While much of the focus of late has been Amazon’s decision not to open a new headquarters in New York, costing thousands of jobs and a lot of money in income tax revenue to the state, there’s another story about money that’s been flying somewhat under the radar — and it has to do with the wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars:
Bill De Blasio's wife can't account for $850m of taxpayer money that he gave her for a mental health project https://t.co/51dxqBaLol
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 1, 2019
Thrive NYC, the city’s $850 million mental health initiative, has operated without much scrutiny or accountability. Outside organizations, including Politico NY, struggled to determine its efficacy, measure its outcomes & track spending. https://t.co/IXzVbMgdo2
— POLITICO New York (@politicony) February 27, 2019
From the Daily Mail:
Bill DeBlasio’s wife Chirlane McCray cannot explain where $850million given to the mental health program she champions has gone, according to reports.
In the three years it has been running, organizers at ThriveNYC have largely failed to keep records of the initiative’s achievements – and data that has been collected shows it lagging well behind targets.
Not $850 thousand $850 million?!
That’s a staggering amount of money.
— John Matheny (@johnmatheny20) March 1, 2019
How do you "misplace" $850 Million?
— Mickey White (@BiasedGirl) March 1, 2019
No kidding! But that’ll obviously be the end of the program and an investigation will ensue, right? Well, maybe not:
Despite that, the program has been granted an even bigger budget going forward and is now on track to spend $1billion over five years.
After failing to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars they got even more taxpayer dollars and didn’t meet projections. Yikes. https://t.co/TOQAVdsDwh
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 1, 2019
You can’t make this stuff up!
Imagine that a full fledged Communist can't account for Govt monies. https://t.co/co6haVPPfq
— Roose 🐻🍻 (@MRoose97) March 1, 2019
🧹 under the rug and ignored by most media in 3,2,1 gone.
— ❄️Jim Acosta’s Wall 🇺🇸 (@ukn96) March 1, 2019
But sure, let’s put lefty pols in charge of even more stuff:
And these people want to manage universal healthcare.
— Simon Phoenix (@Ph0enixSimon) March 1, 2019
Any wonder why?