The city has again reversed its decision regarding the living situation of the over 200 men temporarily residing at the Lucerne Hotel. Just about a week after Judge Debra James ruled to move the temporary residents to the Radisson Hotel in Lower Manhattan – another judge, State Appellate Division Judge Anil Singh – decided they can stay, for now.
The case was brought about by some of the Lucerne’s temporary residents along with Downtown New Yorkers, Inc, whose members have been fighting against the relocation.
The Appellate Division, F.D., of the NYS Supreme Court has granted a stay to Downtown New Yorkers, Inc., preventing the City from moving 230 homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel to the Radisson Hotel until a 5-judge Appellate Division panel can consider the case on Monday, Dec 14. pic.twitter.com/zrObv3ybc8
— Downtown New Yorkers (@DowntownNYCers) December 3, 2020
Theresa Vitug of Downtown New Yorkers stated “We are extremely gratified that the court recognized the seriousness of this situation and the potential harm a move will cause to both the homeless men and the Lower Manhattan neighborhood.”
A panel of five judges are expected to hear arguments from both sides again on December 14.
In the meantime, those who have been most vocal continue to voice their arguments and concerns.
Every day is critical as the Lucerne men await relocation to a facility with fuller services and ample common space for indoor social distancing during recreation and service delivery. We look forward to reaching a solution that best serves the needs of this population. pic.twitter.com/M94Ab6zg75
— West Side Community Organization (@westsideco_org) December 4, 2020
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A stay has been granted by the appeals court, and the Lucerne residents will not be moving Monday. The city should not leave the men in limbo through the holidays–they should let them remain as long as COVID requires, and immediately use the rooms at the Radisson to save lives.
— UWS Open Hearts Initiative (@UWSOpenHearts) December 3, 2020