Shelter protest planned for November 2
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Weeks after a public hearing on the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Avenue, residents opposed to the facility are planning a protest at the site.

Leaders of the Glendale Middle Village Coalition say they are putting together a big protest scheduled for Saturday, November 2, at 10 a.m. in front of the former factory in Glendale.

In April, nearly 100 residents with the same coalition boarded charter buses and headed to Jericho, Long Island, where property owner Michael Wilner lives. They held the demonstration on a quiet Saturday, which rankled neighbors, although Wilner was not home.

At that time, the coalition members demanded that Wilner allow the city to convert the site to a District 75 school for students with disabilities. Instead, Wilner has agreed with the city to use the facility as a planned homeless shelter for 200 men.

Glendale civic leader Kathy Masi, meanwhile, said an Article 78 proceeding intended to halt the shelter’s opening will be filed this week.

The date of their legal proceeding will be clearer when a judge picks up the case, Masi said.

The civic leader has also argued that the site at 78-16 Cooper Avenue is still not in compliance with the city’s multiple dwelling laws.

“The city allows them to open even if they’re in violation of city codes,” she said. “We pointed out to them multiple areas of violation.”

Opponents of the shelter pledge to continue to fight the city to stop the facility from opening.

“We’re doing what we can,” Masi said. “We’re relying on our elected officials, who promised us this wouldn’t happen.”
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