SHELTER WATCH: CEC calls for high school on Cooper, not homeless shelter
Oct 31, 2018 | 273 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the former factory site at 78-16 Cooper Avenue on track to become a school, parent leaders have now expressed their support for that use.

Last week, the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 voted unanimously on a resolution to urge the Department of Education and School Construction Authority (SCA) to build a high school at the Glendale site.

The resolution also calls for the DOE to maintain any and all current DOE properties “for the sole use of educating the students” of District 24. That means PS 9 in Maspeth, current home for many special education students, shouldn’t be converted into a shelter either.

The resolution notes that District 24 continues to be one of the most overcrowded in the entire city. Students in this area need more classrooms seats, not fewer.

In the meantime, the de Blasio administration continues to consider homeless shelters in Queens communities that clearly don’t want them.

In addition to Maspeth, Glendale and Ozone Park, now the College Point community has rallied against a potential shelter in their neighborhood.

On Monday, dozens of residents and elected officials expressed their opposition to the shelter, particularly because the community has already handled their share of government buildings, including a police academy, waste transfer station and even the DMV.

State Senator Tony Avella, an outspoken voice against the mayor’s policies, called de Blasio a hypocrite for opening new shelters.

“The mayor’s homeless policy has failed,” he said. “So he’s trying to stick these shelters wherever he can, which is a disgrace.”

When the mayor first got elected, Avella recalled meeting him in Albany. De Blasio told Avella he would “treat everyone fairly” and that “Queen is going to be okay.”

“Well, he hasn’t followed up on his word,” Avella said. “If anything, he’s trying to dump on Queens.”
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