Judge Blocks Hotel From Housing Asylum Seekers, Jeopardizing NYC’s Upstate Migrant Transfers

Judge Blocks Hotel From Housing Asylum Seekers, Jeopardizing NYC's Upstate Migrant Transfers

Considering that a local judge has temporarily barred a Rockland County hotel from harboring any asylum seekers, New York City’s plan to transport refugees upstate has run into trouble.

As part of an effort to transfer approximately 300 asylum seekers to upstate counties amid the city’s escalating problem, Mayor Adams’ administration originally planned to move roughly 30 refugees on Wednesday to dwell at the Armoni Inn and Suites in Rockland’s Orangetown.

However, on Tuesday night, State Supreme Court Judge Christie D’Alessio ordered an interim injunction prohibiting the Orangetown motel from harboring any migrants. The restraining order was obtained following a complaint filed by Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny, who claimed that Armoni would break local ordinances prohibiting using hotels to accommodate “non-transient guests” by providing sanctuary to migrants.

At least until Monday, when D’Alessio scheduled a hearing for both parties to appear in court, the order will remain in effect.

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Mayor’s Spokesperson Defers to Hotel

When asked whether the city will put the breaks on the migrant transfer to Rockland, Adams spokeswoman Fabien Levy deferred to Armoni. He added, “We’ll let the hotel decide how to proceed.”

Requests for comment from Armoni’s representatives were not immediately fulfilled.

According to Kenny, a Republican who this week sharply attacked Adams’ plan to relocate people to the upstate, no migrants will be lodged in the motel under her leadership this week.

“The sheriff can and will enforce a judge’s order,” Kenny told the Daily News on Wednesday morning. “Shame on the mayor.”

Levy said Adams’ administration still plans to transport another 30 migrants to a hotel in the Orange County city of Newburgh on Wednesday, even though the Rockland County move appears to have been called off.

Republican officials in Orange County, like Kenny, have voiced opposition to the Adams administration’s migrant transfer scheme and asserted that it would also be in violation of local regulations. There was, however, no sign that a court would intervene to stop the Newburgh transit as of Wednesday morning.

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