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Rally Against Parole MegaSite

By Lisa M. Collins
Gowanus United is holding a rally to keep the area from being HQ for Brooklyn parolees

Gowanus United is holding a rally to keep the area from being HQ for Brooklyn parolees

Gowanus United, a group that formed to fight the state’s proposed mega parole center on 2nd Avenue, is holding a rally on Wednesday afternoon to send a message to state and local politicians. The state began building the parole center, which is planned to take 300 to 400 convicts a day as they check in with their parole officers.

The community was not notified of the plans, and in recent years, the Gowanus area has become home to not only artists, galleries and art studios but also families, day care centers, after-school centers, gyms and parks. Residents and workers around the Gowanus area are concerned about the massive influx of released offenders walking past homes and schools.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Community Board 6 (the local advisory committee to the City Council) are each raising questions and publicly supporting a change in the location of the facility. But the state Department of Corrections is constructing a building specifically for the parole center, and some state officials have said that parolees generally do not linger after they check in with a parole officer.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20141016/gowanus/gowanus-parole-center-will-cut-crime-boost-local-business-officials-say.

WHAT:

Rally to Stop the Brooklyn Parole Mega-Site

WHEN:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

(Warm up with Gowanus United at The Bahche Café starting at 2:45 p.m. with FREE hot chocolate and sign-making!)

WHERE:

Rally @ 2nd Avenue and 7th Street (3:30 p.m.)

Warm-up at The Bahche Café @ 191 7th Street (2:45 p.m.)

WHY:

From Gowanus United: “Let’s tell Governor Cuomo and Acting Commissioner of DOCCS that the Parole Mega-Site was ill-conceived and show our fellow New Yorkers that this project was purposefully developed under the radar, keeping the local community completely in the dark.”

“Let’s be seen! Let’s be heard! Bring your children. Bring your friends, co-workers, neighbors.

The group set up a site for RSVPs [Click Here]

 

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Pat
November 17, 2014
11:33 PM

I oppose this facilty due to failure of transparency from the ny state parole department. This is not an adequate site do to the residential nature of the communities that would be affected. I feel it should remain at 350 Livingston St is a commercial area better able to accomodate the agency and annonymity of parolees.