On Thursday, March 15, the Board of Supervisors Health and Human Services Committee will hold a special meeting to discuss the proposed contract with the Galvan Foundation to house people in Columbia County who are without homes in the former Sunset Motel on Route 9 in Greenport.
The meeting takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at 401 State Street. The contract being contemplated, between the Columbia County Department of Social Services (DSS) and "Galvan Civic Housing LLC" can be viewed here.
Yesterday, the Columbia Paper ran an editorial about the proposal by its publisher Parry Teasdale: "What's a 'civic motel'?" In it, Teasdale makes this observation about the enigmatic stratagems and machinations of the Galvan Initiatives Foundation: "By local standards the scale of the projects associated with the Galvan Foundation suggest the City of Hudson and, to a lesser extent, the county, have become the subject of a social engineering experiment. We just haven't been told what it is that Galvan has in mind for us. It's not scary. But it is kind of weird." After making this observation, though, Teasdale concludes that entering into the proposed agreement with Galvan Civic Housing is "worth a try."
Others are not so sanguine about the possible future of the Galvan Motel. A reader this morning sent me the link to an article that appeared yesterday in the New York Post: "Officials say NYC is illegally shipping homeless families upstate." The upstate destination in this report is Broome County, but for those fearful of Galvan's motives and goals, it seems like a cautionary tale.
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