New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ plan to house migrants in hotels in Orange and Rockland Counties has caused a major headache for an engaged couple from Queens who are scrambling to secure enough hotel rooms for their wedding next week.
Sean Plunkett and his fiancée were planning on having 60 guests at their big day on May 20, but were blindsided when the Crossroads Hotel in Newburgh, New York, canceled their room block of 35 rooms that had been reserved months ago.
“What we feel right now is, we feel very cast aside,” Plunkett said in an interview. “This is a whole, big hot-button issue, but at this point we really just want what’s best for us and our friends and family.”
The couple said they were not properly notified by the hotel and only one guest was informed that their reservation had been canceled.
“We were on hold for 45-plus minutes and were ultimately told, ‘We can’t do anything for you, bye bye,’ and we were hung up on,” bride-to-be Deanna Mifsud said.
The Crossroads Hotel began accepting migrants last Thursday, and it appears that all room block reservations for the next few months have been canceled. The couple is not the only one affected by the mayor’s plan, as a Florida couple also had their block of 30 rooms canceled at the venue ahead of their June nuptials.
“We felt discarded, disappointed and angry that they just tossed us aside to make an extra dollar for the hotel. It’s just not right,” Mifsud said.
A spokesperson for Choice Hotels, which includes The Crossroads Hotel, told CBS New York that affected guests had been contacted and that the chain is “ensuring they are assisted with their accommodations.”
Orange County and the City of Newburgh have reacted to the mayor’s plan by filing three lawsuits in an attempt to block the relocation of migrants to hotels there. They are suing New York City, The Crossroads Hotel, and Ramada.
The incident has also led to a local Christian ministry having to relocate its services after losing access to the building.
It remains to be seen how the lawsuits will pan out and if the engaged couples will be able to have the weddings of their dreams, but for now, the mayor’s plan has cast a dark cloud over the situation.