NYC homeless made to compete for help
The following is an open letter to Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo:
Perhaps if either of you, or any of our esteemed local representatives took the time to chat with some of the younger homeless, as I have, you/they would discover (as I did) that most of the people, aged 16-50, come from other states, as close as NJ and as far away as the Dakotas!
That being said, I do believe that NY State and City residents should help the homeless, but help our homeless first. There must be a law somewhere, or one should be written and introduced that would give preferential treatment to NYC citizens out of our NYC taxes. At the same time, our NY government should send these young, able-bodied (but mostly alcohol or drug-addicted) men and women back to the state they came from, and let those tax payers take care of their own. You could start by asking for any kind of identification before giving them services such as food stamps, housing or a bus ticket to their home state!
The other big burden we share are the many single mothers, most of whom have live-in boyfriends, but don’t marry because the men don’t want to share the responsibility or the rent!
If any of our powers that be would walk First Avenue from 23rd Street to 32nd Street, near the men’s shelter, methadone clinics, out-patient services at Bellevue or any place where there are banks or drugstores, or any store front on the Avenues south of 50th Street, you will see hundreds of panhandlers, barely out of their teens, with signs begging for money. The cardboard signs say all kinds of things to gain sympathy, and a cup at their feet for donations.
I am a life-long Democrat, as is my entire family, some of whom were active in politics. However, I think that the Democrats, in particular Mayor De Blasio, are ruining our city. I hope he and Governor Cuomo read the above and do something about it!
Barbara Zapson, ST
A real job for the public advocate
Two items in Thursday, November 15 Local Week In Review column in T&V left me scratching my head.
The first is a Gothamist report that food trucks will be getting letter grades in December. The second is that Politico reports that the City Council is considering abolishing the office of the public advocate.
I submit that an effective public advocate would find a way to get food carts off the street and into the many, many available storefronts near where they take up street space.
I rewrite history most every day at NYU, a very congested area where there’s been street construction on West 4th for years. Why are these carts on the street blocking pedestrian traffic when they could move from pop-up to pop-up store right there? That would be one of many good projects for a public advocate.
After all, if the public advocate is eliminated, both candidates and consultants will be peeved at these Council members for eliminating a citywide campaign. And the guys sponsoring the bill don’t have the chance to be mayor as they think they do.
Billy Sternberg, ST