'Affordability Crisis' Threatens New York City
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 9:58
The raids in New York City come despite the fact that Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted New York City is a sanctuary city.
De Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January 2014, is up for reelection in November.
The mayor will deliver his remarks at the Apollo Theater in Harlem starting at 7p.m., where he is expected to highlight his administration's efforts over the past three years, and announce new initiatives aimed at improving access to affordable housing, his aides said.
"The groundbreaking legislation outlined by the City Council and the Mayor will ensure that no low-income New Yorker is forced from their home without legal representation", City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Monday. He also talked about the accomplishments of community policing.
He said residents would hear in coming weeks more details of forthcoming proposals about homelessness, opioid addiction and the creation of more higher paying jobs, which he called the "next frontline".
The hope is that more people will see it than if he gave the speech during the day. His goal is to create 100,000 more permanent good jobs that pay $50,000 a year, minimum. Half of the new apartments will be set aside for seniors and 500 for veterans, the mayor said.
He is proposing a mansion tax. "They will say you can not get it through Albany", using the state capital to refer to the state government, whose approval would be required for the tax. We'll have more on the immigration raids nationwide later in the broadcast.