BREAKING THE LOW INCOME HOUSING PROMISE

Building a garbage dump in front of public housing in Yorkville, Manhattan

As candidate and mayor, Bill de Blasio made four big promises to New York City.

1. To protect and improve the environment.
2. To reduce traffic deaths through his Vision Zero program.
3. To expand and improve education.
4. To improve housing for low income families.

These promises are being broken at a single location in Yorkville just south of East Harlem where Mayor de Blasio is slavishly completing a massive industrial garbage dump begun by Mayor Bloomberg.

As I wrote in “Bloomberg’s Last Dump,” I think the outgoing (finally) mayor put the dump there to punish whoever had the temerity to replace him. Mayor de Blasio, who could have stayed in Brooklyn, had the good manners to fall into the trap. If he looks out his window, he sees and hears numerous cranes building the dump only a block away. If he wins a second term, he’ll have to smell the place too. (As will all the dignitaries and citizens who come to the mansion to be honored.)

The garbage dump – officially known as the 91st Street Marine Transfer Station – was supposed to cost 44 million. It is now 200 million over budget, so all New Yorkers will suffer financially as a result of it; but my sympathy is not with the taxpayer so much as with those who are too young or vulnerable to fight back.

The dump is being built on the East River right in front of two of Manhattan’s largest NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) developments. A healthy kid with a good arm could throw a baseball from the garden out front and hit the garbage factory.

Two thousand, two hundred people live at Stanley Isaacs and Holmes Towers. Were it not for “grandfathering”, the dump’s proximity would break every rule of the city, never mind the rules of decency and common sense…

Read Matthew Chapman’s full piece, “Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Four: Low-Income Housing,” to learn more about this crime against the vulnerable, who the “the forgotten people” are, why the media gets it wrong, and what you can do, on HuffingtonPost.com