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    New York City is reportedly planning to use a famous Times Square hotel to shelter hundreds of migrant families seeking asylum in the United States. Some 600 migrant families could soon be housed at the Row NYC, which was once known as Milford Plaza, sources told the New York Post. The move comes amid a tiff with Texas, which has been sending busloads of migrants into the Big Apple, and a growing homelessness crisis in the city. EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: ERIC ADAMS MUSES ABOUT SENDING BUS OF NEW YORKERS TO TEXAS “They’re working on an agreement, a contract,” a source told the news outlet. “It’ll be here at this hotel, but they’ll keep the [Department of Homeless Services] shelter on a certain floor. But that hasn’t started yet. They said a month or two.” Prices for hotel rooms at the Row NYC vary based on the time of booking and room type. A standard room with a queen-sized bed came in around $414 when reviewed by the Washington Examiner. Behind the scenes, officials have...
    In fact, according to attorney Joshua Goldfein, "We have no evidence that what we’re seeing right now is purely a result of the asylum-seekers." "It was no mystery to anyone that people were going to be losing their homes and becoming homeless this summer in increased numbers beyond the usual summer surge," Goldfein told Politico. "What we’re seeing is a result of the city’s failure to plan." Additionally, while Adams has essentially blamed the entire shelter influx on migrants, there is no way to be sure. In fact, when New York officials take a census of the city's homeless population, they cannot ask about citizenship. Even City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams (D) has undercut Adams' narrative. She said in a statement this week:It is clear that the City’s shelter system has been under increased stress due to a range of factors, including the economic impact of the pandemic, the end of the eviction moratorium, and unresolved bureaucratic issues within the relevant city agencies. We remain a sanctuary city and people seeking asylum are welcome here. While there may be...
    New York City workers have seemingly paid no mind to a homeless man who has been siphoning electricity to his tent in an East Village park, according to a report. Fifty-four-year-old Abdur-Rashiyd “JK” Rivera’s tent has been staked at Tompkins Square park the past three months, the New York Post reports. Seventy-five feet of extension cords run to a nearby light post, bringing electricity to his shelter – powering his heater and bringing light to read books. The Department of Homelessness and up to three other city agencies pay Rivera visits some days. “The only thing the homeless services do, they come here, they ask if you’re alright and you say ‘Yes’ and they say, ‘Do you want to go to a shelter?’ I say ‘no’ and they leave,” Rivera told the Post.  Rivera says that only one city worker has seemed to take issue with his electricity set-up.  “I had a problem with the lady from the Department of Parks and Recreation,” he told the Post. “People could trip and everything and I understood that. She used to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is bracing for some of the coldest temperatures in three years. Just think — just a couple years ago on this date in 2020, it was 69 degrees. READ MORE: Source: Several Space Heaters Were In Bronx Apartment Where Deadly Blaze Started, Including One That Ran For Several DaysIf you must go out to work or school Tuesday, bundle up. New York City’s acting commissioner of Emergency Services says cover every inch of your ears, nose, toes and fingers. CHECK THE LATEST FORECAST Frostbite can set in on exposed skin in minutes, causing it to become red and swollen. Health experts recommend getting in a warm bath and consulting your doctor. This type of weather also increases the risk of hypothermia. Symptoms include exhaustion, slurred speech and uncontrollable shivering. City officials also remind people there is an increased risk of fire and carbon monoxide from heating sources like space heaters and fuel burning appliances. Always make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.Code BlueWhen cold temperatures reach freezing or lower, wind chill...
    Ethel Denise Parry, 66, pleaded guilty on Friday to taking millions from the non-profit she ran to provide homeless shelters, and using it on luxury spending sprees A New York woman has pleaded guilty to taking $2 million of money meant for a homeless shelter she ran in the Bronx and spending it on shopping sprees at luxury stores in the city instead. Ethel Denise Perry, 66, was the executive director of Millennium Care, which was given a $10 million contract by the City of New York to run a 100-person shelter. Yet between 2013 and 2016, Perry used Millennium Care 'as her own personal piggy bank,' according to the state's attorney general, Letitia James. James said Perry illegally took more than $2 million from Millennium Care for luxury shopping sprees at retailers such as Tiffany & Co., Manolo Blahnik, Ferragamo and Bergdorf Goodman, and to pay for her cars, gym membership and other personal expenses.  Perry signed a plea deal with James's office on Friday, and she also admitted to using money the city paid Millennium Care to cover...
    New York City has cut ties with one of the biggest homeless shelter operators in the city after it was revealed that the CEO collected more than $1million a year in salary while steering millions of dollars in business to other for-profit companies he headed.    Jack A Brown III, the Chief Executive Officer of CORE Services Group, received more than $352million in city funding to operate 15 homeless shelters and hotels around New York. However, a blockbuster investigation found that the 53-year-old Brown hired his unqualified relatives, redirected millions of dollars from his non-profit business towards his for-profit companies and collected a seven-figure salary, The New York Times reported.  Lame-duck Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had made fixing the city's homeless crisis one of his top priorities during his eight years in office, immediately cut ties with CORE. State finance officials confirmed that Brown, the highest-paid shelter operator in New York, showed 'a disturbing pattern of ethical violations'.    New York City has cut ties with CORE's CEO Jack A Brown III (pictured), 53, after it was revealed that he redirected six-figure funds from...
    Officials in New York City are receiving criticism after residents learned they had reportedly moved five registered sex offenders, two of whom are convicted pedophiles, into a homeless shelter close to schools. The former Radisson Hotel, a temporary homeless shelter in Manhattan's financial district, was still home to at least four of the sex offenders Thursday, according to the New York sex offender registry. "As parents, we cannot count on local government to look out for our children," a local mother said. "I am not opposed to helping those in need and providing shelters for the homeless in my community, but I am against placing violent pedophiles with a block of schools ." ALABAMA PRISONER EXECUTED AFTER MONTHSLONG DELAY The five deviant ex-convicts who called the shelter home include Lee Jackson, a 42-year-old Level-3 sexually violent offender, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in Brooklyn in 2005. Lonzel McNeil, 53, was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn in 1993. He was assigned a private room in the shelter...
    Donald Trump accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of working to terminate the lease for his Bronx golf course for 'no reason' on Tuesday. De Blasio vowed to break the city's ties to Trump over the January 6 Capitol riot. Part of that includes ending his contract at Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point years before its 2035 expiry.  New York gave Trump just until November 15 to clear out.  A heated public hearing on Tuesday saw numerous people criticize the city for ending its lucrative contract over a 'political vendetta,' and a lawyer for the golf course accused de Blasio of trying to saddle New Yorkers with a $30 million tax bill 'just to get rid of the name.' 'He wants to CONFISCATE the project from me for no reason whatsoever, and terminate my long-term arrangement with the city—and to think I just opened a beautiful $10 million clubhouse,' Trump wrote of de Blasio in an emailed statement through his Save America PAC. 'The course has received rave reviews, is considered one of the top ten open...
    A man was trapped in broken elevator at a run-down Manhattan homeless shelter run by ex-New York governor Andrew Cuomo's sister for four days before he was rescued by the FDNY. The trapped man, who has yet to be identified, was severely dehydrated when he was rescued and was rushed to Harlem Hospital, according to the New York Post. He was released from the hospital around 10am Sunday after the serious but not life-threatening condition.  The ordeal took place at HELP Meyer Mental Health +Shelter located at 600 East 125th Street on Wards Island, which the city pays more than $5,300 for each man it houses in 95 dorm-style rooms, which can hold up to 200 men.   The shelter is one of 24 operated by HELP USA, a nonprofit organization that grew out of one funded by ex-Gov Cuomo in 1986. It has been headed by his sister Maria Cuomo Cole since 1993.   An unidentified man was trapped in broken elevator for four days at run-down Manhattan homeless shelter HELP Meyer Mental Health +Shelter (pictured) located on Wards Island. The...
    New York City's homecoming concert has been dramatically cancelled half way through and revelers were told to leave Central Park immediately and seek shelter as Hurricane Henri barreled down on the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC officials had ignored a tropical storm watch for the Big Apple and insisted that the homecoming concert would continue as planned. But just after 7:30pm, concertgoers were told to leave the 'We Love NYC, The Homecoming Concert' on the Great Lawn in Central Park, and seek shelter as thunderstorms started.  New York City is under a State of Emergency due to incoming Hurricane Henri Earlier, de Blasio had tweeted: 'As of now we do not expect the weather to have any major impact on tonight's concert in Central Park and the show will go on! If there are any changes in the forecast we will update New Yorkers immediately'.  On Saturday a sea of unmasked New Yorkers packed Central Park to watch a star-studded line up of performers as Hurricane Henri is on the horizon.  On Saturday a sea of unmasked...
    A homeless shelter plan by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to begin next to some of Manhattan's most expensive real estate properties after a legal battle to prevent its construction was shot down in court. A New York state appeals court dismissed the complaints Thursday raised by a coalition of residents and businesses from the Manhattan neighborhood near Central Park, which is nicknamed Billionaires' Row for its expensive nearby high rises and properties. Billionaires' Row is not actually one street nor is it a defined area, although real estate agents unofficially define it as an area south of Central Park, between 57th Street and 59th Street from north to south and extending from Eighth Avenue to Second Avenue. The West 58th Street Coalition sued in 2018 to stop a city proposal to develop a men’s shelter at the now-closed Park Savoy Hotel near some of the most expensive properties in the nation, according to Bloomberg. RECORDS SHOW HOMELESS SEXUAL OFFENDERS BEING HOUSED IN NEW YORK HOTEL BLOCK AWAY FROM SCHOOL The suit was in response to...
    BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- Vahhley is going to Hollywood after securing a golden ticket from her 'American Idol' audition.After performing Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" for her American Idol audition, Luke Bryan praised Vahhley's voice and her fight.Lionel Richie assured Vahhley that this difficult moment of hers won't last forever, and Katy Perry just wants Vahhley to believe in herself, because they believe in her.Vahhley is a New York City native with an emotional story to share.She comes to the American Idol stage after spending 8 months in the shelter system.Vahhley became homeless after her marriage broke up and she and her young son went to live with her mom in Brooklyn.RELATED | Alyssa Wray, Beane and other memorable moments from the week 4 auditions"She tells me, 'Vahhley, I really feel like I want you to be the best you can be and I don't want you depending on me your whole life," she said, explaining what led her to move into a shelter first in the Bronx and then in Brooklyn."It was really hard being in there...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A founder of one of the city's largest homeless shelter operators was fired Monday in the wake of a published report detailing accounts from 10 women accusing him of sexual assault and allegations that he used the organization's reach to benefit himself. In a statement, the board of directors of the Bronx Parent Housing Network said Victor Rivera had been fired as the top executive of the organization that he had helped found. The New York Times had reported Sunday that Rivera had been accused of sexual assault or harassment by 10 women, some of them employees. The report also alleged Rivera hired family members and sent contracts to close associates. The city has paid the organization more than $274 million to run homeless shelters and provide services since 2017, according to the report. Rivera could not be reached. In a statement to the Times for its original report, he said the allegations “are unfair, baseless and without merit.” In its statement released on Monday, the board said it condemned “this abhorrent and abusive conduct." It...
    A six-alarm fire broke out early Saturday morning in New York City, destroying several buildings, including a women's shelter and one of New York City's oldest, most historic and most progressive churches.  Middle Collegiate Church, located in the East Village, is home to New York's Liberty Bell, which was rung in 1776 to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and rings to commemorate the inauguration and death of every U.S. president.  Over the past year, the church has donated to Black Lives Matter programming and funded grants to help people with rent or mortgage payments, according to its website. The church also claims to be "one of the leading multicultural, multiracial congregations" in the U.S. and that it stands "firmly" for LGBTQ+ equality, is anti-racist and believes "firmly in the power of women to heal our world."  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The New York City Fire Department said when they arrived at the scene, they knew it "was going to be a big operation." Four firefighters received minor injuries while containing the spread, according...
    New York City officials have stopped the transfer of homeless people from the Upper West Side's The Lucerne hotel at the last minute, after legal efforts from three men who have been living there amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ramone Buford, Larry Thomas and Travis Trammell were some of 235 people set to be moved to the shuttered Radisson hotel in Lower Manhattan on Monday from 10.30am after Upper West Side neighbors claimed they had brought rampant drug use and lewd displays to the neighborhood. However plans won't go ahead for now as they asked a court to intervene, saying that the move to another area where residents have strongly opposed their presence would cause 'massive psychological damage' and 'irreparable harm'. The City temporarily halted plans but Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary Bill Neidhardt told the New York Post: 'We will meet the lawyers in court and we plan to prevail.  Hundreds of homeless people were set to be moved from the Upper West Side's The Lucerne hotel starting Monday morning However people living near the Financial District's...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents of the Harmonia homeless shelter in Kips Bay are relieved to know they won’t be going anywhere. Families who live there were concerned about plans to transfer residents to accommodate 300 homeless men who have been staying at the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side. MORE: Protesters Say New York City Moving Homeless Out Of Lucerne Hotel Is Creating A Bigger Problem Those plans were put on hold earlier in September. “Here at the Harmonia, there’s many resources for people like my wife who suffer anxieties and other disabilities. During this pandemic we are going through, it is unsafe for us to be relocated,” resident Mike Bonanno said. In a statement Friday, the city’s Department of Social Services said it will not be transferring residents from the Harmonia shelter or the Flatlands shelter in Brooklyn. The Legal Aid Society is praising the city’s decision. You can get the latest news, sports and weather on our brand new CBS New York app. Download here.
    EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A protest was held in Manhattan Friday over New York City's plan to move hundreds of homeless residents from a hotel on the Upper West Side to a shelter on the East Side.The demonstration was held outside the Harmonia Houses, which houses homeless adult families -- many with physical or mental disabilities -- on East 31st Street.After months of controversy, the city decided to move residents from the Lucerne Hotel -- which was temporarily converted to a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic -- to Harmonia, displacing residents there.RELATED: Families displaced as NYC moves group of homeless men following outcryThe Legal Aid Society says they will now be scattered to other facilities with no guarantee they will receive the same services.Once the shelter is cleared, it is expected to be converted to a single men's facility.The city says the families will continue to receive the shelter and support and no one will be turned out onto the street.The decision to move the homeless residents out of the Lucerne came as a relief to many area residents,...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Activists are blasting City Hall's decision to pull the homeless from a hotel transformed into a shelter on the Upper West Side, ending months of controversy.The city took over the Lucerne Hotel at 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and converted it into a temporary shelter during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing complaints from area residents claiming the new arrivals were diminishing their quality of life.Community advocate Dana Lowey Luttway said the welfare of her neighborhood quickly plummeted when the Lucerne joined two other hotels in the neighborhood to house homeless. Neighbors reported seeing drug deals, public urination and even prostitution as the homeless population expanded without the services they desperately need."They're not getting it here," Luttway said. "They're getting it in an number of other facilities and shelters that we have coexisted compassionately with for years and and years. The Lucerne is what tipped the scale."RELATED | Manhattan homeless hotel causing concern for nearby residentsNow, the Department of Homeless Services said it will transfer the nearly 300 residents from the Lucerne to other facilities by...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Activists are blasting City Hall's decision to pull the homeless from a hotel transformed into a shelter on the Upper West Side, ending months of controversy.The city took over the Lucerne Hotel at 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and converted it into a temporary shelter during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing complaints from area residents claiming the new arrivals were diminishing their quality of life.Community advocate Dana Lowey Luttway said the welfare of her neighborhood quickly plummeted when the Lucerne joined two other hotels in the neighborhood to house homeless. Neighbors reported seeing drug deals, public urination and even prostitution as the homeless population expanded without the services they desperately need."They're not getting it here," Luttway said. "They're getting it in an number of other facilities and shelters that we have coexisted compassionately with for years and and years. The Lucerne is what tipped the scale."RELATED | Manhattan homeless hotel causing concern for nearby residentsNow, the Department of Homeless Services said it will transfer the nearly 300 residents from the Lucerne to other facilities by...
    New York City officials will soon start the process of removing homeless people from the city’s hotels, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) promised Monday. “It’s important to note that as the health situation has continued to improve, we’re gonna start the process of figuring out where we can get homeless individuals back into safe shelter facilities and reduce the reliance on hotels,” the mayor said during a press conference. Join us at City Hall with the latest updates. https://t.co/9gEfNsnnsA — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 17, 2020 However, he did not give a timeline as to when the process would begin. The city moved thousands of homeless people from crowded shelters into hotels earlier this year to protect them from the coronavirus, according to NY1. As a result, Midtown residents said there was more narcotics use in the area, and they had been subjected to “aggressive physical and verbal behavior,” the outlet noted. In late July, a group of alleged drug addicts took over an area of Midtown Manhattan and were reportedly seen using heroin in broad daylight, according to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Putting the homeless in hotels in New York has become a contentious issue, pitting neighborhoods against each other and putting city leaders on the hot seat with claims of mismanagement and rising crime rates. But in this debate we don’t often hear from the homeless, themselves. CBS2’s Dave Carlin has one man’s story about homelessness and life in a hotel shelter. “I never thought that I’d wind up in a homeless shelter when I was a kid,” Sal Salomon said. He was 8 years old when he attended public school in Hell’s Kitchen. Forty years later, he found himself on the streets and then in a series of New York City homeless shelters. MORE: Homeless Individuals Moved Out Of Hell’s Kitchen Hotel That Took Them In During Peak Of COVID-19 Pandemic He documented his time in shelters, from Brooklyn to Queens to the Bronx. He likened it to prison. Salomon also knows what prison was like. “When I was 19 I got locked up and I went to prison, for stealing a car. I changed my direction,...
    Homeless New Yorkers are finding shelter in more than 100 New York City Hotels-and every American is helping foot the bill, not just New Yorkers. Nearly $80 million was set aside to help homeless New Yorkers find shelter in top of the line hotels back in April. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) through taxpayer money, signed a contract agreeing to cover 75% of the cost of the rooms, according to Fox News. New York taxpayers would pick up the slack and foot the bill for other expenses like moving, staff, medical care and extra services. (RELATED: ‘We’re The Taxpayers’: At Least 139 Hotels Are Operating As Homeless Shelters In NYC Without Notifying Neighbors)  At least $140,000 has been raised by private donors including “Homeless Can’t Stay Home”. In 2018, Politico reported the city planned to spend $364 million each year to house homeless people in hotels by using long term contracts to cut costs. This followed a 2017 report from the Comptroller’s office...
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