Category: Bloomberg

NYCHA’s criminal negligence: Part 1, the leadership failures

16 June, 2014 (10:07) | Apartments, Bloomberg, criminal negligence, de Blasio, monitoring, NYCHA, public housing, rental, security, stop-and-frisk, wrongful death | No comments

By:David A. Smith  On June 1, 2014, two little children, 7-year-old Mikayla Capers and 6-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto, were viciously and repeatedly stabbed in a NYCHA property elevator; two days earlier, 18-year-old Tanaya Copeland was also stabbed to death only a few blocks away. As the New York Times (June 2, 2014; blue font) reported: […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 3, the community network’s success

19 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, community networks, disaster response, disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   After two days of posting demonstrating the utter failure of NYCHA’s command-and-control ass-and-elbows approach to crisis management, reported by the New York Times (December 10, 2012), there is a bright story about community networks, self-organized and almost spontaneously evolving, as […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 2, the City of New York’s failures

18 December, 2012 (10:00) | Bloomberg, community networks, disaster response, disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Ten days after superstorm Sandy, as we saw in yesterday’s post, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was claiming, as reported in this exhaustive New York Times (December 10, 2012) chronicle, that all of NYCHA’s public housing properties would have power within a few days:   […]

Criminal incompetence: Part 1, NYCHA’s failures

17 December, 2012 (18:15) | Bloomberg, community networks, disaster response, disaster risk mitigation, High-rise, HUD, Incentives, Liability, Mold, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Rental, torts, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Before the Federal government bestows untold billions on New York City for its recovery from Sandy, should it not ask if New York City is deserving of such bounty?    Volunteers deliver food and inquire about specific needs among residents of the Red Hook Houses on November 16, nearly three weeks […]

Inexcusable, as in no excuse

6 August, 2012 (10:34) | Bloomberg, bureaucracy, HUD, New York City, NYCHA, Public housing, Regulation, Renovation, Subsidy |

By:David A. Smith   Many years ago, I became the volunteer treasurer for an organization whose previous treasurer, though both intelligent and responsible, was being roundly criticized for his job performance.  “You’re doing a terrible job as treasurer,” the organization’s president berated him (or so I heard the story).  “What do you mean?” he replied […]