That’s exactly the position Councilman Robert Holden has been put in. The pol recently blasted the heads of the departments of Education and Design and Construction for pouring millions into PS 9, a school in Maspeth that serves students with special needs.
Holden wants the city to build a completely new school for special needs students on another site in his district. But it’s not necessarily because he wants a school on Cooper Avenue in Glendale, it’s because the site has long been rumored to become a large homeless shelter.
It’s not that Holden is opposed to helping the homeless, but who can argue with the need for a new school – for special needs students, nonetheless – at the site?
But if the city continues to renovate PS 9, it could eliminate the need for another school for special needs students, paving the way for the city to build a homeless shelter.
So now Holden is put in the difficult position of vocally opposing funding to renovate PS 9, without looking like he isn’t concerned about the students there.