Sheepshead Bay Community Fights a Group Home at CB 15

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Hasc Center is opening a new Group Home at 2055 East 21st Street, a one family detached home. Hasac Center is an organization that serves infants, children and adults who are developmental challenged or have learning disabilities. It also offers an array of services to the families of these individuals.

I know group homes are always a tough sell to local communities and this was no exception, the entire audience was filled with people from the area surrounding the group home.

According to state law the community board can do one of three things.

You may either: (l) approve the site recommended; (2) suggest one or more alternate sites; or (3) object to the establishment of a residence at the site because to do so in your Board’s opinion, would result in such a concentration of residential facilities that the name and character of the neighborhood would be substantially altered. Please note that under state law need or over-concentration of residential facilities constitutes the only legitimate ground upon which the community can object.

Not without my consent

I’ve never heard such ignorant and bigoted statements from a crowd ever before. One guy said children are calling it an insane asylum, others wanted background checks run on the Hasc clients, another said they had super human strength, another said they couldn’t control their sexual desires and would be sexual deviants. Then at one point a CB 15 board member heard members of that community say something to the effect of “its going to be torched anyway“. Another board member was so disgusted with the crowd that he had to leave the audience and be calmed down by a friend.

Despite the crowds resistance, Chairperson, Theresa Scavo kept the meeting running extremely smoothly. She took no crap from the crowd, kept it moving, and even took time out of the meeting to explain to the crowd how community board meetings work and what the crowd should expect.

Not without my consent

To the idiots that came up to me, don’t come up to me assuming that I took your picture. I am allowed to take your picture without your consent. You are at a public metting in a public place, therefore I have the right. Your fair game. Get over it. The picture was bad anyway and I wasn’t going to use it, but now I am. Nice Sunglasses.

In another incident someone who signed up to speak to the community board even came up to Sheepsheadbites.com and said that his statements could not be quoted without his permission, you too are fair game.

18 comments to Sheepshead Bay Community Fights a Group Home at CB 15

  • Michael P. Judge

    NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard.
    Having dealt with disabled people all my life and being one myself I find this type of behavoir appalling.
    Developmental challenged people are not “sexual deviants”.
    Illinformed and lack of understanding leads to the type of comments that took place at CB15’s meeting.

    If you do not know what a developmental challenged person is, ask your doctor.

  • II live on a block with a home for developmentally challenged persons that has been around for more than 30 years, and you’d never know it was there. Not only that, but they are appreciative of any community involvement (even setting up a board for neighborhood concerns) but they work extremely hard to maintain their facility and address any issues.

    It’s a shame I missed this meeting (emergency meeting for another group). I would’ve had a word or two for the neighbors. It’s all ignorance and stupidity.

  • sally

    I was at the board Meeting and Yes some from the Community were upset and lack the respect of the diabled but the disrespect the Board was giving the community where this home is being put waas FAR WORSE and asked was ther a Group Home on any of the blocks the Board memebers lived were not answered and before anyone could speak the chairperson Scavo stated that unless there was a home within 200 – 400 ft they would not turn down the application which was unfair to say and to actually state that Chairperson Scavo kept the meeting going is understatement she did not want hear anything about the fact that CB15 is the most saturated with these group homes then anyother CB nor that there is a dormetory within 400ft of the propsed site. Maybe CB15 should be looked into as to whetehr or not there is some kind of Collusion going on since there minds were made up before the meeting even started.

  • Anonymous

    Re: Sally
    Holy Run on sentence batman! I know you know how to use a period.. since you used one at the end of that block of text. Try spreading some around.

  • sally

    Re: Anonymous

    You can’t use your name. I didn’t think I had to be so grammatically correct. Just like CB15 they don’t know how to be correct except when getting paid off. I guess the fact that your anonymous id that you must be one of the corrupt CB members.

  • Joanne

    I also was at CB15 meeting last night and thought the actions by Chairperson Scavo was out of line. It was the first time at a CB meeting and was totally appalled by the actions of Ms. Scavo. The community is invited to voice there opinion and concerns and was not given the chance. I think as a community we need our elected officials to answer for this when it comes time for the next election I think a change is in order if concerned citizens are neglected and treated like they were last night.

  • geez louise

    Give Theresa Scavo an ounce of credit for all that she does and all that she is effortlessly involved in. IMHO, she does a great job and offers her support and help to all. She’s been there to assist more than just CB15 many times over, expecting nothing in return.

  • While I wasn’t at the meeting, it sounds like the neighbors were out of control, and outbursts and lack of order doesn’t fly at CB15. I’ve been going to meetings at CB15 for years and I can say that Chairperson Scavo is the best chairperson in many years.

    As far as “saturation” is concerned – it’s a technical term used by the agency, which means that common sense definitions do not apply. So even though CB15 may have a large number ofthese kinds of homes within it, the definition only refers to the number of homes within 200-400 feet of the applicant. If you object to he definition, then lobby for it to be changed in the future.

  • Anonymous

    And this affects GB how?

  • Its news and effects the larger community. I gotta know whats going on outside our area. Whatever changes happen outside of the community will happen here eventually. I dont see anyone else from gerritsen beach (without an agenda) going to these meetings.

    I’m learning from other communities mistakes.

    I can only image the things WE would say if an organization was going to opening a group home in Gerritsen Beach.

  • Michael Schlager

    It would be nice to speak with you. Did not hear back from Ned since our meeting…

    Looking forwards.
    347-869-5638

  • Anonymous

    “Theresa Scavo kept the meeting running extremely smoothly. She took no crap from the crowd, …”

    Beautifully written article, I must say.

    I wonder if this article is as corrupt as Community Board 15.

  • Anonymous

    “To the idiots that came up to me, don’t come up to me assuming that I took your picture. I am allowed to take your picture without your consent.”

    …and your manners are so defined, you are an example to live by.

  • Anonymous

    Comment from geez louise
    Time May 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Give Theresa Scavo an ounce of credit for all that she does and all that she is effortlessly involved in. IMHO, she does a great job and offers her support and help to all. She’s been there to assist more than just CB15 many times over, expecting nothing in return.

    Comment from sally
    Time May 28, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Re: Anonymous

    You can’t use your name. I didn’t think I had to be so grammatically correct. Just like CB15 they don’t know how to be correct except when getting paid off. I guess the fact that your anonymous id that you must be one of the corrupt CB members.

    I know “geez louise” is Scavo.

  • Anonymous

    and I meant to say Thank You Sally
    I know I am on an anonymous name
    it is because I have been an observer for some months and am cautious til I find out more on the is this corruption and ways to handle and approach it.

    We should all make an effort to stop this.

  • @ Anonymous….

    Stop what? A group home from may?

    I know I am really awesome. Its been awhile since i read this post, and i realize that everything you quoted was hysterical. Boy am I funny.

    There is no corruption other than the normal stupid politics, get over it.

    or

    If you do actually have something email me and I will post it.

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