Rockland County executive expected to extend NYC migrant state of emergency as Armoni Inn reopens
Rockland County Executive Ed Day is expected to extend his state of emergency order for migrants, according to a county spokesperson.
The declaration is set to expire Monday evening – 30 days after Day first signed it on May 5.
The order prohibits any hotel, motel or municipality in Rockland from housing migrants without a license from the county.
Day said he plans to renew the order each month as long as New York City continues to send its overflow of migrants to municipalities in the Hudson Valley.
The order comes following the reopening of the Armoni Inn & Suites. A New York Supreme Court judge allowed the hotel to open Friday with the condition that it cannot accept migrants bused from New York City.
The judge also extended a temporary restraining order to block the program.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day released a statement that said, "This extension continues to prohibit the City from transforming hotels and motels in the County of Rockland into shelters."
Day added a warning in his statement that any violation of the judge’s order could subject the hotel and New York City to contempt of court.
This is just one of several legal battles playing out in courtrooms across the Hudson Valley. Last week, another restraining order for the Town of Orangetown was discussed in another state Supreme Court courtroom.
An attorney for Armoni Inn & Suites argued that the restraining order is discriminatory and political.
"This is clearly not only about zoning. This is about migrants being allowed to occupy a hotel in Rockland County,” said attorney Todd Soloway.
The next court hearing on this case is scheduled for June 14.