Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks was drowned out by hundreds of angry Queens residents on Thursday night, as he attempted to make a case for a new homeless shelter for adult families in place of the Holiday Inn Express at 59-40 55th Road in Maspeth.
"To the people yelling at me in the front row saying, 'They [the proposed shelter residents] should go back to East New York,' I just want to emphasize again that there are 243 of your neighbors in shelter," Banks said, before he was drowned out by boos.
BP ADAMS STATEMENT ON TROUBLING COMMENTS MADE REGARDING HOMELESS SHELTER SITING AND EAST NEW YORK
“I am troubled by the sentiments shared by a number of individuals at a public meeting that discussed a proposal for an adult family homeless shelter in Queens. Homelessness comes from every corner of our city. We cannot accept any attempt to pit New Yorker against New Yorker, no matter how passionate we may feel about the quality of life issues in our communities. The select few who call out for homeless people to go ‘back to East New York,’ especially in the context of a gathering regarding a newly proposed facility and not a re-siting from that neighborhood, are raising a concerning specter of bias that must be addressed, be it on the basis of race, socioeconomic status, or any other factor.
The only problem is that this is not what happened. Here is the video:
ONE person sitting near the front shouted "This is not East New York" when the DHS Commissioner asserted that there are 243 people from Maspeth in the homeless system, which has already been proven to be a lie. Obviously, East New York is an economically depressed community which will have more homeless people than Maspeth. (But it's more fun to make facts up in order to produce sensationalistic headlines.)
FYI, Eric Adams is planning to run against de Blasio.