Mayor Adams fires back at defenders over criticism of Brooklyn’s new migrant shelter

Mayor Adams fires back at defenders over criticism of Brooklyn’s new migrant shelter
Mayor Adams fires back at defenders over criticism of Brooklyn’s new migrant shelter

Mayor Eric Adams hit back Monday at two advocacy groups who criticized his decision to open again another 1,000-bed migrant shelter over the weekendcriticizing them for not having taken into account that the city is facing “a crisis” of having to accommodate more than 41,000 migrants.

“I don’t think a lot of people fully understand that this is a crisis, this is a crisis,” Adams said at an independent news conference Monday.

“I can understand those who look at what we are doing through the prism of the normal situation,” he added. “What I’m going to ask them is to look at this, the situation, [as] a crisis. The same way we looked at COVID. The same way we react in the event of a major flood. The same way when we have a natural disaster. This is how we have to see it. And if you don’t see it that way then you gon’ sit and say ‘why [are] do you use certain places? »

Shortly after Adams’ office announced the location of the new “Humanitarian Emergency Relief and Response Center (HERRC)” at the Red Hook cruise terminal in Brooklyn, the Legal Aid Society and the Coalition of the Homeless released a statement outlining their concerns about the location of the new shelter.

The groups – both frequent critics of the mayor’s response to the migrant crisis – cited problems with the new HERRC, as if it was located in a flood-prone area, potentially leaving migrants exposed to the elements and inaccessible to services. the city.

“Hotels have always been the best short-term option, unlike setting up tents in inaccessible parts of New York that are prone to flooding,” they said.

The Adams administration has opened more than 70 emergency hotel shelters since the influx began to overwhelm the city’s shelter system last summer. The city is currently home to 27,000 asylum seekers, leading to a more than 40% increase in its shelter count – more than 70,000 people, according to the mayor – since the influx began in earnest last spring.

Fabien Levy, press secretary to the mayor, in a

said the new HERRC will not be a tent shelter like the now-defunct facility erected on Randall’s Island last year, but will instead be a “fully enclosed, climate-controlled indoor building with partitions of intimacy”.

The facility will accommodate up to 1,000 mostly Latino male asylum seekers, some of whom are being moved from another HERRC to the Watson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, according to City Hall. The Watson is reassigned to serve migrant families with children.

Adams again renewed his call for President Joe Biden’s administration to reduce the number of migrants coming to the Big Apple with a so-called “decompression strategy.” At the state level, he said, that could mean moving migrants upstate.

“Both the federal government and the state need to have a decompression strategy,” Adams said. “Mom used to say ‘in the absence of a leader, be a leader.’ If I can’t get my national government to come up with a decompression strategy, I have to come up with a decompression strategy. It’s unfair to all of our cities. No city should bear the burden of a national problem. And we are implementing our decompression strategy.

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