State Sen. Tony Avella joins Brownsville Cultural Coalition's fight to save Our Lady of Loreto

Mar 17, 2017 274

BY: Lore Croghan

Our Lady of Loreto has a new protector: State Sen. Tony Avella. The Queens Democrat — and mayoral candidate — has stepped forward in the face of fresh threats by a Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens subsidiary to demolish the shuttered century-old church in the Ocean Hill section of Brownsville.

Avella has joined a campaign by the Brownsville Cultural Coalition and the group's long-time supporter, Assemblymember Latrice Walker (D-Brownsville), that calls for the landmarking of Our Lady of Loreto and its adaptive reuse as a cultural center.

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