PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY: PARK SAVOY HOTEL 11:30AM – UNREPORTED RAMPANT CRIME AT CITY SHELTERS

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Suzanne Silverstein 347-721-1609

West 58th Street Coalition

http://www.W58Coalition.com

Stuart Marques

stuart@ stuartmarquescommunications. com

917-273-6194

MANHATTAN RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO ‘BILLIONAIRE’S ROW’ HOMELESS SHELTER TO HOLD PRESS CONFRERENCE TODAY OVER SAFETY CONCERNS AFTER CITY HALL ‘COVER UP‘ OF HOMELESS STATISTICS

LOCAL RESIDENTS IRATE OVER INACCURATE CRIME STATISTICS REGARDING HOMELESS SHELTERS RELEASED BY DE BLASIO ADMINISTRATION

NEW YORK — Local residents in a neighborhood slated to get a homeless shelter hotel will hold a press conference today to discuss safety concerns following reports of discrepancies in crime statistics surrounding New York City Homeless shelters. Representatives of the community will gather today, April 25, 201 at 11:30am at the Park Savoy Hotel, 158 W. 58th Street, New York. The residents of the Central Park South area great fear having crime and drug use in a highly populated tourist and residential community.

The de Blasio administration has proposed placing a homeless shelter at the Park Savoy Hotel near Central Park South, a block from so-called “Billionaires Row.” This largely residential area has been rallying against the proposal, which would place over 140 homeless, single, men in the shelter, some of whom being parolees. Members of the W. 58th Street Coalition have expressed serious safety concerns with regard to their neighborhood. Residents been reassured by the Mayor that safety should be of no concern for the residents, however, these reports reveal a concerted effort to deceive the public about crime levels in and around homeless shelters.

The Department of Homeless Services recently announced there were no cases of drug possession, drug sales or drug use inside the Bedford-Atlantic Armory shelter in Crown Heights. According to published reports, Homeless Services Department police responded to 113 narcotics-related incidents at the armory last year and made 51 arrests — an average of one a week. Additionally, the statistics offered by the de Blasio administration did not match up to the police reports, claiming only 29 “critical incidents” took place at the Armory Shelter. Reports show there were, in fact, 89 arrests there. The factually inaccurate statistics at the Armory and other shelters around the city raise serious concerns about reporting efficiency of NYC Homeless Services Department.

WHEN:

Today, April 25, 2018

11:30

WHERE:

PARK SAVOY HOTEL

158 W. 58th Street

New York, New York

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