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  • Petitioned Earl Andrews

This petition was delivered to:

Vice-Chairman of the Board
Earl Andrews
Board Member, NYCHA
Margarita Lopez
General Manager, NYCHA
Michael Kelly
Deputy General Manager of Community Operations Department, NYCHA
Hugh Spence
Assistant Deputy General Manager of Community Operations Department, NYCHA
Deidra Gilliard
Chief Financial Officer/Deputy General Manager for Finance, NYCHA
Felix Lam
Director of Federal Relations and Policy, NYCHA
Steven Love
Director of Research & Management Analysis Department, NYCHA
Anne-Marie Flatley
Chairman of the Board
John Rhea
Borough Director for Queens and Staten Island, NYCHA
Cornell Wrisby
Borough Deputy Director for Queens, NYCHA
Byron Cave

Stop NYCHA from closing the Action Center in the Rockaways

    1. Petition by

      Occupy Sandy

March 2013


From Occupy Sandy: the center is still running even today...the petition made them meet with us and we came to an understanding

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), is trying to close down all relief efforts at the Action Center by Dec 28th. If the Action Center closes, residents will die. We need to stop NYCHA from closing the Action Center.

Following hurricane Sandy, the Action Center, a non-profit organization that has served the Rockaway community for over 12 years, morphed into a relief center that has become a lifeline to local residents.

In a herculean effort, backed by several grassroots volunteer groups and supported by generous donations, in the past 2 months the Action Center has provided essential goods (food, diapers, formula, space heaters, dehumidifiers, cribs and mattresses by the thousands, etc.), as well as financial, medical and legal support to 600-800 residents every day. 

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), is trying to close down all relief efforts at the Action Center within a week, for an unspecified duration.

Formally, the reason is cleaning, so far unscheduled and potentially only starting in late January.

NYCHA have rejected without discussion any suggestions that would allow relief efforts to be maintained up to when cleaning starts, and then concomitant cleaning and relief operations, such as room-by-room cleaning or administration of relief from heated tents that are on the premises.

The Action Center's relief work is a matter of life and death for some of the  residents, including elderly and infants that are suffering the most. Last week, minutes after the meeting with NYCHA, the Action Center’s medical clinic treated a mother of 4 who was diagnosed with a heart attack and rushed to the emergency room. A not an uncommon occurrence at the Action Center. It is hard to think of what would have happened had the building been cleared, or what will happen when it is.

Every day of its closure would literally cost lives. We seek your help in convincing NYCHA to allow the Action Center to continue its essential operations up to and during the cleaning work, according to any of a number of possible workarounds.

Please sign our petition and spread the word to your press contacts --- the public should be informed, and allowed to intervene on behalf of NYC residents in need.


Visit www.theactioncenter.com to learn more about the Action Center, including online donations.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dorothy Beckley LITCHFIELD, CT
      • over 1 year ago

      I want to know that the people in most need are getting the help they deserve.

    • George Everett SOUTH OZONE PARK, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      ...because I care!

    • Alan Podber BRATTLEBORO, VT
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe that when government actions are taken that adversely affect health and safety, justification for the actions must be provided, as well as details regarding the replacement mechanisms that will be put into operation to maintain essential healtlh and safety.

      • over 1 year ago


    • Catherine Hunt BIRMINGHAM, AL
      • over 1 year ago

      These are my neighbors, and could be me.


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