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Lawsuit Filed Against City as Concerned Staten Islanders Fight Broken Process & Failed Leadership That Has Homeless Shelters Planned for Residential Neighborhoods

Staten Island – A lawsuit was filed on Monday in Richmond County Supreme Court against the City of New York and other respondents regarding the proposed shelter at 1055 Hylan Boulevard. The case has been assigned to Judge Ralph Porzio who stated he wants to hear from the City before making any decisions on the matter. 

Staten Island has been a target of Mayor de Blasio’s plan to build homeless shelters throughout the borough with two others planned for 119 Tompkins Avenue and 44 Victory Boulevard.

Said Staten Island Borough President candidate Leticia Remauro “The mayor is trying to foist his failure to create affordable housing onto the shoulders of Staten Island homeowners who are already burdened with unfair property taxes. Shelters are not the answer. They’re not the answer for the indigent, not for communities, not for anyone. The city’s open ended request for proposals to create shelters in residential neighborhoods is insane and dangerous. I will oppose the practice every way. This lawsuit is the first step in the process.”

When the government fails our communities, neighbors come together to act. This is why I’m running for Borough President – to speak up and lead when the usual politicians duck and cover,” added Remauro.

The next appearance date for the lawsuit is scheduled for July, at which time Judge Porzio is expected to create a briefing schedule to allow the City to submit their opposition papers.