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FYI: A host of elected officials have intervened to broker a peace between the founders of a domestic violence shelter and neighborhood activists in Carroll Gardens. A group of area residents had vocally protested the New York Asian Women’s Center’s plans to open an emergency shelter for battered women in Carroll Gardens. The exact location of such shelters is typically kept a tight secret, to protect the women and children who are fleeing their home. Residents opposing the facility’s location posted flyers around the neighborhood revealing its location. But a group of politicos led by Councilmember Bill de Blasio and Assemblymember Joan Milman brokered a “memorandum of understanding,” which the center and area residents signed this morning. The agreement “creates a mechanism for constructive dialogue” between the residents and the shelter, according to de Blasio’s office. [12/11/03]

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