Gov. Cuomo raised hell in church on Sunday, bedeviling Mayor de Blasio on his home turf over his public housing crisis.
During a morning service at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Cuomo echoed his father’s acclaimed 1984 “Tales of Two Cities” speech to condemn the alarming disrepair and danger at NYCHA’s properties.
The governor referenced his Saturday visit to the heatless, mold-infested Taft Houses as fuel to blast nemesis NYCHA.
“It was disgusting, disgusting,” Cuomo told a packed crowd at Linden Blvd. house of worship. “You have people in public housing still living in lead paint.”
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“You would have thought it was a Charles Dickens novel,” he said. “That’s discrimination in housing.”
He told congregants residents in the Harlem building haven’t had heat since Christmas Eve. Cuomo announced during the Taft Houses tour he would free up $250 million in state funds for the city’s housing woes.
He visited the bug-ridden Jackson Houses last week.
A spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio, whose administration oversees the city agency, fired back at the governor on Monday.
“The mayor’s public housing investments are at record levels, while the Governor’s promises have fallen far short,” the official said. “After three decades of Andrew Cuomo’s political involvement in New York City, we do welcome his new interest in helping our city’s public housing tenants.”
Cuomo also lambasted a national political foe.
Cuomo challenged President Trump to visit his hometown housing to see if his “Make America Great Again” message is working.
“Go visit a unit like I did with vermin and mold and a child who has asthma and you tell me if you made America great again,” Cuomo said.
NYCHA receives funding through Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, the agency led by Ben Carson.
The governor also panned de Blasio’s 10-year plan to shutter Riker’s Island, which he slammed as the worst jail in New York.
He accused de Blasio of putting off the closure as an attempt to make it another mayor’s problem.
“We’re building a new LaGuardia Airport, it takes four years. We’re building a new bridge over the Hudson River, it takes five years. They wanted to build Yankee Stadium, it took them one year,” Cuomo said. “You know what it means when they say it takes them 10 years to build a jail? It’s not a priority.”
Gov. Cuomo speaks at the God’s Battalion Prayer Church in East Flatbush on Sunday morning.
Cuomo examines a damaged bathroom at the Jackson Houses.
Gov. Cuomo referenced his father’s “Tale of Two Cities” speech during his speech at the God’s Battalion Prayer Church.
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