City stealth shelter gambit
Aug 27, 2019 | 1500 views | 0 0 comments | 689 689 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week, we wrote about the curious situation that Councilman Robert Holden found himself in.

The Middle Village pol was forced to criticize millions of dollars in funding to renovate a school for special needs students in Maspeth, because it could jeopardize his efforts to get a new school for special needs students in Glendale.

The site that Holden wanted to use for the new school just happened to be the same site the city was eyeing for a large homeless shelter that was proposed years ago.

The logic was that if the city made enough improvements to the school in Maspeth, there would be no need to build the new school in Glendale, leaving it open for a new homeless shelter.

Therefore, Holden was put in a position where he actually had to oppose school funding for his district, which is unheard of.

Well, we guess Holden had reason to worry. The city announced two days after we went to press that the site in Glendale would in fact be turned into that homeless shelter.
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