Mayor Bill de Blasio and Steve Banks, commissioner of the Human Resources Administration.
Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
The DHS couldn’t tell me how many people had been involuntarily removed from the subways for their own good months ago, and it still hasn’t given me a straight answer.Even worse, Banks refuses to use existing statutes like Kendra’s Law that would help the homeless with mental illness get the treatment they desperately need. Banks and his staff insist that someone must “present a danger to themselves or others” before they take action. They sit back and wait for a tragedy to happen, like the tragedy that prompted Kendra’s Law in the first place.