UWS residents appeal ruling blocking them from Lucerne homeless shelter case

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A group of Upper West Siders that support the move of homeless men from their neighborhood to the Financial District is appealing a judge’s ruling barring them from intervening in a lawsuit over the contentious forced relocation.

A group of FiDi residents and businesses called the Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. filed suit in October seeking to block the move of a group of over 200 homeless men residing at the controversial UWS Lucerne Hotel shelter to a Radisson hotel in their neighborhood.

Then UWS residents who call themselves the West Side Community Organization, or WestCo, asked a judge to intervene in the case arguing that the men should be moved as their continued presence in the area caused quality of life issues such as open drug use and Lucerne residents accosting locals.

But last month Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James denied WestCo’s motion to join the case — which the group is now challenging in the First Department Appellate Division court.

WestCo’s appeal follows two earlier appeals in the case by Downtown New Yorkers and three homeless men all of whom are seeking to block the city’s forced relocation of the men after James greenlit the plan.

The city’s Law Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

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