Several couples’ wedding plans were disrupted and homeless veterans displaced when a hotel canceled blocks of previously reserved rooms to make way for migrants, WNBC and Mid Hudson News reported Friday.
“It was absolutely devastating, groom-to-be Gary Moretti, 35, told the Daily Mail.
“We felt dismissed, disappointed and angry that we were left out to make an extra dollar for the hotel. It’s just not right,” bride-to-be Deanna Mifsud, 35, told the New York Post.
On Monday, two New York counties declared a state of emergency ahead of the expiration of Title 42, as reported by TheBlaze. The Crossroads Hotel in Newburgh is located in Orange County, near the Hudson Valley wedding site of Moretti and Mifsud.
“We signed a contract. We had a legal contract to have these rooms,” Moretti told the Post.
Weddings were not the only ones that were put aside to make way for migrants. According to the Mid Hudson News, the hotel itself kicked out homeless veterans who were staying there temporarily.
“Whether you agree or disagree with migrants being housed in the Hudson Valley, I think we can all agree that this issue should not negatively affect our homeless veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country.” , Sharon Toney-Finch of the YIT Foundation. he said to the dam. YIT is a non-profit organization that works to “provide permanent housing to homeless military veterans.”
The Crossroads Hotel was included in a trio of lawsuits filed by Orange County and the city of Newburgh on Friday. Other defendants include New York City and the Ramada by Wyndham, WNBC reported. The lawsuits are aimed at preventing New York City Mayor Eric Adams from transporting groups of migrants into the county and housing them in hotels there.
“It’s a complete mess and the government has not been upfront and honest with us,” Orange County Executive Steve Nehaus said.
Another couple, Sean and Nicole from Queens, described the situation as “hectic” and “amazing” in an interview with the outlet. The couple’s last names were not provided.
The couple say they are getting married in a week and have family flying in from Ireland, England, Canada, Ecuador and Japan for the nuptials.
Sean and Nicole said they also booked rooms at The Crossroads and are now out of luck as the hotel canceled their bookings for a block of 37 rooms. They say the hotel manager eventually told them all blocks of rooms had been canceled for the next few months.
Adding insult to injury, the couple say the hotel manager did not proactively contact them about the sensitive matter. Instead, they found out about the cancellation when they called to inquire and are now scrambling to make alternative plans.
“All affected guests will be contacted for assistance in rebooking their upcoming reservations,” a spokesperson for Choice Hotels, the brand under which Crossroads Hotel operates, told the New York Post.
The Crossroads Hotel did not return multiple phone calls from WNBC, nor did the hotel respond to a message from the New York Post.
Watch WNBC’s coverage below of The Crossroads Hotel allegedly canceling blocks of room reservations for multiple wedding parties to make way for migrants arriving by bus from New York City.
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