Another 2020 contender: Bill de Blasio says “There’s plenty of money in NYC, it’s just in the wrong hands”

The mantra of every elite socialist and ill-informed, government-educated proggie.

From NY Post: Burnishing his progressive credentials, Mayor Bill de Blasio portrayed himself as a protector of the working class on Thursday — while proposing a redistribution of wealth — in his sixth State of the City address.

“Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this city. It’s just in the wrong hands,” said de Blasio, who owns two homes and collects $258,750 a year as mayor.

“You haven’t been paid what you deserve for all the hard work. You haven’t been given the time you deserve. You’re not living the life you deserve. And here is the cold, hard truth: It’s no accident. It’s an agenda,” he continued, blaming Republican presidential administrations from Reagan to Trump.

The mayor proposed initiatives to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots — such as seizing buildings from bad landlords, expanding the Department of Consumer Affairs to include “worker protection” and offering medical care to 300,000 illegal aliens.

But critics pointed out the mayor’s corporate handouts.

“I thought there was something a little contradictory when he talks about having a city with a whole lot of money where workers don’t get their fair share and how we’re going to start to be more fair and more equitable,” Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said.

“The irony there is that you’re giving $3 billion away to Amazon [in city and state subsidies],” Diaz continued, adding that he supports the online retail giant’s plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, but not the financial incentives offered to it.

Hizzoner also promised to confiscate land from scofflaw landlords and turn the seized properties over to nonprofits under a newly created Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants.

“When the city’s worst landlords cheat their tenants, we will take their buildings away from them,” he said in the 67-minute speech at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side.

“If fines and penalties don’t cut it, we will seize buildings and put them into the hands of a nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”

The details were not announced, but the plan is modeled on the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Third Party Transfer program, which forecloses on properties that have fallen into serious disrepair or are behind on taxes.

It was one of many mayoral ideas that recycled existing programs or proposals de Blasio couldn’t push through during his first five years at City Hall.

The Department of Consumer Affairs will be renamed the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to help freelancers and contract workers get paid quicker while enforcing paid-sick-leave laws and worker vacation requirements. Such activities already largely fall under its purview.

He also re-upped a 2016 proposal to create a public retirement system for the 2 million New Yorkers who do not have employer-sponsored savings programs. The plan stalled three years ago due to federal rule changes, but the city is taking another stab at it now that Oregon got one up and running and Seattle is moving in that direction, city officials said.

The city’s version would require employers to either offer retirement to all employees or auto-enroll them in a city-run retirement system.

De Blasio also pledged to expand pre-K for 3-year-olds to 20,000 by 2019 instead of 19,000 by 2021, while also extending a program that gives free vision checks and glasses to 5- and 6-year-old schoolchildren.

The city expects about 33,000 kids to get the glasses, supplied free by the eyeglass-making company Warby Parker.
The mayor, whose own eye has shifted outside New York as he seeks to raise his national profile, plugged his previously announced plan to expand the city’s MetroPlus public health care system as proof that New York is a progressive bastion battling a regressive national current.

“This country has spent decades taking from working people and giving to the 1 percent. This city has spent the last five years doing it the other way around,” he said.

He also took shots at Albany over the state of the city’s subways, although his gripes may have fallen on dead ears.
“I am not listening to it right now,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told WNYC on Thursday. “I’m in Albany.”


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Patrick Cornell

De Commio follies ….


Not only money in the wrong hands but everything they get their hands in is in the wrong hands, this cretin thinks his going to change New York when in fact New York is going to change when his up for re-election. Hey Idiot, the joke’s on you!


De Blasio’s commie creds, evil as they are, are themselves a cover story concealing the ones pulling this creep’s strings. How about his having had himself photographed at a Gramsci Monument in the Bronx some years ago, right across from some projects. honoring Antonio Gramsci, and therefore dedicated to enlisting blacks in overthrowing the US gov. The designer was Swiss, named Hirschorn, and daily ‘lectures’ were offered at this street-art slap in the face to blacks by one M Steinberg.


How do fools like this get elected? He should move to China.


When something is free you usually get what you paid for. Wealth distribution my big fat butt. It’ll be wealth confiscation and this liar will no doubt be transferring the funds to he andcthe other 1%ers.

Steven Broiles

Deblasio (real name: Warren Wilhelm) has proposed nothing new: The City can already seize buildings from bad landlords—they’ve done it for a number of years. Deblasio ran on a platform of affordable housing, and he’s done next to nothing to accomplish any of it. As many of FOTM readers may know, I’ve mentioned I rent a room in a boarding house, which has kept a roof over my head; Deblasio has been on record as saying he wants to see boarding houses eliminated (via reconversion to single or double units, according to code). (There have been no new boarding houses… Read more »


With Leftists it’s always about stealing someone else hard earned money.


He and his ilk ALWAYS believe that “there is plenty of money, it’s just in the wrong hands.” RIGHT….it’s in the hands of those who earned it. He and his ilk believe it belongs in THEIR hands instead, to keep, use, or distribute. And I’d like to address the “poor renters/bad landlord” thing that he’s touting. My parents owned for many years several apartment buildings with which I sometimes helped in my younger years. The literal CRAP they suffered with their renters….not to mention thousands of dollars every year in rents they were cheated out of……and when they finally could… Read more »