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Posted on: June 7, 2023

RENSSELAER COUNTY WILL FIGHT BACK AGAINST NYC MAYOR ADAMS LAWSUIT

RENSSELAER COUNTY WILL FIGHT BACK AGAINST NYC MAYOR ADAMS LAWSUIT TO CANCEL COUNTY STATE OF EMERGENCY TO PREVENT FORCED RELOCATION OF MIGRANTS TO COUNTY, SAYS COUNTY EXECUTIVE STEVE MCLAUGHLIN



Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said the county will fight back against a lawsuit filed by New York City Mayor Adams that seeks to cancel State of Emergency orders issued by over 30 upstate counties and municipalities.


“We have been informed that Rensselaer County will be sued by Mayor Adams and we look forward to answering his ridiculous lawsuit in court,” said McLaughlin.


“Mayor Adams is part of an effort to illegally flood our borders and upstate communities with migrants, and force upstate taxpayers to pick up the bill for their failed policies. We are confident the courts will eventually determine his actions are not legal or humane,” added McLaughlin.


“This lawsuit by NYC will cost Rensselaer County valuable taxpayer resources, and we plan on billing New York City for any costs incurred by our county in defending from the Adams attack. Mayor Adams is a big city politician who believes he can ignore the truth and trample over the rights and quality of life of upstate residents, and we will definitely be fighting back,” he continued.


“Rensselaer County stood up to Andrew Cuomo’s deadly order to force COVID positive residents into nursing homes and we will also stand up to Mayor Adams and his forced relocation of these migrants into upstate,” said McLaughlin.


Rensselaer County issued a State of Emergency order and declaration on May 9 at McLaughlin’s direction, with the order and declaration prohibiting any business or municipality from entering into contracts to house migrants. Dozens of counties have also issued similar orders since the Rensselaer County order.


“The 30 counties that have enacted State of Emergency orders did so legally and because they were concerned about protecting their counties and communities. They took this action because without warning or preparation, Mayor Adams was wrongly bussing migrants into upstate communities,” said McLaughlin.


“This is not a humane action by Mayor Adams. He is simply forcing migrants onto buses and then dumping them into upstate areas not equipped to house large numbers of new arrivals. His lawsuit is an attempt to distract from his failings and the failings of the Hochul and Biden administrations,” added McLaughlin.


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