Local Groups Blast de Blasio for Being ‘Pleased’ with Jared Kushner’s Appointment to Senior White House Adviser

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 at 5:09 am by

Mayor de Blasio is quite happy (nay, “pleased”) at the appointment of local landlord Jared Kushner to Senior White House Adviser in father-in-law Trump’s administration. Despite Hizzoner’s opposition to the Donald. Perhaps you saw the story, and quotes, published in Politico the other day.

“About the person of Jared Kushner — I respect him a lot,” de Blasio told reporters Monday at a news conference in Lower Manhattan. “He’s someone I intend to stay in touch with on behalf of the people of New York City. He’s someone who really cares about New York City and is someone that would be very helpful to us. So I’m certainly pleased he’ll be in that role.”

Locals activist groups Cooper Square Committee and Fourth Arts Block issued a joint statement this week skewering de Blasio and his stance. Few on the national level are familiar with the extent of Kushner’s landlord tactics in his forty-plus buildings around the East Village. But these organizations want to make sure everyone is aware…

Mayor de Blasio seems hopeful that his friendly relationship with Jared Kushner may be of some benefit to New York City, but our community has not benefited at all from Kushner’s ownership of close to forty buildings in the East Village.

Kushner has brought nothing but unaffordable, luxury housing to this community and to NYC at large. While we are in the grips of an intense housing crisis, and homeless rates are at an all-time high & virtually every regulated tenant in the city is facing harassment, Kushner has converted scores of affordable rent regulated apartments into luxury housing that rent for $3,000-$5,000 per month. In doing so, Kushner has faced allegations of harassment and lack of essential services repeatedly. Numerous articles have chronicled Kushner’s bad-acting over his four years of ownership here in East Village.

We say to the Mayor that Jared Kushner’s actions are not those of somebody who “cares deeply about New York City.” We say that Kushner’s actions have contributed greatly to the loss of affordable housing. Furthermore, if the Mayor stands by his words and thinks Jared Kushner is “reasonable and moderate,” we suggest the Mayor come meet with Kushner tenants in the East Village to hear what they’ve been through under his ownership.

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