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Local Leaders Protest Moving Intake Center To Brooklyn

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Local lawmakers are backing a lawsuit to block Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to send homeless men to a Brooklyn shelter.

Some politicians gathered at City Hall yesterday to speak out against the city's plan to relocate a homeless intake center at Bellevue Hospital to the Bedford-Atlantic Armory in Crown Heights.

Opponents of the plan say the intake center should remain in Manhattan, where the majority of homeless New Yorkers live.

"The data and evidence here are clear: you need to maintain an intake center, the front door to the homeless shelter system for homeless men in Manhattan," said Patrick Magee of the Coalition for the Homeless. "There is no reason in the world that the city should propose moving that intake center out to Brooklyn."

"First off, it's a ridiculous plan," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. "Secondly, Crown Heights shoulders more than its share of social services, and this adds instability in the community, there's not doubt."

The Department of Homeless Services calls the plan an opportunity to improve the Bedford-Atlantic facility.

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