April 24, 2015 / Brooklyn news / Greenpoint / Brooklyn Is Angry

Residents, pol, riled over report Manhattan’s sex offenders moved to Greenpoint

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Greenpoint residents are up in arms over reports that the city moved more than a dozen sex offenders into the men’s homeless shelter on Clay Street.

Assemblyman Joe Lentol sent a letter to the city’s department of homeless services on Thursday saying that Greenpoint has enough sex offenders and the city needs to send these new ones somewhere else.

“Without consultation or consent, Greenpoint has taken on a new population of sex offenders,” Lentol (D–Greenpoint) said in his letter to the city. “To say that I am disturbed is an understate­ment.”

According to a story in Thursday’s New York Post, the city moved the 16 sex offenders to the 200-bed Bowery Residents Committee shelter on Clay Street between McGuinness Boulevard and Paidge Avenue after it reported earlier that the men were in a shelter in Manhattan and outraged neighbors complained.

Some Greenpoint neighbors are equally outraged.

“These people are the last thing we need in our neighborho­od,” said Greenpoint resident Gretchen Latt. “We already have so many homeless people here, and now this. It is not safe for our children.”

Lentol agreed that Greenpoint has done more than its share when it comes to the public welfare.

“For more than 40 years, Greenpoint has been its brother’s keeper when it comes to homeless shelters, and we continue to accept that responsibility on the condition that we are not unfairly singled out to carry this burden.”

The city and Bowery Residents Committee both refused to comment.

The new sex offenders are in addition to more than 20 other sex offenders who have been living in the shelter since it opened in 2013.

Some residents took the news in stride, saying that public shelters are a better place for sex offenders than private homes.

“I certainly do not like the fact that there more of them, but we already have a lot and nobody has been screaming about the ones we already have here,” said Greenpoint resident Teresa Toro. “At least in a shelter, they are being regulated and you have an eye on them.”

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Shar from McGuinness Blvd says:
They aren't being regulated or supervised Mz. Toro! For that matter, neighbors have been concerned with this for years. It's just that in your little facebook group, North Broklyn Community Group, you don't allow people to talk about things you don't see fit. It's no wonder that people don't engage in discussing solutions, with a totalitarian such as yourself controlling the discourse or lack thereof. I suppose though that if these sex offenders were moving onto your block there would be an uproar from you, like the last time. How soon we forget.
April 24, 2015, 11:51 am
Matt from Greenpoint says:
So that is about 40 sex offenders living there.
What time is the lock-out?
And when the weather is warm they can stay out all night and still live there, correct?
How about some details.
Why does Greenpoint get the brunt of it?
It sounds like Greenpoint is poorly represented.
April 24, 2015, 12:35 pm
TJ says:
Oh jeez. Way to go Shar. She's going to punish us for that one. Le sigh.
April 24, 2015, 2:41 pm
Masha from greenpoint says:
ive lived in greenpoint for a long time and have to admit that it has gotten significantly safer in the last 15 years. That being said, I also have friends from Greenpoint that have been sexually assaulted in the past 5 years. There are times of day/night that I won't cross the Pulaski bridge on my own, let alone cross under it. I am not mad about the shelter. Shelters exist for a reason, there are a lot of people in this city that are homeless, they need a place to live - some (a lot) also need mental help, so perhaps there can be a dialog about a mental health center opening near or within this shelter, a rehabilitation program that focuses on helping these people and in turn helping the community.
In the meantime girls, be careful, smart and know the neighborhood you live in... Coming home late, get someone to walk you, have mace on you, take a car. Guys, offer to walk a lady home, not in a shady way ;)
April 24, 2015, 3:09 pm
Teresa from Greenpoint says:
You guys give me a lot of power over your sad little lives, don't you?
April 24, 2015, 3:54 pm
HR from Greenpoint says:
I'm not against shelters. Not at all. I am against housing sex offenders without 24/7 supervision by staff, security, and NYPD presence. Remember, kiddos, these aren't just people needing a hand up. They are people needing a hand up and a place to stay with ZERO HOPE FOR RECOVERY. Sex offenders DO NOT GET BETTER. There is no treatment except castration. There are no known therapies or treatments for rapists and sexual deviants that engage in violent acts. None. Be careful, people. Use the resources at your disposal to know the names and faces of these perpetrators when they move nearby. Sign up for the sex offender registry email. Talk to your kids, and look out for your friends and neighbors. There are already a couple hundred registered offenders nearby. Know who they are. Tell the city we have our fair share already.
April 24, 2015, 4:10 pm
Shar says:
No not at all Mz. Toro. That's the last thing you give some one with control issues. I find you amusing. I find it amusing the paper would want to talk to you about this particular subject. Given your history on the topic and all. Let's not bring that up again though. Lolz.
April 24, 2015, 5:36 pm
Greenpoint mom from Greenpoint says:
I'm as concerned about sex offenders as anyone else, but we have a lot less red dots on the registry than other neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
April 24, 2015, 6:50 pm
david from les says:
Evidence is also emerging that castration is not guaranteed to cure deviant sexual behaviour. Researchers found that one in three sex offenders who had been castrated were still able to have intercourse, partly because glands other than the testes, particularly the adrenals, provide the necessary male hormones.
April 24, 2015, 7:13 pm
Sally Raia from Greenpoint says:
There should not be any sex offenders in any neighborhood... where there are thousands of children...period. I have no sympathy for these adults at all. They all need to go ...
April 24, 2015, 10:08 pm
NonnaMia from Gpt. says:
Put these horrible deviants back in the neighborhoods in which they were born and raised WITH 24 HOUR MONITORING. "KEEP GREENPOINT'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN SAFE"!!

Many of us, like Joe Lentol, surely are more than upset over the underhanded means these deviants are brought into our Garden Spot of the World.

We've worked quite hard for decades and decades to keep Greenpoint safe for our families .... and this is what is 'forced' upon us now because Manhattan doesn't want sex offenders in their neighborhood?

Thank God for Joe Lentol; he has always served us well. You Go Joe.
April 24, 2015, 11:24 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
So, NonnaMia,
"Joe has always served us well." ?
So, he is going get rid of them right?
April 25, 2015, 12:04 pm
NonnaMia from Gpt says:
Gosh, Matt, I sure hope he's going to try .... and try hard.
If you have any ideas, I'm sure a LOT of us would participate. Maybe a petition, maybe getting some news people from Channel 11 or 7 down here to educate everyone as to what's going on .... not just us Greenpointers. (Certainly before the warm weather sets in and 'everyone' is out and about.
Sometimes, I believe, we are just too 'quiet' about things and don't 'make a big stink' about injustices like other neighborhoods do.
I totally agreee with you, Matt; we need AND deserve answers.
April 25, 2015, 2:33 pm
New York ——ty from Greenpoint, north of Greenpoint Avenue says:
Oy Vey! Yeesh.

To make it perfectly clear: I am neither "Shar" nor "TJ". I would prefer not to be on the business-end of a certain person's wrath. But I probably will be anyway.

So it goes.
April 26, 2015, 1:01 am
Sharty says:
That really narrows it down don't it. Not really.
April 27, 2015, 1:06 pm
New York ——ty from Greenpoint, nor from Greeenpoint says:
Sharty: let's put it this way. The fine folks at the Brooklyn Paper have system admins. These fellows can see the IP adddresses from which we comment. They can discern who the "trolls" are.

Speaking for myself, I simply wanted to make it known--- via a third party--- that I was not the one "trolling". IP addresses don't lie.

The Brooklyn Paper did "ambush" this person. But this person, she, wanted to be heard, She was,

Quite frankly, the best observations about 400 McGuinness would have been had from people who live on Clay Street or Dupont. That's a reporter fail.
April 27, 2015, 11:04 pm

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