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.
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.
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.