UPDATED 7:29 AM PT — Wednesday, January 16, 2019
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is coming under fire for his plan to seize privately owned-buildings. His comments last week are now making headlines after city officials revealed they are actively looking to seize control of up to 40 structures.
The decision will be made by a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents, and ownership of those buildings would then be handed over to community non-profit organizations.
De Blasio has claimed the plan is designed to protect tenants from landlords who make the property unlivable.
“If we stop the illegal harassment and the pushing out of law abiding tenants, it is a fundamental part of how we change the affordable housing picture in this city,” he stated.
However, De Blasio’s opponent in the 2017 mayoral race, Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis, has blasted the plan as “straight communism.” Malliotakis is the daughter of Cuban immigrants and said her first reaction to this plan was asking the question: “Is this communist Cuba?”