2008-02-22 / Letters

Investigate Belle Harbor Manor

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank you for making the public aware of the sex offender currently residing at the Belle Harbor Manor. Belle Harbor Manor has been a problem for us for years. Families with children, including our family, live across the street from the Belle Harbor Manor.

Residents of the Belle Harbor Manor frequently cause nuisance through loud behavior, screams, or playing of loud music. Some Belle Harbor Manor residents with apparent mental problems just wander around; others just hang around in the front of the building. Delivery trucks, vans, buses and cars stopping for Belle Harbor Manor idle, honk and block traffic. Numerous complaints were filed through the 311 system. Apparently that did not help.

About a year ago, we noticed that, as a result of the

apparent change of

the admission standards, adults in their thirties and forties became residents of the Belle Harbor Manor. It used to be a residence for senior citizens only. The NYS Department of Health website indicates that Belle Harbor Manor has a 162 bed capacity. If this capacity is fully utilized it will have such a negative impact on our quality of life that we will have to move out.

It will be beneficial to the community if The Wave further investigates the impact of the Belle Harbor Manor on the neighborhood.



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