In what a seemed like an unending battle with the community, the Skyway Men’s Shelter has finally removed the convicted sex offenders, which they housed in violation of city statutes less than 1,000 feet from local school PS/MS 124.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica) announced the good new at the Community Board 10 meeting in Ozone Park last Thursday. Wills stated it was a community effort, “It was all of us together as one.” He noted that there have been no incidents since the shelter the Skyway was turned exclusively into a men’s shelter in 2011.
“Deputy Inspector Schiff directed his officers to patrol PS/MS 124’s grounds, particularly during arrival and dismissal, as well as the surrounding park(s). In addition to those locations, the previous precinct commander, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, arranged for patrols at the nearby gas station where offenders residing at Skyway were seen panhandling,” said a spokesperson for Wills’ office.
A press release from Wills’ office regarding the evacuation of the sex offenders stated, “I am pleased to report that sex offenders are no longer being housed at the Skyway Men’s Shelter. DHS has assured my office it will act more cautiously to ensure compliance with the State’s guidelines when sheltering such individuals, and I thank the Department for its cooperation.”