Still de Blasio goes to Miami to Tell Them What Works
Assemblywoman Nicole Mallitotakis, the real Republican in the race for Mayor, today called on Mayor DeBlasio to explain the human resource crisis that the upper echelon of his administration has created over the course of the last year, including this week’s announcement that the Commissioner of the city’s Department of Design and Construction was resigning.
Numerous media outlets have covered the exodus including the New York Times which, less than a month ago featured a headline which posed the question: Why Have So Many Women Quit on Mayor de Blasio? Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis stated “It seems like one of humankind’s basic instincts of fight or flight have taken hold in the de Blasio administration and flight is winning; commissioners, advisors and plain old staffers have headed for the exits because they are either aren’t up to the job don’t want to fight for the failing policies of a lack-luster mayor.”
In recent weeks Correction’s Commissioner Joseph Ponte was forced to resign due to a scandal over his work and travel habits and earlier this week the Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora was forced out over his failure to meet deadlines and a budget busting overrun of a reported $500 million on the city’s Build it Back recovery program for victims of SuperStorm Sandy.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “This week’s news that the de Blasio administration’s Commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), Feniosky Peña-Mora, is long overdue and really no surprise. The DDC has the reputation of being unresponsive and dragging its feet. I know firsthand because the Commissioner and his boss, Mayor de Blasio, have failed so many of my constituents on the South Shore of Staten Island and the resident of the Rockaways and Breezy Point who are still struggling to rebuild nearly 5 years after SuperStorm Sandy destroyed their homes.
“The fact that the Department of Design and Construction failed so horribly while blowing through a $500 million budget overrun is merely symptomatic of the repeated failures of the de Blasio administration to deliver basic government services to our city and its residents.
“It seems like one of humankind’s basic instincts of fight or flight have taken hold in the de Blasio administration and flight is winning; commissioners, advisors and plain old staffers have headed for the exits because they either aren’t up to the job or don’t want to fight for the failing policies of a lack-luster mayor.
“The de Blasio administration has failed time and time again. Even with this level of failure Mayor de Blasio has the arrogance to jet-off to Florida to promote his national agenda by taking part in a forum of big city mayors, hosted by Politico and entitled: What Works. Perhaps Bill de Blasio should have skipped the trip to Miami and visited some of my constituents and explained to them why his administration failed and why they are struggling to rebuild nearly 5 years after Sandy.”
Spend 2:13 minutes viewing the Staten Island Advance’s video interview with Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis as she discusses Mayor de Blasio, growing up on Staten Island, high school and her first jobs.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “The State of New York spends more per student than any other state in the nation, and 87% above the national average. The failure of those dollars to translate into an improved New York City school system is both troublesome and unacceptable.
“I maintain that before Mayoral Control is extended, Mayor de Blasio and the DOE must provide the detailed expenditure reports required by New York State Education Law on how it spends the $9 billion in taxpayer money received by the state.
“This mayor has added so much bureaucracy to the department of education by nearly tripling the agency’s expenditures for central administration since taking office.
“Further examination is also needed of the city’s Schools Renewal program that has pumped hundreds of millions in tax dollars into failing schools and issued $40 million in contracts to high priced consultants without apparent results. This type of reckless spending cannot continue.
“As a product of the New York City public school system, I’m heartbroken by its current state. Teachers are forced to purchase their own supplies out-of-pocket, and educate their students with out-of-date textbooks, sometimes in temporary trailers parked on school grounds. This is simply unacceptable and before I’ll give my approval on mayoral control, this mayor needs to take real concrete steps toward improving the situation.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Rikers Island is a good location for New York City’s jails; it’s an island surrounded by swift currents and can be easily secured, that’s a fact. Instead of relocating our jail system to neighborhoods around the 5 boroughs, as Mayor, I would focus on creating a common sense plan to rehab, retrofit and improve the facilities on Rikers Island. We must make the facilities more humane for inmates and safer for both inmates and officers; while simultaneously working to reform the city’s criminal justice system so as to reduce the inmate population.
“Overcrowding in our jails is partly due to inmates who could not make bail and then languish in jail for months, sometimes years as they await trial. Under the United States Constitution every American has the right to a speedy trial and the delays in our city’s criminal justice system are legendary, that’s not right. The bottom line is that New York City Jails should remain on Rikers Island and not be relocated to the neighborhoods of our city.”
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis said, “Today, New York City straphangers and commuters were given a great gift. Joe Lhota returning to the MTA as Chairman is a step in the right direction. Joe Lhota has the experience, skills and guts to clean up the subway mess our mayor doesn’t want to touch. Thank you, Governor Cuomo for a good pick for all New Yorkers.”