NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Unveiling the first policy proposals of his comeback campaign, New York City comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer called Wednesday for sweeping reforms to the public housing system and delivered a sharp rebuke of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s suggestion of fingerprinting tenants.
Spitzer, the former governor who resigned in 2008 after admitting to paying for sex with prostitutes, urged more spending on housing repairs and criticized the city’s plan to lease public housing land to private developers.
“If there’s property that’s underutilized, use it, but use it for the folks who live here right now,” Spitzer said during a tour of the Frederick Douglass Houses in Harlem. “Selling off parkland in the middle of housing to the highest bidder, that’s wrong.”
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