REVITALIZED JAMAICA: 13 HOMELESS SHELTERS, 13 HOTELS TURNED HOMELESS SHELTER, PLUS UNKNOWN AMOUNTS OF GROUP HOMES & HYBRID HOTELS/HOMELESS SHELTERS

Up and Coming Jamaica, a community in crisis.

AND you wonder why Jamaica has such a big homeless problem with encampments in Rufus King Park, Major Mark Park, Jamaica Center Station, Sutphin LIRR station, plus all the walking dead and all the problems that go with this crap.

26 homeless shelters and hotels turned homeless shelter. TWENTY-SIX and this does not even include the group homes, like the group home where four savages lived and brutally raped a mother of two July 11th, and the hybrid hotels that have floors for guests and floors for homeless, like the Comfort Inn on 162nd St in Downtown Jamaica, which has 3 floors for hotel guests and 3 floors for homeless.

Downtown Jamaica Comfort Inn. Worker inside told me that 3 floors are for hotel guests and three floors are for homeless. Nothing like being greeted at a hotel than by a half naked homeless man sitting in hot weather.

 

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From DNAInfo New York:

Halfway House Where Sex Attack Suspects Stayed Opened Secretly, Locals Say

By  Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Katie Honan | July 20, 2017 9:50am

 The suspects accused of sexually attacking a woman in Jamaica last week lived in a halfway house at 145-53 South Rd., police said.

The suspects accused of sexually attacking a woman in Jamaica last week lived in a halfway house at 145-53 South Rd., police said.View Full Caption

DNAinfo/Katie Honan

QUEENS — The brutal sexual assault of a Jamaica churchgoer last week has shed light on several long-term issues in the neighborhood, including an influx of homeless shelters and halfway houses, as well as poorly lit corners that can be dangerous to those passing by at night, officials said.

The halfway house at 145-53 South Road — which authorities said housed four of the suspects involved in the assault — opened secretly last year, according to local officials who said they had no idea that the facility had been operating in the neighborhood.

Run by SCO Family of Services, the facility runs the Transitional Independent Living (TIL) program and can house up to 19 young people under the age 21.

Unlike shelters, which are operated by the Department of Homeless Services, TIL is overseen by the Department of Youth and Community Development and focuses specifically on helping homeless youth aged 16 to 21, providing them with training and support necessary to transition to independent living.

There are no signs outside the building, and local officials said they were not notified when it opened.

SCO Family of Services did not return a phone call seeking comment, but DYCD spokesman Mark Zustovich said in an email that the program is not part of the city’s adult shelter system, and therefore is not required to notify local communities when opening.

“In order to provide youth with a caring, home-like environment safe from external issues such as sex trafficking and domestic violence, confidentiality and privacy are important parts of the transitional independent living experience for young people who enter our City-funded programs voluntarily,” Zustovich said.

But Yvonne Reddick, district manager of Community Board 12, which covers Jamaica, Hollis and St. Albans, said  the group running the facility “should talk to the community board anyway, even if they don’t have to, out of courtesy.”

“It makes me wonder how many more [facilities] similar to that are there in the district,” Reddick said.

“We have more shelters and hotels [used to house homeless families] than any other district in the borough of Queens.”

According to data provided by DHS, there are currently 13 homeless shelters within the board’s boundaries, in addition to 13 hotels used to house homeless families.

Statistics related to halfway houses in the district were not immediately available.

A spokeswoman for DHS said the city is “committed to ensuring that, over time, shelters are distributed equitably to meet the need in all five boroughs.”

But state Sen. James Sanders Jr. said that “the community of Southeast Queens has done more than its fair share for the disadvantaged populations of the city” and that “oversaturating one community does not allow for the healthy growth of that community.”

Because the attack took place around 11 p.m., some in the community also wondered about supervision at the facility.

In many adult shelters, curfew is set at 10 p.m. But Zustovich said that in this case, “program curfew is determined by the contracted provider and… can vary based on the educational and working schedules of the young people in residence.”

“DYCD is reviewing SCO policies and the circumstances of the specific youth allegedly involved,” he added.

Police so far have arrested Brandon Walker, 20, Julisses Ginel, 19, and Justin Williams, 17, who they said attacked the 50-year-old victim shortly after she had left the Celestial Church of Christ on Liberty Avenue on July 11.

A staff member at the halfway house reported suspicions to the police, leading to their arrest, the NYPD said.

The fourth suspect, identified by police as 20-year-old Isaiah Shorter, remains at large, authorities said Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the men confronted the woman at gunpoint on 150th Street near Beaver Road, demanding she hand over her wallet and MetroCard, and perform oral sex on them.

While the attack sparked an outcry in the community, Kevin Livingston — a local resident and founder of 100 Suits for 100 Men, a Jamaica-based organization assisting formerly incarcerated men and women — said it’s important not to “ostracize all young people” in the community.

“These young men who live in these SCO facilities — some of them are on medication, some of them are dealing with family issues, homosexuality — there is a lot going on in these particular homes,” said Livingston, who works with people living in several halfway houses in the area.

He also pointed out that the stretch where the assault occurred has been poorly lit, making it dangerous for those walking to the train at night.

The assault occurred near the intersection of 150th Street and Beaver Road, which locals say is poorly lit at night. (DNAinfo/Ben Fractenberg)

Sen. Sanders said he has reached out to the Department of Transportation “to ask them to do a study to find out if more lighting can be added to the area.”

The agency said that it is planning to add one new light on an existing wood pole at the intersection and upgrade another existing light to higher wattage.

WOW, A JAMAICA COUNCILMAN, MILLER, ACTUALLY ACTING LIKE A PUBLIC SERVANT – WANTS TO PUT A STOP TO CONSTANT PARKING ON RESIDENTIAL STREETS BY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

The problem has been that this issue was allowed to fester for so fucking long (like every other damn quality of life issue), especially in places like Jamaica and SE Queens. Knowing that this is such a MAJOR issue in Jamaica, why didn’t Councilman Miller’s predecessor, fat slob Leroy Comrie do something about this, I mean Jabba the Hut was in office as council member for 12 fucking years and never stepped up to the plate on this issue.

Just maybe some folks in Jamaica are finally getting fed up with so much nonsense and are hounding Miller. I mean elected officials just don’t do something good for the community all on their own.

This is a fucking no-brainer, so just pass the fucking legislation, but of course there will be some city council-members on the payroll of trucking companies who will come up with some excuse not to pass it, you know someone like dickhead Ruben Wills, the poster boy for ghetto black leaders who don’t give a shit about black communities.Trucks6.19.16 005

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From Queens Courier:

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With the rise in commercial trucks illegally parking on local streets throughout Queens, one Council Member is looking to help local residents get their streets back.

At the Feb. 15 City Council meeting, Council Member I. Daneek Miller introduced a new piece of legislation called Introduction 1473, which would cut the time that commercial vehicles can park in residential communities in half.

Currently, commercial vehicles can park on residential streets for three hours. If the legislation is passed, that time will be cut down to 90 minutes. Police are making efforts to crack down on illegal commercial vehicle parking, but Miller recognizes how difficult this can be to complete.

“Allowing these vehicles to park for three hours weakens enforcement efforts, particularly when officers’ shifts change and cannot truly account for how long a commercial vehicle has occupied the same spot,” said Miller.

Miller cited airport traffic and the recent reconstruction projects throughout Queens to be a part of the problem.

“This hardship will only be augmented as truck traffic increases from our nearby airports, and from the ongoing construction of new residential projects,” said Miller. “The trucks also remain illegally parked and idling overnight, blocking fire hydrants and creating environmental hazards.”

Introduction 1473 is already gaining support from leadership in Community Boards 12 and 13.

“I completely support the legislation being introduced . . . restricting commercial vehicle parking to 90 minutes on New York City streets,” said Yvonne Reddick, Community Board 12 district manager. “Eighteen wheelers and other commercial vehicles have become a serious nuisance for residents of southeast Queens, parking overnight and during daytime hours on our local streets.”

“There are too many instances when trucks – both box and 18-wheelers – are parked overnight within the confines of Queens Community Board 13,” said Mark McMillan, Community Board 13 district manager. “Our streets are not built to accommodate truck parking, and it constitutes an infringement on the quiet enjoyment of the homes in our communities.”Trucks6.19.16 006

 

WELCOME TO JAMAICA: HOMELESS SHELTER VILLAGE – MORE BULLSHIT AS HOMELESS PUT IN JAMAICA AVE HOTEL BEFORE IT GETS CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY

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This article was from back in October 2016, but for some reason I seemed to have missed it. BUT anyway, more hotels being turned into homeless shelters under very shady ways.

How can the powers that be talk about the “revitalization” of Jamaica when every other day, another homeless shelter or supportive housing or drug clinic gets dumped into this community, where the majority of the people going into these places are not even from the community.

JAMAICA: Going from GHETTO to Homeless Shelter Village, either way this community is CRAP and gets more crappier as they talk more about “revitalization”

 A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.

A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption

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From DNAInfo New York:

Homeless Put in Jamaica Hotel Before It Gets Certificate Of Occupancy: Docs

By  Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska and Katie Honan | October 7, 2016 5:06pm | Updated on October 9, 2016 2:04pm

 A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.

A new hotel in Jamaica is currently used by the city to house homeless families.View Full Caption

DNAinfo/Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska

QUEENS — The city violated housing regulations by rushing homeless families into a new hotel on Jamaica Avenue before the necessary paperwork was completed, documents posted on the Department of Building’s website indicate.

The Department of Homeless Services confirmed to DNAinfo New York that it is currently renting rooms to house homeless families with children at the brand-new building at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 183rd Street which does not have any logo nor a reception area.

But neighbors, who said they were never informed that the building would be used to house the homeless, said that the city started placing families there before the building was even completed, they said.

 The hotel received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on Sept. 28, according to city records.

However residents said they first saw families being placed at the hotel on Sept. 11, and number of complaints about the issue that pre-date the certificate of occupancy were also posted on the DOB’s website.

On Sept. 19, one person called the city and said “people are moving in but front entrance is not open, people are going through the side entrance” and another reported “load of [SIC] buses of children” at the hotel.

On Sept. 22, still another person claimed that “there is a hotel with people living on the premises and there appears to be no certificate of occupancy.”

According to the DOB’s website, “no one may legally occupy a building until the Department has issued a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy,” which states “a building’s legal use and/or type of permitted occupancy.”

The city downplayed the issue saying that the life safety systems at the hotel had been inspected and signed off before Sept. 28.

The owner of the property did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Neighbors and local officials complained that they felt ignored by the city.

“If I knew before that the shelter was going to open here I would do something,” said Fillah Kazi, who bought a house in the area four years ago.

In September, the operator of a Maspeth Holiday Inn slated to be converted into a homeless shelter backed away from his agreement with the city following ferocious opposition from the community.

Local Councilman Daneek Miller was also upset about the decision to house homeless families at the Jamaica Avenue hotel.

“My office remains opposed to any new shelters being placed within the district, particularly the disingenuous way this one was opened without any public notice,” he said. “Whether it is temporary or not, transparency is critical to ensure our goal of equitable housing for homeless across the City.”

Yvonne Reddick, district manager for Community Board 12, told DNAinfo that the DHS is supposed to inform community boards before using hotels for housing. However she only found out about the changes to the Jamaica Avenue building after the community began complaining about it.

She went to say that the board has “nothing against homelessness because at the end of the day any of us could be homeless, but everyone should get their fair share.”

To Reddick’s knowledge CB12, which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens, currently has 11 shelters and eight hotels that are used to house homeless people, “the most in the borough of Queens.”

Two years ago, when the board had 10 shelters, it passed a resolution requesting a moratorium on building or expanding homeless shelters in the area. There were 22 shelters in Queens at the time.

DHS was not able to immediately provide the number of shelters currently in the area.

The agency said it began renting rooms at the hotel to deal with growing numbers of homeless people in the city.

“Each day, we are tasked with determining how to meet the City’s legal obligation to house tens of thousands of homeless New Yorkers, including families with children, who would otherwise be on the street,” Lauren Gray, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeless Services, said in an email to DNAinfo. “We are using commercial hotels as a bridge while we work to open new shelters across the city.”

There were nearly 60,000 residents in the city’s shelter system as of early October, the agency said.

“It used to be a quiet area, but now every day there is police, ambulances and fire trucks coming to this place,” said a neighbor who did not want his name to be used. He said he and his family lived and operated a small business in the area for about three decades.

“This is our neighborhood, we worked for this neighborhood,” he added. “They never even asked us if it’s OK to open it here.”

IS THIS HOW TO REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN JAMAICA: ANOTHER PROPOSED HOMELESS SHELTER NEXT TO A DAYCARE CENTER & ACROSS FROM SUTPHIN LIRR

I fucking mean is this how to revitalize a ghetto downtown area by putting a homeless shelter which will have 30 single men, some who will be parolees, and plop them right next to a daycare center, across the street from the LIRR and near the future big apartment development The Crossing? REALLY, are you out of your fucking mind.

Like our community and this particular area does not have enough homeless, bottom of the barrel folks, hood rats, dirtbags, welfare cases and just plain ghetto slobs, we need to recruit more of them. AND it figures that this may go above a black “storefront” church,  House of Prayer Church, who is in cahoots with the company facility this bullshit. And like we don’t have enough of these blacks storefront dirt-bag churches who pay no fucking taxes.

At least it got some fire under the asses of Community Board 12 Adrienne Adam and Yvonne Reddick, although Adams said once again will be ready to fight such a plan, and will enlist the help of elected officials should that prove to be necessary.

Enlist elected officials, really, you mean the do nothing SE Queens crew who allowed all these shelter to flourish to begin with years and decades ago. You would be better off enlisting the help of Fidel Castro, Florence Henderson and Leonard Cohen, they would all be better help dead than any of our live asshole politicians.

And how nice the organization proposing this facility, Transition One LLC, is a FOR PROFIT, like they really care about this community. I am sure Mousslin Lamour of this parasite group has several shelters on his block. By the way, Transition One address is 71-01 Austin Street in Forest Hills, home of Queens BP Melinda Katz.

Christ, in this ghetto community it is always 1 step forward, five back.

CB 12: No shelter next to daycare site 1

Another black dirtbag storefront church. Our community is overrun with black storefront churches, 99 cent stores, beauty supply stores and crap retail. The typical ghetto shit which makes communities fucking awful.

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From Queens Chronicle:

CB 12: No shelter next to daycare site

Officials ready to go back to the barricades over homeless proposal

 

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:30 am

Leaders of Community Board 12 have been beyond their breaking point on homeless shelters and supportive housing for more than two years.

Now they are weighing just how to approach a proposal to put 30 or more men up at a facility that would be built above a church — and next to a daycare center on 146th Street in Jamaica.

CB 12 Chairwoman Adrienne Adams and District Manager Yvonne Reddick confirmed this week that they have had sit-down meetings with the pastor of the House of Prayer Church at 91-20 146 St., and with Mousslin Lamour of the group Transition One LLC, which is proposing the facility.

It is located next to the Sunshine School, which offers a wide range of services including pre-K, for children ages 2 to 5.

It also is just over one block west of the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station and the JFK AirTrain.

Adams said they first heard of the proposal through a member of the board.

“Needless to say, we are very upset at the notion of a halfway house,” Adams said in a telephone interview on Monday.

Adams said the proposal would be a for-profit setup for veterans and parolees, all of whom she and Reddick were told would have to already be in some sort of program for services.

They were assured that all the men would have to be employed or attending school.

Lamour could not be reached for comment prior to the Chronicle’s deadline. Messages left in person at both the church and the Sunshine School were not returned.

CB 12 currently hosts just over half of the homeless shelters in Queens, and has between 30 and 40 percent of the borough’s homeless population.

Adams suspects neither the pastor nor Lamour was quite aware of what CB 12 officials have been dealing with regarding similar facilities since requesting a moratorium from the city in December 2014.

She said once again that they will be ready to fight such a plan, and will enlist the help of elected officials should that prove to be necessary

Reddick, who said CB 12 members also met with Pastor James Hans of the church, said she was not won over.

“I was very dissatisfied,” she said of both meetings. “This will be next to a daycare center if it happens,” she exclaimed. “We don’t know who they will be housing, who will be doing the screening. Who will decide who lives there?”

Reddick and Adams said they are not sure if either party yet appreciates the amount of regulation and paperwork that must be met before some type of shelter setup can be approved by the city.

Adams said she did not know if any paperwork has been filed with agencies such as the city Department of Buildings, which would have to approve any required construction.

A spokeswoman for the city Department of Homeless Services said Tuesday that her office had not yet determined if any applications have or have not been filed.

MAYOR DUMBO COMES TO JAMAICA TOWN HALL MEETING UNDER THE RADAR, TALKS BULLSHIT BUT COMMUNITY MEMBERS GIVE IT TO HIM BACK

Are you trying to tell me that finally some members of the Jamaica community are finally growing balls and fighting back on quality of life issues, like this awful dumping of homeless shelters in Jamaica, which there are over 20. Mayor Dumbo makes a very rare appearance in Jamaica at a somewhat secret town hall meeting that I and others found out after it happened. Seems that the town hall was hand-picked and had the usual local elected leaders and their minions there. I mean a town hall meeting should be publicized for ALL to attend, not a handful, hence it being called a “town hall” not a “select meeting”.

Folks did give Dumbo an earful on all these homeless shelters in the community, BUT, where were all these Jamaica folks and so-called “leaders” way before Mayor Dumbo was even a Public Advocate, when homeless shelters were being dumped in the community back then. After over a dozen are dumped here, devaluing property and causing quality of life issues, then they stand up and finally say something. Where were the Comries, the Cooks, the Scarboroughs, the Reddick’s, the Meeks, The Flakes, etc when this was taking place years ago (same with that poisonous Royal Waste facility).

Every other day it seems another community is getting this whole big business homeless hotel shit (which as I said is illegal) shoved down their throats and I think this is good because for once, I think (hopefully) that people are finally wising up and standing up on this issues.

This Mayor has been so ineffective and destructive at the same time, while accomplishing very little, yet, this douche bag may get another 2nd term, if folks fall asleep at the wheel. Massive turnout, especially from communities who have had this bullshit thrown at them, can change that though.

Warehousing of vulnerable human beings is appalling and then putting them in to hotels, which is ILLEGAL just adds to it.  And while many say “poor homeless”, what about hard working folks who actually pay taxes and the lowering of property values and quality of life when many of these homeless hotels get dumped into their communities, which by the way happen to the majority of more vulnerable communities many times and get dumped by the dozen in communities of color, like Jamaica, while many communities have none to little. And this has nothing to do with how many homeless are in those communities, since a community like Jamaica has many homeless put into shelters that are from places like Bronx and other communities. Don’t know what the statistics are but I am sure the number of actually homeless from Manhattan far out way the homeless in Queens, yet Queens is becoming know as Homeless Village from the previous title of the Third World Borough. Hell, even third world folks are waking up to this bullshit.

While this mayor did not cause this homeless problem (which is a problem not a crisis like they are telling the sheep, a city of say 9 million with a homeless population of 60,000 is only .66%, hardly a crisis), he has handled the situation poorly along with the questionable Department of Homeless Services which is fucking over both these homeless folks and the communities where they are getting dumped. His lack of proper answers, lack of focusing on this issue at hand, deflecting constantly shows they Mayor Dumbo is your typical bullshit politician and this ego maniac who can never admit when he is wrong, is the flip-side of a Donald Trump, all bullshit and no substance.

First this whole law “right to shelter” in NYC needs to end since we have many coming from other states & countries putting the cost burden on NY as opposed to where these people originated. And instead of building more and more hotels and luxury apartment building, build some small apartment buildings for these populations and spread them out evenly over all areas and provide the proper services for these folks including becoming NOT homeless and properly employed instead of dumping them into hotel rooms and letting them fend for themselves and staying in the cycle of homelessness. We have already seen what the cycle of welfare did decades ago, now meet the “new boss”, the homeless cycle, which is making a select few rich.

Mayor Dumbo needs to focus on the people who pay taxes and pay your salary as opposed to continuously siding with a group of people who you would not have living near you in your Park Slope home.

And again .66% of people in NYC that are homeless IS NOT A CRISIS, not even close. The crisis is the destruction of quality of life in communities for hard working people just trying to keep their heads above water at times. A crisis is the destruction of the middle class. That is a crisis, not a mishmash of people who are chronic drug addicts/alcoholics, mentally ill, sexual predators, criminals, chronically unemployed, illegally in this country, coming from other states and plan lazy then mixed in with families & veterans who are NOT getting the proper help and instead being warehoused with the “deplorables” I just mentioned.

Face it, this homeless crowd just does not make good neighbors and living in Jamaica, land of the homeless shelter, I can tell you that first hand. Maybe they need a class on being respectful and good neighbors first, maybe that is why they are part of the homeless crew to begin with.

TRUTH & REALITY.

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From Queens Chronicle:

No shelter for mayor at Wilkins town hall

 

CB 12 residents get no assurances on spreading out homeless facilities

Mayor de Blasio, still fending off relentless criticism over negotiations to place a city homeless shelter in Maspeth, found no respite on Sept. 28 at a town hall meeting in St. Albans.

More than 250 residents attended the meeting, hosted by Councilman Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans), in the gymnasium at Roy Wilkins Park. The mayor gave a brief summary of things he believes his administration has progressed on in everything from education to crime.

But the lengthiest — and most vociferous — conversations involved the proliferation of homeless shelters and supportive housing in Southeast Queens.

And they directly accused the city of steering homeless shelters to communities of color.

“This is [Department of Homeless Services] data,” Jamaica resident Gary James said. “The top 10 community boards in the city have more homeless shelters than the remaining 49. Fourteen have none at all.”

The Community Board 12 area in Southeast Queens has about 32 percent of the Queens homeless population and more than 50 percent of the borough’s shelters, according to board officials.

He and Anthony Rivers of St. Albans, the latter of whom is the co-founder of a group that delayed but could not stop a veterans’ shelter on Hollis Avenue, said shelters always appear to be located in communities of color, and that those with few to none are largely white and affluent.

James asked if the mayor would put forth legislation requiring an equal distribution among all community boards.

De Blasio did not respond to that. But he also said the homeless situation, with 60,000 in the city, and the law are a bit more complicated.

He also prefaced his response by saying it would not necessarily be what the crowd wanted to hear.

“Sixty thousand,” de Blasio said. “Think about that.”

He said first that under state law the city may not turn away anyone seeking to be sheltered.

“I have to place them anywhere I can find space,” he said.

He also said the DHS is attempting to shelter people within the borough in which they live in an effort to keep them closer to things like their jobs and children’s schools.

As for racial disparity in the selection process, the mayor told the crowd to look a few miles to the west in Maspeth.

“The city will be going into places where it has never gone before,” he said. “Maspeth is an example of that.”

Maspeth residents have resisted furiously, staging marches at a Holiday Inn that the city plans to turn into a shelter; the Long Island home and another business of the Holiday Inn’s owner; and even the Brooklyn home of DHS Commissioner Steve Banks.

Banks, before accepting a position in the de Blasio administration, spent the better part of two decades battling the city in the courts over homeless issues.

“In many ways I feel Maspeth residents acted inappropriately,” de Blasio said, claiming Banks has received a threat against himself and his family.

The NYPD confirmed for the Chronicle that Banks reported an anonymous threatening phone call, but declined a Freedom of Information request to release a copy of the report.

De Blasio said, in line with attempts to keep the homeless within their communities, that 250 Maspeth residents are listed as homeless. The DHS has said it cannot confirm the figure.

Rivers accused the mayor of using Maspeth as a smokescreen.

“In the time you have been negotiating a shelter in Maspeth, two more have opened up in Community Board 12,” he told de Blasio.

An issue that recently has gone hand-in-hand with shelters in the area is a vast increase in the number of hotels of various sizes that either are under construction or moving through the approval process in Southeast Queens.

Some of the larger, national hotel chains appear genuinely interested in catering to guests from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station hub, which provides quick and direct access to both JFK and Manhattan.

Rivers added, however, that at least two large chains in the area have been accepting DHS clients.

It is the smaller ones that residents and civic leaders fear are more likely to be converted to shelters, or at least to house large numbers of homeless with the city picking up the tab.

Jacqueline McMorris DeLisser of Jamaica lives near a pair of small hotels being built within two blocks of each other on and at the north end of Waltham Street. She said the clustering of some developments have her and her neighbors terrified for what may be coming.

“What are you going to do to stop the hotels?” DeLisser asked.

De Blasio did say there are some things the city could look at like zoning changes that could reduce things like the number of hotels that could be approved in business zones that overlay the ends of streets zoned residential.

“It’s about determining what’s suitable for the neighborhood,” he said.

WHY ARE THUG AUTO BODY SHOPS CONTINUALLY ALLOWED TO SKIRT THE LAWS IN SOUTHEAST QUEENS & TURN OUR PUBLIC STREETS/SIDEWALKS INTO JUNKYARDS

Dynamic Collision4We want an answer for that question, which we as residents have not received to this date.

So here we go again, with Dynamic Collission (92-21 147 Pl) placing their junked cars on sidewalks in our community without any regard to laws and showing such little respect for the community they do business in. AND this definitely goes for all those auto body shops on Merrick Blvd.

Where are all Southeast Queens NYPD precincts on this, where are our local elected officials, where is Community Board 12 on this, especially Adrienne Adams, who is the community board chairperson, who is running for Senate (and we should vote for you) and District Manager Yvonne Reddick.

I have yet heard one power that be explain why laws are not being enforced with these auto body shops who have turned our community into their own private junk yard with both our public streets and public sidewalks.

WE WANT ANSWERS for this blatant illegal behavior that would NOT be tolerated in Forest Hills.

I work in Manhattan on West 57th Street and 11th Ave. There is an auto body shop on that street that is way more busy than any of these hood places and NOT ONE car is on the street or on the sidewalk EVER. It would not be tolerated.

So why it is completely tolerated in a community of color. Why is their a complete lack of enforcement on this issue. Why are our elected officials not speaking out on this and doing something about this. Just another quality of life issue being completely ignored like the several dozen that get ignored continuously from illegal garbage dumping to tractor trailers parked overnight on our streets and everything in between. Why doesn’t the media start asking the hard questions to our elected officials and city agencies on this issue. Why aren’t you holding them accountable and demanding answers NOT EXCUSES. Where is Queens Borough President Melinda Katz who is always talking about the “Jamaica Now Action Plan” which should be changed to Jamaica Now Non-Action Plan. Ms. Katz, would you allow this in your community, on your block? What is your answer?

Can I have one of you on my email list of so-called “powers that be” willing to give me an answer.

Only Senator Tony Avella (my senator) has stepped into this and none of these shops are in his district. Leroy Comrie is the senator for those areas and Daneek Miller is councilmember.

Community Board 13 District Manager, Maria Adam-Ovide ALWAYS answers my emails when I contact her about a problem on the North Side of Hillside. Not only does she answer me in a timely manner, she give a through explanation on the laws and what actions she will take to see that the problem is taken care of quickly. Nothing likes this at all with my own community board.

The inaction by all of you is totally appalling and has become so expected in this community. You are all just as bad as these thug auto body shops showing such a lack of respect for this community by your action on an issue that is completely ILLEGAL.  It is obvious that black lives DON’T matter to any of you.

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This bus had to move into another lane due to auto body shop blocking the lane.

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“LEADERS IN SOUTH QUEENS ALARMED BY NYPD PROCEDURES WHICH ALLOW CHOKEHOLDS – I AM SHOCKED………….. WE HAVE “LEADERS”

I have some advice. Tell some in your South Jamaica Community to act civilized, then there would be no NYPD issue. Law abiding citizens who respect the community, respect their neighbors, don’t hang out and loiter late at night in front of deli’s or apartment buildings making all kind of noise or blasting music from cars bothering residents, don’t carry guns, etc NEVER have an issue. Better yet, let me have Chris Rock break it down for you,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQLCF4Tiqg4

This just surprises me with these leader’s complaint, considering that some of  good portion of South Jamaica is riddle with crime, shootings, drug dealing and other bullshit. So either you want a safe community or you don’t, make up your mind.

Of course the usual suspects are in the photo op below.

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From Queens Courier:

Photo courtesy of Nadia Chait

Photo courtesy of Nadia Chait
From left to right: Bishop Lester Williams, Jackie Lemon-Denton, Phil Craig, Councilman Rory Lacman, Yvonne Reddick, Adrienne Adams and June Bunch address members of the community over the issue of the NYPD’s use of chokeholds.

The NYPD is relaxing a ban preventing cops from using chokeholds on suspects, something that alarms many civic leaders in south Queens.

Councilman Rory Lancman held a press conference on Tuesday alongside Bishops Lester Williams and Leroy Newman, Justice Minister Phil Craig, state Senate candidate Adrienne Adams, Yvonne Reddick and former Councilman Archie Spigner to denounce Patrol Guide 221-01. The document added 11 factors that will examine when it is appropriate for offices to engage an offender with reasonable force.

“Rather than standing with the people of New York and the majority of the City Council who have called for strengthening the ban on this deadly maneuver, Mayor de Blasio is actually loosening restrictions on chokeholds, making it more, not less, likely that they will be used,” Lancman said in a press release issued Tuesday. “This secret rule, which the NYPD didn’t release to the public, practically eviscerates the chokehold.”

After Eric Garner’s death in 2014, Lancman introduced Intro. 540, co-sponsored by 27 other members of City Council, making the use of chokeholds a misdemeanor. De Blasio vowed to veto the bill.

Patrol Guide 221-01 includes a list of considerations for when the NYPD is determining discipline for all uses of force, including everything from firing a gun to physical restraints.

“There is no change in the longstanding department policy that officers are prohibited from using chokeholds,” Monica Kine, deputy press secretary for Mayor de Blasio, wrote in an email to QNS.

The NYPD holds steadfast in its position on chokeholds: “The new use of force policy continues to ban the use of chokeholds. Any other characterization is simply wrong,” an NYPD press representative told QNS in an email.