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Cayuga County continues emergency order over asylum seekers

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Cayuga County’s Legislature Chair David Gould has renewed a five-day state of emergency order amid concerns over potential influxes of migrants and asylum seekers in the area.


This latest mandate, like its predecessors, prohibits any entity from entering into contracts with jurisdictions other than Cayuga County to furnish essentials such as shelter, food, transport, or medical care to these asylum seekers.

Non-compliance results in a hefty penalty of $2,000 per migrant for each day of violation.

The county’s actions have been in response to proposals suggesting the transfer of asylum seekers upstate, which, according to the county, lacks proper financial planning for the requisite services.