De Blasio and ‘co-mayor’ spouse have actually squandered $1.8B of taxpayer cash
The conclusion of de Blasio’s not-so-excellent presidential misadventure
Who’s got a billion to burn off?
Well, Bill de Blasio for certain.
But spouse that is also mayoral McCray, who has got simply been revealed as being a world-class boondoggler in her own right.
Hey, the grouped family members that preys together remains together, right? Plus it’s only (your) money — regardless if it’s a great deal of it.
McCray may be the proprietress of ThriveNYC, a something-or-other that is mental-health-related four-plus years back to provide just a little heft towards the conceit that Bill and Chirlane had been elected as co-mayors — which is nonsense on stilts.
That is, not so long ago, very first partners had been content to imagine to stay in fee of prettifying highways and things. It absolutely was honorable “work,” it didn’t price greatly and it also filled within the spouse’s free time.
But it is 2019, plus the feeling that is general at minimum within the de Blasio management — is the fact that if there’s not plenty of dough connected to the spousal sinecure, it does not actually make a difference sufficient.
Therefore, ipso presto, co-Mayor Bill coughed up sufficient cash to split a pack mule’s straight back and delivered it well to co-Mayor Chirlane — who then went forth to cure Gotham’s mental-illness issues.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, once the City Council ended up being startled to find out that McCray and Team Thrive are shutting in on having invested an eye-popping $900 million considering that the program’s inception — and no one appears to have an idea about what.
This is certainly, no body seemingly have held receipts; the subways and road corners will always be overrun with crazy individuals, and no one in control understands what’s to take place next.
But let’s be clear: when your boondogglery sets the newest York City Council right straight right back on its heels, you really are soaring utilizing the eagles.
McCray’s ‘Thrive’ initiative on course to expend $1B in five years
Appropriate up here with co-Mayor Bill, whom began the week by himself note that is sour announcing that his signature Renewal college system ended up being shutting up store after beating $773 million down a rathole.
Well, he didn’t actually say “rathole,” as well as the price has doubtless been lowballed — but he additionally had no legitimate explanation for the debacle, nor did he apologize for this.
“We didn’t state every thing will be perfect,” burbled the co-mayor — as though anyone outside their instant orbit expected an outcome also close to competent.
That’s because there never ever ended up being any question just just what the scheduled system ended up being about. This is certainly, reversing Bloomberg administration intends to power down 100 miserably malfunctioning schools, hence saving the jobs of hardly competent instructors and administrators and shutting up little bands of loud moms and dads whom liked the schools despite their failings. Think Stockholm problem, rolled right into a big ball with the United Federation of Teachers.
Nevertheless the co-mayor made performance guarantees as he initiated the Renewal system, handful of which also remotely had been met, and currently gravity prevailed: the scheduled system caved in on itself.
Just how many other big-bucks initiatives come in comparable straits is unknowable — mostly because bureaucrats never ever blow the whistle on by themselves as well as because Gotham’s formal watchdog, town Comptroller Scott Stringer, has transformed into the incurious individuals ever to keep any office.
That the co-mayors could travel underneath the radar to burn off through $1.6 billion to no apparent good impact is an embarrassment — but understandable when you look at the abstract. Things happen.
That Stringer could rest through all of it may be the genuine scandal; how does the town have a comptroller, if it’s the standard of performance?