Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Items from Comptroller Lohn Liu


City Comptroller John C. Liu stated the following about the Daily News article reporting that City officials were aware of problems linked to the new Emergency 911 call system prior to Ariel Russo’s death:
“As the Daily News report again demonstrates, the Bloomberg Administration has repeatedly and knowingly put New Yorkers at risk with their botched handling of the emergency call system. Each new revelation makes it even more impossible to believe the Administration’s excuses—and we need a full, honest reckoning immediately. Until that happens, all we can do is pray that lives will not be unnecessarily lost because of this problem-plagued system.”
Statement: Liu on E911 Response Times
Press release: Liu to Mayor: Where’s the E911 Contract?

Press release: Liu Announces Audit of E911 System

 City Comptroller John C. Liu stated the following on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk data: 
“The Daily News analysis of stop-and-frisk data, contradicting Mayor Bloomberg’s claim that whites are stopped too frequently, is the latest sign that his unjust policy is unraveling. More to the point, it is absurd and outrageous that he thinks blacks and Hispanics should be stopped more based on racial profiling of suspects overall. We look forward to Judge Scheindlin’s ruling in the stop-and-frisk suit, and to the day when this civil-rights violation ends once and for all.”
City Comptroller John C. Liu stated the following in response to former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s speech today on charter schools:
“Joel Klein’s contention that those who oppose the co-location of charter schools in district schools ‘lack … courage’ and ‘ignore’ charter school families is disingenuous in the extreme. We oppose co-location because it disrupts school communities and makes district-school students feel like second-class citizens when they see in the charter school new equipment and technology that their own classrooms lack. No New York City child should be disrespected in this manner, and shame on Mr. Klein for establishing the policy that made it so.”

Liu Statement on School Closures and Co-Locations:
 City Comptroller John C. Liu stated the following about the new fees for Central Park tours:

“It’s especially galling to hear that the Central Park Conservancy is charging $15 for tours that were once free, because this wealthy, privately funded group enjoys plum arrangements with the City that other parks groups don’t get. Our public parks need better funding, but more importantly they need equitable funding.”

Two weeks ago, the Comptroller's office rejected a $90 million, 10-year contract the Conservancy is seeking and asked Mayor Bloomberg to restructure the agreement so that it helps level the playing field for parks across the five boroughs:

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