2003-07-25 / Community

Far Rockaway Head Start Avoids Eviction

By Brian Magoolaghan
Far Rockaway Head Start Avoids Eviction By Brian Magoolaghan


Cynthia Cummings speaks to an officer from the 101 Police Precinct. Officers mon­itored the rally that was held along side Beach Channel Drive, but did not interfere.Cynthia Cummings speaks to an officer from the 101 Police Precinct. Officers mon­itored the rally that was held along side Beach Channel Drive, but did not interfere.

After parents, children and many others rallied to keep a local Head Start program operating at its current address, a tentative agreement was reached, Tuesday, keeping it there until June of next year.

The Head Start operating at 710 Hartman Lane is renovating a building on Beach 41 Street, with the hopes of moving there as soon as possible. The problem is the Hartman Lane landlord, Bnos Bais Yaakov (BBY), a high school for Orthodox Jewish girls, says they need the space for themselves and wants to show Head Start the door, according to Cynthia Cummings, the Executive Director of Community Parents, Inc., the organization that sponsors Head Start.

The resolution—Head Start will stay put for now, BBY will lease another location to satisfy its need for more space and New York City will cough up an extra $5,000 a month to cover BBY’s additional expenses, Cummings said.

"We’re very happy with the resolution," said Rabbi Shmuel Hiller of BBY, but Cummings is not as satisfied.


A young boy holds up a sign in front of the Head Start building on Monday.A young boy holds up a sign in front of the Head Start building on Monday.

"To put us up against the wall like that is unconscionable," Cummings said, adding that the "exorbitant" increase will likely cause a suspension of the English as a Second Language and General Equivalency Diploma programs.


Parents, children and others held signs and shouted “save our school” during the rally.Parents, children and others held signs and shouted “save our school” during the rally.

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