It’s always amusing on some level to imagine what Nanny Bloomberg may say next. Too bad sometimes what he says can actually have impact on people.
Via NY Post:
Bill Gates would probably prefer the Waldorf.
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday put his foot in his mouth by suggesting homeless shelters are bursting at the seams because anyone can get a bed — even the filthy rich.
“You can arrive in your private jet at Kennedy Airport, take a private limousine and go straight to the shelter system, walk in the door, and we’ve got to give you shelter,” the billionaire mayor fumed on his weekly WOR radio show.
“That’s what the law is. I didn’t write the law.”
He was referring to a decree signed by Mayor Ed Koch 30 years ago that gives free shelter to anyone who says they need it.
Bloomberg’s comments came the week that an advocacy group for the homeless released a report saying the city’s homeless population surged in the past year.
“It’s pretty ludicrous to claim that there are people flying in private jets and taking private limos to the shelter system,” said Patrick Markee of the Coalition for the Homeless.
“He didn’t seem to want to take responsibility for the fact that there are more than 50,000 people sleeping in city shelters, including 21,000 children.”
City Comptroller John Liu piled on.
“Only an out-of-touch mayor who travels by private jet and limo would make such a tone-deaf wisecrack about a homeless crisis that has only worsened under his careless watch,” said Liu, a likely mayoral candidate.