Metropolis Corridor declined to touch upon Cabrera taking the helm of the psychological well being workplace and whether or not the mayor agrees with Cabrera’s place on same-sex marriage. The previous Council member didn’t return a number of requests for remark.
His potential appointment has drawn issues.
“That is probably the most outrageously homophobic appointment I’ve ever witnessed in my complete historical past within the motion,” stated Allen Roskoff, a longtime homosexual rights activist and president of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Membership. “To place a vile, homophobic bigot in control of psychological well being, it insults each member of the LGBTQ neighborhood. It will be just like appointing David Duke to move the B’nai B’rith,” he stated of the American neo-Nazi and worldwide Jewish service group.
Younger individuals who establish as a part of the LGBTQ neighborhood are 120 percent more likely to expertise homelessness and search psychological well being providers from town.
Thrive turned a political subject for the de Blasio administration following reviews that the $1 billion program had few metrics to trace outcomes and spending.
Following public pushback, McCray and Herman pivoted Thrive to give attention to individuals with critical psychological sickness and methods the NYPD might join individuals dwelling on the streets to care. Earlier than leaving workplace, de Blasio codified the Workplace of Group Psychological Well being into the Metropolis Constitution in order that it stays a everlasting a part of metropolis authorities.
Gary Belkin, who designed the unique Thrive program and declined to weigh in on Cabrera’s anticipated appointment, stated the psychological well being effort ought to “get again to its authentic intention of moving into communities to do psychological well being the place they dwell.”
“It is a mayor who’s talked eloquently concerning the wants of presidency to step in and go upstream,” he stated. “I hope we’re not sliding downstream just for a psychological well being method.”
Instantly after POLITICO broke the information of the anticipated appointment, LGBTQ teams unilaterally condemned Adams for contemplating Cabrera. Teams like Equality New York despatched round a petition preventing the potential appointment, and overtly homosexual politicians like state Sen. Brad Hoylman and former Council Speaker Christine Quinn spoke out in opposition to Cabrera.
“As an LGBTQIA elected official, I might be outraged if the Mayor of New York Metropolis — the world capital of tolerance and multiculturalism — appointed an avowed homophobe to any place in metropolis authorities,” Hoylman tweeted Thursday night.
Inside hours, Metropolis Corridor confirmed Cabrera wouldn’t take the helm of the psychological well being workplace.
Joe Anuta contributed to this report.