Hotel staffer sues NYC after alleged assault by ‘illegal migrant’ being housed there

Failure by city workers to address safety concerns led one New York City cleaning woman to file suit after she was allegedly assaulted by an illegal alien sheltered at her hotel.

NYC Mayor Eric Adams’ insistence that the Big Apple be considered a sanctuary city only compounded the city’s inability to properly address the lasting crime epidemic exacerbated by the misguided District Attorney’s Office. Rather than keep the influx of illegals at temporary shelters constructed to fill that need, he contracted hotels and made matters worse for legal residents.

Now, 65-year-old Albanian immigrant Hatixhe Xhani has filed suit against the city and the Department of Homeless Services/Social Services after she was reportedly assaulted by one of the aliens housed at the NYMA hotel on West 32nd Street.

As reported by the New York Post, Xhani, who moved to the United States in 1987 and went on to become a citizen in 1993, claimed that Alexandra Leal-Giminez slapped her on Feb. 24 in the hotel lobby after a period of escalating tension stemming from what was said to be a false accusation.

“I treat all people with respect,” the plaintiff told the Post. “I am grateful for my job and work hard every day. I don’t understand how someone can do this to another person.”

Xhani’s lawyer John Ciafone explained that Leal-Giminez and a male partner had accused his client of stealing a necklace while she vacuumed their hotel room. Hotel staff cleared her of any wrongdoing, but the defendant was said to have remained hostile toward her, a fact said to have been known by city officials in charge of the migrants who, Xhani charged, did nothing to protect her.

“Defendants…were aware of the threats and harassment and are negligent for failing to address the threats and harassment against Plaintiff, Hatixhe Xhani that eventually lead to Plaintiff being severely assaulted and battered,” the suit read, referring to Leal-Giminez as an “illegal migrant.”

The defendant had since been moved to another shelter and this was not the first violent incident related to those being housed by the city. In January it was reported that a security guard at the Stewart Hotel on West 31st Street was struck by a projectile thrown by a group of illegals staying there, and though they were escorted away, he pursued them and allegedly stabbed two of the individuals responsible.

“As we continuously witness, our City rewards bad actors at the expense of the good and hardworking people who pay taxes for a designed political fiasco. I think the defendant should be deported,” Ciafone told the Post speaking of Leal-Giminez. She was charged with third-degree attempted assault, two counts of third-degree misdemeanor assault, as well as second-degree aggravated harassment and harassment.

“My client is a hardworking, immigrant, senior citizen, union member, success story. She was threatened, assaulted and battered while performing her job duties to support her family,” the attorney added.

At the time of this post, Xhani still maintained her job of 22 years.


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