Rockland County Executive Ed Day has declared a state of emergency in the wake of New York Mayor Eric Adams announcing his plans to ship buses of migrants from the southern border upstate. According to Melissa DeRosa, Democratic strategist and former secretary to Governor Cuomo, the entire episode is what happens when “virtue signaling meets government incompetence.” Speaking on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program, DeRosa says part of the problem rests with New York City’s inability to handle all the incoming migrants.
“Eric Adams can’t do it, and he’s been shouting from the rooftops that he can’t do it,” DeRosa told Berman and Larry Mendte, subbing for Riedel. “He’s scrambling and looking for help. So, last week he said- and by the way, this is very modest- I’m going to send a couple of hundred people to hotels that the city residents are going to pay to rent out to put people in, in Rockland and Orange counties for a couple of months, and we will pay to house them and we will pay to feed them, and you’ve now seen the county executives in Rockland and Orange saying, no way, not in my backyard.”
There is plenty of blame to go around for creating the migrant mess, but DeRosa lays the majority of the blame at the feet of two leaders. “Immigration is a federal responsibility, which means the president of the United States, and Joe Biden, who I am a supporter of, has completely fallen down on the job. And then, when you look at the state government, when you look at the next layer of government, the governors, where’s Kathy Hochul? This crisis is taking place in New York City, and New York State says it’s a sanctuary state. This is not just on Eric Adams. She’s been completely MIA. They haven’t done anything to help Eric Adams figure this out.”
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