Mayor Bill de Blasio has never really hidden his feelings about private property. Back in 2017 de Blasio gave an interview to New York magazine in which he said, “Our legal system is structured to favor private property.” He then added, “If I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed.” I guess he was serious about that because last Thursday the mayor created an Office to Protect Tenants which would he hopes will ultimately be able to seize private property and hand it over to community nonprofits. From the NY Daily News:A View from the Beach found this video of De Blasio and his followers in Times Square:
De Blasio created the office mid-speech, pulling out an executive order from beneath his lectern with flourish.The executive order de Blasio signed creates the new city office but Reason reports that in order to seize the private property, de Blasio will need a new local law passed.
“When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground to stop it in time,” he said. “If the fines and the penalties don’t cut it, we will seize their buildings and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”
How quickly can Bill turn New York into Caracas?