In a November 2nd letter to de Blasio, Assembly members Cathy Nolan and Brian Barnwell said the many homeless hotels operating in their districts, including the Holiday Inn Express, have not been run well.
“They are not addressing community concerns,” they wrote. “We are compassionate, but the negative impacts for both homeless and community have been real.”
The state lawmakers expressed their staunch opposition to converting PS 9 in Maspeth into a shelter because “a school building is not an appropriate location to place homeless individuals.”
They also made the case that District 24 is already one of the most overcrowded districts in the city. CEC 24 made this point last week.
“We need more schools, not fewer,” they wrote. “We support new school seats.”
Finally, they said, small residential neighborhoods like Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village in CB5, Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City in CB2, and Astoria and Dutch Kills in CB1 are, in many ways, underserved.
“They have no ability to absorb homeless populations,” they said. “We urge you not to pit Queens neighborhoods against each other.”
As they await de Blasio’s response, the mayor has made it clear a shelter will be opened in the area, regardless of opposition.