Report: Migrants not mistreated at Albany County hotels

Report refutes migrants claims

Report refutes migrants claims of poor treatment at motels

A new report refuted claims from migrants and officials in Albany County about the condition of hotels where migrants are staying.

The report from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance found no issues with spoiled food and other unmet needs.

NewsChannel13 reported in August that the company DocGo had come under fire from county officials who said it was not making good on its agreement with New York City to care for the migrants at three local hotels. Migrants and officials from local nonprofits said people living there were served spoiled food and blocked from access to proper resources, such as a wheelchair.

Officials from the state who visited the hotels between August 14 and 15 found “none of the concerns were noted based on observation and interviews with onsite staff” at the Albany County hotels.

The report said OTDA inspectors who speak Spanish engaged with the residents to make sure they felt safe and ask if they had concerns.

Inspectors said while they were visiting, DocGo provided numerous food trucks at one of the hotels.

It said OTDA inspectors found residents had access to food, transportation, case management and medical services, and that children were being enrolled in schools.