N90s Pushes de Blasio & Helen Rosenthal to Close 95th St. Shelter

Current Administration Continues (Bad) Policies of Bloomberg Administration as Homeless Shelter Court Battle Continues – City and N90s Exchange Briefs in Appellate Appeals

New York City’s response to the NYS Appellate Court appeal filed by Neighborhood In The Nineties continues a tradition from the Bloomberg Administration – The City response ignores all of the issues raised in our legal arguments:

  • Over-saturation of this neighborhood with facilities that serve the homeless, mentally-ill chemical abusers (MICAs), pedophile sex
    Last year, some residents of the 95th St. Freedom House shelter sought refuge from the heat in Riverside Park, 'cause $3700 a month for a 80-square-foot room does not include A/C.  refuge in the heat because $3700/month does not include AC

    Last year, some residents of the 95th St. Freedom House shelter sought refuge from the heat in Riverside Park, ’cause $3700 a month for a 80-square-foot room does not include A/C.

    offenders, and recently released ex-cons

  • The City broke its own laws regarding Fair Share provisions:
    • Requiring a before-the-fact Fair Share Analysis of community facilities, as set forth in the City Charter and repeatedly upheld by State Supreme Court justices
    • Requiring prior notification of affected communities when facilities are located
    • Community input prior to selecting a location for a shelter
    • Consideration of existing community facilities that serve homeless populations

The shelter’s size was cut in half as a direct result of the claims made in our NYS State Supreme Court lawsuit. We made the case that the 95th Street “Freedom House” shelter’s population exceeded the limits of the City’s Administrative Code. With significant help from the Comptroller’s office and the de Blasio Administration, the shelter size was reduced from 400 in two buildings, to a single building with 200 residents.

This victory for the neighborhood and its legal team at Tane Waterman & Wurtzel has effectively removed the shelter size issue from the appeal.

“We need to look no further than the stabbings that took place on November 11th and 13th to understand the impact of the shelter, and similar facilities, on the neighborhood’s safety,” recalls Aaron Biller, president of Neighborhood In The Nineties.

“On the 11th, the super for Pomander Walk was cleaning the sidewalk on West 94th Street opposite The Stanton, when he was approached and stabbed with a foot-long knife.  This unprovoked attack was made by a gang member with 29 prior arrests who was on his way to Freedom House to visit his mother, a shelter resident.

“Two days later, Nov. 13th, at the St. Louis/Rustin facility that adjoins the back of the shelter, one resident stabbed another over a notice that the facility operator had placed on the door of the victim, a fight that landed both in the hospital, one in critical condition,” Mr. Biller added.

Neighborhood In The Nineties wishes to thank the many contributors to our legal fund.  As we begin our Spring-Summer appeal for contributions, please remember the importance of the lawsuit not only to fight this particular shelter. 

With our neighborhood’s large number of SRO’s, we must realize that we can be targeted again for more facilities by tone-deaf city bureaucrats. The lawsuit is important because it helps a unified neighborhood send a message to City Hall: there are already too many facilities in our neighborhood. The lawsuit provides cover for our politicians who need our encouragement to follow the right path and support public safety and quality of life.

You can support the neighborhood’s lawsuit by visiting www.N90s.org and using PayPal to donate.
Checks may be sent to:
Neighborhood in the Nineties, Inc,
c/o: R.A. Cohen & Associates
Attn: Rina Krebs
60 E 42nd Street, Suite 850
New York, New York 10165

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