The mayor of New York, Democrat Bill de Blasio, ordered the police department to clear out two subway stations of homeless people, to ensure that the venues “looked nice” for a press event about the city’s subway system.
During the event, de Blasio rode the subway for four stops, speaking on camera to reporters; he made the police remove homeless people from the first and last stops so they wouldn’t be captured on camera when he embarked and disembarked the train.
Reactions to the move were mixed, with some commuters pleasantly surprised at the lack of beggars at their usual stations, while others showed disgust at the superficiality of the photo-op.
“I wish he had the same attention to detail when he wasn’t on the subway. Too bad he doesn’t care about quality of life for all passengers and not just himself,” said an NYPD source.
The Daily Caller reports:
The mayor’s office gave New York’s finest until 11 a.m. Sunday to “make sure nobody’s hanging out” and to ensure the stations “looked nice,” according to another law enforcement source.
De Blasio rode the subway with a gaggle of reporters, telling them that the subway system’s decrepit state was [Governor] Cuomo’s fault.
“The governor should step up, say once again he’s responsible — because he seems to change that message every week or two, whether he’s responsible or not,” De Blasio said, according to The New York Times. “He’s responsible. It’s clear. Just take ownership and fix the problem.”
“The mayor’s comments today were completely disingenuous,” commented Republican Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Joseph Lhota, “What we need is leadership, not photo ops.”