If I had to rate Queens Press Marcia Moxam Comrie’s “Personal Perspective” column this week, on the five star system. I would give her a three, for calling the Mayor out on his “out of touch” on issues such as poverty and his fake “Tale of Two Cities” campaign bullshit, they he NEVER lived up to and what helped him win the election.
BUT she could have gotten more stars if she called him out on more issues of being out of touch and ignoring issues in certain communities like Jamaica or playing favorites when it comes to coming out to communities on certain issues. Like his flying out to Jamaica, along with Public Advocate Letitia James, last year to speak out on hate crimes against Muslims, when a Muslim man was attacKed at his religious institution, but both being silent on the horrific gang rape of a mother of two in Jamaica last week, caused by his failed policies on homeless and the continuing dumping of poorly run group homes and homeless shelters that get dumped in certain communities like Jamaica, which has seen the homeless population grow MAJORLY just in the past year alone, due to homeless coming from other areas of the country into Jamaica, plus his overseeing HYPER-DEVELOPMENT that is pushing many folks out. AND being silent on the large number of underage girls of color in Jamaica and the SE Queens area that have been kidnapped and forced into prostitution, like the 15 year old black girl who was kidnapped and pimped out by St. Albans, Joseph Gilbert, inside the Rev. Flake’s Greater Senior Residence, for FOUR MONTHS.
AND what about other elected officials from our area, like her own husband, Senator Leroy Comrie, who has been completely silent on these recent horrific atrocities right in his own district, attempting like other local elected officials, to sweep THESE REAL issues under the carpet. OR to properly address the MAJOR quality of life issues in this community and be held accountable.
Sorry Marcia, you only dropped one testicle (or ovary) on this topic, still waiting for the other ovary to drop.
Interesting, that with election time coming for the Mayor, he is pimping out his black son, Dante again, along with his black lesbian wife, I guess to make sure to garnish those black votes, lesbians, etc.
From Queens Press:
A Personal Perspective
BY MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE
If there’s one public figure in New York City who doesn’t seem to learn, it is Mayor Bill de Blasio.
During the height of a police crisis and numerous other high crimes and misdemeanors, the city’s top leader takes off for Hamburg, Germany to join anti-Donald Trump protestors in that city. Meanwhile, the city was in mourning for a murdered police officer.
Just the week before, he had declared on his weekly radio show that panhandlers “do it for fun.” One can hardly imagine that there could be much fun in begging for change in the streets and on public transportation.
There may be beggars who are not as desperate as some others, but—by and large—people beg for money because their options are so few. There can’t be any joy in that.
For sure, it can be an annoyance to dig into your bag every time you hear a sob story on the train, several times per trip—but that’s part of life in a big city such as New York. The choices are simple: you either hand the poor soul a dollar or you don’t. There is no need for the mayor of the city to cut these people off above the knees with thoughtless remarks.
To make matters even more confounding, the mayor followed up that first salvo with another doozy. Panhandlers, he said, cause a decline in lifestyle and give the impression that homelessness is rampant. Of course, it’s rampant. What are you talking about, Mr. Mayor?
Hiding those who are homeless and begging on the streets and in trains is not a solution to the problem. The mayor must devise a workable plan to continue providing affordable housing in the city. This alone doesn’t solve the problem, though. There also needs to be more free mental health support and job training available for those who need it.
Not every panhandler is just down on his or her luck. Some are there due to mental illness and substance abuse issues. Some are runaways or kids kicked out of their families for being gay. As a city, we can spare some compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Nearly every mayor runs on the issue of affordable housing as a platform. De Blasio was no different—in fact, he won through his use of a Dickensian title, “A Tale of Two Cities,” and we liked him for it. This is why we were taken aback when he made the statement on his way out of the city.
You would think that with all the protesting in Hamburg, he would have returned with a modified perspective. Rather, he came back and added even more fuel to the fire.
“I think—a lot of the times—they hang out, they make money and are really a nuisance,” he said. “I don’t understand why anyone would pursue that lifestyle.”
Pursue? Lifestyle? Mr. Mayor, it seems the lifestyle at Gracie Mansion has gone to your head. You used to be much more benevolent of spirit than you are exhibiting right now. A mayor’s job is to help “the least among us,” not to blame those who have been victimized by poverty, vices, illness, domestic abuse and a litany of other issues.
We don’t like being approached by panhandlers. Sometimes, you feel threatened and, other times, you have just given one too many times for the day and you’re not in your best mood.
But that one dollar might be the difference between someone getting a meal and not getting one. Let’s make this a tale of one New York.