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New York removes homeless men from hotel on Manhattan’s posh Upper West side

Liberals are slamming New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for a decision to remove homeless men from a West Side hotel amid the posh addresses of Manhattan’s elite, while a lawyer who represents the neighborhood says he’s thankful the city listened to their pleas to get the homeless men out of the hotel.

“We’ve always been clear that these were temporary arrangements and that our first priority is ensuring people experiencing homelessness are getting the services they need,” said Avery Cohen, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio according to the New York Post about the decision to remove the homeless men.

But uber-liberals from special interest groups in New York have promised to fight the mayor’s decision to remove the homeless men from the Upper West Side hotels.

“The fight over homelessness on the Upper West Side feels far from over,” says Miriam Elder, a reporter at the Guardian. “At a press conference with local politicians and organizers, a Legal Aid rep said they would sue if the city moved people out before it was safe.”

Residents of the neighborhood have complained that men from the hotel were taking drugs in the neighborhood, accosting people for money and drugs, urinating in public and even suffering from overdoses on the street says the Post.

And that didn’t include the complaints about the pedophiles that the city dropped off at the hotels.   

“The city dumped at least six homeless pedophiles, all still on parole, at a luxury Upper West Side hotel just a block from an elementary-school playground — an apparent violation of state law, online records show,” reported the Post last month.

“Look, we’re a progressive-minded community, and we tend to be sympathetic to the homeless,’’ a neighborhood mom at the time.

“But with sex offenders, draw the line.”

The decision to put the men into the hotel was taken at the height of New York city’s COVID-19 epidemic that saw New York City open its prisons, releasing even hardened criminal sex offenders.

“We appreciate that the City — at our urging — will be immediately taking concrete steps to address the chaos that reached a crisis point over the past several weeks when the City relocated hundreds of homeless individuals into the Lucerne Hotel, many of whom suffered from mental illness, addiction and other serious problems,” said a lawyer for one group of neighbors, Randy Mastro, according to the Post.

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