5-Borough Coalition

Communities all over NYC are being ignored by the city of New York, we are fighting to protect the quality of our neighborhoods and safety of our families. As individual communities we are not being heard, in fact we are being ignored. On February 8th, 2019 that came to an end. Civic organizations all over the city united and we formed the 5-Borough Coalition and now we fight together. We have been told by very good sources that the mayor is now watching and listening to what is going on, therefore we have to keep fighting and pushing back no matter how hopeless we feel at times. We are in this together and we are going to make change. Everyone in College Point are a part of the 5-Borough coalition. You have to keep coming out and getting others involved, that is the only way we win. More information will be available about the 5-Borough Coalition. Below is the board of the 5-Borough coalition.

FIVE (5) BORO COALITION 
PO BOX 261 
OZONE PARK NY 11417
FIVEBOROCOALITION@AOL.COM

BOARD: 
President
: Sam Esposito-Ozone Park 

Bronx Chair: Egidio J. Sementilli -Middletown Pelham Bay 

Brooklyn Chair: Chris Banks – East New York, Brooklyn 

Staten Island Chairs: Saul Porter – North Shore, Staten Island & Frank Siracusa South Shore, Staten Island

Manhattan Chair: Oz Sultan-Harlem, Manhattan 

Secretary -Tristan Hass-Financial District, Manhattan

Queens Chair– Jennifer Shannon, College Point, Queens

Advisor – Mike Scala ESQ

Still Trying to Figure Out Why Anyone Thinks A 200+ Transitional Shelter in College Point is a Smart Idea!

Here are some of the facts you should know! 

  • In the Summer 2019 a 200+ all male transitional shelter will open at 127-03 20th Avenue, College Point, NY 11356.
  • A transitional shelter means the men living in this shelter will be returning from prison and drug rehabilitation facilities (Someone from DHS told us most of the residents will be from prison).
  • A local business owner accidentally found out about the plan and shared the news with College Point’s Civic leader and local elected officials. If he had not uncovered this plan, the community would have only been notified 30 days prior to the shelter opening.
  • We were told that Community Board 7, our Councilman, and our local civic group did not have to be a part of this decision.
  • The city of NY will use our hard earned tax dollars to pay between $2000 – $4000. per man every month to stay at this shelter.  This means a NON-PROFIT group will receive between 5 million & 9 million dollars a year. Did I say NON-PROFIT?
  • DHS stated that all these men are from our community or surrounding communities. Really!?!?
  • The shelter is located in the middle of all our schools, approximately 3000 students. The closest school is 2 blocks away and the furthest school is only 5 blocks away. The shelter is surround by 5 schools; 1 pre-k school, 2 elementary schools, 1 middle school, and an all girl’s Catholic high school.
  • Half of College Point’s homeless population would not be eligible to use this shelter because they are women!
  • Newly formed CP Residents’ Coalition has raised some money, but still needs more to pay for the lawyer that has been hired to sue DHS and NYC on behalf of the residents in College Point.
  • We have had three protests and will definitely have more.
  • We need donations!
  • We need volunteers!
  • We need the whole community to get involved!

For the full media release statement CLICK HERE

Official GoFundMe Page

This is our official GoFundMe account. We DO NOT support any other page. To donate online please CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us at abettercollegepoint@gmailcom. Jennifer Shannon, Rex Lam, Cathleen Shannon or Elizabeth Cuccia will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also call us at (929) 356-4344.

Letter Writing Campaign

We are in the early stages of our fight. We have to keep this momentum going. One thing everyone has to do over the next few weeks is email the politicians that are supposed to represent us!

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has been exceptionally quiet and is running for Queens DA. She needs to know the opposition she will get from us, if she doesn’t start supporting our community!

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz 718 286-3000 or email her at info@queensbp.org

Scott M. Stringer Comptroller of New York signs off on all these non profit contracts. This project is costing the tax payers of NY $9,000,000, are you kidding me!!!!! Let him know this is not okay!!! Give his office a call!

Scott M. Stringer 212 669-3916 or email him at action@comptroller.nyc.gov

Don’t stop with these two, email, write letters, or call all our elected officials! Click below for all our elected officials contact information and some helpful talking points you can use when you are writing your concerns down.

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