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The Bobster 01-06-2018 07:56 AM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

AG reaches settlement with shady-real estate group over nursing home sales
By Joe Tacopino
January 6, 2018 | 12:06am

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State Attorney General (((Eric Schneiderman))) on Friday announced a settlement with a shady real-estate group that bought city nursing homes and flipped them to developers who sought to convert them into luxury condos.

The settlement between the attorney general and The Allure Group includes measures to reform the process that led to the closure of Rivington House on the Lower East Side and CABS Nursing Home in Brooklyn — in addition to levying $2 million in penalties to the developers, Schneiderman said.

The scandal rocked Mayor de Blasio’s administration because city officials approved the deal that had Allure Group pay the city $16.1 million in exchange for lifting deed restrictions that required the properties be used to aid the needy.

“The processes that led to the closure of Rivington House and CABS never should have happened — this settlement ensures they won’t happen again, while addressing critical health-care gaps in the impacted communities,” Schneiderman said.

“We’re requiring Allure to open new health-care facilities in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, and make major improvements to its Harlem facility, while also providing $1.25 million to nonprofits serving vulnerable New Yorkers.”

Phone calls to The Allure Group were not returned on Friday.

City Hall officials have not given a full explanation as to why the sales even took place and have not justified accepting the $16 million to remove the restriction that led to the windfall for Allure.

“That should not have happened. Period,” de Blasio said last May when asked about the sale. “I don’t know the answer yet. We are exploring that right now.”

After the deed restrictions were lifted, the real-estate group then sold Rivington, a former nursing home for AIDS patients, for a $72 million profit in February 2016.

The new owners were planning to convert the building into luxury condos. The city, however, has placed a stop-work order on the property.

As part of the settlement, Allure must create a new health facility on the Lower East Side to “fill health-care gaps caused by the closure of Rivington House,” Schneiderman said.

After purchasing the CABS nursing home in Bed-Stuy in 2015, Allure allegedly forced out frail patients — leading to the untimely deaths of some residents, according to a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court. The court papers charge that Allure repeatedly lied during the bidding process.

The settlement with the attorney general also requires Allure to open a “new Central Brooklyn health-care facility to offset lost health care services resulting from the closing of the CABS Nursing Home.”

The Bobster 01-06-2018 09:33 AM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio wants private companies to disclose sex harassment claims
By Rich Calder
January 5, 2018 | 1:44pm | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday said he plans to rip a page out of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s playbook by forcing private companies that do city business to disclose claims of sexual harassment against their employees.

“Yeah, I think that’s a great idea :rolleyes:, and I give the governor credit for that,” de Blasio said during his weekly appearance on WYNC radio.

“I think that makes a lot of sense, and we will look to do something similar on the city level.”

De Blasio was responding to sweeping anti-sexual harassment policies that political rival Cuomo proposed during his State of the State address Wednesday, including having firms that do business with the state reveal sexual harassment adjudications and related nondisclosure agreements they executed.

“This is a powerful moment in American history, and a lot of truth is finally coming out,” said the mayor. “There needs to be an atmosphere of consequence, so I think holding private companies responsible makes a lot of sense.”

Cuomo’s plan also includes prohibiting taxpayer-funded legal settlements involving complaints against state and local government officials.

Asked by WYNC’s Brian Lehrer about the City Council Standards and Ethics Committee’s ongoing investigation of sexual harassment allegations against Bronx Councilman Andy King, de Blasio said it was an important “first step.”

“I think everyone would like to hear an answer as soon as possible and that will tell us how to respond,” he said.

The Bobster 01-07-2018 10:03 AM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio says millionaires love the Big Apple too much to leave
By Michael Gartland
January 7, 2018 | 12:08pm

Mayor de Blasio’s offered his most full-throated defense for a tax hike Sunday, contending millionaires wouldn’t flee the Big Apple in droves because of all the city has to offer.

De Blasio, who supports a tax on millionaires to help fund the beleaguered subway system, said levying such a tax on New Yorkers would not lead to people fleeing town to protect their assets — as they did in New Jersey when a similar move was instituted.

“The difference between Jersey and New York — and I’m not an expert on what they went through — but the difference for sure is look, we see a steady stream of very successful people who want to live in New York City. You’re an example,” he told wealthy supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis during a radio interview Sunday. “There’s a lot of other people who are really devoted to living in New York City because of all we have to offer.”

De Blasio predicted if such a tax were put into place by the state millionaires wouldn’t “only live here for half a year because of tax issues.”

“I don’t fear a negative outcome,” he added.

Levying such a tax would require state approval, but Gov. Cuomo declared such a move “dead on arrival” in August.

The Bobster 01-08-2018 07:44 AM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio reveals plans to travel ‘all around’ the country
By Michael Gartland
January 7, 2018 | 5:55pm

Now that Mayor de Blasio has four more years in City Hall, New Yorkers can expect to see even less of him in the Big Apple.

De Blasio doubled down Sunday on plans to hop “all around” the country in support of progressive causes :mad: — arguing the best way for the left to succeed is to hammer away on issues of economic fairness. :mad:

He again swatted away speculation he harbors White House ambitions as well, but declined to say who should pick up the Democratic leadership mantle after his former boss Hillary Clinton’s devastating 2016 defeat.

“Democrats have to have the strongest most progressive message of economic change and fairness, so I think that’s even more important than a single leader emerging,” he said during a radio interview with John Catsimatidis broadcast Sunday. “I’m going to go all around the country helping to support the folks who will be part of that change and the folks who believe in that kind of vision for the party.”

De Blasio praised Sen. (((Chuck Schumer))) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi for their recent efforts to that end :rolleyes:, as well Sen. (((Bernie Sanders))) who swore him in last Monday. He did not mention Clinton, who attended de Blasio’s 2014 swearing-in with her husband President Bill Clinton, but skipped this year’s ceremony.

Hizzoner also uncharacteristically offered muted praise for President Trump in how he conveyed an “economic vision for fairness” — despite the steady stream of criticism he’s had for him.

“That’s something Bernie Sanders did a great job with in 2016, and bluntly, Trump got a lot of that message out and attracted a lot of people,” he said. “That should not be a message that someone like Trump can beat Democrats on.”

Since coming to City Hall in Jan. 2014, de Blasio has traveled outside the country at least 11 times, including trips to Italy, Germany and France, and has taken trips outside the city at least 53 times — not including trips to Albany and Washington D.C.

The Bobster 01-09-2018 06:09 PM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio signs bill requiring changing stations in new buildings
By Michael Gartland
January 9, 2018 | 5:02pm

Number 2 finally got top billing at City Hall.

Mayor de Blasio signed a law Tuesday requiring diaper changing stations be made available to men as well as women :rolleyes: in new or newly renovated buildings.

The law is meant to address the dearth of changing stations in men’s restrooms. :rolleyes:

“The way our society has organized things, it’s a message to men to not do their fair share :rolleyes:,” de Blasio said. “Today is a day to celebrate the idea that all caretakers need to be respected, that all caretakers need to be able to do this precious work.”

De Blasio and his nigger wife Chirlane McCray reminisced about how Hizzoner once changed diapers wherever he could, even on the hood of their old blue Ford Taurus.

“I can tell you I changed a lot of diapers. I do not look back on it nostalgically,” he said during the City Hall bill signing. “I cannot tell a lie and say I carried as much of the load as Chirlane. Thank you, honey.”

The Bobster 01-10-2018 10:11 AM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio sues major oil companies over climate change
By Yoav Gonen
January 10, 2018 | 12:24pm

The de Blasio administration has filed a federal lawsuit against a handful of major oil companies for their role in climate change and its impact on New York City — particularly in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, city officials said on Wednesday. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

That includes seeking reparations for damage and for the sky-high costs of building up the city’s resiliency for future mega-storms.

“The city seeks to shift the costs of protecting the city from climate change impacts back onto the companies that have done nearly all they could to create this existential threat,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed in the Southern District of New York.

It names as defendants BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips; Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell – which the court papers allege have produced more than 11 percent of the world’s carbon and methane pollution from industrial sources “since the dawn of the industrial revolution.”

As part of Mayor de Blasio’s recent push on climate change action, his administration is also calling for the city’s pension funds to divest from fossil fuel companies over the next five years.

He’s being joined in that effort by pension fund board members Public Advocate Letitia James — who first called for divestment from the industry last month — and Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The initiatives, which are set to be formally announced at 1 pm, were first reported by PoliticoNY.

The Bobster 01-11-2018 10:11 AM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio PR guru’s wife lands top City Hall job
By Yoav Gonen
January 10, 2018 | 10:45pm | Updated

The wife of powerhouse PR guru and de Blasio whisperer (((Jonathan Rosen))), one of the infamous “agents of the city” whose communications with City Hall the mayor attempted to shield from the public, has been promoted to a top job at City Hall.

(((Debbie Rosen))) was named chief of staff to the first deputy mayor, with a $192,000 salary, a roughly $27,000 raise from her previous role as chief of staff to the budget director.

She has also worked in the state Assembly for six years and for the city’s Health Department under Mayor Mike Bloomberg from 2005 to 2008.

During an unrelated press conference Wednesday, de Blasio parried questions about conflict-of-interest concerns about the wife of a PR guru serving in a top policy position on his staff.

“I do not have any concerns. She has been the chief of staff to the budget director for the previous four years, obviously a crucial, central position that touches all aspects of city government,” he said.

“We’ve been careful to ensure where there’s anything that might require recusal, that there be recusal,” the mayor added.

Other personnel changes include Dominic Williams, who’s moving from chief of staff for the first deputy mayor to chief policy adviser to the mayor; Deputy Chief of Staff to the mayor (((Avi Fink))) will become chief of staff to the budget office; and former Atlanta CIO Samir Saini will head the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

The Bobster 01-12-2018 03:10 PM

Re: New York City - Miscegenous Mayor 'Comrade' Bill De Blasio in the news

De Blasio: Controversial monuments to stay, but will be altered
By Yoav Gonen
January 12, 2018 | 1:19pm | Updated

When it comes to monuments, Mayor de Blasio now believes addition is better than subtraction.

That was his explanation on Friday for why a five-month initiative he launched to review “all symbols of hate on city property” resulted in the relocation of just one work of art.

A monument to Dr. J Marion Sims, who’s heralded for advances in gynecology but condemned for experimenting on female slaves, will be moved from Central Park to Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Even a historical marker Hizzoner tweeted in August would be the first one “removed” — a sidewalk record of a parade for French Nazi collaborator Henri Philippe Petain — is staying put, as are statues of Christopher Columbus and Theodore Roosevelt.

All four monuments will have historical text added nearby to present the figures’ successes and faults in a fuller light.

“The notion of being additive takes us forward. We need to start, in each place where there are these real concerns, putting the counter view in plain site,” the mayor told WNYC radio. “The absence of those additional views and that balance I think has been absolutely a mistake. We now want to see what it means to give people the full picture and how that will help us have a different dialogue in this city.”

The mayor launched what was supposed to be a 90-day panel in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, that was tied to battles over removing statues of confederate leaders.

But the city’s review sparked its own protests and rallies over specific figures — particularly a vocal Italian-American defense of the Columbus Circle statue honoring the controversial explorer.

While de Blasio initially said the panel would review “all statues and monuments that in any way may suggest hate or division or racism, anti-Semitism, any kind of message that is against the values of New York City,” in the end the whole affair centered on four monuments.

Officials said the nearly five-month initiative came at no cost to taxpayers. :rolleyes:

They also said on Friday that the Department of Cultural Affairs will dedicate $10 million over the next four years to create new works of art to honor underrepresented communities (niggers, spics, queers and wagon burners) — including a large-scale monument to indigenous people that may be housed in Central Park.

The Ford Foundation is also earmarking $250,000 to support further review of controversial :rolleyes: artwork on city property.

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