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Scott Stringer after the first comptroller debate
Scott Stringer, current Manhattan Borough President and now Comptroller-Elect, talks about his plans for the office and the challenges that lie ahead for New York City.
Stringer's assessment of NYCHA as stepping-stone housing in today's economic climate, and the residents as those who made currently gentrifying neighborhoods "desirable" sounds quite pie-in-the-sky. While I'm sure there is a certain number of people in this situation, it seems the bulk of people who live in NYCHA housing move in and stay put. Also, having lived in currently desirable neighborhoods - before they were desirable - the poorest members of the community generally do not contribute to bettering the community due to a lack of education, general know-how, finances, and time. It's one thing to stress the need for NYCHA to continue to receive funding and to expand to provide needed housing, and more importantly, to focus on education - but to spin NYCHA in the way Stringer just did sounds ridiculous when you've lived next door to large housing projects where violence is a regular part of life, and people are focusing on the most basic needs in their lives.
He also stood toe to toe vs. the republican nominee as well. I watched maybe the only debate between them, and he was so abrasive..
What aboaut the 91st Street MTS right behind NYCHA housing?
"So which side are you on?" Good question, Brian. Starting with the Midtown East rezoning questions, it seems that Mr. Stringer is for/against/not sure on every issue. Can someone please tell him that the election is over and he won, so it is OK to take a position that may upset some people?
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