New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has sent dozens of homeless families to North Carolina despite his own ban on city employees traveling to the state, The New York Post reports.
De Blasio, a Democrat, instituted the ban in 2016, after the state passed its controversial “bathroom bill,” which it later partially repealed, though the mayor’s office maintains that the changes aren’t enough.
“He’s ignoring his own travel ban,” said North Carolina state Sen. Danny Britt, a Republican. “I think it’s just a clear example of another social justice warrior that is simply a hypocrite.”
New York City’s Special One-Time Assistance program has granted about $640,000 to North Carolina landlords to house 40 homeless families who had been living in homeless shelters run by the city. The program has come under fire from states and cities across the country, who are frequently not notified of the incoming residents or able to assure that the housing provided is adequate.
“So he has a restriction for New Yorkers to come to North Carolina but he doesn’t have a problem with sending these individuals to our community? This appears to be a bit hypocritical,” Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin, a Democrat, told the Post. Colvin’s district is home to six families who were homeless in New York City and were relocated to North Carolina.
“We are as compassionate as a community as you will ever find anywhere. The problem I had with this initiative is the policy of disrespecting the fact that you should notify the district of what you’re doing with sending these people,” he added.
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