CCG enlisted the support of local elected officials to write protest letters to DHS and city Comptroller John Liu calling for a follow-up audit of DHS; scored a front-page article in the New York Times exposing mismanagement and sleazy practices at Lapes-owned city shelters; and won a temporary restraining order halting the shelter.
But with the city experiencing record homelessness and Lapes facing the loss of a contract that would net him $250,000 month, CCG expects a hard fight.
CCG is calling on its Brooklyn neighbors to contribute to its legal fund. You can make a donation online here. You can also donate by check payable to:
Carroll Gardens Neighborhood AssociationAll checks are tax deductible.
Attn: RY Management
505 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11231
CCG's next court date is March 15.
The March 15 hearing was adjourned at the request of the city's Corporation Counsel.
The TRO remains in place. (link)
CCG sees the lawsuit as the best way to shine a light on the city's plans for 165 west 9th Street and the illegal, unsafe conditions underlying the proposal by DHS and its profiteering friends.
During the adjournment, CCG will continue raising money to pay its legal fees. To help keep the case alive, donate to the CCB legal fund.
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Lapes and his cronies, the group said, won't go away voluntarily -- they will have to be beaten back.
CCG reports it has received concerned emails about construction taking place at 165 west 9th St. Lapes has apparently gotten a work permit from the DOB to begin renovating the building to accommodate a "non profit with sleeping accommodations." In other words, Lapes and DHS are going forward during the adjournment.