The one thing you got to love about Mayor Bloomberg is that the man is quotable. Like this latest gem from last week, “you can arrive in your private jet at Kennedy Airport, take a private limousine and go straight to the shelter system, and walk in the door and we’ve got to give you shelter.” What he is referring to is the fact that New York City is legally obligated to give shelter to anyone who asks for it. The shelter given is not exactly the best, but at least its something.
Now, operating the shelter system is expensive and the city would like to cut costs where ever it can. Remember the scheme, the city tried when it wanted to ban people from the shelters who had relatives they could stay with. The Times published this article about how people from outside of the city are utilizing the shelter system. Also, it makes a jab at how “easy” it is to apply for public assistance in the city. I find these two arguments to be bogus. They are meant to rile people up.
At the end of the day, the city has the responsibility to shelter those who need it. Period.