2016-09-14 / Front Page

Markey: City Postpones Shelter Opening

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey reported on September 7 that the City of New York has agreed to delay its plan to open a homeless shelter on October 1st in Maspeth.
After phone conversations with Mayor Bill de Blasio and DHS Commissioner Steve Banks that day and the day before, Markey reported the City will not move forward with its original October 1st opening date for the Holiday Inn Express on 55th Road in Maspeth and has agreed to continue to evaluate the plan and the program for location.
“This postponement gives us the opportunity to continue to bring pressure on the City to change its plan for Maspeth,” said Markey. “With Community Board 5 review still underway, we still have not seen answers to our continuing concerns about the location of the facility, the track record of the proposed provider and details about the financial arrangement between the City, Acacia Network and the hotel owner.”
Assemblywoman Markey, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and Senator Joseph Addabbo filed a lawsuit in NY State Supreme Court on September 1 to stop the opening of the shelter “because it violates several city administrative codes,” Markey noted.
Markey had reached out to NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer shortly after the shelter proposal surfaced in early August to ask for his help in examining the proposal.  That outreach resulted in a meeting in Queens with Stringer, Markey and other elected officials and civic leaders. At that time he explained his role in reviewing a contract for the facility once it was submitted. As of September 7, the Comptroller still had received no contract for the proposed facility, Markey stated.

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