Skip to comments.New York gave homeless 'offer they can't refuse,' New Jersey mayor's lawsuit claims
Posted on 12/03/2019 3:41:59 PM PST by karpov
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Newark Mayor Ras Barakas administration has sued New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, accusing the fellow Democrat of dumping his citys population of homeless people on New Jerseys biggest city.
The lawsuit accuses the de Blasio administrations Special One-Time Assistance, or SOTA, program of using strong-arm tactics to send people across the Hudson River to find a place to live.
This case concerns an unlawful program of coerced migration, Newark lawyers say in court documents filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey on Monday.
New York City officials are accused of forcing SOTA recipients to accept the proverbial offer they cant refuse, the documents said, explaining that the phrase from the 1972 American Mafia film The Godfather is really a command, Do what we say or else.
The lawsuit accuses New York of violating federal commerce laws. It cites several former New York shelter residents who were hustled through tours of New Jersey apartments and pressured to quickly commit to one, with the SOTA Program paying landlords a full years rent up front.
She was told by case managers in her shelter that she should look in New Jersey, in the cities of Newark or Paterson, because New York landlords were leery of the SOTA program and because she would find something quicker in New Jersey, Newarks lawyers said in court filings.
The de Blasio administration said Newarks lawsuit would hurt rather than help families seeking to emerge from homelessness.
This is wrong, hypocritical, and amounts to nothing short of income-based discrimination. We will continue to fight to ensure that families have the right to seek stable and safe housing, de Blasios deputy press secretary, Avery Cohen, said in an email.
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Man, that’s a Baraka bummer, dude.
I have been saying it, it is not guns imported to NyC that cause crime, but NYc exporting its thugs and terrorists to free states which require neighbor states to arm themsevles.
Hey, liberals now coming out the closet with this cynical tidbit when it affects them only.
We have a terrorism problem, and it is not Saudi Arabia, it is 911 NYc and assorted liberal universities nurturing them.
It’s the first decision that’s been made by any NY politician in a while that I can live with.
Although I’m hurt by the insinuation that because de blasio’s MOTHER is Italian and Cuomo is, that they would apply the hideously Italaphobic “offer they can’t refuse” label to this coercion.
Nah, I actually think it’s pretty cool :)
Known in the mafia as "takin' a little boat ride".
If rent is paid for a full year , then they aren’t homeless any longer. Isn’t that better than them being on the streets? Or are these places crime infested section 8 places, where nobody really wants to live in the first place?
It’s not just Newark. Didn’t I read an article last week that even small towns across America are being sent trash from NYC?
I dated a gal in one of the worst part of Brooklyn, around Brownsville.
I saw 2 gunfights (BOY do blacks have TERRIBLE shootouts, running while shooting behind them).
I saw lots of gangs.
But 99 percent of the time there was no action so I would assume even the worst neighborhood is better than the cold, mean streets.
Its the first decision thats been made by any NY politician in a while that I can live with.
You like this idea? Good. Cause I just heard that 2,000 homeless are being bussed to Long Island as we speak.
(Or wherever in New York you live)
Long island is GREAT. Send them :)
An yeah, no if they sent them to our neighborhoods where I live they’d be safer in a 3rd world country at war.
Yep, we would physically make them WANT to leave.
And I’d eat my dinner fine and sleep like a baby that same night.
This is a nation wide scam. It’s called “musical crackheads”.
I thought the libs LOVED the homeless, especially the illegal ones. Why don’t they want to keep them?
You funny. You Eye-talians are funny.
I will bet that Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is all for the open border policy. How he feels about New York’s homeless, I feel about Mexico’s...
Dumping them in NC as well.
Stop it. I'm getting misty.
We’re a colorful bunch :)
I can’t help but think I’ll be ####ed on Judgement Day when God reads aloud the response I gave to you.
VERY hard to know the line between compassion and self destruction as a community
Make them walk across the country on unused railroad tracks. Place fold bags along the way.
What is the mayor of Newark complaining about? I thought Newark was a ‘sanctuary city’. He should be welcoming these refugees who are seeking ‘sanctuary’ with open arms. What a hypocrite.
The lawsuit accuses the de Blasio administrations Special One-Time Assistance, or SOTA, program of using strong-arm tactics to send people across the Hudson River to find a place to live... The lawsuit accuses New York of violating federal commerce laws. It cites several former New York shelter residents who were hustled through tours of New Jersey apartments and pressured to quickly commit to one, with the SOTA Program paying landlords a full years rent up front.
A.K.A. de Blasio is guilty. Remove him from office and lock him up. Put him in Epstein's old cell.
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