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http://nypost.com/2017/07/23/homeles...ve-clean-ride/

Homeless booted from subways so de Blasio could have ‘clean’ ride
By Shawn Cohen, Larry Celona, Priscilla DeGregory, Michael Gartland and Bruce Golding
July 23, 2017 | 8:19pm


Bill de Blasio rides the subway with his hideous negro beast
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Mayor de Blasio ventured into the city’s decrepit subway system on Sunday — but didn’t have to face the foul-smelling and often crazy vagrants that ordinary New Yorkers are forced to contend with every day.

That’s because police were ordered to roust all the homeless people from two stations ahead of the mayor’s four-stop press event as he rode from his Park Slope gym to his new re-election headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

The rank and file had until 11 a.m. to prepare the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street and Jay Street/MetroTech F train stations for the mayor’s brief, underground publicity stunt, sources said.

One source characterized the directive — contained in an email from the NYPD’s Transit Bureau — as instructing cops to “make sure nobody’s hanging out” so that the stations “looked nice.”

Another source said the mayor’s office notified police brass of his schedule ahead of time “with the expectation that the subway stations would be free and clear of homeless people.”

“It’s too bad he’s only interested when he’s going to get on the subway,” the source said.

“I wish he had the same attention to detail when he wasn’t on the subway. Too bad he doesn’t care about quality of life for all passengers and not just himself.”

A newsstand manager inside the Jay Street/MetroTech station was shocked by the noticeable absence of derelicts on the uptown A, C and F platform surrounding his kiosk.

“I see a lot of homeless people in a week — up to 25. On average five a day. Today, I have seen only one,” Ali Imtiaz said.

“I was asking my colleague today why we don’t see any homeless.”

Imtiaz also said he spotted a group of cops — “more than four of them” — stroll past his business around 10 a.m., and lamented that it didn’t happen more often.

“It’s good for everybody that they clear out the homeless,” he said. “This should be continued. This is a very busy subway.”

De Blasio’ presumptive Republican challenger, Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, blasted the arbitrary crackdown.

“For someone who claims to care about the most poor New Yorkers, to have someone clear his path when he’s about to board the subway…tells you all you need to know about Mayor de Blasio,” she said.

“These are fellow New Yorkers who are sleeping in the street, sleeping in the subway. The mayor just doesn’t care.”

Gene Russianoff, of the Straphangers Campaign, blasted the temporary removal of the homeless.

“The optics are terrible,” he said. “It looks like they don’t want them to intrude on a movie set.”

A City Hall spokesman denied that any vagrants were kicked out of the stations, and said “these sources are refusing to provide their names because what they are saying is not true.”

De Blasio press secretary Eric Phillips also noted that “the mayor had a few-minute chat with a homeless person” upon emerging from the subway.

It was not clear if the man, who berated Hizzoner over conditions in the city’s shelters, had been booted from the train station.

De Blasio’s F-train ride marked his latest foray underground amid an escalating feud with Gov. Cuomo over funding for the crumbling mass-transit system.

Following a trip in a motorcade of SUVs from Gracie Mansion for a workout at the Prospect Park YMCA, the mayor used a MetroCard to swipe himself and wife Chirlane McCray through a turnstile at the Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street station.

Once aboard, Hizzoner — who was joined by a pack of journalists — launched into a diatribe against Cuomo and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, who last week blamed de Blasio for refusing to spend the city’s $4 billion-plus budget surplus to fix the subways.

“Here’s the truth: They’re not even spending their capital budget,” the mayor said. “There’s a huge amount of money sitting there, including the money the city gave. We gave them $2.5 billion a couple of years ago. Almost 90 percent of that money is just sitting there.”

De Blasio vowed not to allocate any more funds, saying the state “has used the MTA as a piggy bank” by taking “almost half a billion dollars in money out of the MTA to use for the state budget.

“The governor and Chairman Lhota simply need to get in front of everyone [and] say, ‘We’re fully responsible, we have to fix the problem.’ They have the resources.”

Lhota called the mayor’s remarks “completely disingenuous” given the planned release of the chairman’s “30-day overhaul plan” for the subways later this week.

“What we need is leadership, not photo ops,” Lhota said.

Cuomo’s office didn’t return a request for comment.
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Homelessness in New York City is on the rise
By Alex Taylor, Tamar Lapin and Kate Parker
July 23, 2017 | 11:56pm

The surging number of homeless in the city has left sidewalks so littered with sleeping bags and cardboard boxes that even vagrants are griping about the situation.

“It seems like there’s been a pretty big influx of the homeless population across the entire city,” a vagrant named Alex said as he sat on a blanket at 14th Street and First Avenue with a cardboard sign in hand.

“I’ve been in this general area for the past few years. I don’t know that the city is doing enough to help people in my position.”

Twin brothers Peter and Paul Barrero, 53, said they have been camping out on Broadway and 57th Street for more than a year, lounging on broken office chairs surrounded by their possessions, including bongos, a guitar and a shopping cart.

“They wanted to relocate us to transitional housing,” Peter said, holding a cigar butt. “That wasn’t what was supposed to be done.

What was supposed to be done was get me and my twin brother into an apartment and make it into permanent housing. It never happened.”

A police source told The Post that homelessness has almost become “an accepted problem.” and that cops aren’t being urged to crack down.

A vagrant named Jeff, 40, credited cops with protecting him and the couple he lives with in Hell’s Kitchen in a shelter of crates and umbrellas.

“They look out for us,” he said. “I can’t say anything bad about them.”

The city has reported a 39 percent increase in homelessness over 2016, with its annual homeless count recording 3,892 people living on the streets in February — the highest number since the survey began in 2005.

City Hall cited the de Blasio administration’s efforts to get help for homeless people.

“It can take anywhere from one to hundreds of contacts to help people come off the street,” a representative said, “which is why the city has invested time and resources through our HOME-STAT outreach program.”
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De Blasio claims he’ll ride subway more often
By Sarah Trefethen, Leonica Valentine, Danielle Furfaro and Michael Gartland
July 24, 2017 | 3:26pm | Updated

Mayor de Blasio will start regularly riding the city’s subways to gauge the “level of pain” being inflicted on ordinary New Yorkers, a top aide said Monday — leaving straphangers outraged it took him so long.

“He’s late. Things should work better than they do,” Flatbush resident Samuel McEwan, 52, fumed inside Brooklyn’s Atlantic Terminal station.

“He should be on the trains to push the workers. They need someone behind them to say, ‘Let’s go. Let’s get this train rolling.’ ”

Amy Klein, 35, of Brooklyn’s South Slope neighborhood, called deBlasio’s pledge “a publicity stunt” while waiting for a train inside the City Hall station.

“He is not cut out to ride the train every day. He is just not tough enough,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris said de Blasio — who normally travels in a motorcade of black SUVs — would be riding the rails “on regular basis until we see the kinds of changes we’re looking for” from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

City Hall declined to elaborate, saying only: “He’ll be taking the train more.”

Still, Monday morning, Hizzoner skipped the rails and took his taxpayer-funded, NYPD-driven SUV to and from his Park Slope, Brooklyn, gym for his regular morning workout at the YMCA.
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Curtis Sliwa arrested outside Gracie Mansion
By Daniel Prendergast and Priscilla DeGregory
July 25, 2017 | 9:22am | Updated



Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa was busted Tuesday for trying to serve Mayor Bill de Blasio with a lawsuit outside Gracie Mansion.

The outspoken activist was given a desk-appearance ticket for disorderly conduct for attempting to toss the court papers at de Blasio’s motorcade around 8:30 a.m.

“He ordered them to cuff me and arrest me and called for cop cars from the 19th Precinct. You would have thought I was Pablo Shorty Guzman,” Sliwa told reporters after he was released from the 19th Precinct, in an apparent reference to jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. “There were 20 officers and four cars.”

Sliwa claimed he was able to throw the suit — which seeks to have de Blasio removed from the Working Families Party ticket on a technicality — at the mayor’s car as he took off from Gracie.

“I yelled, ‘I’m serving you, Mr. Mayor,'” said Sliwa, who also plans to sue Public Advocate Letitia James and city Comptroller Scott Stringer. “That’s why we are serving them because they shouldn’t be on the ballot either if they are going to knock off our candidates.”

Video of Sliwa’s early-morning collar was posted on YouTube.

“This is what you get. You try to serve papers to the mayor and they lock you up,” said Sliwa, wearing his signature red beret and jacket. “Mayor’s late. On his way to Park Slope to do his workout, probably won’t get to City Hall ‘til 11. And he locks me up. I’ve been up since 5 o’clock this morning. Nice guy, stand-up guy.”

Meanwhile, Michel Faulkner, a candidate for New York City comptroller, tweeted about the incident.

“Curtis Sliwa was just arrested outside Gracie Mansion for serving Bill de Blasio with papers to disqualify him for WFP ballot line#yeswewill,” Faulkner wrote.

Sliwa is due in Manhattan criminal court Sept. 25.
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Even Democrats upset with de Blasio’s treatment of campaign donors
By Rich Calder
July 25, 2017 | 2:59am | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempt to pressure a city agency to give favorable treatment to a major campaign donor was condemned by his Republican and Democratic challengers Monday — and even by Democratic insiders who routinely take the mayor’s side.

“It’s outrageous . . . There’s enough here to warrant another investigation,” said Nicole Malliotakis, the presumptive GOP nominee for mayor.

“This screams of pay-to-play corruption,” agreed Democratic candidate Sal Albanese.

Even Democrats who usually defend the administration were taken aback by the claims of former Deputy Commissioner Ricardo Morales and former Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Stacey Cumberbatch that the mayor and his staff pressured them to give a break to a restaurant owner who owed the city back rent but was a big campaign donor.

“This is insane,” said one Democratic pol. “It’s certainly not normal procedure, and you have to wonder how the investigations would’ve played out if this was known earlier.”

De Blasio personally tried helping Harendra Singh cut a deal on nearly $750,000 in rent owed on the now-defunct Water’s Edge restaurant in Queens, which sits on city property, according to the New York Times.

In an extraordinary move, the mayor asked his top political aide, Emma Wolfe, to intervene with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, which was run by Cumberbatch before her abrupt departure.

Morales, who was fired suddenly, filed a $5 million notice of claim against the city — a precursor to a lawsuit.

Reps for both the US Attorney’s Office and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. declined to comment.

De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips claimed the allegations are old news and that they had been reviewed by authorities who decided not to pursue cases when they dropped their investigations in March.

The mayor reiterated the old-news line on NY1 Monday night, saying, “It’s been looked at and there is just nothing there.”

He also denied Morales was fired because he didn’t do what City Hall asked.

“Exactly false,” de Blasio said. “There were real issues with his performance.”

He added, “I know what I did and what everyone around me did is we were trying to follow the spirit of the law . . . What is the alternative? That we are not supposed to send something over to an agency? That’s crazy.”

Meanwhile, Morales’ lawyer, Robert Morales, told The Post, “It is clear that City Hall actively hindered the [Department of Investigation’s] past investigation into [the sale of] Rivington [nursing home] . . . It is also clear that Ricardo objected to the blatant conflict of interest violations surrounding City Hall’s involvement with Singh.”

Singh cooperated with the feds in their investigation of de Blasio’s fundraising after being slapped with unrelated bribery and tax-evasion charges.

He and his relatives donated more than $27,000 to de Blasio’s 2013 campaign. Singh was later named to the advisory board of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York.

Critics say the Water’s Edge case is the latest evidence of the favored treatment that campaign donors get at City Hall.

The Post previously reported that in January 2014 — just weeks after de Blasio took office — a water main break knocked out utilities at a Greenwich Village building owned by donor Roberta Kaplan.

She contacted BerlinRosen, the mayor’s public relations firm, and inspectors showed up the next day.
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Cuomo still hasn’t said whether he’ll endorse de Blasio
By Carl Campanile
July 25, 2017 | 12:42am | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election months before the Democratic primary in 2014 — and even helped deliver the left-leaning Working Families Party line to the governor for the general election.

But six weeks before de Blasio has to face Democratic voters, there’s no sign of when — or if — the governor will return the favor.

The Democratic primary this year is Sept. 12.

Instead, New York’s two most powerful Democrats are feuding over mass transit funding amid a public furor over breakdowns in subway and railroad service.

“Three years is an eternity in politics,” said Richard Brodsky, a former Democratic assemblyman from Westchester.

“De Blasio was an absolute essential element of Cuomo’s re-election politics of 2014. De Blasio was essential for the WFP endorsement. He was the difference,” Brodsky recalled.

De Blasio not only backed Cuomo, but came to the aid of his running mate, Kathy Hochul, when she was under fire for taking a hard line on undocumented immigrants as Erie County clerk.

The de Blasio campaign declined to comment and Cuomo’s camp wasn’t talking.

De Blasio is heavily favored to win both the primary and general election.

Cuomo is up for re-election next year.
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NYPD email reveals homeless sweeps ahead of de Blasio subway ride
By Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
July 24, 2017 | 8:41pm | Updated

A smoking-gun e-mail reveals in detail how NYPD cops were ordered to “sweep” homeless people from two subway stations ahead of Mayor de Blasio’s arrival Sunday — despite officials’ denials that the directive was given.

Two law-enforcement sources separately read to The Post a portion of the e-mail Monday to counter City Hall’s claims that the paper’s Page 1 account of the police action was “not true.”

The e-mail from the city’s Transit Bureau instructed NYPD officers from Transit District 30 to accompany Hizzoner during a rolling press conference — at which de Blasio denied responsibility for the crumbling subway system.

“Once the mayor arrives at the 4th Avenue station, he will board the N-B [northbound] ‘F’ train to the Jay Street-Metro Tech station. TD-30 officers are to escort the mayor aboard the N-B ‘F’ train from the 4th Avenue station to the Jay Street station,” the e-mail says.

“Before the mayor arrives at the 4th Avenue station, the officers are to sweep the station for homeless persons as well as the Jay Street station. There will be press at the 4th Avenue station.”

City Hall spokesman Austin Finan doubled down on denying the directive Monday, saying, “Once again, readers should know that these sources are refusing to provide their names because what they are saying is not true.”
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Here’s the damning homeless email de Blasio says doesn’t exist
By Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
July 25, 2017 | 7:57pm


An email showing the police directive to clear homeless from subway stations visited by Mayor Bill de Blasio.


The Post on Tuesday obtained a copy of ​the internal NYPD message outlining plans for cops to “sweep” the homeless people ​out of two Brooklyn subway stations before Mayor de Blasio arrived there Sunday.

The ​smoking gun ​email, which bears a 10:53 p.m. ​Saturday ​timestamp, says two cops from Brooklyn’s Transit Division 30 would be assigned to the 4th Avenue/9th Street station, with another two assigned to the Jay Street/MetroTech station.

“Once the Mayor arrives at the 4th Avenue station, he will board the N/B [northbound] ‘F’ train to the Jay Street/Metrotech station. TD-30 officers are to escort the Mayor aboard the N/B ‘F’ train from the 4th Avenue station to the Jay Street station,” the email says.

“Before the Mayor arrives at the 4th Avenue station, the officers are to sweep the station for homeless persons as well as the Jay Street station. There will be press at the 4th Avenue station.”

The email, sent by a cop at Transit Bureau headquarters identified only as Police Officer Nandoo, says the plan was approved by Operations Sgt. James Lynch, who received a copy at both his official NYPD email and private Google Gmail accounts.

It was also sent to the official NYPD email addresses “TD30DESK” and “TransitBureauExecutives.”

Law-enforcement sources initially told The Post about the email on Sunday.

When asked for comment later that day, de Blasio Press Secretary Eric Phillips claimed: “These sources are refusing to provide their names because what they are saying is not true.”

On Monday, Phillips insisted on Twitter that he would “admit it” if the order had been given, but said there was “Zero evidence. Evidence of the opposite, in fact.”

When two sources separately read aloud to The Post portions of the email later Monday another de Blasio spokesman, Austin Finan, repeated the assertion that what the ​unnamed ​sources were “saying is not true.”

​And during a Monday night appearance on the NY1 cable TV channel, de Blasio said he had “no idea if that [Post] report is true,” but took a gratuitous shot at the paper, claiming: “The outlet that ran it often not factually based.”
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Angry commuter tears into de Blasio at press conference
By Michael Gartland
July 25, 2017 | 7:09pm | Updated

Mayor de Blasio got an earful from commuters Tuesday when he held a press conference inside a subway station next to City Hall about the sorry state of the system.

“Fix the trains,” yelled Lainie Durnin of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. “That’s what New York wants.”

Another woman repeatedly yelled “Sandinista,” an apparent reference to de Blasio’s past radical leanings.

Durnin wound up taking the same R train to Brooklyn as the mayor after the event.

She was furious that he got special treatment when a train arrived.

“I think this is a f—g joke. They’ll hold the train for the mayor but not anybody else,” she said.

At the press conference, de Blasio lauded MTA chairman Joe Lhota for being “honest” about the MTA’s inefficiencies — but said the city won’t fork over the extra money he wants to help fund the system.
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Protesters rip de Blasio apart outside his gym
By Selim Algar
July 26, 2017 | 11:04am | Updated


Protesters line up outside the YMCA in Park Slope on Wednesday.
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Parents ripped Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to place hundreds of unassigned teachers back into city classrooms Wednesday morning.

A group of about 20 parents organized by pro-charter StudentsFirstNY held signs reading, “Mayor de Blasio harms children” and chanted “2-4-6-8 we need teachers that are great” as the mayor left his morning workout at the Y in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

De Blasio, who’d spent an hour inside the Y, ducked into an SUV without addressing the crowd.

Critics claim unassigned teachers were unable to hold down jobs elsewhere and should not be forced on principals. Others note that many such teachers were victims of downsizing and deserve another chance.

The protest comes as a new Chalkbeat analysis pegged last year’s unassigned-teacher cost at roughly $150 million.
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