Brad Lander for metropolis comptroller? Sure! Let’s have daffy Dianne Morales for mayor, too! Or possibly capitalism-killer Hugo Chavez, besides that the previous Venezuelan Marxist is inconveniently deceased.
Like Morales, far-left Lander desires to defund the NYPD. Yup, he’d yank $1 billion out of the police price range whilst rising numbers of poor-neighborhood residents run for his or her lives from bullets, stray or in any other case. Surely, he’ll persist with that place after the crime surge dribbles into the prosperous brownstone nabes he represents, together with components of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Park Slope.
Yet the term-limited City Council member is, incomprehensibly, endorsed by The New York Times. Although the “All the Woke That’s Fit to Print” organ claims not to be on board with Lander’s pitch to intestine the cops, the paper asserts that he “stands above” different candidates for comptroller.
As Vito Corleone woefully requested fellow dons over the unhappy state of mob affairs, “How did things ever get so far? I don’t know.”
Although it’s technically true that the comptroller doesn’t set the NYPD’s price range, a person so in thrall to a criminal-coddling agenda should not be allowed close to a tot’s piggy financial institution, a lot much less town treasury.
His defund lunacy is merely rely No. 1 within the indictment of Lander’s elitist, out-of-touch and downright hypocritical platform.
Like most within the woke pantheon, he cringes on the concept of private-enterprise revenue. Which is why he’s backed by a jolly squad of progressives in a ubiquitous TV industrial: crazy firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would-be Wall Street-killer Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Public Advocate and Maya Wiley-for-mayor endorser Jumaane Williams and wannabe US Supreme Court-packer Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
AOC chirps that Lander works “for and with the people.” All vilify financial exploitation, capitalism-driven environmental smash, revenue “inequity” and systemic racism. None cares a lot for New York City’s jobs-holding, law-abiding, tax-paying center class.
The comptroller’s most essential job is to steer town’s $248 billion pension funds, “so we can guarantee retirement security for our city’s teachers, firefighters, nurses, and payroll administrators,” Lander’s website says.
In a rational world, that may imply getting the best doable return on funding with the least danger. But Lander’s funding selections would additionally consider a purchasing cart of priorities involving local weather, sustainability and social justice. Teachers, firefighters and the opposite municipal staff shouldn’t surrender their $5 Million Mega-Multiplier Lotto playing cards simply but.
Meanwhile, Lander’s council voting report in essential land-use issues is 100 p.c meshugaas. He voted in opposition to rezoning a small portion of a comparatively tiny sliver of Flushing, Queens, which might permit building alongside a vacant waterfront website that’s reduce off from the neighborhood’s coronary heart by an iron fence. Fortunately, even the council’s development-averse land-use committee blessed the proposal by 14-1 and the total council by 39-5.
Yet Lander helps a proposed Herculean rezoning of Gowanus, Brooklyn, that may carry the low-rise neighborhood a Robert Moses-scale palisade of towers as much as 30 tales tall. For the sake of making a relative handful of “affordable” flats, it could be “the first mandatory inclusionary housing re-zoning proposed for a whiter, wealthier neighborhood,” he proudly says on his Web website.
And but, whereas Lander preens as a caped crusader for justice, he’s a confirmed hypocrite. In one traditional liberal do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do howler, he railed in opposition to harmful drivers on metropolis streets, pushing a “Reckless Driver Accountability Act” by the council. Yet cameras caught Lander himself rushing at greater than 10 miles per hour above the restrict eight instances since June of 2016, a few of them in class zones.
He additionally laughs off parking guidelines, having amassed a mind-boggling 118 automobile and trafficking violations since 2013.
Lander vowed to wash up his act. But did he ever hear of subways and buses? They’d put him involved with AOC’s “people” — however the true public, not the Park Slope organic-dinner-party set that cheers him on.