On Monday, July 27, I Love The Upper West Side broke the story about the registered sex offenders living at Hotel Belleclaire. While the ‘sex offender’ label can mean a number of different things, it’s important to note that some of the victims of these Belleclaire residents were 12 years old or younger, with the youngest listed victim just 4 years old.
UPDATE (8/9/2020): Helen Rosenthal Clarifies Stance on Belleclaire Sex Offenders
Helen Rosenthal sent out an email newsletter addressing the issue (among other issues) on Wednesday, July 29. Her tone at this time, per the email, was that she’d fight to remove all sex offenders from the hotel.
Here’s a direct quote from her July 29 email:
“Commissioner Banks has confirmed that all level 3 sex offenders have been moved out of the Belleclaire. And I am demanding that all remaining offenders be moved out as well .”
Here is a link to the full email (scroll down to the 8th paragraph).
But on Friday, July 31, Helen Rosenthal seemed to completely change her stance during an interview with ABC 7’s Derick Waller, simply stating that “this is very temporary, you know, in the same way that we have to understand that COVID is temporary.” Helen’s segment can be seen towards the end of this video:
We first contacted Helen Rosenthal about the registered sex offenders living at Hotel Belleclaire on July 27. We’ve now followed up to ask why her stance on this matter has changed so much – and so quickly.
She has not responded any of our requests for comment. We will provide an update if and when she does.
Featured image credits: Helen Rosenthal for City Council / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)