The castle-owning proprietor of a financially struggling upstate hotel is begging Mayor Eric Adams to send him his poor, tired, huddled migrants.
Gary Melius, who owns the renowned historic Oheka Castle hotel and catering hall in Huntington, Long Island, says his rep reached out to Adams’ administration weeks ago to offer his “ideal” 115-room Quality Inn in Massena in St. Lawrence County near the Canadian border.
But the hotel owner said he has not yet gotten a response, despite the city being desperate to figure out how to house thousands of migrants — dozens of whom were forced to sleep on cardboard on the sidewalk outside Manhattan’s makeshift processing center last week.
“I keep trying. We could take 180 people. I don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense to me,” said Melius, who famously survived a mysterious assassination attempt outside Oheka Castle in 2014.
“My place is ideal,” Melius said of his budget Quality hotel, which has an occupancy rate of 40%, meaning more than half the rooms are empty on any given day.
“The hotel is in the center of town,” noted the owner of Oheka, where the “Real Housewives of New York” filmed their Season 12 reunion in 2020. “You don’t need any transit once you get here.”
“I have a kitchen. I have a restaurant. I have a catering hall” there, too, he said.
“This would be very good for me, it would be very good for the city and very good for the migrants. It’s a win-win,” added Melius, who said his rep reached out to the city’s Department of Homeless Services but has yet to hear back.
Rooms at Melius’s Quality Inn go for about $120 per night.
Hotel owners who provide space for migrants are paid with taxpayer funds at an agreed-upon rate.
Melius said he will not be offering space at his Oheka Castle, one of the top wedding reception venues on Long Island whose hotel rooms go for $400 to $1,200 a night, to shelter migrants.
The hotel owner — whose shooting outside the Oheka nearly a decade ago has yet to be solved — called the migrant crisis “terrible.
“We’re leaving our door open,” he said of the border. “People should come in the right way.”
Brad Gerstman, a lobbying rep for Melius, said, “I want to help the city I love, so I scoured all my clients and those I have other business relationships with to find more space for the migrants.
“I hope the Adams administration can move on this opportunity.”
Former GOP Sen. Al D’Amato, a regular patron at Melius’s Oheka Inn, said, “It makes sense for Gary and the mayor.
“The city is overwhelmed,” D’Amato, now a powerhouse lobbyist, told The Post on Sunday. This is the federal government’s fault for not securing the border, and it will keep getting worse if they don’t get the border under control.”
Nearly 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since spring 2022.
More than 56,000 migrants are currently in the city’s swelled shelter system — more than half of its record-shattering 100,000 occupants.
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