State Senate candidate Slawomir Platta. // Photo courtesy of Slawomir for Senate

State Senate Candidate Runs on ‘No Homeless Shelter’ Party Line

By Evan Rosen

To fight proposed homeless shelters in Glendale and Ozone Park, one candidate for state senate is taking his opposition to the ballot — but not as a referendum or ballot question.

Slawomir Platta has collected nearly 2,000 of the 3,000 necessary signatures to appear on the ballot as a candidate for the “No Homeless Shelter” party in the race for Senate District 15, a seat occupied by Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr., a Democrat.

“I oppose the de Blasio-style of homeless shelters being introduced in this community,” Platta told the New York Post.

Platta, an attorney, also seeks the Republican nomination. He is the first Polish-American to run for State Senate.

A Department of Homeless Services proposal to develop a 113-bed shelter for homeless men with mental illness in Ozone Park has met fierce opposition by Ozone Park residents, including one who went on a hunger strike.

Another site in Glendale has also encountered criticism from residents of Community District 5, a part of which overlaps with Senate District 15.

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