Gov. Hochul addresses migrant crisis, says Hudson Valley won’t be required to house migrants
Gov. Kathy Hochul has informed the public that the Hudson Valley and other counties will not be required to house migrants.
Mayor Eric Adams responded to her statements, saying that he appreciates her acknowledgement of what the city has done, but "whatever obligations apply under state law to the City of New York apply with equal force to every county across New York state."
This is in reference to the legal battle over whether the state and the city must house those who need shelter.
Adams asked Hochul to prevent counties from issuing “exclusionary” emergency orders, as several have in the Hudson Valley. He also writes that he is gratified to her call for immediate federal action.
The focus of Hochul’s speech was asking the Biden administration to expedite the 180-day period migrants must wait for work authorization.
She says over 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the state over the last year and New York has committed $1.5 billion to address the crisis. However, she says, "this crisis originated with the federal government, and it must be resolved through the federal government."
Hochul is also asking for support for federal housing vouchers, more federal facilities serving as shelters, and reimbursement for the National Guard stationed at shelters.
She says a new program this September will pre-fill jobs with asylum seekers and let them start as soon as they are authorized.