Certain projects that provide affordable housing to residents here are in the best interest of the city and require the need for eminent domain, said Bill de Blasio, New York City’s public advocate, speaking at a breakfast put on by non-profit association ABNY. He specifically pointed to the controversial mixed-use Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn being built by developer Bruce Ratner, which bought out a number of residences and building in the area and was the center of a contentious legal battle.
“I do think there’s a place for eminent domain,” de Blasio said, explaining that he is a “pro development progressive.” “When appropriate you do maximize height and density to maximize affordable housing.”
This ass actually thinks there will be affordable housing at Atlantic Yards?
De Blasio is also interested in building a cross-harbor tunnel for rail and freight traffic, a move he said would greatly cut down on truck traffic in Manhattan. “That’s something we should commit ourselves to not matter how difficult it may be to achieve,” he said.
Why is he interested in cutting down truck traffic in Manhattan and dumping it all in Queens and Brooklyn? Isn't this prick from Brooklyn? Oh wait, so are Jerry Nadler and Anthony Weiner and they love it as well. All their big donors are in Manhattan, that's why.
From Fox 5:
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is demanding the E-ZPass call center change the way it handles calls from Spanish-speaking customers after his office uncovered what he calls a disturbing pattern.
"This isn't customer service when it comes to Spanish speaking customers," de Blasio said. "It's telling them they don't matter, telling them they don't count and their calls are irrelevant, which to me is unacceptable."
According to the report, 46 percent (or 93 out of 205) phone calls de Blasio's office made to the Spanish-speaking e-z pass line were either disconnected; no one was available; or transferred to a recorded message.
A Spanish-speaking Fox 5 producer called the E-ZPass line twice and was helped almost right away.
Well I'm glad DeBlasio has time to tweed. How do Spanish speaking drivers read street signs that are in English? Isn't that a huge public safety concern the public advocate should be looking into?