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Group Home "Pros" Outnumbered "Cons" At Board Meeting
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 19, 2003

FLUSHING, NEW YORK--A non-profit organization wants to lease a vacant building, renovate it to bring it up to code, and turn it into a home for seven young men that have autism.

Neighbors showed up at the Community Board 7 meeting last Monday to testify against allowing the new group home, one neighbor even suggesting that the state needed to "find a much cheaper house that really just needs a coat of paint."

But those interested in seeing the building become a home -- most of them parents of people with autism -- far outnumbered their opponents.

The resolution allowing the organization to establish the home passed with 36 board members in favor, 3 opposed and one abstention, the Queens Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Related article:
"CB 7 Hosts Heated Debate Over Autistic Residence In Whitestone" (Queens Chronicle)


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