2 Buses Of Migrants Arrive In Poughkeepsie Despite State Of Emergency

Despite a State of Emergency being issued for a Hudson Valley county, one county executive is saying asylum seekers have arrived at a hotel in the region.

A group of well-wishers welcomed the migrants to the Red Roof Inn in Poughkeepsie.
A group of well-wishers welcomed the migrants to the Red Roof Inn in Poughkeepsie. Photo Credit: For The Many

The migrants were reportedly dropped off in Dutchess County on Sunday, May 21 at the Red Roof Inn in the town of Poughkeepsie, said Dutchess County Executive Willian O'Neil.

"Despite repeated requests, Dutchess County has not received any information about individuals, legally in NYC’s custodial care, who have been transported by NYC to Dutchess County," O'Neil said.

O'Neil said on Sunday the Town of Poughkeepsie police reported two buses arrived at the Red Roof Inn. 

"Again, despite requests to NYC for information, the County has no information about these individuals, including their identities, how long they’ll be in our community, or the total number of people," O'Neil said. 

While the county does not have a confirmed number of individuals that arrived yesterday, O'Neil said it is estimated that as many as 60 to 80 individuals arrived based on police observations.

A spokesman for For The Many, a grassroots organization, confirmed the arrival of the migrants.

“Yesterday, we stood with Mid-Hudson Valley DSA members and City of Poughkeepsie Councilmember Megan Deichler to welcome the first buses of asylum seekers to Dutchess County,” said For the Many Political Coordinator and Poughkeepsie resident Daniel Atonna. 

O'Neil said the owner of the Red Roof Inn and other local hotels, Sam Patel, has also been silent and uncooperative in sharing information.

 "This silence has forced Dutchess County to seek the required information through legal means," he added.

Earlier, New York City Mayor Eric Adams assured counties that advance notice would be provided of any arrivals – that did not happen. 

" New York City has shown no willingness to coordinate or collaborate with Dutchess County, and New York State has been complicit in exacerbating the issue by taking no action, other than providing New York City with millions of state taxpayer dollars to shelter asylum seekers, yet requiring no coordination, communication or transparency,” O'Neil added.

This continues to be a developing story. Check back to Daily Voice for updates. 

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