2014-07-18 / Editorial/Opinion

Rockaway: The de Blasio Dump

We’re not sure what’s worse; having the temerity to tell Rockaway they need to do their “fair share” in forcing a homeless shelter on Beach 65th Street, or lying about it for three months.

Well, the mayor of New York City, through his agencies and political cronies, has done both these past few months.

Lied to the Queens Borough President, lied to members of the City Council and lied to Queens Community Board 14.

There’s no way around it. The mayor’s office and the Department of Homeless Services simply played the game of “deny, deny, deny” and then punched Rockaway in the gut.


As for the DHS, assistant commissioner Lisa Black -- who is also on the “deny, deny, deny” list – wrote a letter to District Manager Jonathan Gaska. And it’s hilarious.

First off, she writes every borough “must do its part.” Well, let’s see, Rockaway has almost 5,000 units of public housing, 6,000 nursing and adult home beds, eight group homes, four drug rehabilitation centers, the St John’s Boys home and the second highest amount in the borough of Queens Section 8 voucher clients. Not to mention SRO hotels filled with persons on parole and in drug rehab. We also have the highest unemployment rate in Queens, and our schools are already overcrowded in the neighborhood near where the shelter will go.

Just in case you’re not still delirious with laughter, the kicker is she signed a letter that in the last paragraph, says, “if you have any questions, contact Lisa Black.” So, “deny, deny, deny, form letter” must be how the DHS operates. It certainly isn’t one of the city’s shining examples of good management. Just this past Thursday, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer publicly criticized DHS for “poor management and shoddy oversight” of emergency contracts post-Sandy.

Rockaway is tired of being lied to, tired of being dumped on, and frankly, has done more than share to help the disadvantaged people of New York.

Perhaps when the mayor is sunning himself Tuscany, or enjoying a boat ride in Venice, he might start to realize that there are only so many loads garbage you can unload into a dumpster before overflows.

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