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Shelter sham

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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Without question the Bloomberg administration has initiated a plan to put a 125-family shelter for homeless families in the wrong place. The secret owners of Samaritan Village have already signed a contract with the present owner of 78-16 Cooper Ave. and the Bloomberg Economic Development Corporation is moving the project along — despite the fact that the premises and the location are an absurdity to any prudent person. Of course, the address is not fixed in everyone’s mind, but it is the address of the old Hansel and Gretel “Baloney Factory.”

Here again we have Bloomberg’s people using taxpayers’ money to pay a greedy person far more than the property is worth and then burdening the taxpayer with a huge rehabilitation cost. Clearly, 125 homeless families equates to 400 children who are being forced to live and play in an unsafe place where no working family would choose to live. Frankly, it is all about the money and not about the lost children — children who in most cases do not have the comfort and support of a “Dad.”

Yes, on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., a candidate for Queens borough president, had a rally at the site of the old “Baloney Factory” to call greater attention to this misuse of the taxpayers’ money and the need to involve the community in planning public projects before any plans are initiated.

Incidentally, since Vallone is a Democrat, I had expected to see the Democratic councilwoman for the neighborhood at his side echoing the rally cry to stop this waste of the taxpayers’ money. Where was Elizabeth Crowley? Oh, I forgot, Peter is not the “party’s pick.” Here again it’s all about politics — not about the welfare and future of the children.

Ed Kampermann
Howard Beach

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