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Man on hunger strike over homeless shelter plan

Ozone Park's Sam Esposito vows he will not eat until the mayor agrees to a meeting

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Posted: Monday, August 6, 2018 2:25 pm

As of Monday morning, longtime Ozone Park resident and community leader Sam Esposito is on a hunger strike.

Esposito, who has previously served on Community Board 9, has come out of retirement after he heard of the city’s plans to put a homeless shelter for 113 mentally ill adult men in his neighborhood.

“We cannot allow Ozone Park to be dramatically impacted by the crime and disturbance, along with the disruption of our lives this will cause in our community,” an Ozone Park Residents’ Block Association press release says. “Therefore, starting tomorrow and indefinitely, Sam Esposito will hold muster in front of the location 24/7, and will go on a hunger strike until the City of NY finally agrees to sit down with us.”

The site is a former church at 85-15 101 Ave.

Esposito is serving as the president of the newly rebooted OZPRBA, according to the group’s Facebook page.

The Mayor’s Office has not yet replied to requests for comment regarding the situation. 

Esposito announced on July 19 at a town hall meeting that he had hired a lawyer to represent the people of Ozone Park, and would be filing a lawsuit against the city to block the shelter.

According to Esposito, the official filing of the suit will be announced on Tuesday, Aug. 7 during a noon press conference. 

Esposito hired the same lawyer who, years ago, represented the people of Glendale in a similar case and is asking for people to donate money since the cost of the lawyer is expected to reach $100,000 throughout the lawsuit. 

So far, the fundraising page, gofundme.com/stop-ozone-park-homeless-shelter, has raised more than $18,000.

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  • EMMESS posted at 6:34 pm on Mon, Aug 6, 2018.

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