Melissa Mark-Viverito on Budget and Muni IDs

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announcing the city budget on June 19th, 2014 (courtesy of NYC Mayor's Office)

Last week was a big one for the City Council of New York -- they passed a $75 billion budget and created the largest municipal ID program in the country. Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council Speaker, discusses the City Council's decisions.


Melissa Mark-Viverito

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" . . . Our own political and social discourse must torture language in order to disguise the failures and abuses of policies designed to advance the power and interests of the “soft despotism,” as Tocqueville called it, of the modern Leviathan state and its political caretakers. Meanwhile, in foreign policy the transformation of meaning serves misguided policies that endanger our security and interests.

One example from domestic policy recently cropped up in Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s dissent in the Schuette decision, which upheld the Michigan referendum banning racial preferences. In her dissent, Sotomayor called for replacing the term “affirmative action” with “race-sensitive admissions.” But “affirmative action” was itself a euphemism for the racial quotas in use in college admissions until they were struck down in the 1978 Bakke decision. To salvage racial discrimination, which any process that gives race an advantage necessarily requires, Bakke legitimized yet another euphemism, “diversity,” as a compelling state interest that justified taking race into account in university admissions. . . . "

Read the whole thing as an antidote to the "King Lehrer" Vivarito dog and pony show this morning:

Jun. 30 2014 01:33 PM

There is no "safe" way to administer the new terrorist id card. Wanna bet it will count as id for voting!

Jun. 30 2014 12:03 PM

After another year or two of this Mayor NYC will not have budget surpluses. The fruits of his policies will be a shrinking NYC economy.

Jun. 30 2014 11:55 AM
RUCB_Alum from Central New Jersey

Rather than ban sugary-drinks above a certain size (an unworkable prohibition since a consumer could just buy two or more) why not just lock the price per ounce at the sixteen ounce size? It would take away the incentive to buy a bigger one. Consumers can have whatever size they like but there would be now economic gain from doing so.

Jun. 30 2014 10:46 AM

Public housing is not like the speaker stated "the cornerstone of affordable housing." Public housing is an unending taxpayer money pit and a subsidized system of intergenerational social dysfunction and crime. Where is the vast majority of crime in the city actually located or sourced from? Public housing. It should not be invested in. The whole system should be radically downsized and rethought. Instead of two or three or four or five generations of people growing up and living in the toxic environment of housing projects it should be limited to short periods of time. The buildings should be sold off.

I always wonder if people like the speaker never took a sociology or economics class. I did.

I'm very progressive in general, but I do not understand the common lack of looking objectively at situations and crafting new solutions often seen in the left. Being "radical" means looking at and analysing systems in place and going to the root of the problems and rethinking solutions.

Jun. 30 2014 10:38 AM
CR from Manhattan

"we welcome you if you contribute..."

So... is she saying that you have to contribute before you qualify for the card? I don't think that was part of it. You get it no matter what you do. They aren't doing this for people who contribute. As they have said, they are doing it so that illegals can access "services" - meaning things the legal taxpayers provide.

Brian... You really ought to report on softball games in central park. Clearly, your best sport.

Jun. 30 2014 10:22 AM

If this woman talks any more out of both sides of her mouth, she's grow an second one. This is leadership?

Jun. 30 2014 10:21 AM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

It's a lot like "inflating a bubble of consequences", thinking we're avoiding them... It's not actually being kind to either immigrants or the city or country to not be honest with each other about the consequences of multiplying an entrenched problem.

It does really seem to be just an increasing amount of "bending over backward" trying to cover up the major conflict of interest between our social values and our laws. It just leads to greater tragedy down the line most likely, that's how these "bending to bend to bend" things with a "snap" at the end generally go.

Jun. 30 2014 10:21 AM
tom from astoria

FORTY BILLION DOLLARS. That is the total in remittances - money sent by wire to Mexico annually. Are they contributing to the economy or taking from it? Illegal? That is not undocumented, it is illegal. We need those jobs, and all those illegal employees are hired because THEY ARE OFF THE BOOKS, hence NO TAXES PAID!

Jun. 30 2014 10:20 AM
Danielle from Brooklyn

She clearly didn't know anything about the case about union membership before the supreme court. She speaks in vague platitudes about wages and unions, not impressed with her. She could speak more forcefully about the importance of challenging corporations. and he got her on cuomo vs Teachout, not much on issues and principles.

Jun. 30 2014 10:20 AM

Yes, they pay some sales tax but please, they do not pay even close to their costs. Schools costs 20 thousand per kid per key (much more with special services and language support), emergency services and healthcare, food supports, infrastructure, law enforcement costs, incarceration costs on and on. On minimum wage (which I am sure most work for less) they don't even contribute a fraction. The rest of us do. We cannot afford it. Both parties are pandering for votes at our expense, as usual. I look around and see plenty of joblessness, it is not that we cant do the work, we just cant afford to work for slave wages. Add millions of non skilled workers to our own and expect salaries wont fall is so crazy, I cannot even begin to fathom it.

Jun. 30 2014 10:18 AM

we must have new ID cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun. 30 2014 10:17 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

All you liberals who were for ending stop 'n frisk, enjoy what we old recovered former liberals learned the hard way in the '70s and '80s. After a few rapes, murders and muggings maybe you'll see the light too.

Jun. 30 2014 10:17 AM
Rachel from Brooklyn

I'm not in favor of stop and frisk. However, we now have people who are shooting up on the stoops of our brownstones who don't live on the block. I called the police and they said they could not do anything about it. Where is stop and frisk when you need it?

Jun. 30 2014 10:14 AM
John from NJ

Re: libraries, the Queens library puts every book, CD, DVD, etc taken out into a plastic bag branded by the Queens library. The bags cost over $138,000 a year based on recent circulation numbers (over 20 million items borrowed) How about stopping that silly wasteful practice?

Jun. 30 2014 10:10 AM
John from NJ

Re: libraries, the Queens library puts every book, CD, DVD, etc taken out into a plastic bag branded by the Queens library. The bags cost over $138,000 a year based on recent circulation numbers (over 20 million items borrowed) How about stopping that silly wasteful practice?

Jun. 30 2014 10:09 AM
Josh Karan from Washington Heights

The Speaker just expressed concern about education.
The State has reneged on compliance with the Campaign For Fiscal Equity, which a previous Council supported with an amicus brief.
Since a new court case has been filed by the former lead attorney for CFE, seeking the provision of Billions of dollars still owed NYC schools where class sizes are as large as prior to the initial CFE filing ----
and since the Schools Chancellor and Deputy Chancellor have explicitly refused to endorse this new law suit,:

Will the Speaker call on the Mayor to do so?

Jun. 30 2014 10:09 AM
Jerry from NYC

why attract more poverty to the town?, more can collectors, more crowded public schools, more non paying clients at emergency rooms, why encourage illegal immigration? what about taxpayers of the town, the state? this is progressive?

Jun. 30 2014 10:09 AM
Georgina from East Harlem

Please ask her about the progressive budget.

Are the over $80 million in proposed subsidies to Fresh Direct that Bloomberg proposed, a company that has so far evaded the recent Fair Wages aka Living Wage law, still in the budget?

Jun. 30 2014 10:04 AM
CR from Manhattan

Brian - Please ask her if she has a window sign that exempts her from parking rules. Please ask the council member how many "special exemption" window placards the city has issued now and how many on average they issue every year. These allow people like city employees, law enforcement officers, court employees, diplomats/UN employees, some doctors, and others to park in no parking zones and street sweeping zones.

Also, please ask her about the exemption firemen receive. Most curbs in front of fire houses (really only speaking of Manhattan here) are painted yellow to accommodate trucks backing in and racing out of fire houses. Yet, as anyone who lives near a firehouse can tell you, those yellow zones are full 24/7 with cars with an "active fireman" sign in the front window. The city essentially provides free parking for public servants at the expense of residents, the "customers" they purport to serve. Manhattan parking runs between $400-$700 per month. Are these employees issued 10-99s for this real benefit? Why are Manhattan residents expected/encouraged to take public transportation (city bike, congestion restrictions, 24/7 gridlock, etc) but city employees are encouraged to drive and allowed to park for free wherever and whenever it suits them?

Regarding the Muni IDs. If you could ask her what other law breakers she and the city council are in favor of protecting I would be most grateful. Illegal aliens knowingly break our laws when they come to the US; the reason they do so is completely irrelevant. She and every other elected official in the US, as well as every lawyer who puts her/his hand on a book and swears an oath to be an agent of the court, swears to uphold the laws of the US and New York, as well as the constitution. Enabling knowing law breakers is in conflict with these greater vows. As a city council member she has been elected to represent her constituents. Law breakers who are not eligible to vote are NOT her constituents. How does she reconcile this?

Jun. 30 2014 08:28 AM

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