In Our Opinion
Jul 01, 2009 | 6314 views | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The mayor has a responsibility to care for the interests of all New Yorkers, not just the minority of wealthy ones who live in Manhattan.

Yet the Bloomberg Administration consistently ignores the needs of outer-borough (and especially low-income) residents. This is wrong, unjust and could very well prove to be one of the lasting legacies of the Bloomberg years.

Certainly the city's plans surrounding its men's homeless intake center prove this point. The city currently operates one intake center for the entire city, where homeless men must go to apply for housing assistance before being sent to assessment shelters.

The Bloomberg administration wants to sell this center to make way for a luxury hotel and residential development. That's for starters.

As if this weren't bad enough, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) plans to relocate the facility to a homeless shelter with one of the worst reputations in the city.

If the facility has to go anywhere (and it doesn't), DHS' claim that Brooklyn is the logical choice - because more homeless men (30 percent) enter the shelter system from Brooklyn than any other borough - makes sense.

But why choose the Bedford-Atlantic armory of all places? The city disputes that shelter's awful reputation, but that's not the point.

DHS, apparently, never consulted key Brooklyn elected officials or community groups before making this decision. The lack of respect is unbelievable. Local stakeholders deserve, at the very least, to be included in the decision-making process.

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