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Patch: Migrant's Death In LIC Shelter Shows Negligence By City, Provider: Won

The Long Island City shelter where an asylum seeker died by suicide last week was already plagued with problems ranging from mold to disease to a lack of services, a local lawmaker alleged Thursday.

City Council Member Julie Won called a press conference to condemn the city and the shelter's provider, whom she said bore responsibility for woeful conditions at the facility where 26-year-old Venezuela native John Ortega reportedly took his own life last Wednesday.

Citing privacy concerns, Won's office did not name the shelter, but said it was near the Dutch Kills street corner where she spoke out on Thursday.

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