...elected officials who represent the area said they were "blindsided" by the move, with several blasting the city for its lack of transparency.
"This community finds itself once again blindsided with the last-minute announcement of yet another hotel conversion," Congressman Joe Crowley wrote in a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio last week that accused the administration of opening the site with "no prior notice, and zero community input."
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, whose district also includes the hotel site, said he was told about its use only "a few hours before they started moving families into that shelter."
"That is a broken system," Van Bramer said at a contentious Queens Community Board 2 meeting Thursday, where representatives from DHS were in attendance. "It is wrong, it is absolutely absurd, to start moving families in before anyone in the community knows."
Hey guys, this was going on long before you endorsed the mayor for re-election and carried petitions for him to get on the ballot and sang with him last month. So please knock it off with the phony outrage.