Brownsville residents fear for children?s safety with proposed parole center
More than 100 families living in the Van Dyke Housing Complex in Brownsville say they fear for their children?s safety if a parole center for ex-cons is established on the ground floor of their building.
The plan is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg?s (R-NY) Operation Safe Housing, a project aimed at decreasing criminal activity on public housing property. Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt says former criminals already reside in Van Dyke and it is safer and more effective if these individuals have easier access to improvement services.
According to Feinblatt, members of the Bloomberg administration are listening to opposition through the New York City Housing Authority. However, residents say their opinions are not being heard.
Feinblatt says the parole center is scheduled to open this fall.