Someone cleaned up!
A Florida-based company has signed no-bid contracts worth $20 million with the Big Apple to provide emergency shower trailers for migrant shelters across the five counties, including Queens’ Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.
City records show that Imperial Restrooms Inc. recently signed two contracts — one for $18 million with the city’s Department of Environmental Protection and another for $2 million with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to install “shower trailers for Asylum seekers”.
The DEP contract calls for the provision of shower trailers for “up to 10 locations,” according to the city’s records, as first reported by Gothamist.
“The costs for the shower contract sound high. Why are we using a Florida contract?” said Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan), chair of the council’s Oversight and Inquiry Committee.
She vowed to hold hearings on all major emergency migrant contracts over the next month.
“This is insane,” said Joe Borelli, leader of the Republican minority on the council
“I’m thinking about how many $20 million programs we could fund for our constituents — science labs, fire trucks, basketball courts. Why do I even bother fighting for a few hundred thousand dollars here and there in the budget process?
Phil Orenstein, a Queens Republican Party activist who confronted Mayor Adams about turning the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center site into a migrant camp, said: “We should use the $20 million to help our veterans and mentally ill patients who… being treated at Creedmoor to help.”
“It’s pretty outrageous that the city is spending so much money on portable showers,” he said.
Immigration advocates and asylum seekers have long complained about the lack of access to showers in several shelters.
The Mayor’s Office and Imperial Restrooms had no immediate comment.