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New York court dismisses NYC lawsuit against Schuyler County over migrant relocation

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A New York Supreme Court Judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Schuyler County by New York City (NYC) in connection to the county’s emergency order aimed at preventing the potential relocation of migrant asylum seekers.

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The order, issued by Schuyler County Legislature Chair Carl Blowers in May, remained in effect for ten days and barred municipal programs from housing the migrants while imposing fines on hotels and short-term rental facilities that sought to accommodate them.

According to Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, the suit was dismissed by Justice Lyle Frank, who concurred with Getman’s argument that the case was “non-justiciable.” Getman asserted that they were likely to prevail on several claims, including mootness and the lawsuit being lodged in an improper forum.

The ruling only impacts Schuyler County, but it may set a precedent for over 30 other municipalities that were similarly sued by NYC over their emergency orders barring the relocation of asylum seekers from the city.