Herbert Calls NYCHA Deal an “Unholy Alliance” Between the Mayor and the Trump Administration that Benefits Real Estate Developers More than Residents – Asks AG James to Bring Criminal Neglect Charges Against Both Administrations
Brooklyn, NY: Just days after HUD Secretary, Ben Carson and Mayor de Blasio mugged it up for the cameras announcing they came to a “deal” on how to fix NYCHA, Founder of Advocates without Borders and Candidate for Public Advocate, Tony Herbert called the agreement an “unholy alliance” between the Mayor and the Trump Administration to make real estate developers richer at the expense of low income New Yorkers.
Said Herbert, “Ben Carson and Bill de Blasio should be ashamed of themselves. Their deal – or should I say, unholy alliance – is nothing more than a sham to make real estate developers rich while pretending to help the good people living in public housing.
“NYCHA 2.0 sells off NYCHA playgrounds and air rights to wealthy real estate developers so they can build luxury housing. It also converts approximately 60,000 NYCHA units to Section 8 under the controversial federal Rent Demonstration Assistance (RAD) program that has caused some tenants to lose their homes due to lack of oversight. A federal judge rejected this plan but the Trump Administration is embracing it. Maybe that’s because the plan is just the type of deal that private citizen Donald Trump and his real estate buddies have capitalized on in the past.
“NYCHA residents need to fight back against this unholy alliance between President Trump and Mayor de Blasio. de Blasio should not be trusted to fix NYCHA because since he has been mayor, New York City’s budget has gone up by almost $20 Billion, yet the conditions inside NYCHA have deteriorated to the point that former Public Advocate, Tish James named NYCHA the worst slum lord in New York City.
“I am calling on Attorney General James to file charges of “criminal neglect” against Mayor de Blasio and President Trump for allowing the people of NYCHA to live without heat, hot water and in peril of lead poisoning due to the falsification of records. As Public Advocate she already collected the evidence, now it is time for her to take action.”
Herbert, who had been a longtime advocate for residents of public housing and who is running on the “Residents First” line, has been knocking on doors of NYCHA apartments asking residents to fill out complaint forms which can be downloaded from the Attorney General’s website https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/ceb001_complaint_form.pdf