On Saturday, July 27, at 6 p.m., the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition is hosting a fundraiser at Yer Man’s Irish Pub, located at 70-26 88th Street in Glendale.
According to a flyer circulated on social media, the goal is to raise $15,000 for legal fees to help stop the shelter from coming to Cooper Avenue.
Glendale resident Dawn Scala spoke about the fundraiser at Community Board 5’s July meeting two weeks ago. She said while she hopes the District 75 school that Councilman Bob Holden has been pushing for is on track, the owner of the site is “full steam ahead” on making it a homeless shelter.
“We need to be ready at a moment’s notice because they can be done with the building and give 30 days notice to open a shelter,” Scala said.
In April, 100 members of the Glendale-Middle Village Coalition protested in front of Wilner’s home on Long Island, as well as in front of his synagogue.
The coalition has argued that the area needs a District 75 school for students with disabilities. PS 9, another District 75 school in Maspeth, is operating at 128 percent capacity.
The coalition has held previous fundraisers in opposition to the proposed shelter on Cooper Avenue. In September 2014, the group raised over $5,000 from 59 contributors.
Last August, the coalition created another GoFundMe campaign, this time raising more than $10,500 from 188 contributors.
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