2018-09-12 / Front Page

Ozone Park Block Association Protest Rally

More 1,000 people are expecting to attend a protest rally on September 12, 7 p.m., to close the streets and unite and protest the city’s plan to place a homeless shelter for 113 mentally ill homeless adult single men at 85-15 101st Avenue. This location sits between five schools and Khan’s academy, that more than 1,000 children pass daily.

“The Ozone Park Block Association has mobilized Ozone Park to come and rally this night to show the city, the mayor and DHS that we mean business and we vote. The Muslim, Catholic, Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, African American and the Polish communities are expected to rally this location,” said Sam Esposito, president of the Ozone Park Block Association.

“It is a representation of our diverse community,” he continued. “We stand united and ready to fight. The community has already chipped in over $22,000 to help fight against the shelter in a lawsuit filed and to be heard by Judge Kevin Kerrigan, Queens County Supreme Court, on Monday September 17. The community has gathered over 5,000 signatures to protest this site for mentally ill men.”

Invited speakers include NYS Senator Joe Addabbo, Assembly Member Mike Miller, Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato, District Leader Lew Simon, Fr. Paul, pastor of Nativity church, Sr. Francis, principal of Nativity School, Jeanne A. Shannon, principal St Elizabeth’s School, among others not yet confirmed.

Visit the Facebook group, OZPKRBA, Ozone Park Residents Block Association for real time news as it happens and as they report it to the community.

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