack and pushed her to the pavement. The woman tried to fight him off with the scooter which enraged him more and then he chased them and stole the woman’s bag and her kid’s scooter and ran away.

In Grasmere, a man driving a pickup truck with a pregnant woman passenger  hit the gas and almost ran over a cops foot after he was ordered to pull over. The man ran the red  during the getaway. The man sped down the streets with cops in pursuit and stopped the truck at a dead end street and ran for it, abandoning the vehicle and the pregnant woman behind.

In New Brighton, two men fired shots at a house and a car that was parked in front.

In Hugenot, cops raided a man’s house after he dealt oxycodone to an undercover in three drug deals and found a loaded gun, crack and more oxycodone.

In New Dorp, a callous drug dealer got caught riding around on his motorcycle while strapped with two guns in full view like a cowboy on a steel horse that’s wanted dead or alive.

In Elm Park, a man punched a woman during a domestic dispute in her house and then he killed her three pet hamsters.

Mayor de Blasio Diverts Federal Emergency Stimulus Funds To Tourist Ad Campaign

New York City, New York

There should be no more fucking doubts about who Mayor Big Slow de Blasio prefers to serve, besides himself and his running gag political career. This dumbass decided to devote 30 million dollars from President Biden’s stimulus recovery bill for an ad campaign begging tourists to come back to New York City. Showing once again that he is more concerned for the leisure of visitors than for services for his constituents who still go wanting.

Although this ludicrous boondoggle city p.r. campaign is supposed to start in June, it’s clear that this money was already spent wasted before the Blaz announced it in the most surreal daily briefing he has done so far during the still existing pandemic for a video produced by the city’s office of tourism, NYC And Company (a city government bureaucratic agency that really has absolutely no use for the residents of the five boroughs).

NYC and Co already gets about 3 million dollars in funding each year, somehow The Blaz feels that they should get 10 times that amount to use for a few months. And it’s quite egregious that the first video they put out mostly promotes upscale lifestyle leisure with two wealthy White men dining on overpriced comfort food in an open restaurant shanty on a street curb. Another egregious thing about this tone-deaf b-roll is NYC & Co closed the comment thread on their youtube channel, preventing taxpayers from venting their displeasure with wasting city money or from making compliments for the agency vain optics of the city’s “reawakening”.

This is just another extension of the Blaz’s mostly vainglorious “Recovery For All Of Us” mission to bring NYC back to normalcy, despite the pressing problematic issues that is inconveniencing and surely delaying it, with COVID variants infecting younger people, a still high amount in cases in various zip codes in the five boroughs and citizens losing confidence in the vaccines after the suspension of the J & J vaccines, even though they have finally been made more accessible with walk-in sites just opened up and in chain pharmacies.

What’s truly obscene about the Blaz’s announcement is that it follows his revival and revision of last year’s “summer all-in” program to get guns off the street and his decision to finally send more cops in Midtown to remove homeless people and stop open street drug abuse where this tourist fueled reawakening is going to take place. This also follows his idiotic behavior and attention to prioritize art and culture over quality of life as major felonies and bias attacks against Asian people escalated in the first 3 months of the recovery for all of us.

The way The Blaz re-allocated fed funding to his equally oblivious upper class crony at the NYC & Co office shows once again that he has no concept of how to budget, especially during an emergency like the pandemic that’s still plaguing the city he has been running into the ground and which he’s trying to cover up with circuses and bread for his fauxgressive neoliberal entertainers, the only constituency he’s been mostly concerned with. 

The Blaz must think 30 million dollars is not that much money, which continues his proclivity for funding mostly feel good programs that signify nothing and inevitably doesn’t help anyone, the most devastating of all being his co-mayor and wife’s Thrive mental health program and office. Too bad he couldn’t allocate this money to programs and services that could alleviate the many existential crises that would bring actual meaning to his recovery for all of us.

Some of that 30 million dollars could help NYCHA buildings, which is still in horrendous shape as de Blasio’s PACT program has exacerbated environmental and infrastructure hazards in apartments, hallways and stairwells. Maybe it could have led to some elevator and doorbell repairs or a few cameras and personnel to do security being that gang violence and other crime as gone up around the buildings again.

That 30 million could have went to provide health services and secure shelters for the thousands of homeless people on the streets suffering from mental illness or drug addiction. It’s going to be interesting to see how NYC & CO’s commercials are going to convince tourists and transients to visit the city while most of the hotels are still housing homeless people who suffer from these aforementioned maladies and recidivist criminals placed there after being released without bail. But that money could have went to people forced into homelessness after being displaced from their neighborhoods from fires, like what happened most recently in Richmond Hill and Jackson Heights. The 30 mill could have went to free Wifi and quality laptops to homeless children living in shelters or working poor families that live far from the lights on Broadway.

This 30 million could be used for the basics of city services. Increasing transit service by hiring more drivers, fixing storm drains and catch basins, reallocate funding for sanitation and restoring more hours for corner trash pickups and all fixing all the fucking potholes and cracks on the streets, avenues and boulevards.

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But the most interesting and overlooked thing this 30 million could be used for, especially how often de Blasio speaks about equity, is to implement a Universal Basic Income stimulus for the poorest citizens of NYC until the merciful end of his final term as mayor. Doing this would also put a crimp into Andrew Yang’s own campaign for mayor, since it’s the most recognizable policy of his platform. 

What’s really amusing about the Mayor’s reckless misuse of fed stimulus cash to produce commercials which he proclaimed was the biggest in the history of NYC is that Andy Yang actually pointed out not long ago when Biden sent the stimulus funds to NYC, he gave pretty good sage advice not to waste any and leave the next mayor hanging without aid in case the city still hasn’t recovered (or reawakened) and the Blaz immediately and arrogantly dismissed it by claiming that to keep government working for the people validates the urgency to spend it, which was also backed up by Yang’s competitor and de Blasio’s former consigliere moll Maya Wiley. 

Sadly, the Mayor’s RFAOU initiative is all about optics and illusions plus delusions and the persistent optics of blight and inequity will befall on his constituents as essential and safety net services go wanting as all that fed money will go to a useless bureaucratic office whose only purpose is as a bean counter and guesstimator for the city’s tourist populace. Never mind the fact that it was because of the city’s dependence on tourism for decades is why the city is still deserted, broke and dependent on federal aid and a big factor on how COVID-19 spread across the nation and the world in the winter of 2020. But the Blaz will not relent, because he still has his emergency powers and the new and most essential emergency is to ensure that his true base, the transients, are milling and mingling around the biggest destinations of Manhattan like it’s 2014-2019 again.

And he’s not going to let anything like reality get in the way of that.

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.