Punishing the rich: Bill de Blasio to open homeless shelter on NYC’s ‘Billionaires’ Row’

Punishing the rich: Bill de Blasio to open homeless shelter on NYC’s ‘Billionaires’ Row’
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[Ed. – No doubt the judge, a Democrat, lives somewhere else. It is a fact that de Blasio does.]

A Manhattan judge on Monday gave city officials the green light to open a controversial homeless shelter in the ritzy “Billionaires’ Row” neighborhood.

State Supreme Court Justice Alexander Tisch rejected arguments from the West 58th Street Coalition and other opponents that the former Park Savoy Hotel doesn’t meet current safety standards and is unsafe in case of fire.

Tisch ruled that while the only way out is through the lobby and the stairwell may be too narrow for both tenants and first responders at the same time, “these are all aspects for which the City and its agencies are supposed to be given deference.”

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Tisch said the fact that the city granted the shelter a partial temporary certificate of occupancy “demonstrates to the Court that the building is presumably safe and in compliance with applicable laws.”

He also ruled that claims the neighborhood already had more than its “fair share” of shelters were “without merit.”

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