We are preparing for a legal challenge and we will be prepared to file an Article 78 Lawsuit against DHS and NYC (Mayor De Blasio) in the next two weeks. An Article 78 lawsuit challenges the actions of administrative agencies (DHS) and other government bodies (NYC and the mayor). We are challenging DHS for not completing a State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR). This should have been completed prior to choosing this site for the shelter’s location.
“What happens if an agency does not comply with SEQR?If an agency makes an improper decision or allows a project that is subject to SEQR to start, and fails to undertake a proper review, citizens or groups who can demonstrate that they may be harmed by this failure may take legal action against the agency under Article 78 of the New York State Civil Practice Law and Rules. Project approvals may be rescinded by a court and a new review required under SEQR. New York State’s court system has consistently ruled in favor of strong compliance with the provisions of SEQR.”
Website with SEQR information: https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/357.html
I get that many are discouraged as the work at the site continues. We cannot make them stop, but we can make it difficult. Please keep filing the 311 complaints and email your reference number to email@example.com. Yes, they keep filing for and receiving more permits, but they work beyond their new permits every night. I go past regularly late at night and there is lots of noise coming from inside. If we ask you to call 311, please call and make sure you include the noise that is coming from the building.
I have sent emails about this to all our local representatives and included Anthony Iuliano, the Intergovernmental Affairs liaison for the Dept. of Buildings. Many may have met him at our civic meetings. Councilman Vallone’s office has gotten back to me about the problem and has reached out to Anthony Iuliano. I was told Anthony Iuliano would get back to me, but as of yet, he has not.
PLEASE CALL or EMAIL Anthony Iuliano (DOB), Dereck Lee (DOB), Councilman Vallone, Assemblyman Rosenthal and Senator Liu about the afterhours work that continues to go on. The DOB must be held accountable for this nonsense, it is unacceptable.
Also, give a call to the missing Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz. In case you have not heard, she will be running for Queens DA and will need the support of Queens to win! You might want to mention how disappointed you are that she has not supported us at all and that you are very surprised she did not attend our civic meeting on the March 26th to address our concerns.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz 718 286-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Queens DOB Office Derek Lee, R.A.,
Borough Commissioner Chao-Hsiang Ho, R.A.,
Deputy Borough Commissioner Jaime Maule, Borough Director
Borough Commissioner: (718) 286-7670
Borough Director: (718) 286-7630
Customer Service: (718) 286-7620
Anthony Iuliano: AIuliano@buildings.nyc.gov
NYS Senator John LiuPhone: 718-765-6675 or email@example.com
Council Member Paul Vallone 718 619-8611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assembly member Daniel Rosenthal 718 969-1508 or email@example.com
The lawyer has told us to keep making noise, stay outspoken, stay seen, and keep contacting our political leaders. We MUST do this. Please do not give up, we need many people to call and email, we have to make ourselves heard.
We are in the process of planning a very big community rally at City Hall in Manhattan. If we can get the date, it will be during the day on Good Friday 4/19. We understand that many have to work, but we need to be there during the week while there are many people in the building and walking around outside. I know some will not be able to attend this rally, but please make every effort to join us, as always our rally will be kid friendly. We encourage you to bring your children. We are going to supply transportation as well.
Also, coming up we will be having a rally with the entire city. The Five Borough Coalition for A Better New York City will be organizing this event. Every borough will be gathering on the steps of their borough City Hall in protest of DHS’s neglect of proper protocol and the Mayor for his homeless initiative that is not helping anyone. Currently, the Five Borough Coalition is going borough to borough uniting with civics all across the city, to make communities aware of what the Mayor is doing. We are getting stronger and stronger and the Mayor is starting to pay attention.
More information about the rallies is forthcoming. Thank you for your continued support. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.