Today: 23.06.2018
News
Opinion
Business
Living
Metro
Tech
Sport

Last News

23:51
22.06.2018
22:48
22.06.2018
20:35
22.06.2018
20:25
22.06.2018
19:45
22.06.2018
19:32
22.06.2018
18:41
22.06.2018
17:33
22.06.2018
17:10
22.06.2018
16:46
22.06.2018
16:25
22.06.2018
16:23
22.06.2018
15:35
22.06.2018
15:11
22.06.2018
14:45
22.06.2018
14:38
22.06.2018
14:29
22.06.2018
13:59
22.06.2018
13:27
22.06.2018
13:24
22.06.2018
13:22
22.06.2018
13:08
22.06.2018
12:17
22.06.2018
11:31
22.06.2018
11:16
22.06.2018
11:01
22.06.2018
09:46
22.06.2018
09:08
22.06.2018
09:03
22.06.2018
08:06
22.06.2018

NYCHA’s failings prove we need to rethink public housing.

It’s even worse than we knew. The complaint and consent decree filed Monday by US Attorney Geoffrey Berman makes clear that the failures of the New York City Housing Authority, by far the nation’s largest, went well beyond the notorious lack of heat and hot water experienced by 300,000-plus tenants this past winter. The complaint...
Time: 21:29     Date: 11.06.2018
Last US News - Opinion: NYCHA’s failings prove we need to rethink public housing. NY Post 24 - US News

The complaint shows that there was not only incompetence but malice. The decision to lie about conducting lead paint inspections was, we learn, part of a pattern: turning off water rather than fixing leaks; posting danger signs to keep away federal inspectors.

The housing authority once held up as the exception to more notorious projects, such as those in Chicago, has been shown to be in a corrupt league of its own. Tenants’ welfare was clearly no priority for a unionized workforce asked to perform what should’ve been straightforward services: keeping the heat and lights on, picking up the garbage, making sure the front-door buzzers work.

You have to defer — and screw up — a lot of projects for the system itself to find with an estimated capital-project backlog of anywhere from $18 to $26 billion. But, as any homeowner knows, if the roof goes unrepaired, all sorts of damage can follow.

If NYCHA managers were private landlords, they’d have been perp-walked in front of the federal courthouse. Small maintenance failures have big consequences — as in the case of Akai Gurley, shot to death in 2014 by NYPD Officer Peter Liang in what news accounts referred to as the “darkened public housing project stairwell” at Brooklyn’s Pink Houses. Memo to NYCHA: Stairwells don’t have to be dark.

Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo are quick to blame what they call “federal disinvestment” for NYCHA’s ills. They apparently are unfamiliar with the fact that, when it was established by Franklin Roosevelt, public housing was expected — after being built with government financing — to cover its own maintenance costs, with a combination of rents from tenants and retail uses in the projects. Liberals pushed through a cap on rents, starving NYCHA of funds, and New York planners kept supermarkets and drug stores out of the projects, isolating tenants and foregoing revenue.

De Blasio ignores the fact, too, that this year, HUD has actually increased both its capital assistance and operating subsidies for NYCHA — by 46 percent in capital funds and 3 percent overall, to nearly $1 billion.

He also ignores that, during his administration, NYCHA failed to apply soon enough for the most important new source of federal funds made available in decades. The Rental Assistance Demonstration program — designed by former New York housing commissioner Shaun Donovan when he became HUD secretary — uses tax credits to bring in a gusher of private repair funds.

In exchange, the projects are turned over to private owners, however — with a deal that units will be maintained as low-rent for a fixed period of years.

The fear of the “p” word — privatization — kept NYCHA from applying for a program that was tailor-made for it, while dozens of housing authorities around the country leapt at the chance.

Indeed, while being so quick to blame so many others, the administration has failed to seize a wealth of opportunities. The Bloomberg administration left behind blueprints for new privately financed developments to be built on the underused parking lots ubiquitous in the projects.

As the Industrial Areas Foundation has been pointing out in City Hall demonstrations, these new apartments would allow NYCHA’s thousands of elderly apartment dwellers to move out of multi-bedroom units into new studios — making way for the thousands of families either on waiting lists or in shelters, whose number de Blasio is so keen to increase.

That’s another NYCHA failure: At least a quarter of its tenants are “over-housed,” which means they have one or more empty bedrooms. NYCHA hasn’t been able to figure out how to match them with the kind of units they need.

Sadly, $2 billion in city funding is unlikely to do much to repair NYCHA — not when its costs are bloated by a unionized labor force, even when the city abounds with private contractors who can do the job better and more cheaply. What’s needed is a rethinking of the whole idea of public housing — a failed 1930s-era experiment in socialist housing that has left its tenants in the cold and dark.

Howard Husock is vice president of research publications for the Manhattan Institute.

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy. NY Post 24 - US News
The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy.
The half-awake citizen may be unaware just how dexterously the arms of the Kochtopus have reached into every precinct of...
Last US News - Opinion: Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician. NY Post 24 - US News
Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician.
Cynthia Nixon is proving she has what it takes to be a real New York pol — and can fudge numbers with the best of ’em....
Last US News - Opinion: Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers. NY Post 24 - US News
Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers.
Will Gov. Cuomo’s appointees to the state parole board spring every last cop killer from prison? The board, 10 of whose...
Last US News - Opinion: Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores.
Mayor de Blasio’s educrats aren’t alone in trying to mask school failure: Turns out the state actually has a formal system...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy. NY Post 24 - US News
The NY Times’ absurd Koch brothers conspiracy.
The half-awake citizen may be unaware just how dexterously the arms of the Kochtopus have reached into every precinct of...
Last US News - Opinion: Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician. NY Post 24 - US News
Cynthia Nixon fudges numbers like a true politician.
Cynthia Nixon is proving she has what it takes to be a real New York pol — and can fudge numbers with the best of ’em....
Last US News - Opinion: Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers. NY Post 24 - US News
Latest cop-killer’s parole is a slap in the face to all New Yorkers.
Will Gov. Cuomo’s appointees to the state parole board spring every last cop killer from prison? The board, 10 of whose...
Last US News - Opinion: Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside the state’s system for inflating Regents scores.
Mayor de Blasio’s educrats aren’t alone in trying to mask school failure: Turns out the state actually has a formal system...
Last US News - Opinion: How we can reunite migrant kids with parents. NY Post 24 - US News
How we can reunite migrant kids with parents.
They’ve been arriving in New York City in the dead of night. Quietly placed in temporary foster care, hundreds so far,...

Living

US Living News: How to go fly fishing in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
How to go fly fishing in NYC.
When Natasha Eng, 33, boards the subway after work, fishing rod in tow, she knows what you’re probably thinking: “I basically...
US Living News: Where Gayle takes Oprah to eat in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Where Gayle takes Oprah to eat in NYC.
Gayle King was born in Tennessee, but thanks to her father’s job, spent first grade to sixth grade in Ankara, Turkey. From...
US Living News: Next fast food trend is probably coming from Latin America. NY Post 24 - US News
Next fast food trend is probably coming from Latin America.
The next big food franchise will come out of Latin America, experts have claimed, with a number of chains eyeing up global...
US Living News: Airline workers busted for turtle-smuggling operation. NY Post 24 - US News
Airline workers busted for turtle-smuggling operation.
Two China Eastern Airlines staffers could face jail time after unsuccessfully attempting to smuggle 45 spotted and box turtles...
US Living News: Bill Gates wants mosquitoes to screw each other to death. NY Post 24 - US News
Bill Gates wants mosquitoes to screw each other to death.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is pouring $4 million into a project to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through...
US Living News: Mysterious ancient civilization left signs across vast desert. NY Post 24 - US News
Mysterious ancient civilization left signs across vast desert.
People don’t tend to spend days traveling through the desert if they can help it. Which could be why most people outside...
US Living News: Woman discovers her long-lost sister lives next door. NY Post 24 - US News
Woman discovers her long-lost sister lives next door.
A woman who spent seven years hunting for her long-lost sister discovered she was her next door neighbor – after spotting...
US Living News: Toxic algae blooms becoming more common across US. NY Post 24 - US News
Toxic algae blooms becoming more common across US.
SALEM, Ore. — The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: “Civil emergency. prepare for action.”...

Business

Last US Business News: Goldman Sachs recommends GE suspend dividend. NY Post 24 - US News
Goldman Sachs recommends GE suspend dividend.
General Electric ended a bad week on an ugly note when Goldman Sachs recommended Friday that the Thomas Edison-founded company...
Last US Business News: Kraft interested in buying Campbell Soup. NY Post 24 - US News
Kraft interested in buying Campbell Soup.
There could soon be a line forming in front of Campbell’s HQ. Campbell Soup, which last month said it was reviewing all...
Last US Business News: Amazon workers ask Bezos to stop selling tech to law enforcement. NY Post 24 - US News
Amazon workers ask Bezos to stop selling tech to law enforcement.
There was another social activism uprising in tech land this week — and this one got in Jeff Bezos’ face. An undisclosed...
Last US Business News: CNN staffer who resigned over retracted Russia story named interim head of CBSNews.com. NY Post 24 - US News
CNN staffer who resigned over retracted Russia story named interim head of CBSNews.com.
One of the three CNN staffers who resigned in June 2017 over a retracted story about alleged collusion between Russia and...
Last US Business News: Netflix PR chief exits over insensitive remarks. NY Post 24 - US News
Netflix PR chief exits over insensitive remarks.
Netflix Chief Communications Officer Jonathan Friedland is leaving the company following a controversy over insensitive remarks....
Last US Business News: This is the most American-made car. NY Post 24 - US News
This is the most American-made car.
Years of auto shareholders change — with parts manufacturing and vehicle assembly scattered around the world — leave...
Last US Business News: Sale price for Weinstein Co. cut by $23 million. NY Post 24 - US News
Sale price for Weinstein Co. cut by $23 million.
The Weinstein Company has agreed to reduce its sale price to Lantern Capital by $23 million, as doubts have been raised about...
Last US Business News: Tesla’s workforce cut will hit solar operation hard. NY Post 24 - US News
Tesla’s workforce cut will hit solar operation hard.
Electric car maker Tesla’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar...

Metro

Metro News: Dept. of Transportation reopens long-closed Chinatown route. NY Post 24 - US News
Dept. of Transportation reopens long-closed Chinatown route.
Chinatown residents rejoiced Friday as a long-closed route from their neighborhood to lower Manhattan finally reopened —...
Metro News: Man who escaped ICE at JFK airport convicted. NY Post 24 - US News
Man who escaped ICE at JFK airport convicted.
Brooklyn jurors swiftly convicted the Senegalese man who managed to ditch ​immigration officers during a layover at JFK...
Metro News: Intern drops big-bucks claim against Horndog CEO. NY Post 24 - US News
Intern drops big-bucks claim against Horndog CEO.
The Swedish intern who won a $5.6 million payout from her horndog Wall Street ex-boss has withdrawn her claim against him...
Metro News: Alleged bike path terrorist tells court only Allah can judge him. NY Post 24 - US News
Alleged bike path terrorist tells court only Allah can judge him.
The alleged West Side bike-path terrorist told a Manhattan judge on Friday that “Islam is leading a war,” and said he...
Metro News: NYPD Commissioner O’Neill drums up support for abused pooches. NY Post 24 - US News
NYPD Commissioner O’Neill drums up support for abused pooches.
The NYPD’s top dog got cuddly with an adorable three-legged Shih Tzu to drum up support for abused animals Friday. Police...
Metro News: Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Scoring 30% on a test is enough to graduate high school in NYC.
The bar keeps dropping on state math exams — and critics are saying it’s because officials are desperate for high graduation...
Metro News: Perv coach deported for child abuse busted for molesting a child again. NY Post 24 - US News
Perv coach deported for child abuse busted for molesting a child again.
A soccer coach who had been deported from Texas as a child molester in 2009 has returned to allegedly molest another child...
Metro News: Couple sues dog walker after pooch dies in ‘freak accident’. NY Post 24 - US News
Couple sues dog walker after pooch dies in ‘freak accident’.
A Manhattan couple is suing a dog walking service after their “baby” — a 1-year-old mini Australian labradoodle named...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Ex-NFL cheerleader says team forced her to duct-tape her waist. NY Post 24 - US News
Ex-NFL cheerleader says team forced her to duct-tape her waist.
A former NFL cheerleader for the Houston Texans accused the team on Friday of abusing her by forcing her to wear duct-tape...
Last US Sport News: Yankees’ clutch hitting goes missing in loss to Rays. NY Post 24 - US News
Yankees’ clutch hitting goes missing in loss to Rays.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Only because it was the Yankees against the Rays, the outcome of Friday night’s game at Tropicana...
Last US Sport News: Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship Ring sells for $45K. NY Post 24 - US News
Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship Ring sells for $45K.
Who’s a bum now? A 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship ring sold for a whopping $45,049 at auction Friday. The 14-karat...
Last US Sport News: Mets can’t recover from Zack Wheeler’s one mistake. NY Post 24 - US News
Mets can’t recover from Zack Wheeler’s one mistake.
Zack Wheeler escaped trouble once Friday night with the help of Michael Conforto’s glove. There was no leather to save...
Last US Sport News: Islanders have first two draft picks of the Lou Lamoriello era. NY Post 24 - US News
Islanders have first two draft picks of the Lou Lamoriello era.
The Islanders grabbed two of the top names left on the board when their pair of picks came up in the draft Friday. With the...