No Virginia, all homeless are not cute little kids or Veterans, many are crazy ass, drug addicted dangerous assholes like Ronald Wingate and Jerry Pagan, which is the more accurate true picture of the homeless. Lazy chronic unemployed, drug addicts, alcoholics, mentally ill and just plain fucking dangerous.

AND this is why people don’t want fucking homeless shelters in their communities or on their blocks. So fuck you elected officials, you can all start by putting one on each of your blocks and asshole dumBlasio can turn his Park Slope apartment, that he rents out for $5000 a month, into a homeless shelter.

Another example of this city fucking over the hard working middle class who pay for you damn salary, not the Ronald Wingates and Jerry Pagans of this world.

YES, more of my hate and anger coming out courtesy of NYC.

Poster boy for the homeless.

Poster boy for the homeless.

MTA Moving Homeless Shelter

MTA Moving Homeless Shelter

The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Homeless encampment

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

Subway homeless2.2.15.jpg2subway homeless3Subway homelesshomeless Jamaica station

One of our fine upstanding tax payers

One of our fine upstanding tax payers

Homeless woman living in the Jamaica subway station bathroom. Enough of this bullshit.

Homeless woman living in the Jamaica subway station bathroom. Enough of this bullshit.

Homeless women in bathroom

Ruben "Willie the Hobo" Wills hanging with his buddies.

Ruben “Willie the Hobo” Wills hanging with his buddies.


From The Daily News:

Homeless man pushes straphanger onto Manhattan subway track for standing too close to him


Ronald Wingate attacked Bertin Ramirez, 43, of Queens, at the 14th St. A train platform at about 3:10 a.m. Sunday, cop sources said.

(Alex_Schmidt/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A 50-year-old homeless man pushed a straphanger onto the tracks of a Manhattan subway train and broke a vertebrae in his neck because the victim stood to close to him, police sources said Monday.

Ronald Wingate attacked Bertin Ramirez, 43, of Queens, at the 14th St. A train platform at about 3:10 a.m. Sunday, cop sources said.

Wingate told Ramirez he was standing too close, then shoved him onto the track bed, police sources said.

When police arrived, they saw Wingate standing over the victim, shouting, “This is what you get for (expletive) with me!” according to a criminal complaint.

Cops arrested Wingate, charging him with felony assault and reckless endangerment.

Wingate is the latest suspect in a spate of pushing assualts in the city’s subway system, that includes the Nov. 7 murder of Connie Watton, 49, who was pushed in front of the No. 1 train at Times Square by a woman with a history of mental illness.

From The Daily News:

Bronx slay suspect planned decapitating already mutilated lover when victim’s friend interrupted

A homeless man who stabbed and bludgeoned his lover, then hacked off the victim’s penis, also intended to decapitate him — but was interrupted when the victim’s concerned friend knocked on the door, a police source said.

Jerry Pagan, 32, was interrupted by Rafael Acala, who was checking on his friend Richard Reed, 68, inside Reed’s Sheridan Ave., Bronx apartment, police said.

homeless-man-bronxJerry Pagan, 32, smiles after he was escorted by New York Police Department detectives from the 44th Precinct to a squad car on Sunday.

(James Keivom/New York Daily News)

“Richard is gone,” Pagan told Acala, according to the source.

homeless-man-bronx-jpg2Medical Examiner Transport Team at 1348 Sheridan Ave. removes the body of a 68-year-old man. The victim’s genitals were cut off by the killer, and his body dumped in the bathtub.

(Marc A. Hermann/for New York Daily News)

Pagan then admitted that Reed was in the bathroom, where he was found dead. His penis had been placed in a plastic bag and left in the sink, the source said.


No wonder no one trust the media anymore. Between sensational news, poor reporting, incorrect facts and then the whole fake news bullshit, we are in dark times, but not just because a con man is going to be President, but for at least a decade journalism has gone downhill big time.

And this Daily News article is an example. It starts with “The city’s growing hate epidemic spread ….”. Yes, in November so-called hate crimes increased by double from 20 last year to 43 cases this year, BUT AN EPIDEMIC. Give me a break. First off, this so-called Democratic liberal progressive city has always had it’s share of racism and hate from the beginning of time, this is nothing new, but to say it is an epidemic, this is just like the rag Queens Times Ledger talking about a hunger epidemic in Queens (I mean really,  have you every seen any malnourished, skin and bones people in Queens, I mean I have certainly seen tons of fat and obese adults and kids, but starving).  This whole hate thing is nothing new, maybe more people are coming forward to report it, but this is nothing new, but not an epidemic.

But many New Yorkers are filled with hate and anger, but not for the racism factor. This city breeds hatred, especially from crooked, do-nothing elected officials who seem to always been giving out something to the lower-class and homeless, but a big FUCK YOU to the majority of hard working middle class folks, some who have two, three jobs to stay afloat and then pitting us all against each other. Yet every day we have to deal with a shitty subway system that does not work properly, is overcrowded and then to top it off, some cars are filled with smelly, disgusting homeless people that one cannot even sit in a car and must crowd onto another car. Just today, the typical single homeless man was sprawled out asleep or drunk on the entire steps of the 57th Street station with all his garbage. Then this asshole Mayor is turning Queens and other places into homeless villages with his poor homeless policy issues of sticking homeless into hotels (which is illegal) and placing them in especially middle class communities and especially communities of color like Jamaica and hence he quality of life goes down because of this and property values drop. Not to mention this bullshit “right to shelter” policy which brings people from all over the country and world to plop down in NYC courtesy of the hard-working tax payers of all colors and religions.

Then there is the complete lack of all kinds of enforcement from illegal garbage dumping, illegal conversions, shady construction, illegal truck driving on residential streets, poor street conditions, auto body shops and dealers placing unlicensed and junked cars all over public streets and sidewalks, storefront placing on their crap way past the legal limit on sidewalks, where one can barely walk. Then the fucking noise, the over-development, everyone on top of each other. Yeah, there is a hate epidemic, a hate of this city and overpaid elected officials who create this hate and the fucked up corrupt city agencies like DHS, DOB and DOT.

Try reporting on FACTS and stop sensationalizing everything because most of us here in NYC are FUCKING FEED UP with the never-ending BULLSHIT.


The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

Elderly man's legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.

Elderly man’s legs are crushed by dangerous tractor trailer truck in downtown Jamaica, Friday (7.8.6) due to chronic neglect by elected officials and city agencies.


From The Daily News:

New York sees sharp rise in bias attacks following Donald’s Trump election win


Police on Long Island found a red swastika was spray painted along Washington Ave. in Mineola with the words “Make America White Again.”

(Nassau County Police Department)

The city’s growing hate epidemic spread Monday when for the second time in a week a Muslim woman was taunted on a train and accused of being a terrorist.

Soha Salama of Astoria, Queens, an MTA worker, was wearing her uniform and a hijab when a passenger harassed her around 7 a.m. aboard a Manhattan-bound 7 train.

“He attacked me,” Salama told the Daily News. “He called me a terrorist and told me to go back to your country.”

hate2Soha Salama was harassed while wearing her MTA uniform and her hijab on Dec. 5.

(Courtesy Soha Salama)

When the 45-year-old victim exited the train at Grand Central, the passenger followed her, chanting “you shouldn’t work for MTA.”

‘Hero’ Muslim cop, her son harassed by bigot in Brooklyn

The assailant, described by police as an Hispanic man, then pushed the mother of four as she was walking up a flight of stairs.

Salama said another man stood up for her and chased him off before police arrived.

“I was scared to be killed,” Salama said, her voice cracking as she spoke early Tuesday.

Salama came to the United States from Egypt 20 years ago and she says the attack has made her fearful for herself and her two teen daughters, who wear hijabs.

NYPD cop attacked with anti-Muslim slurs praised for saving kid

hate-3Tuesday’s front page of the New York Daily News.

“I felt more safe with the Obama administration and now I don’t know what will happen with me and my kids and if they’ll be victims of hate crimes,” she said.

“We are working people,” Salama added. “We pay our taxes, we don’t deserve to be treated like that.”

Last Thursday, Yasmin Seweid, 18, was taunted on a 6 train by several drunken men shouting “Donald Trump” who called her a terrorist and told her to take the “rag” off her head.

Seweid, who is Muslim, was also wearing a hijab.

Anti-Semitic pamphlet lands in state Sen. Brad Hoylman’s home

The crimes were part of a growing number of hate-inspired offenses that have plagued New York in the weeks since Donald Trump’s election.

hate-4Mayor de Blasio ripped into Trump, saying the President-elect said horrible things that set the tone of hatred in the U.S.

(James Keivom/New York Daily News)

According to police statistics, hate crimes in the city more than doubled last month — with more than 43 cases, compared with just 20 in November 2015.

Jews were targeted in 24 of the 43 incidents last month, officials said.

For the same month, the number of hate crimes targeting Muslims went from two in 2015 to four this year.

Cuomo directs N.Y. State Police to create special hate crime unit

“We do not allow intolerance or fear to divide us because we know diversity is our strength, and we are at our best when we stand united,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement Monday.

Last month, state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) was targeted three separate times with anti-Semitic hate.

hate-5New York state Sen. Brad Hoylman found a swastika carved into his Greenwich Village apartment: “Anti-Semite named to Trump White House post. Connect the dogs.”


Hoylman, who represents Chelsea, Greenwich Village, the East Village and the Lower East Side, notified authorities last Tuesday night after a staffer at his district office opened an email containing threats that he and his family be burned alive.

On Nov. 19, a pamphlet featuring a masked figure with a sword slashing through symbols of Islam, peace, the gay and lesbian community and Judaism was sent to his home.

Days earlier, on Nov. 15, a vandal carved two swastikas on a service door in Hoylman’s Greenwich Village building along Fifth Ave. near Washington Square Park.

No one has been arrested for any of the incidents.

hate-6Aml Elsokary was the victim of a bias attack in Brooklyn.

(NYPDMOS via Twitter)

“New York will continue to set the example for the nation — safeguarding our diversity and our differences, and rooting out bigotry and hatred wherever it exists.”

Mayor de Blasio blamed the President-elect directly for the climate that has given rise to bigoted attacks.

De Blasio shared his concern as he sat next to a city cop, Aml Elsokary, a Muslim who was off duty when a man threatened to kill her after she confronted him over pushing her 16-year-old son on a Bay Ridge streetcorner Saturday.

Elsokary was wearing her hijab when Nelson cursed her.

“You guys think this is a joke,” Nelson said, according to a criminal complaint. “I’ll slit your throat, you ISIS (expletive).”

hate-7Christopher Nelson (c.) was arrested for threatening the police officer and her teenage son.

Police said he then tried to sic his pit bull on them — but the dog did not attack.

“Do I blame Donald Trump for using hate speech during his campaign?” de Blasio said. “Absolutely. He did. It’s a fact. He said horrible things about Muslims, horrible things about Mexican-Americans.”



WOW, you mean FINALLY, some folks in Jamaica are FINALLY waking up to reality. What you thought all these hotels being built that asshole BP Melinda Katz talked about in Jamaica was for tourists and to create an “Airport Village”.  You thought it was all part of the “Jamaica Now Action Plan”.  You thought your local elected officials were really providing you top notch public service.

And God laughed!

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Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

Twelve years as council member knowing this issue as well as many others.

katz crap


Sending on behalf of South Jamaica. Elmhurst and Maspeth will be there.

– MMV Task Force


Good evening everyone,

Please see attached flyer for December 6, 2016 meeting.
Should you have  any questions, please contact me at 917-623-8376.

Michele Keller

Save the Date
All Community Residents are URGED to attend!!!
Tuesday, Dec. 6 TH
7:00PM – 9:00PM
114-02 Guy R. Brewer Blvd; Jamaica, NY 11434
Join the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of South Jamaica
meeting concerning the construction of a HOTEL at 115 TH Avenue
& Guy R. Brewer Blvd., which will be a few feet away from
Preschools and a High School
Become part of the conversation working on ending the over
saturation of hotels in South Jamaica, Queens.
· What about the safety of your community?
· Are you concerned about the activity it will bring into the
Team #ReClaimingOurCommunity


Let’s see, a Guyanese man who lives in Guyana but resides in ghetto Jamaica on 116th Drive and goes to meet his girlfriend late at night in ghetto Ozone Park to a restaurant and then heads to ghetto Richmond Hill. What can go wrong in the ghetto dirty Southeast Queens with all the wonderful colorful bottom of the barrels.



From Queens Courier:

A man could face 25 years behind bars for nearly decapitating his girlfriend on a corner in Richmond Hill early this morning.

Prem Rampersaud, 50, who lives in Guyana and is temporarily residing with a friend on 116th Drive in Jamaica, was taken into custody shortly after the attack. According to published reports, witnesses saw Rampersaud kneeling over the victim’s body, making sawing motions with a knife across the victim’s neck. The witnesses said it sounded like he was cutting through the victim’s bone.

Officers from the 106th Precinct arrived at the scene at 12:15 a.m. on Dec. 5 and found the victim, described as a woman in her 40s, with several stab wounds in her neck and torso.

EMS responded to the scene and transported her to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as Rajwantie Baldeo, 46.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, Rampersaud met Baldeo as she finished work at an Ozone Park restaurant at approximately midnight. Police sources said that Rampersaud and Baldeo were engaged in a dispute moments before the homicide took place. He was later arrested and charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, Rampersaud faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

The investigation is still ongoing.



hillside-garbage12-4-16-002So who is at a fault for this disgusting stretch of Hillside Avenue, pretty much from Queens Blvd to 179th. The worst being between Merrick and 170th Street and the HORRIBLE between 168th and 170th. Hillside is a mess of litter all over, illegal garbage dumping, dirty storefronts where many owners rarely clean in front of their property and blocked sidewalks by Auto Dealers and some of the supermarkets on the North Side, which one can barely get through, especially between 167 and 168. AWFUL. No doubt the worst stretch in all of NYC and that includes Fordam in the Bronx and 125th in Harlem. Neither hold a candle to this shithole of an area.  Most of the mess surprisingly was on the North Side, community board 8 and Lancman’s area.

So who are the cuplrits:

  1. The slob Bangladeshi population here, since most all of the businesses are Bangladeshi and so are the customers.
  2. Elected officials on like Councilman Rory Lancman & Community Board 8 for the Northside & Councilman I. Daneek Miller and Community Board 12.
  3. Slob visitors passing through.
  4. DOS & NYPD for not enforcing litter laws, blocking of sidewalks by stores and blocks of sidewalks by the auto dealers.
  5. All of the Above.

All of these photos were taken on a Sunday afternoon stroll. Completely third world ghetto and disgusting. Doesn’t even look like America, well the new shitty America.


Just look at this fucking mess of a street!!!!





This whole notion that there is a hunger epidemic in this country is completely False and not based on statistics for facts. The notion that 11% of Queens resident go hungry, again completely FALSE.

I mean REALLY, because most people in Queens (especially SE Queens) are fat or obese and this includes young children who I see on the subway coming to Jamaica, who are fat and chowing down Cheetos and Pepsi by the gallon. Poor eating habits, but certainly no hunger epidemic. There is no hunger problem, there is an unhealthy eating problem though. Two completely different scenarios.

One person from Jamaica had this comment:

yshaggy from jamaica says:
This opinion does not reflect what I see on my travels as a city worker doing my job in queens, young men driving BMW’s in south jamaica, leather jackets and fancy sneakers, and people buying more than I can with E.B.T. cards, this opinion is derived from a false narrative.


And I agree 100% with yshaggy, since I see this all the time. Go to Jamaica Ave and look at the so-called “lower class folks” standing in line on a Saturday morning in front of a sneaker store to by over $100 sneakers. Across from me sits some crappy third world apartment building with garbage and again the “low class folks” yet I see them pull up in their fancy SUV’s and head into their crap apartment building.

It seems to me that “these folks” this article is writing about seems to buy more useless non-essential CRAP than us hard working middle class folks.

Hunger is this country is a MYTH, plain and simple. Just got any McDonalds in any low-class ghetto area like Jamaica,  the lines are LONG.

Stop with the BULLSHIT and report FACTS.

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

Jamaica Center E train. Does he look like he missed a meal and is skin and bones.

Jamaica Center E train. Does he look like he missed a meal and is skin and bones.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

She certainly does not look like some starving young girl in Africa.

Senator Leroy Comrie

Senator Leroy Comrie



From Queens Times Ledger:

New survey finds almost 11 percent of Queens residents go hungry

Hunger Free America releases their annual hunger survey


Hunger Free America released its annual hunger report showing the state of hungry workers and families in New York. The organization surveyed multiple soup kitchens and pantries across the city and state and found that in New York state nearly 3 million people, and in New York City approximately 1.4 million people, lived-in food insecure households in 2013-2015, meaning they could not always afford enough food. This compared to 2006-2008, when 2.3 million people were food insecure statewide and just under 1 million citywide.

“It is unconscionable that in the richest city in the history of the world, one in five kids still can’t always count on enough food,” Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America said. “It is equally unacceptable that a third of our charitable food pantries and soup kitchens lack the resources to meet the growing need.”

The survey found that 11 percent of Queens residents, or one in nine, lived in food insecure households from 2013-2015. It also found that 16 percent of Queens children were living homes without adequate food and 10 percent of Queens seniors were living in food insecure homes in that same time period.

The survey from the organization, which used to be called New York Coalition Against Hunger, spoke to feeding programs like food pantries and soup kitchens in Queens to get a better understanding of their needs. The results showed that the need for food and services has risen, but the funding and supplies were not enough. Just over 24 percent of responding agencies in Queens reported not having enough food to meet current demand. Of those 83 percent said that if they received more food, they would have enough capacity like storage space, refrigeration and staff to increase the amount of food they distribute. Some 5 percent said they would not have the capacity to accommodate an increase in the amount of food they distribute.

Responding agencies also said they see an increase in the number of people coming in for food, while 70percent of agencies noted an increase in the number of people they served over the past year and 31 percent reported the number of clients increased greatly. The survey revealed that the pantries are under funded and underemployed, with 72 percent of agencies claiming they could benefit from having additional funding to buy and distribute more food. In addition, 52 percent of the responding food pantries wanted additional resources to build partnerships and collaborate with other community organizations for referrals or joint programming.

Berg hopes that the federal government makes the necessary changes to fight the hunger epidemic. He called on President-elect Donald Trump to create jobs, raise wages, and bolster the federal food safety net.

He also urged Trump to stop House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plans to slash the Food Stamp program in order to pay for more tax cuts.

“The soaring hunger levels in New York and throughout our country harm health, hamper education, trap families in poverty, fuel obesity, eviscerate hope, and thus drag down our entire economy and place our national security at risk,” Berg said. “Hunger harms us all. But ending hunger lifts us all. We must build a grass roots movement and force our political system to enact the economic policies and social programs necessary to end U.S. hunger once and for all.”

Queens Times Ledger:

Hunger epidemic in Queens

Two days before Queens residents flocked to stores to scoop up bargains on Black Friday, a new report said nearly one in six children living in the borough is hungry.

It is the season to be jolly for some, but the number of households without enough food has been growing in Queens and the rest of the city even though 45 percent of them are headed by people with jobs.

The New York City Coalition against Hunger released its sobering annual report on the “Epidemic of the Working Hungry” in the five boroughs right before Thanksgiving. The nonprofit urged President-elect Trump to take steps that would put adequate food on the tables of many more New Yorkers as the nation’s day of feasting was about to begin.

In particular, it urged Trump, a Queens native, to create jobs, raise the minimum wage and protect the Food Stamp program.

With the unemployment rate hovering at 4.9 percent in Queens, plenty of borough shoppers had the wherewithal to look for holiday gifts at Queens Center Mall, the Bay Terrace Shopping Center and Sky View Center in Flushing last Friday. There was a Black Friday buzz in the air, but the crowds were manageable because legions of consumers had opted for online shopping.

It’s doubtful that many Black Friday customers came from households where the worker earns a minimum wage of $9 hour and has to feed two children on an annual income of less than $17,000.

“Low wages are still the top cause of U.S. hunger and malnutriti­on,” said Joel Berg, CEO of the coalition, renamed Hunger Free America.

But relief is in the wings with the city’s minimum wage slated to rise to $9.70 Dec. 31 and in a series of steps to $12.50 by the end of 2020. These increases should help reduce hunger for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents.

In Queens the statistics tell a somber story of people struggling to fill their stomachs in the richest country in the world.

From 2013-2015, the coalition found one in nine Queens residents lived in food insecure households, while one in 10 of the borough’s seniors was hungry.

Nearly a quarter of the agencies that supply food could not meet current demand as nearly two-thirds of these groups reported higher demand for food from the people they serviced in the past year.

Queens and the rest of the city are facing an epic crisis of hunger, homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. But we must be able to feed ourselves first before we can tackle these other intractable problems.




The MVV Task Force, the power behind the fight against homeless shelters in neighborhoods, especially in Queens, which has been a dumping ground of epic proportions recently, held a rally this past Saturday (12.3.16) in Brooklyn in front of the home of major hypocrite Steven Banks, Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services, put in office by the not trusted Mayor deBlasio. Take note, neither of these two officials have homeless shelters in their community, let alone on their block, but like most officials want the hard working task payers, who pay their salaries, to do all the heavy lifting and make the sacrifices. Sacrifices that have been turning neighborhoods into homeless villages with the assorted problems that go with such establishment run by unscrupulous business people (like former City Speaker Christine Quinn, who has got into the “homeless business” with her company WIN & elected officials to make profits off of the homeless). She had he nerve to say in an article ( that New Yorkers need to get over themselves when it comes to homeless shelters being put on their block, but ask this hypocrite how many shelters in her neighborhood or on her block and the answer will be ZERO. But yet she wants US to take on the burden, just like the Jamaica community has not only taken on the burden of all these homeless shelters, but the waste business (Royal Waste in Downtown Jamaica) and thug auto body shops who have taken over Merrick Blvd and surrounding streets/sidewalks with NO REINFORCEMENT from NYPD and not help from the local elected officials of this community, who seem to also be somewhat silent on the homeless shelter dumping as well.

At the rally were different organizations and representatives of various groups including those from Jamaica and SE Queens, who have finally gotten the wake-up call on this horrible issues and policy of dumping homeless into unfit hotels and causing a HUGE development of hotel building in areas (READ: JAMAICA) that would not normally have hotels, knowing full way that down the road these will be turned into shelters for profit. While the questionable Queens BP, Melinda Katz,  talks up Jamaica with the Jamaica Now Action Plan and talks about all the hotel development to make Jamaica the “Airport Village”, she purposely forgets to mention that most of these hotels will be turned into homeless shelters in the future (already several have done just that in the last couple years). I mean why do you think you are seeing small hotel development going on in isolated areas and on blocks with residential housing.

For you folks in Jamaica and SE Queens, WAKE UP. With over 30 homeless shelters, adult homes, supportive housing in our area, more are to come. Already a proposal is in the works with the House of Prayer Church and the FOR PROFIT company, Transition One LLC to put a shelter with single men (many parolees) above the church located at 91-20 146 St next to a Day Care Center and across the street from the LIRR Stuphin Station (  And in the latest Jamaica/SE Queens homeless shelter debacle, Community Board 8 (which shocks me) and Councilman Rory Lancman have approved a proposal to turn the historic former Jamaica Hills Hospital, on Parson Blvd, blocks from Hillside Ave, into affordable housing with a “supportive housing” component to house “homeless single men”, “mentally ill” and “drug addicts”. This would have a HUGE negative impact not only on the Jamaica Hills area, but because of the proximity to the high school, downtown Jamaica & Rufus King Park, will have a negative impact on the downtown area, which already has its share of problematic shelters and drug treatment places (  Ask Councilman Lancman, who seems to be the driving force behind this, how many shelters in his neighborhood and on his block.

Below are videos from the rally including Rafael Vargas from  South Jamaica and statements by others including Community Board 12 Adrienne Adams.

Also ask your elected officials exactly WHAT they are doing on this issue.

So get more of seeing this:

The future of Jamaica

The future of Jamaica

Proposed future homeless shelters in Jamaica area:CB 12: No shelter next to daycare site 1 The long-vacant former hospital may soon be replaced by affordable and supportive housing.




Courtesy of MVV Task Force:


From MMV Task Force:

Juniper Park Civic Association Press Statement by Robert Holden, President

As of this morning, the NYC Department of Social Services reported a total of 60,579 people living in the NYC shelter system. This figure is much higher than the day Commissioner Banks took over the office a year ago. Commissioner Steven Banks was hired to stem New York’s homeless crisis but IT DID NOT HAPPEN.

In an interview back in 2007, Commissioner Banks told the NY Times “Homelessness is a horrible symbol of a failure of a whole broad range of government policies.” Today’s homeless crisis clearly shows a complete failure of the city to uphold a “right to shelter” under the State Constitution. Just like in the 1980’s, hotel shelters such as Maspeth’s Holiday Inn Express do not work — they are expensive, they are not designed to function as shelters, and they have neither the adequate security to protect, nor the social services to help the residents.

Commissioner Banks’ homeless policy is turning New York City back to the dependency capital of America. There are better solutions to homelessness than welfare programs and he hasn’t let on. We believe as a homeless advocate, Commissioner Banks is making the problem worse. We are requesting him to step down as Commissioner of Dept. of Social Services, and we ask the Mayor to find a competent replacement so the Dept. of Social Services can be led by merit and not by ideology.

West 90s/West 100s Neighborhood Coalition, Inc. Press Statement by Aaron Biller, Co-Chair

Today Upper West Siders stand united with our neighbors from other communities across the City in protest of the homeless policies which lay waste to the lives of the homeless who don’t belong in hotels, lay waste to taxpayers dollars and lay waste to quality of life in our neighborhoods. It is fitting that this protest brings the message from hard-working taxpayers to the doorstep of Steven Banks, the HRA Commissioner whose life work has been to grow the ranks of the homeless to a point far beyond what the City’s coffers and social safety net can support. Mr. Banks is both the architect and overseer of a broken system. Fixing this system should start with Mr. Banks’ stepping down. The City’s Social Services system is so desperately broken that, in resorting again to the failed strategy of hotels as shelters, it is employing tactics that even Mr. Banks had long opposed when he previously headed the Legal Aid Society.

Queens Community Board 12 Press Statement by Adrienne Adams, Chairperson

Southeast Queens has unfairly been targeted as a dumping ground for shelters and supportive housing developments for decades. The latest is the proposal of a halfway house sheltering up to 35 transient men next door to a day care center! The Office of City Planning reports that 40% of facilities for problem populations in Queens are located within the districts of Community Board 12 with no relief in sight. This represents an unfair, excessive concentration in one specific area of Queens.

The Administration is spending a considerable amount of time and resources to revitalize Downtown Jamaica however, the continued use of Jamaica and Southeast Queens to house the City’s problem populations could prevent the positive growth that has been promised to this community.

Elmhurst United Press Statement by Jennifer Chu, President

Elmhurst United continues to oppose the use of hotels as homeless shelters. DHS has an annual budget of $1.6B, the majority of which is used to pay unscrupulous landlords and shelter operators to keep the homeless stuck in shelters. As the number of homeless continues to rise, Mayor de Blasio and DHS Commissioner Steven Banks need to stop throwing money at shelters and start to focus on reducing homelessness.

Warehousing the homeless in makeshift hotel shelters is only a stop gap, and doesn’t address the causes of the growing numbers of homeless in NYC. We need real, effective, permanent solutions to the homelessness crisis, such as repealing the Right to Shelter law, revamping of NYCHA public housing, and developing vacant, abandoned properties.

Coalitions of Concerned Citizens of South Jamaica Press Statement by Katherine James, spokesperson

We, The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of South Jamaica join the towns of Maspeth, So. Ozone Park and other Queens communities whom have raised their voices in opposition to the proliferation of homeless shelters, existing hotels and newly constructed ones to convert into homeless shelters for profit.

We have been a diverse community for decades. Residents from many cultures have integrated into our community where residents and stakeholders work hard to maintain the integrity and character of our neighborhoods.

Therefore, we must take exception to Mayor de Blasio Administration’s continuing the practice of his predecessor to encourage the business of placing shelters contiguous to residential homes.

We are not insensitive to the needs of individuals whom find themselves living in these facilities but these shelters have not had a successful partnership with the communities where they are placed.

Our communities need essential services to the existing residents not shelters.