Nearing the last year of his two terms in the city council, Gioia surveyed his council district for the luncheon audience and said, "These neighborhoods really mean the world to me." He means to embrace a far greater number of neighborhoods as public advocate, which he calls "the attorney general of New York City".
Gioia Sees 'Disconnect' Between City, People
...he said, "How many bells are on the front door, how many mattresses are in kitchens?" Having extra residents crammed into apartments only means, along with the Food Stamps figure, that New York is a city in trouble. "People feel strong[ly] about their neighborhoods and about the city, but they see a disconnect" between the city and them, he said.
Actually, bells on the front door and mattresses in the kitchen are more indicative of a temporary community than one that feels 'strongly' about the neighborhood. But where would all the people, especially the illegals, living in the illegal apartments go if the City cracks down on them? So it's ok for this to continue until enough 'affordable' housing is built for them, which will be never. Right, Eric? Funny how this public advocate wannabe has never made a peep about illegal conversions or illegal construction throughout his tenure as councilman. This makes him a strong contender for the 2009 King of Queens Crap award.
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