Manhattan Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou has made daring claims of delivering pandemic support and “saving lives,” however the numbers don’t all the time add up.
The progressive Democrat who represents the Decrease East Facet, Chinatown and the Monetary District and desires to run for state Senate, has tweeted a formidable — and typically exhausting to fathom — checklist of accomplishments.
In January 2022, she claimed in a tweet that she and her staff had given out “over 1,000,000 masks and over 1,000,000 meals” throughout COVID.
A couple of days later she tweeted that “my workers has personally saved lives of individuals in our district and past … and handed out thousands and thousands of meals and PPE.”
The masks quantity fluctuated from greater than a half 1,000,000 she claimed in an Aug. 28, 2020 tweet, to greater than 1 / 4 million on a podcast in October 2020.
In the course of the pandemic lockdown, she tweeted about distributing scorching meals from the 46 Mott bakery in Chinatown — and people claims rapidly mushroomed from 120 meals a day on April 25, 2020, to 450 a day on Might 9, 2020. However the bakery’s personal rely was reported to be 150 a day in early Might 2020.
One Chinatown property proprietor stated Niou’s infinite social media posts felt “performative” and pointless.
Niou plans to run for state senate within the June main,William Farrington
“I imagine that displaying your self on social media hand delivering meals, that’s nice for one or two photographs,” stated Jan Lee. “However through the pandemic or throughout an emergency, we truly anticipate you to be doing the work that you just’re elected to do, which is to legislate or discover the faults with the system that creates meals insecurity.”
Niou, who holds the seat as soon as occupied by the late Meeting Speaker Shelly Silver, determined to not search re-election so as to problem incumbent Sen. Brian Kavanagh in June’s Democratic main.
Whereas looking for re-election to the Meeting in 2020 because the pandemic raged, Niou stated in a tweet and interview that she wouldn’t be doing any fundraising or campaigning.
However Niou participated in no less than 10 digital fundraisers in Might and June 2020, together with a Zoom film night time and an occasion promising “cocktails, loopy hats and dialog.”
One Chinatown property proprietor known as Niou’s social media posts “performative.”Hans Pennink
Niou took warmth in January for a tweet that described uniformed and largely maskless NYPD officers taking the subway after the funeral of slain cop Jason Rivera as placing on a “horrifying present of intimidation” and creating “a large well being danger.” She additionally appreciated a tweet describing the officers’ attendance on the funeral as “their fascism rally on the streets above.”
The assemblywoman’s “intensive work supporting Decrease Manhattan households and seniors with each meals and PPE’s [sic] all through the pandemic is well-documented and recorded,” stated Niou’s marketing campaign spokesman Max Burns. “Any suggestion in any other case is fake, and exhibits the desperation of the absent institution. They failed, the place she delivered.”
He didn’t present any documentation of that work.