Thank you to all who attended the August 11th hearing regarding the proposed homeless shelter at the Holiday Inn in Maspeth. The turnout was fabulous! Within no time Martin Luther's gym was filled to capacity with crowds waiting outside to get in. We were told the line stretched for several blocks. It was impossible to get an accurate count of the crowd, but we believe it was about 2,000 or more.
Since those outside would never get a chance to hear the proposal or testify, we decided they should make good use of their time and rally outside the Holiday Inn. After the hearing many folks left the building and joined the crowd that had already assembled outside the hotel.
Mike Locascio, who is spearheading the fight, is holding a rally every evening this week outside the hotel beginning at 6:30 pm. We urge everyone to to make time to attend.
There will be another public hearing on August 31st but the location is now up in the air. Maspeth H.S. does not have the capacity to hold the crowd. Once a location is determined we'll let you know.
Below is a YouTube video of August 11th's crowd outside Martin Luther H.S. and subsequent march to the Holiday Inn.
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association