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Photo courtesy of Slawomir Platta's office
Slawomir Platta, a Republican candidate for New York's 15th Senate District.

Residents of Glendale and Ozone Park have spoken out in recent weeks against homeless shelters potentially coming to the neighborhoods, and an upstart politician is hoping to capitalize on their frustrations.

Slawomir Platta, a Republican and Reform Party candidate for State Senate District 15  covering parts of Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Rockaway Park  announced on Aug. 22 that he is forming the No Homeless Shelter Party. According to a press release from his office, Platta filed close to 4,000 signatures from supporters before the Aug. 21 deadline in an attempt to get the No Homeless Shelter Party line on the November 2018 ballot.

According to Platta, he and his campaign spent the past two months going door-to-door to speak to voters about the shelter being built in Ozone Park for 113 mentally ill men, and the voters made it clear that they “fear the effects” of such shelters coming to their neighborhood.

“Of course, we want solutions to support the homeless, especially those with mental health needs. But placing them near schools is a risky proposition,” Platta said. “Our elected officials have let the community down on this issue.”

Platta, a Polish native who now runs his own law firm based in Manhattan, previously donated money to the Ozone Park Residents Block Association in support of the lawsuit filed against the city attempting to stop the proposed shelter in their neighborhood.

On Aug. 20, Platta held an official opening of his campaign headquarters at 66-17 Fresh Pond Rd. in Ridgewood. He will run in the Sept. 13 Republican primary against Thomas Sullivan for a chance to face off against incumbent state Senator Joseph Addabbo — who has also spoken out against the Ozone Park and Glendale shelters — in the November general election.

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