De Blasio Suddenly Lovestruck over Chinatown as High-Rise Jail Plan Looms [OP-ED]

Posted on: March 6th, 2019 at 5:05 am by

Mayor de Blasio town hall, June 2017

The following editorial was written by outspoken Chinatown activist Karlin Chan.

The Bill de Blasio-Margaret Chin sitcom’s latest episode raises interesting questions.

Has Mayor de Blasio developed Chinatown fever? Or just a sudden taste for authentic chop suey?

In his third neighborhood visit in as many weeks, last Thursday night he delivered Lunar New Year greetings at the Chinatown Planning Council’s annual gala. In his short remarks, he shamelessly implied it was his idea to name Lunar New Year a school holiday. He also took the opportunity to mention a crackdown on people running immigration frauds…

While simultaneously misleading Chinatown with his proposed community-based jail plan.

A week earlier, Mr. de Blasio made a much-touted, but as yet ineffective crackdown on placard abuse from the old PS23 building on Bayard and Mulberry Streets, and the weekend before last, he marched in the annual Chinatown Lunar New Year float parade.

Why has a mayor who has snubbed the community during his first term suddenly developed an interest here? Feeble attempt to show the community how much he cares? You can fool a 3-year-old and the senile, but the community is not distracted in the fight to oppose the 125 White Street jail.

It appears the de Blasio-Chin sideshow has something for everyone.

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