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Kofi’s Crash Pad

It turns out that Kofi Annan and members of his family have for years been occupying a low-rent, tax-payer subsidized apartment intended for low-income New Yorkers on Roosevelt Island in the East River.

Claudia Rosett reports in the New York Sun:

This kind of apartment, part of a state-regulated housing development program called Mitchell-Lama, is subject to strict eligibility requirements, involving family size and financial ceilings on combined family income. There is also a requirement that the leaseholder make continuous use of the apartment as a primary residence.

As UN Secretary-General, Annan has lived in an elaborate apartment on posh Sutton Place – provided to him rent-free by the UN, an organization most heavily funded by American taxpayers. Evidently, he’s “loaned” the Roosevelt Island apartment to his brother Kobina – who currently serves as Ghana’s ambassador to Morocco. How do you get from Rabat to Roosevelt Island? Take the A Train?

Can you imagine the press and congressional reaction had John Bolton had an arrangement such as this?   

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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