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New York City headed for bankruptcy

NYC mayor Bill de Balsio

John Aidan Byrne reports for the New York Post, March 9, 2019, that “As tax-fleeced businesses and individuals flee en masse, and city public spending surges into the stratosphere, financial analysts say…New York City is careening closer to all-out financial bankruptcy.”

Milton Ezrati, chief economist of Vested financial communication agency, said: “The city is running a deficit and could be in a real difficult spot if we had a recession, or a further flight of individuals because of tax reform. New York is already in a difficult financial spot, but it would be in an impossible situation if we had any kind of setback.”

Here are the troubling indicators of a looming financial disaster:

  • New York state — and city — are ranked No. 1 nationwide in state and local tax burden.
  • Property taxes, almost half of the city’s revenue, are rising faster than any other revenue source — squeezing businesses and forcing homeowners, already hit by federal property tax deduction changes, to relocate to lower-tax states.
  • The top 1% of New York City earners pay some 50% of the city’s income tax revenue.
  • Long-term debt is now more than $81,100 per household in New York City.
  • Since Democrat Bill de Blasio (birth name Warren Wilhelm Jr.) took office as mayor, city spending has increased some 32% — triple the rate of inflation. But de Blasio wants to add $3 billion more in the new budget than the current $89.2 billion.
  • The city’s long-term pension obligations have escalated as well, as its workforce has soared by more than 33,000 in the last five years.

Peter C. Earle, an economist at the American Institute for Economic Research, said: “New York City could go bankrupt, absolutely. In that case, the city would get temporary protection from its creditors, but it would be very difficult for the city to take on new debt.”

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NYC’s murder rate rises 55% and rapes up 21% so far in 2019

From Daily Mail: New York City’s murder rate has risen 55 percent in 2019 so far, according to NYPD statistics.

Numbers show that, from the start of 2019 through Sunday, there have been 48 grisly murders in New York City, compared to just 31 in the same seven-week period in 2018.

However, overall crime in the Big Apple is down eight percent.

A majority of those killings have taken place in Brooklyn North, where 15 murders have been recorded so far this year. By this time last year there were a total of three murders in all 10 precincts in that area, marking a 400 percent increase, according to the New York Daily News.

The number of murders has also increased in northern Queens, where there have been four killings recorded so far. At this time last year, there were none.

The number of shootings in general are on the rise as well. Nonfatal shootings have increased by 69 percent as 22 people have been shot this year, compared to just 13 last year.

The shocking number defies the progress of 2018, where 289 people were murdered, a one percent decrease from 292 people in 2017. 2018 also saw shooting incidents down a total of four percent.

To add to the wave of crime, reports of rape have also risen. There have been 239 reported rapes around the city, 21 percent more than the 198 reported last year in the seven-week time frame.

Other categories of crime such as robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto are down six percent and 14 percent so far in 2019.

Cops believe the #MeToo movement has empowered more victims to come forward and report the assaults.
The New York Police Department said they’re working on tackling the violent crime.

‘The NYPD will use these proven tactics to address any temporary upticks so that every New Yorker – regardless of zip code – can live in safety,’ Deputy commissioner Phillip Walzak said to the outlet.

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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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De Blasio touts $100M plan to provide “free” healthcare for all NYC residents (including illegal aliens)

Proggies sure do love giving away your hard-earned dollars to illegal aliens.

From NY Post: The 600,000 New Yorkers who don’t have any type of health coverage will be getting access to medical care under a program being announced Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Previewing the plan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, the mayor said it would cost about $100 million at full scale and ensure that all residents — including illegal immigrants — can see a doctor when they need to.

“This has never been done before in this country in this kind of way,” de Blasio said. “We are going to guarantee health care for New Yorkers who need it.”

De Blasio said he believes the program will pay for itself because fewer residents would have to rely on costly emergency room visits to get treatment. “We’re already paying an exorbitant amount to provide health care in the wrong way — and to wait until people are really sick,” de Blasio said.

He also said the program known as “NYC Care” is going to “revolutionize” health care because “people now, they are going to the emergency room — that is the default health care provider for so many people in this country. It is the worst [kind] of health care.

Besides primary care, NYC Care will include maternity care, mental health care and other health services.

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Al Sharpton’s daughter gets $95K settlement for sprained ankle

Daddy taught his daughter well…

The apple didn’t fall far from the tree…

From NY Post: She is her father’s daughter.

Dominique Sharpton, daughter of shakedown artist Al Sharpton, scored a $95,000 settlement from the city over a sprained ankle — even though she had posted snaps of herself on social media climbing a mountain in Bali and strutting around in high heels just seven months after the fall.

It took nearly four years, but de Blasio administration lawyers finally threw in the towel in the case.

“After a thorough evaluation, we determined that settling this case was in the best interest of the city,” said a spokesman for the city Law Department.

The 32-year-old Brooklyn resident, who is the eldest daughter of the activist and TV host, sued the city in April 2015 for $5 million after “severely” injuring her right leg on cracked pavement crossing Broadway at Broome Street in 2014.

“I sprained my ankle real bad lol,” she wrote in an Instagram post after the Oct. 2, 2014, stumble.

Her suit said she was in “permanent physical pain,” but the fall didn’t stop her from wearing high heels, mounting a ladder to decorate a Christmas tree and even hiking for two hours up a mountain during a girls getaway to Indonesia in May 2016.

She posted snaps of herself performing the feats on social media.

The case was settled after the city admitted it was aware of the cracked pavement in the crosswalk but did nothing to fix it.

Reached by phone Friday, Dominique Sharpton wasn’t even aware that a deal had been reached. “I don’t really know the particulars at this time,” she told The Post.

Her lawyer, John Elefterakis, said the “case was always about fair compensation for Ms. Sharpton’s ankle injury, which we contend was a result of the city’s negligence.”

“Despite unfair treatment in the press, this settlement reflects the reasonableness of Ms. Sharpton, who was willing to settle her meritorious claim for a fair amount based on all factors,” he said.

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Demorat de Blasio doesn’t enjoy being confronted by homeless advocate during his workout

From NY Post: Mayor de Blasio abruptly ended his daily exercise session at the Park Slope Y when confronted by a homeless activist — admonishing her, “I’m in the middle of doing my workout,” according to a video posted online Friday.

The video shows Hizzoner executing an intense butterfly stretch when the woman approached on Thursday to push for more housing for the homeless.

“I’m in the middle of doing my workout, I can’t do this now,” the mayor responded. With his security detail blocking the woman, de Blasio quickly got up and scurried away.

“He made it clear that his morning workout was more important to him,” Nathylin Flowers Adesegun told Patch NYC. “Am I just supposed to stay homeless?”

Adesegun was among a group of VOCAL-NY activists who showed up at the Y to demand more affordable housing units for the homeless. Specifically, they asked that the mayor provide at least 30,000 extra units.

“Why won’t you commit more housing for homeless New Yorkers Mayor de Blasio?” demanded one advocate outside the gym. “Five percent is not adequate!”

“Mayor de Blasio may love working out, but his plan for housing homeless New Yorkers is just weak,” said Coalition for the Homeless policy director Giselle Routhier.

“This is simply unacceptable and perpetuates the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ he vowed to fix.”

It wasn’t difficult for the advocates to track down the mayor — he works out at the Y most mornings after being driven there from Gracie Mansion.

Emails released under court order show aides usually block out 3 hours most mornings for the mayor to be transported to the gym, do his exercises and be driven to City Hall or his next appointment.

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Brooklyn council member wants to freeze ICE out of city business

TDS-infected Carlos Menchacca

Demorats Against Citizens of America.

From NY Post: A Brooklyn councilman is pushing a bill that would prohibit the city from contracting business with entities enforcing federal immigration laws.

The City Council’s Immigration Committee on Thursday will hold a hearing on the bill introduced by its chairman, Brooklyn Democrat Carlos Menchacca.

The councilman introduced the measure in response to the Trump administration crackdown on illegal immigrants, but sources said even the left-leaning de Blasio administration has some reservations.

Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, is expected to testify.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for the mayor, said the administration “support[s] the goal” of the bill but is “working with the Council to figure out how best to achieve it without affecting our city’s security.”

He declined to specify how security could be affected by the bill.

The legislation, if approved, would apply to existing and future contracts and prohibit the city from providing “goods or … services” in exchange for payments “to entities engaged in immigration enforcement.”

City lawyers are reviewing which current contracts fall under the bill. One that would be affected is a $112,000 contract NYPD has with ICE through February 2020, which allows the federal agency access to a police firing range, city official said.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he’s reviewing the legislation and is “looking forward to the hearing.”

“One thing I already know is that ICE has no place in our city ripping immigrant families apart,” he said.

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Mom permanently separated from her son when he was brutally executed says she hasn't heard a peep from de Blasio

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Guzman-Feliz aspired to be a cop.


Her son was brutally killed by gang members with machetes. This story went viral on Twitter and has caused much outrage on social media.
Yet de Blasio has plenty of time to head down south to try and visit illegal alien children.
From NY Post: An innocent city kid who dreamed of becoming a cop was executed on a city street last week, yet Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill had yet to reach out to his family with even a phone call days later.
“I have not heard from them. No, no one in their offices contact me,” Lesandro Guzman-Feliz’s tearful mom, Leandra Feliz, told The Post on Sunday, stopping at one point to kiss a framed photo of her dead son that she clutched during the interview.
“This is him,” she said motioning to the photo. “He was a very good kid. He dreamed about being police.
Guzman-Feliz, 15, was stabbed to death Wednesday outside a Bronx deli by a pack of gangbangers in a suspected case of mistaken identity.
Instead of paying his condolences to Lesandro’s family Sunday, de Blasio instead spent the day holding press conferences on speed cameras and attending the Gay Pride Parade.
A de Blasio spokeswoman said Hizzoner would call the mom “soon” but could not say specifically when pressed by The Post.
NYPD officials said O’Neill would attend a wake for Guzman-Feliz on Monday to pay his respects.
Leandra Feliz spent Sunday making funeral arrangements for her son. He will be buried Wednesday.
Council Speaker Corey Johnson called the killing “a horrible crime against one of our young people. We need people like Lesandro in this city, and it’s just such a tragedy to lose him in this brutal, brutal manner. His is such a loss for all New York. I’m sure he would’ve have grown up to be a police officer and make this city a better place,” Johnson told The Post in a statement.
At least five men have been arrested in the slaying, according to police sources.
The goons — believed to be part of the ruthless Dominican gang Trinitarios — mistook Guzman-Feliz for another youth who allegedly taped a gang member’s female family member having sex, according to police sources.
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Gonna be tough on crime? De Blasio aide arrested with gun was riding in SUV that reeked of marijuana

De Blasio aide busted with gun in car

Suspended de Blasio aide, Reagan Stevens


I’m sure anti-gun advocate de Blasio will not let his aide plea bargain her way out of this gun crime, right?
From NY Post: The Mayor de Blasio aide charged with riding around with a loaded gun was nabbed in an SUV that reeked of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint.
Reagan Stevens, 42, was in the back seat of the 2002 Infiniti when she and two others were allegedly caught with the loaded 9mm Hi-Point semiautomatic pistol tucked in a green velvet bag in the glove compartment, court papers said.
Cops noticed there was a “strong odor of marijuana” wafting from the SUV, which was double parked in Jamaica, Queens, near the scene of a shooting Saturday night.
Stevens — whose mother, Deborah Stevens, is a Queens Criminal Court judge and whose stepfather is an acting Queens Supreme Court justice — works as a deputy director in the mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.
The Bay Ridge resident manages youth and strategic initiatives, including implementing a state law that will raise the age at which kids can be prosecuted as adults for nonviolent crimes from 16 to 18.
The gun, which had its serial number scratched off, was loaded with two rounds of ammunition, and a spent round was found on the driver’s side floor.
Cops also found a paintball gun and carbon dioxide cartridges from the rear cargo area of the vehicle and a gravity knife in 25-year-old driver Caesar Forbes’ waistband.
Another man, Montel Hughes, 24, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was charged with marijuana possession after cops allegedly found five Ziploc bags of pot in his coat pocket, the complaint said. A gravity knife was also recovered from the pocket of his pants.
Stevens, Hughes and Forbes were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Forbes and Hughes were charged with criminal possession of a weapon related to the gravity knives and Forbes was ticketed for double parking.
Stevens was suspended without pay.
Their arrests followed a burst of five gunshots that activated an NYPD ShotSpotter gunfire-detection device at 9:42 p.m. Saturday at 174th Street and 109th Avenue, sources said.
The trio was parked near the corner of 177th Street and 106th Avenue and arrested around 10:25 p.m.
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Embattled NYC housing authority chair makes staffers lobby to keep her job

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She’s a Bill de Blasio appointee (February 2014).
From NY Post: Embattled Housing Authority chair Shola Olatoye is working overtime to keep her job — by getting paid underlings to mount a public relations campaign on her behalf before an oversight hearing next week. A form letter created by two New York City Housing Authority staffers has been circulated to tenant associations, urging that they sign a petition praising Olatoye as a great leader.
Tenant leaders also say they’ve received phone calls as part of the unprecedented PR push after NYCHA was found to have falsely claimed for years that it had been inspecting apartments annually for lead paint.
“NYCHA residents overwhelmingly support Chair Shola Olatoye because she has improved public housing and is making a significant difference in our lives as well as the lives of our children and grandchildren,” reads the form letter. Anyone who is standing-up for NYCHA residents and has any knowledge of public housing understands that the Chair is the right person to continue leading the Authority.”
The letter also takes a shot at the Council ahead of what’s sure to be a heated oversight hearing on Tuesday, warning that tenants supposedly fear it’s going to devolve into “political theatre [sic]” and grandstanding.
Even after NYCHA officials discovered in mid-2016 that they had been violating city and federal laws requiring lead paint inspections since late 2012, they never informed tenants about the dangerous lapse.
This includes four years without inspections at more than 4,200 units that house children younger than 6, who are most susceptible to the health dangers of elevated lead levels.
Mayor de Blasio also knew about the failings as early as April 2016, but has suggested the city wasn’t obligated to inform residents about it — characterizing doing so as going “an extra mile.”
He also didn’t move to discipline any employees until after the city’s Department of Investigation issued a scathing report on the scandal earlier this month.
The City-Wide Council of Presidents, a tenant group that represents NYCHA developments, was quick to issue a harsh condemnation of the self-serving petition. “The residents of NYCHA will not be used as pawns to further NYCHA’s self-interest,” the group wrote in a statement obtained by The Post.
The City-Wide Council of Presidents will not stand by while NYCHA attempts to ‘spin’ the lead paint fiasco into something else. NYCHA has severely jeopardized the health and safety of the residents and while this is far from their first offense, it is certainly the final straw.”
Council member Rafael Salamanca (D-Bronx) also slammed the NYCHA outreach efforts as “spin.”
“The reality is that lead paint testing is a serious issue in my mind and the minds of my public housing constituents,” said Salamanca, who has previously called for Olatoye to resign in the wake of the scandal. “We want answers and progress instead of a letter seeking support.”
Data embedded in the circulating letter indicates it was created by NYCHA community coordinators Makeba Price and Denise Guess. NYCHA officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The mayor has been downplaying the fiasco by claiming just four children in NYCHA units tested positive for lead poisoning since 2014. But the city has no idea how many children living in public housing were never tested.
Health Department data from 2016 shows that only 51 percent of children citywide were tested for lead poisoning at ages 1 and 2, despite being required by state law.
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