Ben Carson as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been terrorizing low-income communities since Trump appointed him. To make matters worse, it was reported last month that the former neurosurgeon with no public housing experience will be in charge of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) via a federal monitor. Thankfully, the newly elected Public Advocate of New York City, Jumaane Williams, has his eye on Carson.
“NYCHA, as we call it here in New York City, we have the governor and the mayor playing a male measuring contest with the lives of 400,000 people,” Williams said Thursday on SiriusXM’s “The Clay Cane Show” during an interview. “Look, we have earned ourselves a federal monitor because we just failed. Thankfully, it wasn’t a receivership so they didn’t take it all over, I’m happy about that.”
He continued, “Obviously, you can’t trust the orange man in the White House. Ben Carson, not only lives in the sunken place, he probably helped create it… This is a man that said poverty was a choice.”
Williams also talked about Lynne Patton, who announced earlier this month that she will live in four different New York City public housing projects to learn about the quality of life there.
“If she is staying in NYCHA and then we are going to see billions of dollars flow from it — fine. If not, she’s just going to tell us what we already know,” Williams said. “What we need is dedicated funding to NYCHA. We need it from the federal government, we need it from the state, we need it from the city… the governor promised some funding when he was running for reelection, we ain’t see it yet.”
He added, “Any plan that gets put forth, has to include the NYCHA residents. We keep trying to do things to people We need to do things with people. There are closest to the problem so they have some of the best solutions.”
Listen to the clip below:
On Jan. 31, Carson met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, with the HUD secretary saying, “The families who have endured unimaginably poor housing conditions deserve better from their housing authority. Today we are presenting NYCHA residents with bold new solutions for decades-old problems.”
De Blasio responded positively to the news.
“What we have done here today creates a strong path forward, a tangible path forward,” the mayor said. “It will change and improve the lives of public housing residents. We wanted to make sure there would be results.”
CBS News reported last month: “As part of the agreement, New York City will commit at least $2.2 billion in funding over the next 10 years to address the housing authority issues. HUD will continue to provide funding to NYCHA, estimated to be $1.5 billion this year.”
A federal monitor will be hired as part of the deal.
“Now they want a monitor? NYCHA already has monitors — its residents who have suffered from decades of disinvestment,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said at the time. “They’re the parents who sought help when their child got lead poisoning. The grandmother who has to huddle near a stove when it’s colder inside her apartment than outside. And the family dealing with health issues because of rampant mold in their home.”
He continued, “The time for talk and political stunts is over. Cut the long overdue check from the federal government to fully fund the needed repairs, listen to the real NYCHA monitors, put a plan in place, and get to work.”
Hopefully, the newly elected Jumaane Williams can help deliver some change.