NY Supreme Court judge to decide legal battle between Orangetown, hotel planning to house migrants

Officials want an injunction to be issued to ensure the Armoni Inn and Suites can only be used as a hotel and not as a shelter run by New York City. 

Diane Caruso and Lee Danuff

May 31, 2023, 9:19 PM

Updated 357 days ago

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A state Supreme Court judge in Rockland County will make a decision soon involving a legal battle between Orangetown and a hotel that planned to take in migrants.
Officials want an injunction to be issued to ensure the Armoni Inn and Suites can only be used as a hotel and not as a shelter run by New York City. 
Todd Soloway, on behalf of the Armoni Inn & Suites, stated Orangetown's application of local law is unconstitutional and believes there are political motives behind enforcement, citing statements made by the Orangetown supervisor on Fox News. 
Robert Zitt, a lawyer for the Town of Orangetown, says that the town is looking to maintain local zoning laws.  
"This is not about politicians. This is not about politics. This is a local issue," says Zitt.  "I urge the parties to meet and converse to try and come up with an organized resolution for all of those impacted," said Judge Christie D’Alessio.
Ultimately, D'alessio said she will have a written decision in the coming weeks regarding an injunction against the hotel.
Until then, the temporary restraining order issued earlier this month to stop the Armoni Inn from being used to house migrants will stay in place.
The hotel has been closed for weeks.There will be a virtual hearing Thursday regarding efforts by the hotel to reopen.


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