OZONE PARK – Last Thursday, at a meeting with more than 700 residents and a number of representatives from the Department of Homeless Services and Lantern Community Services, longtime Ozone Park resident Sam Esposito announced that he had hired a lawyer and would be filing a suit against the City of New York.
At issue is the homeless shelter the city plans for the neighborhood, which Lantern would oversee.
“This is not about hate … this is not about prejudice … it is about safety and concern for families and children,” he said.
According to Esposito he personally paid for the lawyer, which cost $10,000 up front. Over the course of the lawsuit it is expected to cost $100,000. Esposito has asked the community to donate to a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost.
“The Department of Homeless Services wants to place a homeless shelter for mentally ill single adults in the middle of our community, in the path of 5 schools and 8 churches. With the rise of crime with the mentally ill homeless community, we fear for our children, our seniors, and our women, in our community. We have hired an attorney who is going to sue the city and stop this from happening. The funds will be used for legal fees and anything left will be donated to needy families here in Ozone Park, through the block association.” – sais GoFundMe page