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.
"CB 7 Hosts Heated Debate Over Autistic Residence In Whitestone" (Queens Chronicle)