Mayor de Blasio isn’t letting the controversy surrounding his wife’s
embattled billion-dollar mental-health initiative stop him from
appointing her to head a new coronavirus recovery task force.
Citing her work with the ThriveNYC initiative,
de Blasio revealed on Sunday that First Lady Chirlane McCray, a rumored
contender for Brooklyn borough president, would co-chair a Task Force
on Racial Inclusion and Equity as the city plans its eventual reopening.
“The economic and racial disparities that have been made so clear by
this crisis, we knew about them before,” said de Blasio, who was elected
six years ago on a pledge to make the city more equitable and eliminate
its “tale of two cities.” “A powerful, painful exclamation point has
been put on them by this crisis.”
New York’s poorest ZIP codes have been hardest hit by pandemic, city
data show, and minorities — many among the city’s essential workers —
have died at disproportionately high rates.
De Blasio said he formed the task force to ensure New York’s underdogs aren’t left behind in the recovery.
But city lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were scratching their
heads over the appointment of
McCray in light of her signature Thrive
program, criticized as a billion-dollar money pit with a dubious record of results.
I don't know if there is precedence, but this is the most brazen, craven and sleaziest integration of nepotism and campaigning that I've ever seen. And in plain sight during a pandemic and a crisis caused by the decisions of de Blasio that afflicted the communities the most that he now assigned his wife to help. This is graft at it's most honest.
I apologize to my loyal and occasional readers to this blog for posting such a big picture of the co-mayor of New York City, but it was important to definitively illustrate what a facial expression of hubris and entitlement looks like.