Mayor Eric Adams stated the continued inflow of asylum seekers is threatening town’s already fragile economy, and hinted at authorized motion towards Republican-led southern states.
“This is undermining our economy and is undermining our attempt to recover in our cities that were already dealing with crises, from COVID to monkeypox, to crime, to housing,” Adams, who has prioritized jumpstarting town’s economy by counting on the companies, stated in his first wide-ranging interview on Spectrum Information/NY1 since changing into mayor.
Adams’ remarks come as he faces continued criticism over his plan to briefly home asylum seekers in tents that critics say are positioned in inaccessible areas vulnerable to flooding. Greater than 16,000 migrants have arrived in New York Metropolis up to now this yr, in accordance with estimates from the mayor’s workplace, which believes the overwhelming majority have been despatched through bus to town.
On Monday night time, the mayor introduced he was relocating the tent metropolis from Orchard Seaside within the Bronx to Randall’s Island a day after video surfaced exhibiting the situation was flooded. On Wednesday night, Adams stated his administration was doing all the things it may, however wanted help from Washington, D.C.
“I’m not going to pit everyday New Yorkers against migrants and I’m not going to take away resources that we have to really allocate for everyday New Yorkers,” Adams stated. “This is a national problem, it needs national response, and that is why we call on Washington to respond to this on a national level.”
Piling onto the criticism of the mayor’s ‘tent city’ plan, the Metropolis Council provided its personal answer in a press launch on Wednesday, with Speaker Adrienne Adams proposing town take away migrants out of the tent places and into 10 large-scale resorts. Among the many resorts can be Gramercy Park Lodge, which is set to completely shut.
“Given its own flood risks in the middle of hurricane season and colder temperatures from exposure to the East River as winter approaches, Randall’s Island is inconsistent with humanitarian relief,” the speaker stated in an announcement.
The plan additionally calls to fast-track the transitioning of sheltered homeless people to everlasting housing to release capability.
In response, the mayor stated he was open to listening to the Metropolis Council’s concepts, which he instructed anchor Errol Louis he hadn’t seen but.
“I’m looking forward to sitting down with the Council and Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, our speaker, and come up with those solutions,” Adams stated.
The mayor advised racism towards him and the mayors of two different cities — Chicago and Washington D.C — may play an element into Republican governors’ selections to ship migrants to town.
“I don’t know if it’s Black mayors, or if it’s just going to northern cities, but something is wrong,” the mayor stated. “I mean, we have thousands of cities in this country. Why are we specifically targeting Washington, Chicago and New York? There’s something wrong with that.”
He additionally stated Sylvia Hinds-Radix, town’s Company Counsel, has been reviewing “every legal ground” to make sure “we protect New Yorkers from this assault on our city.” He argued that the the crisis is maintaining town from transferring in a “direction that we believe it should go into.”