Rockland County officials complain 31 migrants living in one-family ‘flophouse’

Officials in Rockland County, New York took legal action Monday to shut down a so-called “migrant flophouse” where 31 asylum seekers were crammed into a suburban one-family home.

The migrants — hailing from Ecuador and Guatemala — were discovered following a surprise inspection at the house located at 295 New Hempstead Road in the tiny hamlet of New City in Clarkstown.

“In essence, it was a migrant flophouse,” said Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann.

“We knew something was amiss. What we saw was so bad. This was by far the worst flophouse we’ve seen.”

Hoehman fumed that the migrant crisis had spun out of control and the number of migrants living in the home was “unacceptable.”

“We are not going to let this happen in Clarkstown,” Hoehmann said.

The town supervisor warned suburbanites that the migrant crisis “is coming to a local town near you.”

Clarkstown keeps a list of homeowners who rent out their properties and said the owner listed was Shleima Koppel.

Hoehmann said Koppel had been cited for violations in the past and had ignored recent town inquiries.

A local judge approved a warrant to inspect the premises.

Clarkstown  Supervior George Hoehmann
Clarkstown Supervior George Hoehmann, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and US Rep. Mike Lawyer with other New City officials hold a media conference in Clarkstown.
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Pictures taken showed mattresses strewn throughout the house, in the basement and garage.

“Our investigation thus far has determined that this is an organized effort that has brought these illegal immigrants and migrants to Clarkstown. This is a national security crisis and a humanitarian crisis,” Hoehmann said.

Congressman Michael Lawyer (R-Rockland) and Rockland County Executive Ed Day blamed the migrant crisis on President Biden’s failure to secure the border and New York’s pro-sanctuary policies of taking in asylum seekers, which they described as people entering the country illegally.

During a press conference, Lawler also took a shot at New York’s most powerful Democratic lawmaker in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

“Chuck Schumer needs to get off his behind and do something,” Lawler said.

He also said Mayor Eric Adams should be “held accountable” if he was behind transporting the migrants to Clarkstown.

295 New Hempstead Road
The migrants from Ecuador and Guatemala were discovered following a surprise inspection in Clarkstown.
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The migrants were located at 295 New Hempstead Road.
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“We are still determining how these individuals arrived in Clarkstown, and whether or not they were part of a clandestine effort by Mayor Adams to subvert the will of Rockland County and prior judicial decisions,” Lawler said. 

“The restraining order filed today by Supervisor Hoehmann is an important step in putting a stop to this, and we are continuing to pursue all courses of action in order to resolve this matter.”

Rockland Executive Ed Day called on state Attorney General Letitia James to launch an investigation into the human trafficking of migrants in New York City.

“There is no way this happens without money,” the Republican county leader said.

“This is a crisis. The southern border must be closed for a period of time  until we find common sense solutions.”

Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann, Rockland County Executive Ed Day
Officials blamed the migrant crisis on President Biden’s failure to secure the border and New York’s pro-sanctuary policies.
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Schumer recently defended his record in dealing with the migrant crisis.

“The record is very clear that I have been working at the highest levels, delivering funds for New York and am still fighting for more,” Schumer, the 72-year-old Senate majority leader from New York, said in a statement to The Post last week.

“I’ve publicly pushed the administration to accelerate and expand work authorization so that immigrants can support themselves and have repeatedly communicated this to the White House as recent as this past week,” the Democrat added.

City Hall said the Adams Administration is not involved with busing migrants to Rockland, noting that ongoing litigation prevents them from doing so.

“We had nothing to do with the asylum seekers ending up there,” an Adams spokesperson said.

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