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New York Gov. Hochul: Officials trying to find 'welcoming' sites for migrants in NYC, situation 'desperate'

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that the state will assist New York City Mayor Eric Adams with finding “welcoming” sites for migrants, as the city struggles with an influx of asylum seekers.

In an interview with Spectrum News, Hochul explained on Wednesday that the state plans to financially assist the city, pledging at least $1 billion towards migrant assistance efforts. Adams’ office recently announced that hundreds of adult male migrants will be relocated to Orangeburg in Rockland County and the town of Newburgh in Orange County. 

“The city has done an incredible job trying to find places to house them, but they are at capacity,” Hochul said. “So we’re helping [Adams] find places that will be welcoming.” 

Hochul described the migrant influx situation as “desperate”, explaining that even though some New York communities are willing to welcome them, some do not have the resources to house newcomers.

Hochul also addressed the Republican majority in Congress during the interview, asking them to pledge $1 billion to help the city.

“Republicans in Congress, in charge of the House, have the ability to allocate more money. Why don’t you match what New York state did? Give us a billion dollars for New York,” she said. “Help us with the money, help us with the work authorization. And then we’ll get through this much sooner.”

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“It was very hurtful, parents were outraged. We just feel that there wasn’t enough time, enough notice for parents.” Bowers explained. “Friday morning when they came to school is when they found out. And then Saturday night, they were there.”

Exterior of PS188 where migrants are being house in the gym

A man speaks on his cell phone outside of the Sandra Feldman gymnasium at PS 188 in Coney Island, NY, Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Migrants are currently being housed in the gym. (Jennifer Mitchell for Fox News Digital)

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“Our community is very small. We’re a close family, but we’re lacking a lot of programs in the community, and you’re taking away one of the spaces that our children use,” Bowers added. “Again, with all due respect to the mayor, please reconsider this.” 

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