On April 13, community members from Middle Village and Glendale, led by Glendaler Mike Papa, rallied at the home of Michael Wilner, the owner of 78-16 Cooper Ave, who is working with shelter providers to convert his defunct factory into a homeless shelter for 200 formerly incarcerated single men. The rally was peaceful and sent a message to Wilner to rethink his plan for the property. Upon catching wind that Wilner was playing cards at a nearby synagogue where he serves as president, the protesters performed a silent march in its parking lot under the watch of the Jericho PD before returning home. A full Stop Work Order at 78-16 Cooper was handed down by the NYC DOB on April 30 for a missing fence. As we go to press, the SWO is still in effect.
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