Cayuga County Legislative Chairman, David S. Gould, has issued an emergency declaration relating to the current national immigration crisis.
The announcement was made Friday afternoon and states that New York City's intent to relocate some asylum seekers to upstate locations is a driving factor in the decision.
"Cayuga County already has a crisis with its existing homeless population due to limited housing and related resources. The influx of migrant and asylum seekers to this existing needy population would strain our county facilities and resources beyond capacity," Gould stated.
Gould said the state of emergency is necessary to preserve public safety and render all required and available assistance vital to the security, well-being, and health of the citizens of this county and will remain in effect until rescinded by a subsequent order or extended after thirty (30) days.
Cayuga County joins Onondaga, Cortland, Oneida and Oswego Counties in issuing emergency orders banning businesses or individuals from contracting with NYC or other municipalities to house asylum seekers locally.
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