GIVE MEN SHELTER BUT NOT THERE

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Any future use of the Muller Army Reserve Center may turn into a legal fight between Bronx Borough President and NYC Mayor Bloomberg. Borough President Ruben Diaz wants the federal government to intervene.

Officials representing the Bloomberg administration contend that a vote in favor of a plan for a 200-bed men’s homeless shelter by the Muller Local Redevelopment Authority took place in November 2010.

The Muller LRA is comprised of deputy mayors Linda Gibbs and Robert Steel, as well as Ruben Diaz, who claims that the meeting that took place between him and other LRA members late last year was merely to discuss differences and not to take a formal vote.

Diaz wrote to the federal government that his two counterparts on the panel had compromised the LRA process. The contention that a vote took place flies in the face of all evidence, including the public hearing that occurred last month where more than 330 residents of Wakefield and Woodlawn voiced their opposition to the homeless shelter plan.