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Cayuga County continues state of emergency over asylum seekers as homeless crisis worsens

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Cayuga County Chair Aileen McNabb-Coleman announced the continuation of a state of emergency in response to the unexpected influx of homeless individuals and asylum seekers transported from New York City, according to an emergency declaration document. The declaration was prompted by the lack of prior coordination and the absence of a clear plan for sheltering and providing essential services to these individuals.


The declaration, driven by public safety concerns and the capacity to manage the needs of the county’s existing homeless population, restricts any agreements or business transactions aimed at housing these individuals without explicit permission from the county chair. This measure aims to ensure that proper resources are allocated and that the county is not overwhelmed by additional demands without adequate preparation.

The state of emergency is set to remain in effect for five days unless extended or rescinded, highlighting the urgent need for coordinated efforts and support to address the immediate needs of both the county’s residents and incoming individuals.