De Blasio to Redistribute $$$ from Central Park to Poorer Parks

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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No, this is not a joke. This is De Blasio Time. We’ve got Knock Out Games for the kids and park redistribution schemes.

The bill loots successful parks like Central Park and Prospect Park that are partly privately funded.  Central Park, like a number of the other parks being targeted, are already conservancies, which means there are people actually interested in them.

This extends the whole charter school war into the realm of the park.

This bill is the work of the incredibly repulsive Daniel Squadron, a Schumer crony who pushed out a competent State Senator entirely because of his political connections.

Now Squadron is obviously thinking bigger. And he’s got De Blasio’s backing.

The bill would lop 20 percent from parks conservancy budgets and redistribute that money to poorer parks.

“I just can’t even stomach the thought of losing 20 percent of our budget,” Tupper Thomas, the founder and since-retired head of the Prospect Park Alliance, told an audience of park advocates during a Thursday-afternoon forum at the George Soros-backed Talking Transition tent in SoHo.

The bill, which was sponsored by State Senator Dan Squadron, a Democrat from Brooklyn, would require all park conservancies with annual operating budgets of $5 million or more to put 20 percent of those budgets into a “neighborhood parks alliance fund,” whose board would then redistribute the money to parks it identified as needier.

The legislation dovetails nicely with de Blasio’s “tale of two cities” campaign theme; one of those cities has nice parks, the other does not. They are not funded equally.

They’re not funded equally, because some local politicians care about funding parks. And others don’t. Squadron’s bill cynically bypasses that issue for another redistribution scheme.

According to an analysis by New Yorkers for Parks, the de Blasio-backed Squadron bill would impact five conservancies—Central Park’s, the High Line’s, Prospect Park’s, Randall’s Island’s, and Asphalt Green’s.

“Why did you target existing, successful conservancies as the focal point for this issue?” Leicht asked Squadron.

Squadron tried to reframe the question. “Why did we really open our arms and try to bring them into the fold of the larger parks network to deal with this issue?” he asked.

“Well, opening the arms is different than tithing them, right?” said Leicht, pointing out that, “every single person I’ve talked to that’s associated with an existing public-private partnership has said [the bill] will undoubtedly chill their donations and create significant problems for them in their future fundraising and in some cases really threaten their sustainability.”

“One of the great things about my proposal is I’ve had some of the same conversations you have,” he said. “People think that it’s absolutely insane, the 20 percent. And I’ve had other people tell me that I’m a rampant privatizer because it’s not 50 percent or 75 percent.”

That’s a bug, not a feature. The real goal is to drain conservancies and then wipe them out. They were a product of a time when New York City civics worked. Now that has to bulldozed in De Blasio time.

Squadron’s line is a wonderful piece of ObamaSpeak. “Why there are some out there who think I’m a crazy capitalist because I haven’t seized all your money.”

“If we said to the Brooklyn Museum, you know you’ve done a great job fund-raising, but you know, we’re gonna take 10 or 20 percent of your money and reallocate it to the Queens Museum, because they haven’t done quite as good of a job of fund-raising, or Jennifer Raab has done an extraordinary job raising money for Hunter College, and you know what, let’s take some of that $40 million she brought in this year and reallocate to the Bronx Community College because they need the money more,” said Benepe. “That’s not the way democracy works.”

De Blasio won. So I guess that’s the way democracy now works. From each according to their yadda yadda.

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  • DogmaelJones1

    I’m so glad I haven’t had to watch New York City decline under Bloomberg and now de Blasio.

  • Habbgun

    Doesn’t bother me any. Central Park, Prospect Park, Hunter College are the bastions of the rich white leftists who put this guy into power. We should grab all of it and distribute throughout the five boroughs and if these rich people try to leave we should confiscate their assets and put them in rent controlled public housing. They should also have only municipally controlled cable television which means they will hear how evil they are 24/7.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Actually you can see some major red spikes in the Central Park area, meaning Lhota votes

      http://www.nytimes.com/projects/elections/2013/general/nyc-mayor/map.html

      the upper east side is more red than blue

      • Habbgun

        Saw that but the upper west side went blue and there is plenty there to redistribute. I want a smartphone…semi-luxury condo and maybe a gelato machine. I think De Blasio can grab that much while in a deep sleep.

    • alericKong

      Then the guy making $20,000 to $80,000 would be “rich”. Uber-rich leftists will murder him, take all he’s got, and then let the unwashed criminal mob go through his pockets and pick his bones clean.

      For an example see Venezuela.

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    NYC is doomed. Finally, it is doomed.

    When this slug is done, NYC will look worse than the worst third world hellhole on Earth.

    • nobody

      Look, in a way they deserve what they voted for.

  • patrick

    Now they can get what they voted for. By the time De Blasio is done with New York It will look like Detroit.

    • UCSPanther

      If New York does fall to Detroit’s level, beware the subways. If anyone thought they were bad in the 70s and 80s, they ain’t seen nothing yet…

      • doramin

        “…And that’s when the C.H.U.D.’s came at me…”

        –Homer Simpson.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    I hope those highfalutin New Yorkers like it, because this is just the beginning.

  • Infidel4Ever

    De Blasio is pretty much an out the closet communist. New Yawkers are about to reap the whirlwind.

  • shawnmer

    I know there’s a significant minority of good New Yorkers. I wish there weren’t, though, I’m really looking forward to seeing the toilet that place will become, all over again, in 5 to 10 years.

    Why can’t the left inflict their pain only on themselves?

    • nobody

      Sadly I have such thoughts on occasion. I am so angered. But I fear for the safety of those who are on the right side of things, and are left defenseless against this onslaught of decrepit outcomes. They are truly victims, innocent victims.

  • RJ Chesnut Jr.

    I predict, that local “Poorer Parks” will have these newly “Redistributed” funds be siphoned off into career politicians pockets through political appointments and corrupt public employee’s union bosses. It’s the New York Way.

  • JEANNIEMAC2

    de Blasio’s reign will be worse than Dinkins. de Blasio got elected with the help of the radical left. His “redistribution” is straight from the communist playbook. Take from the hardworking people and give to the lazy ones who will vote for the giver of free stuff.

  • JaneSmith100

    Wow. NY’ers are getting the government they wanted. I have popcorn to see how long this lasts.