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Join us for a rally on the steps of City Hall on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 pm. We are protesting Mayor Bill de Blasio's announced proposal to sell 1/3 of NYCHA (62,000 apartments) to private real estate interests in order to "save" NYCHA. We reject Mayor de Blasio's proposal on several counts.
1. The money exists to save NYCHA. We just have to change our priorities. Mayor de Blasio's plan will raise $15 billion. We can raise $13 billion if we abandon the $3 billion in subsidies being corruptly awarded to Amazon, and we can reuse the $10 billion that it will cost to build new jails to replace the Riker's Island jail complex. To be clear, we oppose the construction of any new jails to replace Rikers.
2. Alternatively, we are proposing a 1% income tax on all corporations operating an office or headquarters in New York that has 5,000 or more employees located anywhere in the world.
The sale of public housing violates the public opinion that informed the creation of NYCHA in 1934. Before NYCHA’s formation, delegates representing 750,000 workers adopted a resolution to treat housing construction and maintenance as a social good, not unlike public transportation and public education.
After the City Hall rally, we will march to the U.S. Attorney's Office at 2 pm, which is a few short blocks away, where we will demand that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman block any sale of public housing. The proposed sale of 1/3 of NYCHA is all the more objectionable, because Mayor de Blasio has conducted in secret the sale of several NYCHA buildings without any public input, in violation of Section 197-c of the City Charter, which states that any disposition of City real property must be made through the ULURP process. Even worse, the sale of NYCHA's buildings has been transacted with lobbyists with close ties to the de Blasio administration, and public housing buildings are now being owned by real estate developers with close ties to the de Blasio administration. We demand public input-to block any sale of public housing.