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Cayuga County extends emergency order over migrants: Hochul says decision on housing coming ‘very soon’

Cayuga County has prolonged its state of emergency, aimed at prohibiting the influx of migrants and asylum seekers from New York State.


The directive, extended by an additional five days, is a response to the county’s limited resources and the lack of communication between local, metropolitan, and state authorities. This decision aligns with sentiments in other Finger Lakes communities, such as Onondaga and Yates counties, that have instituted similar measures.

In the meantime, Ontario County is slated to adopt a corresponding emergency order, following a committee endorsement earlier this week.


As New York City grapples with a surge in migrants, Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed Wednesday that a decision on expanded housing arrangements is imminent.

Hochul reiterated that SUNY campuses and former psychiatric centers are among the potential housing sites under consideration. Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams will jointly deliberate the final choice. Notably, the state has earmarked $1 billion to address the migrant influx following the expiry of a pandemic-era immigration order.

Despite local opposition and lawsuits aimed at barring migrants, plans to relocate some north of New York City over the coming months remain underway.