Nicole Malliotakis: De Blasio doesn’t care about homeless crisis

Nicole Malliotakis: De Blasio doesn’t care about homeless crisis

January 23, 2019

A GOP assemblywoman who lost to Mayor de Blasio in the 2017 election ripped Hizzoner Tuesday — charging that he cares more about problems on the Mexican border than he does about the homeless and people living in Gotham’s decrepit public housing.

“Mayor de Blasio tweets a lot about the humanitarian crisis at the border, but you rarely hear him speak about the humanitarian crisis in our city,” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis declared in a statement.

“Despite the fact that NYC has an $89 billion budget that grew by $4 billion this year alone, the homeless population is at a staggering 78,676 and the inhumane conditions of city housing are hardly a viable alternative,” she continued.

She said the week’s frigid temperatures made matters far worse, especially for public housing tenants without heat.

“It is disgraceful that while the city is experiencing these frigid temperatures, thousands of NYCHA residents are forced to suffer living in apartments with no heat and often resort to dangerous makeshift methods to warm their homes, such as leaving stoves and hot plates on for hours on end. If the Mayor truly cares about tenants’ rights and wants to take on slumlords he should start with himself,” added the assemblywoman, who reps parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

DeBlasio last tweeted about what President Trump calls the crisis at the southern border on Sunday.

“It’s been 30 days since @realDonaldTrump shut down our government over an imaginary crisis at our border — and time is running out to stop a real humanitarian crisis in our city and country,” he said.

Malliotakis earlier this week sparked speculation that she might be running for Congress by posting a photo of herself posing with the GOP leader of the House.

Malliotakis stood with Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California in front of a painting of President Reagan in the photograph on her Twitter account, noting that she had spoken to Trump.

“Thank you @GOPLeader McCarthy for meeting with me and facilitating a phone call with the President @realDonaldTrump,” she wrote last Friday.

The posting could be a hint of her future plans to challenge Democrat Max Rose, a decorated Afghan war vet who upset Republican incumbent Dan Donovan in the 11th Congressional District on Staten Island last November.

Malliotakis lost handily to de Blasio citywide but won Staten Island with 70 percent of the votes compared to the mayor’s 25 percent.

Her office said she would decide whether to run down the road.

“Assemblywoman Malliotakis will make a decision at an appropriate time,” a spokesman said.

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