Coverage of Pinky's rally from the Queens Chronicle:
Residents Rally Outside Maspeth Halfway House
Community Board 5 member Michael LoCascio also assailed the owner for failing to notify the community before moving there — adding that he would never have objected so strenuously if the facility had been authorized to serve nearby residents in need of minor criminal rehabilitation.
Mike LoCascio replaced the 70-year old former marine and community volunteer who was allegedly harassed by Dennis Gallagher at a shopping mall. He hasn't even attended his first CB5 meeting yet.
“This is why we have a problem,” LoCascio said, pointing to a plastic dime bag laying on the sidewalk, just feet from the front door.
Those words coming from him are just so damn funny considering...oh, nevermind.
Anyway, back to Pinky:
Despite the vacate order, Gallagher said he later received a defiant call from Gomez claiming he had no intention of leaving or complying with any of the department’s mandates. “That is why we planned this rally,” Gallagher said last Monday.
Yes, if I were running an illegal flophouse, I would be sure to call up the councilman in the area and tell him that the ex-cons are staying put. Gallagher felt the need to come up with something to explain the reason for this press conference after his phoniness was spotlighted on Queens Crap.
“To send a clear message that this … owner, who showed no respect for the community or for the occupants of this home, is not welcome in Maspeth.”
[I wonder if he told the same thing to the owner of nearby St. Saviour's, who also has shown no respect for the community. It's doubtful since Gallagher failed to show up at either the rally or press conference held last year to save the church and is now cutting deals with the same developer.]
Notice that Assemblywoman Marge Markey didn't come to her own rally, but her number one supporter, Maspeth Federal Savings president, Ken "I'm from Polack Alley" Rudzewick, did. [His bank sold the mortgage for St. Saviour's to the developer.] He's wearing a suit and tie and shades in the photos.
Now, on to the Queens Ledger:
Strength In Numbers
Maspeth will not stand for an illegal halfway house in its community.
150-plus neighbors made that clear on Monday, turning out for a rally hosted by Councilman Dennis Gallagher, who has been leading the fight against 59-39 58th Avenue.
150 people? I think not. Sources tell QC that the turnout was a few dozen. Take a look at the photos from the Times Newsweekly which show the entire crowd. Strangely, despite their own photographic evidence, the Times Newsweekly reported that there were "more than 200 people" at the rally. (The Times Newsweekly article is not linked online yet.)
Let's check the coverage from the Times Ledger:
58th Ave. flophouse sparks rally
More than 75 angry Maspeth residents joined area leaders Monday to protest a halfway house on 58th Avenue which had briefly housed 12 ex-convicts from Rikers Island before the city Department of Buildings issued a vacate order in late March.
The Fire Department gained entry into the home on March 28 and the DOB issued a full vacate order after finding hazardous conditions during inspection, a department spokeswoman said. The city evicted 12 former inmates from Rikers Island who were using the building as a halfway house, she said.
75 attendees sounds more like it. (Perhaps the reporters from the Queens Ledger and Times Newsweekly were seeing double.)
The building has already been shut down. It's obvious that there was no need for this rally or to waste police manpower to oversee it.
Thank you, Times Ledger, for having the guts to report the truth!