Hospitality and food service companies were the biggest group of employers to enroll in the state program.
The violence that erupted at a Staten Island rally against asylum-seekers moving into a local shelter was a warning.
Politicians are passing the buck on New York City’s influx of asylum-seekers, which is harming the outlook for Democrats in 2023 and 2024.
More than 30 counties around the state have taken steps to block New York City from sending migrants to local hotels and shelters.
The governor initially distanced herself from the issue of asylum-seekers in New York City, but she’s taking credit for getting the feds to act.
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The GOP used Adams’ comments that the issue would “destroy the city,” to argue the border should be closed. Adams hasn’t called for closing the border.
Lawmakers including Catalina Cruz and Jenifer Rajkumar have introduced bills. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’s considering “possible language.”
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The elected officials pushed back on critiques that the mayor is anti-immigrant.
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Former New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer saw the authority to register contracts as a first line of defense against financial impropriety and corruption.
This is no time for New York City Mayor Eric Adams and his former mayoral challenger Curtis Sliwa to get personal over the influx of migrants.
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More than a third of the 107,000 people who have arrived since last spring are Venezuelan, according to city data.
State Sen. Roxanne Persaud warned the proposed shelter could expose asylum-seekers to unsafe conditions, while Sliwa railed against “illegal aliens.”
Undermining the right to shelter in order to avoid housing asylum-seekers would be a betrayal of our city’s values and leave us all worse off.
On the heels of negative polling, Hochul makes formal call to Biden for work authorization for asylum-seekers
Earlier this week, Siena College found that 82% of New Yorkers believe the influx of migrants is a “serious problem.” Hochul said she’d ramp up efforts to connect migrants to jobs as soon as the federal government acts.
A letter from the state this week alleged a “lack of coordination” from the city in some aspects of its handling of the migrant influx.
Some advocates and elected officials argue that the state constitution requires all localities, not just New York City, to provide shelter to anyone who needs it.
Many asylum-seekers from African countries have arrived in New York City in recent months, and advocates worry that the city isn’t addressing language barrier issues for non-Spanish-speaking migrants.
New York legislative leaders have been relatively quiet about the crisis.