August 28, 2020 | 4:23pm
Mayor de Blasio had no clue his administration is housing round 100 former Rikers Island inmates at a Wyndham lodge in Queens — even after a gaggle of lawmakers wrote him a letter in regards to the public security issues final month.
“I don’t have data of a single location with 100 former inmates,” de Blasio stated on WNYC radio Friday after a neighbor of the Wyndham in Recent Meadows known as in in regards to the lodge.
“That doesn’t jibe with what I do know. I don’t know of anywhere the place there’s that form of focus of former inmates,” de Blasio stated.
In late July, Rep. Grace Meng, state Sens. John Liu and Toby Stavisky, Meeting members David Weprin and Nily Rozic, and Councilmen Barry Grodenchik and Peter Koo penned a letter to de Blasio voicing security issues from native residents.
There have been 5 911 calls in regards to the Wyndham on 186th Avenue simply this month. Two of the calls had been for a “disorderly particular person refusing to go away.” The others had been a couple of 34-year-old man “dizzy and vomiting,” a 50-year-old man with the identical situation, and a 52-year-old lady who fell and hit her head, in response to an NYPD spokeswoman.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated the mayor’s choice to launch 1,500 Rikers inmates for COVID-19 causes has contributed to the Large Apple’s crime wave. Of these launched, 13 p.c had been re-arrested together with seven individuals for gun expenses and one for a homicide cost, in response to Metropolis Corridor knowledge.
A mayoral spokesman has stated that re-offense fee is just like that for non-coronavirus releases.
Stavisky, who represents the Recent Meadows group, rapped officers for putting inmates together with ex-convicts from state prisons within the lodge “in the midst of the night time.”
“You wish to work with the group. You don’t come in the midst of the night time and dump individuals there. It’s a mistake. It’s disrespectful.” She discovered in regards to the placement in June when neighbors noticed individuals from the lodge panhandling.
Stavisky stated the group that works with the ex-jailbirds, Exodus Transitional Companies, has met with the local people board and is giving residents meals, MetroCards and job coaching.
“We’re not a reactionary group. However we’ve got to work cooperatively,” she stated, including that she believes in “rehabilitation.”
The town signed a $835,000 contract with the group earlier this yr, in response to information. Exodus has given $50 present playing cards to seven former inmates who participated within the “Rikers Island Public Reminiscence Venture to share their narrative of incarceration throughout COVID-19,” in response to the group.
A Metropolis Corridor spokeswoman stated the Mayor’s Workplace of Prison Justice is housing individuals on the Wyndham who had been not too long ago launched from jail to supply secure shelter in the course of the pandemic. She stated the inhabitants has decreased to 80 residents.
“We have now been in communication with native elected officers, and arranged a tour of the ability on web site to handle any issues. We’ve additionally had two further group assembly between service suppliers who’re offering programming and providers on web site, native elected officers, and group leaders. These conversations are ongoing,” the spokeswoman stated.