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 without a doubt.
But additionally mayoral partner Chirlane McCray, who has got simply been revealed as a world-class boondoggler in her own own right.
Hey, the family members that preys together stays together, appropriate? Also it’s only (your) money — regardless if it really is a great deal of it.
McCray may be the proprietress of ThriveNYC, a mental-health-related something-or-other developed four-plus years back to provide just a little heft to your conceit that Bill and Chirlane had been elected as co-mayors — which is nonsense on stilts.
This is certainly, not so long ago, very first spouses had been content to imagine to stay charge of prettifying highways and things. It absolutely was honorable “work,” it didn’t expense truly and it also filled within the spouse’s free time.
But this can be 2019, therefore the basic feeling — at minimum when you look at the de Blasio management — is the fact that if there’s not lots of dough connected to the spousal sinecure, it does not actually make a difference enough.
Therefore, ipso presto, co-Mayor Bill coughed up sufficient cash to split a pack mule’s straight straight 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, whenever City Council ended up being startled to learn 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 a clue on which.
This is certainly, no one seems to have held receipts; the subways and street corners remain overrun with crazy individuals, and no body in control understands what’s to take place next.
But let’s be clear: in the event your boondogglery sets the latest York City Council right back on its heels, you undoubtedly are soaring aided by the eagles.
McCray’s ‘Thrive’ initiative on course to blow $1B in 5 years
Appropriate up there with co-Mayor Bill, whom began the week by himself note that is sour announcing that his signature Renewal college program ended up being closing up store after beating $773 million down a rathole.
Well, he didn’t actually say “rathole,” and also the price has doubtless been lowballed — but he additionally had no legitimate description for the debacle, nor did he apologize because of it.
“We would not state every thing could be perfect,” burbled the co-mayor — as though anyone outside their orbit that is immediate expected outcome even close to competent.
That’s because there never ever had been any question exactly what the system ended up being about. That is, reversing Bloomberg administration intends to power down 100 miserably malfunctioning schools, therefore saving the jobs of hardly competent instructors and administrators and shutting up little bands of noisy moms and dads whom adored the schools despite their failings. Think Stockholm problem, rolled right into a big ball with the United Federation of Teachers russianbrides.
However the co-mayor made performance guarantees as he initiated the Renewal program, number of which also remotely had been met, and presently gravity prevailed: The system caved in on it self.
Just how many other big-bucks initiatives come in comparable straits is unknowable — mostly because bureaucrats never blow the whistle on by by themselves and in addition because Gotham’s formal watchdog, town Comptroller Scott Stringer, has become the incurious people ever to keep any office.
That the co-mayors could travel underneath the radar to burn off through $1.6 billion to no apparent effect that is good an embarrassment — but understandable into the abstract. Things happen.
That Stringer could sleep through all of it may be the genuine scandal; how does the town have even a comptroller, if it’s the standard of performance?