Judge blocks NYC from sending more migrants to Dutchess County

A state Supreme Court judge granted Dutchess County a temporary restraining order on Tuesday, barring New York City Mayor Eric Adams from sending future buses of migrants to the county.

News 12 Staff

May 23, 2023, 10:59 AM

Updated 366 days ago

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A state Supreme Court judge granted Dutchess County a temporary restraining order on Tuesday, barring New York City Mayor Eric Adams from sending future buses of migrants to the county.
"Dutchess County is trying to undo the wrongs that have been done to us by city, state, and federal governments," said Dutchess County Executive William F.X. O'Neil.
This is the latest legal action to upend Adams' plan of relocating the overflow of asylum seekers from the city to the northern suburbs.
Rockland and Orange counties have both previously secured their injunctions.
Tuesday's ruling allows the 86 migrant men who are staying at the Red Roof Inn in Poughkeepsie to remain there, but requires New York City to cover all financial costs.
Half of the men arrived in Poughkeepsie from the city over the last two days and the other half were transferred from the Knights Inn in Liberty, Sullivan County on Sunday.
Dutchess County Executive William F.X. O'Neil blasted New York City, Gov. Kathy Hochul, and the federal government for what he called "nonexistent communication" and a lack of resources to help those who are already housed in the county.
"We are doing everything that we can, but we cannot take it at this time," said O'Neil.
Just to the south, Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne expressed similar concerns.
He filed a preemptive state of emergency on Monday, despite the county not housing any migrants at this time.
"Putnam is committed to acting regionally with our neighbors," said Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne.
A spokesperson for Adams' office has not yet responded to our request for a comment on today's ruling.

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