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Dec 27, 2016 | 17692 views | 0 0 comments | 1163 1163 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

I am writing regarding the recent article on Astoria tenants facing holiday evictions (“Officials protest nonprofit evicting residents” - 12/15/16).

On its website, the New York School of Urban Ministry (NYSUM) says it "equips Christians through cross-cultural, hands-on mission experience. We connect idealists with opportunities for action."

Is one of those opportunities the eviction of low0-income tenants from its residential facilities?

As a religious organization, NYSUM is probably tax exempt, but its tax exemption should be challenged by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and State Senator Michael Gianaris.

NYSUM's 990 tax forms filed with the IRS reported rental profits of $446,881 in 2015. U.S. law limits tax-exempt status to nonprofit institutions. How did NYSUM qualify for this?

A profit-making organization that's conscience exempt does not deserve to be tax exempt. Legislators must oppose this benefit.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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