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NY lawmaker denounces claim that veterans were evicted in favor of migrants as false, calls for investigation

A GOP lawmaker in New York claims the narrative that hotels were evicting veterans to house asylum seekers was untrue.

Veterans advocate and Army veteran Sharon Toney-Finch made headlines when she claimed that former military members were being booted from hotels to make way for incoming migrants. Toney-Finch’s charity, the Yerik Israel Toney [YIT] Foundation, describes itself as devoted to offering assistance to prematurely born children and their families as well as aiding “homeless and low-income military service veterans in need of living assistance.”

Toney-Finch had initially claimed last week that 20 ex-military veterans had been informed they could no longer stay at three hotels in Orange County because asylum seekers were being transported there from New York. 

State Assemblyman Brian Maher, who has worked with Toney-Finch, told the New York Post that after confronting her, he no longer believes this claim is true, and has severed ties with her organization.

Fox News Digital reached out to him and Maher shared a public statement as well.

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“The YIT Foundation purports to protect and support veterans, but the dishonest claims and fabrication of the facts by YIT does enormous harm to our homeless veterans by creating mistrust,” he declared.

When reached for comment, YIT told Fox News Digital, “There is a lot of things that has not happened. I am one of the Veterans YIT has helped that works voluntarily.” Fox News Digital also attempted to obtain comment directly from Toney-Finch, but did not hear back. 

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