Saturday, May 27, 2023 1:18AM
SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) — Suffolk County is now declaring an emergency due to New York City sending asylum seekers its way.
County Executive Steve Bellone issued the emergency on Friday. It formalizes his objection to the busing of migrants from New York City.
“I issued an emergency order as New York City continues to grapple with a shortage of available housing options for families and individuals fleeing desperate circumstances and legally seeking asylum,” said County Executive Bellone. “We remain supportive of Governor Hochul’s coordinated and humane approach to addressing this crisis and this Emergency Order serves to protect the local communities from bearing any costs associated with the potential arrival of asylum seekers.”
The emergency declaration also establishes rules for hotels and shelters, saying they need permission accepting asylum seekers.
It also creates a team to coordinate directly with the state and local non-profits.
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