In the wake of Title 42’s expiration and as the Big Apple is about to start transferring migrants to its northern suburbs, New York Governor Kathy Hochul reportedly proclaimed a state of disaster emergency.
The executive order, according to the governor’s office, is meant to increase assistance for asylum seekers by enhancing state and local government procurement capacities.
It will enable New York State to deploy an additional 500 National Guard soldiers, increasing the total mobilization to nearly 1,500 service members, who are presently providing logistical and operational assistance at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and shelter locations in New York City.
According to the governor’s office, the order would also enable the state to allocate more than $1 billion to help initiatives for New York City that are contained in the state budget for the 2024 fiscal year.
Included in this are $741 million for housing expenses, $162 million to maintain the National Guard’s presence, $137 million for healthcare through NYC Care, $26 million for public assistance, $25 million for the voluntary relocation of families to permanent housing, an additional $5 million for enhanced support from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and $10 million for legal support from the Office of New Americans.
Beginning on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams will implement a divisive proposal to transport immigrants to the northern, largely Republican-controlled suburbs of the Big Apple.
According to senior Adams administration official Tiffany Raspberry, New York City is anticipated to transfer at least 30 migrants to Rockland and Orange Counties on Wednesday.