Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is loaded – which coming from the mouth of a Democrat means some massive spending is in the offing.
With redistribution of wealth a cornerstone of any Democratic economic policy, the mayor at a press conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx that the wrong people are controlling the destiny of New York city’s dollars. and he intends to fix that period
“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 at the event. “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.”
de Blasio’s Robin Hood act includes redirecting money from those with it to those without it. Among the moves he wants to put in place are taking buildings away from lackluster landlords, adding quote worker protection quotes to the menu at consumer affairs and giving away free medical care to 300,000 or more illegal immigrants.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. confided to the New York Post in an interview following the event that “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. The irony there is that you’re giving $3 billion (in subsidies) away to Amazon.”
The mayor continued pandering, possibly with an eye towards a presidential run next year, saying, “When the city’s worst landlords cheat their tenants, we will take their buildings away from them. 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.”
A press release on the city’s official web site provided specifics on how the mayor plans to fritter away taxpayers’ money: Mayor de Blasio unveiled the following initiatives as part of his 2019 agenda and State of the City Address:
Guaranteed Healthcare for All: The Administration will launch the largest, most comprehensive plan in the nation to guarantee health care for every New Yorker. The plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening NYC’s public option, MetroPlus, and guaranteeing anyone unable to afford or ineligible for insurance – including undocumented New Yorkers – has direct access to NYC Health + Hospitals’ physicians, pharmacies and mental health and substance use services through a new program called NYC Care. All services will be affordable on a sliding scale. The programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers – regardless of their insurance – make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services.
Paid Personal Time: New York City will become the first city in the nation to mandate Paid Personal Time for workers. More than 500,000 full- and part-time employees in New York City currently have no paid time off. The Mayor will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer at least 10 annual days of Paid Personal Time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any purpose, including vacation, religious observances, bereavement and time with family. The legislation would guarantee this time for approximately 3.4 million New Yorkers.
New Protections and Benefits for All NYC Workers: The City will guarantee that hundreds of thousands of our lowest paid workers—from housekeepers to freelancers—will receive the wages and benefits they deserve. The Department of Consumer Affairs, 50 years after its establishment, will expand to become the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection with a new mandate to better protect consumers and workers. It will enforce City laws including Paid Sick Leave and intervene when a for-hire worker is mistreated or a freelancer’s pay is delayed.
Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants: Protecting tenants is a core part of the City’s strategy to confront the affordable housing crisis. This newly created office will spearhead the City’s anti-harassment and outreach initiatives across city agencies, aggressively enhance interagency enforcement and more closely engage with tenants and advocates. The City is also pursuing new local law to seize upwards of 40 of the most distressed multiple dwelling buildings annually and transition them to responsible, mission driven ownership. The City is also prioritizing Local and State legislation to dramatically increase financial penalties against landlords and auto-converting judgments into tax liens if landlords fail to make repairs.
Equity and Excellence for All – 3-K Expansion: Mayor de Blasio newly announced two additional districts where 3-K for All will launch in Fall 2019. With this expansion, 3-K for All will be in twice as many districts next year and more than one-third of school districts citywide. 20,000 3-year-olds will be enrolled in 3-K for all this coming school year. By Fall 2020, 3-K for All will be in the 10 districts with the highest rates of students receiving free and reduced priced lunch.
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