Monday, July 13, 2009
Elmhurst residents rally against homeless shelter
Linda Lam kicks off the rally against the Elmhurst homeless shelter.
Roe Daraio, president of COMET, speaks.
Jeff Gottlieb, representing State Senator Joe Addabbo, says the senator is with the residents.
Claude Pierre, a neighbor, speaks, tells Bloomberg and Katz, "Shame on you!"
Councilwoman Helen Sears' spokesperson, George Onuorah, addresses the crowd.
Vicky Morales representing Councilwoman Melinda Katz gets booed!
Democratic District Leader James Lisa says he will pressure elected officials on this issue.
Former Assemblyman Michael Cohen explains who the Queens Alliance is and why they shouldn't be opening a shelter anywhere.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley encourages the crowd to keep up the good work.
The sizable crowd marched around the block chanting and carrying signs. They signed up new voters, circulated petitions and made arrangements for future events. And unlike the rest of Queens, these folks know exactly who to blame. Why the hatred toward Katz? From the Forum West:
This portion of Elmhurst is in the City Council district of Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), who was not at Monday’s meeting. A resident said she called Katz’s district office but was told by an aide that the effort is a lost cause since the project is allowed under the zoning. Instead, the aide suggested that the resident consider hiring an attorney, a solution she said was not acceptable.
FYI: Katz IS an attorney.
Katz is also one of the political bastards who did nothing while her constituents' hospital closed. Now they get a homeless shelter? That seems like a fair tradeoff. The residents promised to return the favor by not voting for either Bloomberg or Katz later this year.
Photos and videos by Christina Wilkinson