Coalition collects $70,000 in three months
by Andrew Shilling
Dec 09, 2014 | 5160 views | 0 0 comments | 164 164 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dawn Scala gathers signatures and donations at the last Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association meeting at St. Margaret Catholic School.
Dawn Scala gathers signatures and donations at the last Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association meeting at St. Margaret Catholic School.
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Glendale-Middle Village Coalition member Dawn Scala attended the recent Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association meeting to recruit new members and raise money to add to the $70,000 legal fund to fight a proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.

“We’re doing more outreach to get Middle Village involved at this point,” Scala said as she signed up block leaders to hand out fliers and raise funds at the meeting at St. Margaret School last week.

It has been a little more than three months since the fundraising began seeking to hire a lawyer to sue the city and stop a proposed 125-family transitional housing facility from being built at 78-16 Cooper Avenue.

The group announced they have spent $15,000 of the total amount raised, and plan on spending an additional $15,000 in the coming weeks as part of the initial legal action.

Middle Village resident Joseph M. Perez said he first heard about the proposed homeless shelter two months ago, when the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association’s new president Sal Crifasi first took over.

“They’re going about this in the wrong way,” said Perez, a retired teacher. “They should go for rent subsidies, affordable housing and locate someplace else too. Maybe try Forest Hills Gardens or the Upper East Side in Manhattan.”

As far as recent reports suggesting the group has slowed down in their fundraising efforts, Crifasi is confident the group will soon make it to its goal of $130,000.

“I think the coalition is starting to pick up the steam again and hopefully we’ll get more money,” he said.

Sal Crifasi, Glendale-Middle Village Coalition founder and president of the Middle Village Property Owners and Residents Association, said he is still positive about the fundraising efforts.

Coalition member Brian Dooley announced that the group has raised nearly $70,000 from 445 people in both Middle Village and Glendale since September.

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