New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised eyebrows across the nation’s largest metropolis this week; bizarrely suggesting the local government could seize property from “bad landlords.”
“When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground to stop it in time,” said de Blasio during his yearly State of the City address. “If the fines and the penalties don’t cut it, we will seize their buildings and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”
The mayor’s website confirmed the move; saying the de Blasio administration was “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.”
“My first reaction was: Is this communist Cuba?” asked one state Assembly member.
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2020 VISION: De Blasio Says He Won’t ‘Rule Out’ Potential White House Run against Trump
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to “rule out” a run for the White House over the weekend; refusing to comment on his political future “because you never know what life brings.”
“I never rule things out, because you never know what life brings,” De Blasio told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I’m focused on the job I have, but I’ve also been really clear — I’m going to spread this message.”
“There are still a lot of moderate voices in the party that did not learn the lessons of 2016, that are not listening to what people need in this country,” he added. “So I want to push this whole party, and I want to inform this debate in this country about the fact that we could go a lot farther, we could be a lot bolder than what we’re doing now.”
The progressive Democrat unveiled his ‘NYC CARE’ program just days ago; vowing to provide “comprehensive healthcare coverage” to upwards of 600,000 low-income New Yorkers.
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DE BLASIO DIGS IN: The NYC Mayor Urges Top Dems to Get Behind His Universal Healthcare Program
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged top Democrats across the country to support his renewed push for universal healthcare over the weekend; saying “we need this party to be the party of working people again.”
De Blasio was speaking with CNN when he was asked to comment on his recent ‘NYC CARE’ program; a new government entitlement that “guarantees” comprehensive healthcare to more than 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers.
“This is the kind of thing Democrats should stand for,” said the progressive leader. “If we say to the American people: Our job is to get you health care no matter what, no matter how much money you make, no matter what your situation is, that’s the kind of thing that actually is going to resonate with the American people because so many Americans are struggling . . . to make ends meet. Health care is one of their biggest expenses.”
De Blasio’s ‘NYC CARE’ program is estimated to cost local taxpayers upwards of $100 million per year.
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