2018-10-10 / Front Page

Ozone Park Block Association To Rally For Safety

An emergency rally has been called for in Ozone Park, by the Ozone Park Residents Block Association, in conjunction with Assembly Member Mike Miller’s office.

On Monday, October 1, at approximately 2 pm, an Ozone Park woman was brutally punched unconscious and robbed, in front of her child whom she had just picked up from St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Academy. They were on their way to pick up another child from the main school, across the street.

The perpetrator was a homeless man, from the Salvation Army shelter in Brooklyn, on Clarkson Ave and E. 42nd Street in East Flatbush. Sam Esposito, the president of the Ozone Park Block Association stated, “We believe, but have not validated, that he is mentally ill.” He continued, “What we feared would happen when and if the shelter at 85-15 101st Ave., the original protest site, opened, has now become our reality, before the shelter even opens.” There are now homeless men all over Ozone Park, he said, adding, “something we never saw before, and we wonder why all of a sudden.”

The Ozone Park Residents Block Association has called for a major rally on Saturday, October 6, at 2 pm, at 94-01 85th Street, between Atlantic Ave. and 95th Ave., in front of St.

Elizabeth’s, where the incident occurred. They said, “This rally is not only to support this woman and her family, and show our concerns and support, but also to stand in solidarity against the mayor’s agenda of early release of perpetrators into the homeless system as a way to close Rikers; and his temporary fix of homelessness, that has grown under his administration, by placing them in our residential, family communities, placing all residents at risk.”

“Ozone Park is taking a stand and putting the city on notice that we will not put our residents, our women and children, and our seniors—the most vulnerable—at risk, with a half-baked plan of putting 90 shelters in residential neighborhoods, essentially placing everyone in harm’s way.”

The association said they expect to have 1,000 people or more to attend the rally. They have invited the public, elected officials and community activists who all will speak and give their concerns. A complete list of speakers will be published on Friday morning on their Facebook group page: Ozone Park Block Association. For real time information visit the page and stay informed.

Those invited to speak at the rally include the victim who was brutally beaten and robbed; elected officials; Jeanne Shannon, principal of St Elizabeth’s; Sister Francis, principal of Divine Mercy; civic leaders from Glendale, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and Woodhaven; Community Boards 9 and 10; District Leaders Lew Simon and Geraldine Chapey; and more.

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