Chancellor's District 24 town hall has been cancelled
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UPDATE: CEC 24's town hall with Chancellor Richard Carranza has been cancelled, according to the organization.

Lucy Accardo, president of the council, sent an email on Wednesday morning notifying attendees that Carranza will instead be attending a memorial service for an employee who was killed on her way to work last week.

CEC 24 will host the chancellor for a town hall "at a future date," Accardo wrote.

The council will still host its monthly meeting on December 17th at PS 58, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Glendale-Middle Village Coalition is still working behind the scenes to put together a second lawsuit to stop a 200-bed homeless shelter from coming to 78-16 Cooper Avenue early next year.

The legal challenge, which will focus on the relationship between the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the Department of Buildings (DOB), is expected to go through the Board of Standards of Appeals (BSA) first.

The coalition has also filed an Article 78 proceeding against DHS. Both challenges will come up against the deadline of the shelter’s expected opening in 2020.

In the meantime, shelter opponents will be watching closely an upcoming town hall with Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on Tuesday, December 17.

Community Education Council (CEC) District 24 is hosting the chancellor at PS 58 in Maspeth at 6:30 p.m.

Ironically, CEC 24 is presenting an award to Councilman Robert Holden that same night,15 minutes before the town hall is scheduled to take place.

Holden has widely criticized Carranza and the Department of Education (DOE) over the past few months, including on proposed reforms to the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and Gifted and Talented (G&T) programs.

The councilman has also led a crusade against the grade-fixing scandal at Maspeth High School, a topic that will surely come up at the town hall.

Holden has also repeatedly said that a District 75 school for special needs students was all set to come to the former factory site at 78-16 Cooper Avenue until Carranza stepped in.

The chancellor announced tens of millions of dollars to repair the District 75 school at PS 9 in Maspeth. As a result, the Glendale site was left open to become a homeless shelter, a fear that DHS later confirmed.

The town hall with Chancellor Carranza will be interesting to watch as the fight against the Glendale homeless shelter continues into the new year.
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