In a pair of press conferences Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his aggressive affordable housing plan, aiming to create and preserve 200,000 units of housing over 10 years. In a morning Brooklyn appearance and an afternoon Bronx press conference the mayor discussed his plan at length.
Update #2 – Rangel:
Congressman Charles Rangel, whose district includes the Bronx press conference location, spoke briefly at the Bronx press conference. While supportive of the mayor, Rangel has called for abandoning the practice of combining luxury and affordable housing and declared “we have no crisis in luxury housing.”
Update – Highlight Reel:
Our highlight reel distills the two full press conferences, with selected excerpts from the initial statements and Q&A portion of both press conferences.
(Full Q&A from both press conferences after the jump)
In Fort Greene Mayor de Blasio answered both on topic and off topic questions, although the bulk of this Q&A was devoted to on topic questions. The few off topic questions concerned the rash of recent shootings by NYPD officers while under the influence of alcohol and whether the mayor plans to settle a pending lawsuit by school safety officers alleging gender discrimination.
The mayor also held a press conference in Mount Eden, visiting a building previously owned by a landlord who de Blasio had placed on his “Worst Landlords Watch List” as Public Advocate. The current landlord has made significant improvements to the property.