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Cayuga County Extends State of Emergency over Asylum Seekers


Cayuga County remains in a state of emergency over the possibility of migrants coming to the area. Legislature

Chair David Gould signed another emergency order on Monday, putting the county in a state of emergency for five days.

Like previous orders, this one bars entities from contracting with any municipality other than the county to provide shelter, food, transportation, or medical care to asylum seekers. Violating the order can result in a fine of $2,000 per migrant per day of being in violation.

Lasting five days each, a previous order was issued by Gould on August 30.

These orders come as a response to proposals from other municipalities to transfer asylum seekers upstate, something the orders claim is being done without planning for the cost of providing them with vital services.

Cayuga County first declared a state of emergency relating to the possibility of an influx of migrants and asylum seekers coming to the Finger Lakes in May.

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