LIBERTY — Upstate Sullivan County blasted New York Metropolis on Thursday forward of the anticipated arrival of a busload of migrants to an area resort the place a toddler died earlier this month.
“We concern that it will displace a lot of our otherwise-homeless residents, who we home on this and different lodging institutions,” the county Legislature mentioned in an announcement.
“Sullivan County will do what it must do — together with availing itself of all rights and cures offered by legislation — to oppose this ill-timed and poorly deliberate course of, whereas on the similar time making certain the security of our residents and companies, and those that come right here.”
The transfer opens up a brand new entrance in an escalating battle between town and upstate counties over the location of migrants, lots of whom are escaping poverty, persecution and violence of their dwelling nations.
Greater than 40,000 migrants are beneath the care of New York Metropolis out of 60,000 complete who’ve arrived since final summer season.
Mayor Eric Adams has claimed counties outdoors the 5 boroughs should assist contemplating the mounting prices on town and reducing locations to place them.
However the Knights Inn within the city of Liberty, the place the migrants had been anticipated to reach someday Thursday, has a checkered previous that features the dying of a toddler earlier this month, in response to MidHudson Information.
The father or mother was subsequently charged with criminally negligent murder and endangering the welfare of a kid, Patch reported on Could 4.
County officers mentioned they bought “lower than 24-hour discover” that the migrants had been coming to Liberty.
A spokesman for Mayor Eric Adams didn’t present instant remark.
“The best way the Metropolis, New York State and the Federal authorities are approaching this concern is
reckless and unsustainable … They’re unfairly and illegally making their drawback our drawback,” Sullivan County officers mentioned.