Santabarbara Statement on Recent Move by NYC Mayor that Led to Eviction of Rotterdam Residents

“Tonight, my office received confirmation that the Mayor of New York City is thoughtlessly sending buses with migrants to Super 8 Motel in Rotterdam, completely disregarding the fact that many of the individuals already residing there were struggling with poverty themselves and are now displaced. I am absolutely outraged by what has transpired.

It is utterly incomprehensible that this decision was made without any consultation or coordination with any local representatives, including my office that was left to discover what’s happening through the rumor mill. This level of disrespect and blatant lack of concern for our community by forcing this situation on us without notice and zero communication is unforgivable. The federal government must take action to put an end to this chaos.”