Ben Carson has made it his mission to be one of the worst secretaries of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in American history. In case you forgot, here are just some of his failures: He was accused of demoting an employee for not approving extravagant office renovations, including a $31,000 dining room set. There are accusations his family was too involved at HUD, emails proving he has lied and even reports of Carson using taxpayer money for private planes. In addition, there were Obama-era polices that would help people out of poverty, which he claimed Americans are “too comfortable.”
Now, Carson has eye set on taking over the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).
According to the New York Daily News, almost the entire city congressional delegation are fighting “against placing the city’s troubled Housing Authority into federal receivership — a clear message to the federal judge who will soon hear what NYCHA wants to do.”
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-Brooklyn, wrote, “Although there’s no easy answer here, the one thing that should be a nonstarter is a Trump takeover of NYCHA, which could lead to the selling of assets and tenant displacement without any local input.” She continued, “Certainly, additional resources are needed from all levels of government — including federal, state and local — as is a comprehensive review of NYCHA operations and personnel. But, we can’t enable a situation that results in the Trump administration essentially holding a fire sale of NYCHA assets.”
Even a Republican, Rep. Dan Donovan of Staten Island, is against a federal takeover of HUD, his name was included in the letter that also read, “Instead of receivership, we choose to work with our fellow New Yorkers and craft a future for NYCHA that comports to the values and needs of our constituents, our city and our community.”
Carson has been feuding with NYCHA since he was appointed secretary. The former doctor has been upset with funding going to NYCHA and told the Wall Street Journal in April, “We don’t want to do it that way, but they forced us into doing it that way until they become more responsible.”
The NYCHA responded and told the Journal, “It is surprising… that the Secretary, who has not found an available hour to visit the largest public housing authority in his portfolio, is focused on steps that hinder not help. This is not a do-no-harm approach.”
A judge will make the final decision if the NYCHA will have a Trump-Carson takeover.