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Mayor de Blasio is expected in the Park today at 1... we hear it's about an outreach program for the homeless...
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Or you can be like Ese ... and bring your own cushion in and find a nice spot to sit...
Updated 12:30 p.m.
A Park worker told an EVG reader: "The mayor's coming to talk about the homeless and they moved all the homeless so he wouldn't see them."
And the Park regulars were absent from the freshly cleaned area around the chess tables by East Seventh Street and Avenue A ...
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...and the Mayor making his way from the Park...
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Updated 5:30 p.m.
The Post reports that Avenue A and Park regular Jerry got the boot from the Park. (The Post refers to Jerry as a "drunk vagrant.")
“Politicians suck!” shouted Jerry Foust, 41, who had grabbed one of the blue folding seats in the East Village park set up for the mayor’s Tuesday afternoon press conference in hopes of hearing how he planned to improve life on the streets.
“I want to see what the mayor had to say about homelessness because I’m homeless and I want to f–king help homeless people,” he said.
But around 1 p.m., two cops approached Foust and booted him from the park, where he regularly hangs out and which is a haven for homeless encampments.
Foust said he was told to leave because he was taking swigs out of a bottle of gin, but was not issued a summons for an open container.
The Mayor was there to announce that the city's Home-Stat program was now fully operational. Per the Mayor's office:
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced over 500 workers are helping homeless people move from the streets of New York City to shelters with an array of services now that the Administration’s new HOME-STAT initiative has been fully staffed. The Mayor also announced that beginning May 2, the City will be adding three new homeless counts, in addition to the annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE Count).
“HOME-STAT represents an unprecedented response to street homelessness in New York City. Today, we are doing even more to count and connect homeless people to care. Every homeless person had a path to the streets. Each one needs to find a path back from the streets. It is our responsibility to help them get there, and we will continue these efforts until we reach each person. The only way to do that is to literally walk the streets.”