Heights councilman: Bloomberg to blame for city’s homeless crisis

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A Brooklyn Heights councilman slammed Mike Bloomberg on Monday, claiming the former mayor is responsible for the city’s homeless problem — not Mayor DeBlasio, who has unfortunately taken the blame.

During an interview on Brooklyn Paper Radio’s Monday afternoon live podcast, Councilman Steve Levin (D–Brooklyn Heights) claimed the present mayor was getting a bad wrap thanks to the sins of his predecessor.

“They inherited a really challenged system that had been chronically underfunded,” said the chairman of the Council’s General Welfare Committee about what the mayor and his team faced. “The Bloomberg Administration really did a great disservice to the city cutting funding for homelessness services for a long period of time.”

Levin added that homelessness in the city actually started to get out of control late in Bloomberg’s tenure, but the full force of the problem didn’t come to light until DeBlasio took the reigns.

He concluded that the DeBlasio Administration is doing a heck of a job dealing with the problem brought about by the previous administration.

Gersh and Vince were also joined by New York Post reporter Aaron Short to talk about his story on the traffic enforcement officer who gives out more alternate-side parking tickets then anyone else on the force — right in Southern Brooklyn.

And of course, the seasoned editors slug it out with two of The Brooklyn Paper’s tenacious young reporters, Lauren Gill and Alegra Hobbs.

Brooklyn Paper Radio, the Community News Groups first dip into the world of podcasting, is hosted by Brooklyn Paper Editor-in-Chief DiMiceli and esteemed Daily News editor and Brooklyn resident Kuntzman.

Updated 12:01 pm, January 13, 2016
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Patrice says:
I blame DeBlasio - he loves the homelss. Hello - he married one!!
Jan. 12, 2016, 4:12 am
Hortense McWaddle says:
Not only is De Blasio to blame, he's trying to shirk responsibility and blame Bloomberg?!?! Has he no shame? That douche-hole!
Jan. 12, 2016, 8:06 am
Marsha Rimler from brooklyn Heights says:
Is this a joke. Levin has been in office for I think at least 6 years.. His patron Deblasio served I think as councilman and public advocate before becoming mayor.. How many years is that.?
why is Levin unable to take responsibility for anything and on twitter
Jan. 12, 2016, 8:57 am
Becky Pooter from Park Slope says:
I blame the homeless.
Jan. 12, 2016, 10:50 am
tamara from bedstuy says:
Wow! We see who reads this column....His wife was homeless? Really?! It is well known that Bloomberg cut many programs and worked to destabilize housing and increase development/gentrification. He would then bus the homeless out of the city or criminalize them and put them in jail. Why are the elite unable to take responsibility for the result of their greed, selfishness and shamelessness? Where is the apathy?
Jan. 12, 2016, 11:14 am
jjm from c. hill says:
He's right, bloomberg is to blame. Alot of people werent homeless due to the advantage program but as soon as it got cut, the homeless population rose & now people are out here complaining out homelessness & blaming deblasio like its his fault smh. All i gotta say is count your blessings & dont shame the homeless because tommorow you could be homeless as well.
Jan. 12, 2016, 11:21 am
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
Thank you Councilman Levin for finally showing your true colors.
Jan. 12, 2016, 1:14 pm
Eric from B H says:
Marsha One-Note again.
Jan. 12, 2016, 1:33 pm
Jasmine Boerum.Hill says:
Nothing is due Blasio's fault and nothing is Levin's. Everything that's wrong now is Blomberg's fault or Giuliano's. How can the brilliant Chirlane put the pieces back together in just 2 years? She needs 6 more.
Jan. 12, 2016, 1:35 pm
TOM from Sunset Park says:
Let's see the new Mayor comes in with His Agenda(all genuflect) and he ignores transition warnings from predecessor. Got no time for real events like a burgeoning homeless population right in front of me. I'll blame Mike. Got to tax the rich in new and exotic ways, and put the little kiddies in Pre-K with a public cost right away and a dubious public benefit a decade off. Now let me check the airline schedules so I can proclaim my twice-told victories and claim the Progressive Crown. Ignore my deputy for homelessness until she up's and quits. Then take a belated look and fire my commissioner so he'll absorb the blame. "I'm shocked--shocked!" That's BdB management style.
"Get your good-for-nothing NYCID cards right here right now!"
Jan. 12, 2016, 2:21 pm
Elizabeth from Prospect Heights says:
Steve's busy trying to distract his constituency and all of the borough's residents that he just sold them all out by giving his blessing to the sale of the Brooklyn Heights PUBLIC Library to a private real estate developer, thus once again removing a public asset and selling it to become privatized. You can imagine who greased his palm. He'll never be elected again. Not in Brooklyn, at least.
Jan. 12, 2016, 2:29 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
Pay for their bus ticket back to OH.
Jan. 12, 2016, 3:27 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Some need to remember that under Bloomberg, he constantly snubbed the public sector by giving such little funding when at the same time he didn't mind using taxpayer dollars when it came to his pet projects and rich buddies. Also, there were huge gentrification waves under him as well, which is what lead to such homelessness. More importantly, despite how bad he was, many still voted for him again when there was a chance to vote him out of office all because many didn't see his opponents as any better.
Jan. 12, 2016, 4:52 pm
Michael D. D. White from Brooklyn Heights says:
Honest assessment on Levin's part or deflection?

Read this and assess Levin's sincerity:

"An Open Letter Regarding the Brooklyn Heights Library Project"- Obfuscation From Councilman Steve Levin Concerning His Betrayal of The Community By Approving The Sale and Shrinkage of Our Library

Jan. 12, 2016, 6:56 pm
Leskov from No Moreland? says:
Homeless are sometimes given bus tickets to come here, from shelters elsewhere in the country. Not likely the primary cause, nonetheless the problem is national.

As for the growing number of gentrifiers, I can't help but believe the increased use of Internet facilitated their arrival.

And yes, the general rule of thumb is the previous administrations are at fault for the present one's woes.
Jan. 12, 2016, 7:44 pm
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn Heights says:
It all speaks to Levin's integrity. He has none.
I know I was his first supporter in Brooklyn Heights.
Like others before him he avoids, hides , blames others and does not speak the truth. In a few years no one will even remember him
I am disappointed that a bright young man with a winning personality has become a political hack. and on twitter
Jan. 12, 2016, 9:14 pm
Levi from Carroll Gardens says:
I agree that Steve Levin is a particular shock as a hack after all because he is so personally appealing. We know Brad Lander is a born hypocrite, smooth, aggressive, ruthless. We know Lander will sell us out. We didn't see it coming from sweet Steve.
Jan. 13, 2016, 3:38 am
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn Heights says:
Me horny!
Jan. 13, 2016, 1:44 pm
Marsha Rimler from Brooklyn Heights says:
So horny!
Jan. 13, 2016, 1:45 pm
Levin says:
Marsha - are you horny for me?
Jan. 13, 2016, 4 pm
Simpson from Brooklyn Heights says:
I don't care how horny Marsha Rimler is. That doesn't give her the right to behave like a hump-doodle, wagging her tail all over town!
Jan. 14, 2016, 3:46 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I suspect that all the bikers and joggers will be pleased at this editorial, but us taxpaying motorists are at the breaking point. Before the usaul hamasing remarks against me come out from the streetsblogger zealouts hiding under aliases in cahoots with the sordid impersonateurs, remember that I have already made my statement on this a while ago. It's not that I have anything against others that want to disagree with me, it was those who have actually attacked for taking a different side from them. It was more like they were like fanatics and extermists rather than just some simple bandwagoner and yesmen in that they were looking for those who weren't on their side and acted as if they were pointing a gun at me to either agree with me or die. Some of them didn't like it when I used facts to disproove them on their statements. Most of them had responded with either some blanket statement that was already mentioned by either the politicians or developers, while others just got very defensive or tried to dodge the question. They felt as if my questions on their attitude was a humilation and hurting their acts of fanaticisim on projects, bikelanes or otherwise, so they demanded a ban all b/c they couldn't answer it as quickly as I could. Some of them were against bringing up some projects or other issues up for a debate, b/c they were afraid that they would have nothing to rebuttle with other than what they started with. As for the statement on me bieng stupid, I take great issue with personal attacks, which I consider to be a hit way below the belt, and even below the likes of you, Ty. I am tired of the lazy arrogant bikers getting away with so many tax breaks making those drivers some struggling with a lower income pay more. I haven't got enough money to live on my own, so I live in my parents house consequently. Therefore, your reference of using that on me is wrong on all levels. Other Michael, you can't even see that your comments are completely from the prism of somebody who bikes all the live long day. everything looks different from the perspective of a selfish biker who flagarently ignores the rules of the road, and apparently this website as I believe that personal attacks are not permitted yet I still seem to be the primary victim of all this incessant hamasing.

As I mentioned in an earlier thread, attack the issue not the person taking a legitamate perspective. Going back to my points about philosophy, peple that don't seem to like those such as myself who can disproove their statements with actual facts where they are just throwing talking points that I can easily refute. These are people who believe that it's the weapon that makes them stronger when in fact that isn't always true. Eventually, they will come to a point where even their own weapons can't save them. The truth is that it's not the weapons that makes the person stronger, it's the one who uses them. An example of someone who had to learn it the hard way was King Phillip II, who was the king of Spain, when having the Spanish Armada against England's Queen Elizabeth I in 1588. Before then, Spain was said to have the most powerfull navy at the time especially when they have sailed to numerous corners of the globe in conquering lands. Many of thought that trying to fight the armada was asking for a tombstone b/c of how powerfull they were. However, the fleet was not prepared for the English Channel, and their ships were too big for a body of water with such a low depth for them. Although the English fleet had smaller ships, it was easier to get by and with the cannon, they didn't even have to board the enemy fleet but just fire from their own. Some of those who helped fight for England in that battle included explorers such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Franciss Drake managing the fleets. As Elizabeth walked out on the cliffs of Dover, she saw the armada on fire in the humiliating defeat on Spain. It showed that even the greatest had their demise. How it relates to my point is that some just can't seem to take it when someone can find a way to poke holes in their statements by finding facts and other stats that disproove theirs' when they don't even come up with anything to back them except for repititions. Also, the reference of the Spanish Armada is to show that even the greatest can just be human at sometimes in that nobody is invincible and there will always be a clink somewhere in that armor. On a side note, joggers are to bikers as bikers are to motorists, but at least joggers don't kill people when they bash into you like bikers do. Don't blame me b/c I am stating the facts with cold cartesian logic, as befitting a nerdy leftist.
Feb. 19, 2016, 5:09 pm

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