Has Corey Johnson become as unelectable for higher office ever bit as much as Christine Quinn, Hillary Clinton, Joseph Crowley, and Melissa Mark-Viverito ?
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Chelsea) is expected to strong-arm through the City Council legislation tomorrow to commit the Government of the City of New York to spend up to $11 billion on building four new jails. The likelihood of the vote tally was calculated by NY1 broadcast reporter, Gloria Pazmino, according to a tweet posted today.
The building boom to put people into cages comes as Speaker Johnson and his supervisor, Mayor Bill de Blasio (WFP-New York City), claim that there is no money to fully-fund the New York City Housing Authority, or NYCHA. The municipal public housing authority is estimated to suffer from a $32 billion deficit for its capital improvements.
According to critics, it is a false choice for political leaders to claim that there is only money for jails but not for public housing. Since Speaker Johnson and Mayor de Blasio control the formation of the City Budget, alongst with City Council Finance Committee Chair Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), they can raise money — either through tax increases or borrowing — to fully-fund NYCHA. That the legislative and executive leaders of the City of New York act powerless, they are making public housing tenants suffer the severe consequences of Government austerity measures. To other critics, the funding of jails over public housing reaffirms institutional racism, because Elected officials are extending the era of mass incarceration over bringing to an end the era of divestment from public housing.