by Jack Montgomery, The National Pulse:
Spending on hotels and other services for migrants in New York City will hit $4.3 billion by the end of 2023. This is an increase of 48 percent on earlier estimates.
Democrat Mayor Eric Adams and the city government have been reluctant to provide a breakdown of the spending. Its contract with the Roosevelt Hotel, now a major migrant processing facility, has only recently been released. Key details are redacted, such as the amount the city is paying “per room per day”. The city claims this is a “trade secret” – despite the fact hotels advertise their rates publicly.
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The contract was made through a city-controlled Health and Hospitals Corp rather than a bona fide city agency. This allowed the contract to escape comptroller scrutiny.
In terms of known costs, the Floyd Bennett Field migrant camp is already costing $1.7 million a month. This includes the cost of ferrying minors to subway stops by bus and providing them with city-funded MetroCards, so they can attend school. There are only around 195 minors in the camp, but transport costs will hit $625,000 by the end of 2023.