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Supervisors officially oppose relocating asylum seekers to Ontario County

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The Ontario County Board of Supervisors, after extensive debate, has narrowly approved a resolution against the relocation of asylum seekers from New York City to the county.

The Finger Lakes Times reported on Tuesday that the resolution came amid concerns over the county’s preparedness to support asylum seekers.


The Times also reported that Supervisor Daryl Marshall argued that while no board members wished to deny asylum seekers, the county lacked a comprehensive plan for their accommodation, sustenance, and medical needs.

The approved resolution emphasizes that relocated asylum seekers must not displace local residents requiring emergency services, that the county should not bear the financial burden for housing them, and that public health issues must be addressed prior to any potential relocations.

Some supervisors who opposed the measure felt as though it was manufacturing a problem that doesn’t exist for Ontario County.