Advice for the New Mayor
Savas, E. S.
Heinemann, H. Erich
Wriston, Walter B.
Harley Brooke-Hitching President, Equities, Ltd., an inner-city development firm
Review city funding of hundreds of not-for-profits, many of which exist just to fund themselves and deliver votes, without any measurement of performance.
Recognize that we small business people who provide rental housing are the backbone of housing-and of the stability of low-income neighborhoods-in New York City. Repudiate the view, expressed by the previous commissioner on human rights, that a landlord is "likely to get his money through lying, promises, intimidation, harassment, etc." That's bigotry under the flag of human rights.
Improve the policing of housing in impoverished neighborhoods, which is besieged by drugs and crime. The city has a Housing Police force, but it is only for government-owned housing. Housing police should be available to the small property owners who pay taxes, incur a great deal of property damage, and lose good tenants due to drug dealers.