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Two years ago this week, America was rocked by a massive eight-alarm fire that destroyed much of downtown Dobbs Ferry, New York.
And now, The Town That Caters to You, as described by Andrew Napolitano, is under attack for not providing its homeless clients with a decent, clean place to live. This, the authors of a recently circulated flyer claim, violates the Shelter Act which prohibits accommodations being provided by the public in order to keep property owners from being charged for letting the poor stay on their property. In this fictional town, under the same false laws, mortgage holders in practically any urban area have been caught not keeping abreast of the rising real estate value of their property.
Owners in Millers, New York, which literally looks like an Eastern European village in front of the old Walter Reed Army Hospital, don’t believe any of the protesters’ speculations. Davenport Mayor Greg Young, whose city shelters scores of mentally ill veterans, says there are no plans to shut down the library or the library association’s civic center, which would require closing one of the library’s two full-size book stacks. “We don’t have any plans to evict the people of the community who have very real needs,” he told me. “We want to get them back home.”
While it seems that no place is immune from unscrupulous protesters, Davenport would be crossing the line if it relocated its town population for the homeless. Those considering any move should note that we have absolutely no tolerance for homelessness. Every person who is homeless is a person who is not able to provide for their basic human needs.
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And they should take the same precautions when deciding whether to buy a home in New York’s leafy and varied towns of Dobbs Ferry and Millers.