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Cayuga Co. Remains in State of Emergency Over Housing of Migrants


Cayuga County remains in a State of Emergency due to the migrant and asylum seeker crisis in the US.

An emergency order, signed Tuesday by Legislature Chairperson Aileen McNabb-Coleman and filed Wednesday with the county clerk’s office, continues the series of orders put into effect by Former Legislature Chairmain David Gould.

Citing efforts by “one or more metropolitan cities attempting to transport some of these shelter seekers to upstate counties,” the order bars persons or entities, such as motels and hotels, from contracting with any municipality other than the county to provide shelter, food, transportation, or medical care to asylum seekers unless they receive written permission from the county to do so.

Those found in violation of the order could face fines of $2,000 per migrant/asylum seeker per day of being in violation. The order adds that “any person who knowingly violates the provisions of this order shall be guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor.”

Like prior orders filed throughout the latter half of 2023, this order remains in effect for five days unless modified, extended, or revoked.

Back in May, the first emergency order was issued in Cayuga County to prevent cities like New York City from sending migrants to the county. It has since been extended in five day increments.

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