The City Council on Wednesday joined the chorus of critics objecting to Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to relocate a migrant intake center from Orchard Beach in the Bronx to Randall’s Island.

Citing flood risks and the exposure to cold weather, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams urged the administration to instead consider indoor locations, including shuttered hotels.

Shortly after the Council issued its statement, Mayor Adams addressed the criticism in an interview with Errol Louis on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.”

“I’m glad they’re coming with the spirit of cooperation, to come with a solution,” Mayor Adams said. “If we’re going to critique what we’re doing during this humanitarian crisis that was created by human hands, then we should come with great ideas.”

What You Need To Know

  • City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams today announced her opposition to the mayor’s proposed asylum seeker intake center on Randall’s Island, citing flood risks and cold weather

  • The Council urged the administration to instead consider indoor locations, including 10 large-scale, shuttered hotels

  • In an interview with NY1, Mayor Adams praised the Council’s “spirit of cooperation” and said he’d sit down with the speaker to discuss solutions

  • The mayor also said he was optimistic the Council would approve a controversial housing development along Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx

The mayor was largely conciliatory toward the Council, which specifically pointed to 10 large-scale hotels that could be converted to relief centers and staffed by out-of-work hotel workers. Council leaders also offered ideas to more quickly transition people out of homeless shelters, pointing to other closed hotels that could be converted to supportive housing.

“If they have some specific hotels that they’re talking about,” Mayor Adams said, “I’m looking forward to sitting down with the Council and Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, our speaker, and come up with those solutions.”

Mayor Adams said he’s consulting with the cities of Washington, D.C. and Chicago, which have also received busloads of migrants from Texas, and which also have Black mayors.

He stopped short of ascribing a racial motive.

“I don’t know if it’s Black mayors, or if it’s just going to northern cities, but something is wrong,” the mayor said. “I mean, we have thousands of cities in this country. Why are we specifically targeting Washington, Chicago and New York? There’s something wrong with that.”

On the issue of crime, Mayor Adams said the city is not as safe as it should be. But he also pointed to an uptick in transit ridership, tourism and office occupancy in the city, and said reports of crime on the subway can create false perceptions.

“When you read specifically about them, you lose the fact that the system has 3.5 million riders a day,” Mayor Adams said. “And I know that this city is winning. This city is back.”

The mayor also addressed a proposed affordable housing development along Bruckner Boulevard in the Bronx that has generated pushback from the community and City Councilmember Marjorie Velasquez. Adams said he’s optimistic the Council will approve the necessary rezoning.