Mayor Bill de Blasio today blamed “miscommunication” for his administration’s latest spat with the governor over a deal that would allow the state to subsidize rents for homeless families to transition out of the city’s crammed shelter system.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently sat down with Katie Couric for his first extended interview since leaving office, and claimed he’s not missing City Hall all that much.
“I literally don’t think about it,” Mr. Bloomberg told the Yahoo News host, when asked whether he was suffering from withdrawal following 12 years as the city’s mayor. Continue reading “Bloomberg Slams Minimum Wage Hike, Says He Doesn’t Miss Old Gig a Bit”
Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota wants to stop non-New Yorkers from hogging the city’s shelter beds.
The former deputy mayor and MTA chair said that, if elected, he wants to overhaul the city’s homeless shelter system, calling for an amendment to the state’s constitution, which currently requires the city and state to provide shelter to anyone in need regardless of previous residency.
Election Day is coming up, and New York City wants everyone to vote–including residents who don’t have a permanent residence. Accordingly, New York City Campaign Finance Board is partnering with the Department of Homeless Services to make sure the city’s homeless population can help participate in the upcoming presidential election. Every day this week, Homeless Services will provide voting assistance at each of its 230 homeless facilities to encourage maximum electoral participation.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has another critic over his administration’s decision to ban food from homeless shelters, because, as CBS reported, the city “can’t assess their salt, fat and fiber content.” Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced his opposition while challenging the basic rationality of the plan in a statement this evening.
“While I generally give this Administration high marks on protecting public health, the decision to ban food donations from shelters defies common sense,” said Mr. de Blasio, who’s a leading contender for the mayor’s office himself in 2013.
Melissa Russo of NBC reported last night that under a new Bloomberg administration proposal people seeking a bed at city homeless shelters will have to prove they have no other options.
The new policy led to a scathing statement from Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who promptly promised to hold hearings on the new measure. Continue reading “Quinn Slams Bloomberg Over New Homeless Policy”