Elections have consequences. The disastrous results of Bill de Blasio's election as Mayor of New York continue to unfold:
The prospect of unanticipated destructive consequences from a de Blasio mayoralty emerges through recent developments. They include a new campaign to close Rikers Island and a push to extend municipal voting rights to noncitizens, including illegal immigrants.
Coming on top of City Hall’s efforts to handcuff police and decriminalize low-level infractions, to incentivize welfare and homelessness, to dumb down schools and impose burdensome wage and benefit packages on private businesses, the latest measures amount to another round of body blows against the city’s social and economic fabric.
They also add evidence to the suspicion that de Blasio and his radical twin in the City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, aim to remake New York in the image of the authoritarian fiefdoms they admire. Recall that de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, honeymooned in Cuba, supported the Sandinista Communists in Nicaragua and praised the Soviet Union.
Mark-Viverito, from a well-to-do family in Puerto Rico, where she attended private schools, has been photographed wearing a red-star Communist beret. She said it was a “compliment” when someone created an image of her as homicidal revolutionary Che Guevara. She was arrested with the Occupy Wall Street rabble, used her office to honor a convicted Puerto Rican terrorist, and long refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to America.
Meanwhile, despite the Marxist posturing…
The Observer reports that Mark-Viverito, who just rammed through a raise for herself to $164,500, owns several properties in Puerto Rico as well as a three-story town house in East Harlem.
The mayor, who is paid $225,000 and lives rent-free in Gracie Mansion, owns two single-family homes in Brooklyn with a combined market value of over $3 million. He rents them out for more than $100,000 a year in rental income.
Their growing wealth and power have been acquired not only through a corrupt ideology, but through straightforward graft.
Mark-Viverito has been fined twice by regulators for improper dealings with lobbyists, and put one influence peddler on the city payroll for $130,000. Like de Blasio, she accepted large contributions from yellow-cab owners before attempting to crack down on Uber.
Regarding de Blasio, the smell of corruption is so strong that a top government watchdog is calling for an investigation. Citing the mayor’s use of nonprofit slush funds to push his agenda, Common Cause accuses him of creating a “shadow government” that evades limits on campaign contributions by accepting millions from individuals with business before his office.
Under the banner of far left ideology, New York City is systematically reducing itself to a corrupt, impoverished, dysfunctional banana republic.
Tip and graphic compliments of Sean C.