COUNTY OF ORANGE EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7 OF 2024 DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ORANGE COUNTY REGARDING …

COUNTY OF ORANGE

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 7 OF 2024 DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN ORANGE COUNTY REGARDING TRANSPORTATION OF PERSONS TO ORANGE COUNTY IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW

I, Steven M. Neuhaus, County Executive of the County of Orange, State of New York, do hereby declare as an EXECUTIVE ORDER the following:

WHEREAS, to date New York City (hereinafter the "City") has transported 186 homeless persons to Orange County (hereinafter the "County") and has caused two hotels/motels within the County to be converted into illegal homeless shelters; and

WHEREAS, the City has previously represented that it will only pay for such shelter up to a limited date and has no long-term solution for housing their homeless within the County, which is in violation of New York State Social Services Law and related Administrative Orders pertaining thereto; and

WHEREAS, the City has repeatedly failed and refused to adequately address the needs of the homeless population in New York City, and has decided by its actions and inactions to abdicate its duty and responsibility to those homeless persons, necessarily transferring said duties and responsibilities to the County of Orange County Government, in violation of state law; and

WHEREAS, on May 9, 2023, the State of New York declared a state of emergency as to New York City's homeless population and its inability to adequately house and provide for such persons; and

WHEREAS, there is no reason to believe that the homeless persons presently here will leave Orange County after the City ceases to pay for the short-term housing and any services they are presently receiving; and

WHEREAS, local zoning codes do not allow use of temporary residence hotels or other temporary residence facilities for use as long term residential housing and therefore the City's transportation of homeless persons to the County for that purpose is illegal; and

WHEREAS, through enforcement of local zoning codes, said homeless persons will face refusal, or eviction from the illegal hotels and short-term residential facilities, resulting in an imminent large-scale housing crisis in the County; and

WHEREAS, as all temporary housing shelter beds in Orange County are currently at maximum capacity and cannot accommodate additional homeless individuals; and

WHEREAS, there is a reasonable apprehension of immediate danger of public emergency of potentially thousands of persons being transported to Orange County in violation of state law as referred above, resulting in Orange County being responsible for the public safety of these persons and all others affected in Orange County; and

WHEREAS, the County is not capable of receiving and sustaining such volume of homeless persons that the City has, intends to, or hereafter does transport to the County, whose presence will gravely increase the number of people in need of government services across various sectors in the County; and

WHEREAS, the locations to which New York City Mayor Adams has previously transported said homeless persons have inadequate infrastructure to meet the needs of said individuals, including but not limited to transportation to work, food, medical care, and pharmaceutical opportunities; and

WHEREAS, the County anticipates potential civil disobedience and protesting on this issue both for and against the transportation of homeless persons to Orange County; and

WHEREAS, that due to the above circumstances, I find reasonable apprehension of immediate danger thereof that public safety is imperiled thereby, for not only the New York City homeless persons illegally transported to Orange County by New York City, but also to the other affected residents of Orange County; and

WHEREAS, all of the underlying conditions and reasoning for issuing the Emergency Declarations on June 7, 2023, July 6, 2023, August 5, 2023, September 4, 2023, October 3, 2023, November 2, 2023, December 1, 2023, December 31, 2023, January 30, 2024, February 29, 2024, March 30, 2024 and April 29, 2024 which Emergency Declarations and Executive Order No. 3 of 2023, No. 4 of 2023, No. 8 of 2023, No. 9 of 2023, No. 10 of 2023, No. 12 of 2023, No. 14 of 2023, No. 16 of 2023, No. 1 of 2024, No. 2 of 2024, No. 3 of 2024 and No. 5 of 2024 are incorporated herein by reference, remain as imminent threats to the County of Orange and the reissuance of an Emergency Declaration is necessary in order to protect life and property.

NOW, THEREFORE, I hereby declare, in order to protect life and property, or to bring the emergency situation under control, a State of Emergency in the County of Orange and make the following ORDER:

I Order that all hotels, motels and/or any facilities allowing short term rentals do not accept individuals transported to Orange County in violation of Social Services Law

Posted 6/19/2024