TN Residents Protest Proposed Miracle City Counseling Program

Michelle Rivera (l) and Amanda Cabrera came out to protest a Miracle City substance abuse program in their community.
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Over 100 Throggs Neck residents living near 2800 Bruckner Boulevard joined community activist and protest organizer Egidio Sementilli for a rally denouncing a proposed Miracle City substance abuse treatment center on Saturday, May 18. Miracle City recently announced its intention to begin what’s known as an 822 counseling program for those suffering from behavioral disorders, which includes smoking, drinking and to opioid drug addiction. Another protest is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at 11 a.m. in front of 2800 Bruckner Boulevard.

Residents came out in full force to voice their opposition.
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Residents held up signs expressing their opinions regarding the substance abuse program.
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Egidio Sementilli (r) reiterated the details of what Miracle City plans to bring to the community.
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Egidio Sementilli (c) allowed Throggs Neck’s youngest residents to express their concerns.
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Egidio Sementilli (c) thanked the community for attending the protest.
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Max McKay (c), representing Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, spoke at the rally.
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A thought-provoking sign one resident held during the rally.
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