Judge pauses Rockland County hotels from becoming migrant shelters

New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ (D) plan to shift his sanctuary city problems to a neighboring county was slapped with a temporary restraining order Tuesday after town officials involved their state supreme court.

Efforts by agents of Hizzoner to identify viable living arrangements to shelter the continued influx of aliens venturing into the United States had led to a hotel in nearby Rockland County. However, when Orangetown, NY officials caught wind that the Armoni Inn & Suites intended to convert to temporary housing for busloads of purported asylum seekers, emergency action was taken.

Tuesday, State Supreme Court Judge Christie D’Alessio sided with Orangetown and issued a temporary restraining order to the three LLCs that own and operate the Armoni, prohibiting them from becoming a shelter, according to a report from the New York Post.

Prior to the court order, Orangetown had slapped the hotel with a violation notice on Sunday after inspectors “observed a room that contained medical supplies and boxes of shirts with the words ‘Supervisor’ and ‘Supervisor, Social Worker,'” and learned that queen beds had been removed from rooms to make space for multiple twin beds.

CBS 2 reported that flyers had advertised “Four-month temporary housing options” that included three meals per day and laundry service along with medical consultations.

The violation continued, “The intended use of the hotel by individuals for up to four months of extended, non-transient housing, including having non-hotel staff located on site, and with the provisions for a medical service provider specifically for these non-transient tenants, is not consistent with the definition of a ‘Hotel’ as set forth in the Town Code. Such proposed change in use and type of occupancy constitutes a violation of the Certificate of Occupancy authorizing the use of the property as a ‘Hotel.'”

D’Alessio scheduled oral arguments for Monday between Orangetown and the Armoni LLCs to determine whether a preliminary injunction would be issued, but City Hall spokesman Fabien Levy stated Tuesday, “Our plan is still to move a small number of asylum seekers to Orange County tomorrow, barring any security issues.”

The virtue-signaling statement also said, “The Rockland County executive has already shown he is incapable of managing less than 1/4 of 1% of the asylum seekers who have come to New York City, even with New York paying for shelter, food, and services, and all this temporary order shows is that he is incapable of demonstrating a shred of the humane and compassionate care New York City has shown over the past year.”

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus had joined his neighboring Rockland County Executive Ed Day in issuing emergency declarations pertaining to Adams’s efforts to shoulder their communities with his problem and sought to prohibit all hotels, motels and short-term rentals from acting as temporary shelters.

The mayor’s office has continued seeking out any and all options for housing and, as covered, had even sought to use Central Park, a hangar at JFK airport, and the Flatiron Building as shelters.


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