STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — New York state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency funding related to the migrant crisis over six months, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office announced on Friday.
The state used $316.2 million between April 1 and Sept. 30, according to a report released by the comptroller. The report stated the massive figure only includes spending specifically coded by agencies as spending related to asylum seekers.
As noted in the report, Gov. Kathy Hochul indicated additional spending is anticipated.
New York City, according to Spectrum News NY1, has spent $2 billion on asylum seekers. The majority of spending went toward the Departments of Homeless Services and Social Services for emergency shelter costs, followed by payments to NYC Health + Hospitals to operate humanitarian emergency response and relief centers and a central intake center, the comptroller’s report stated. According to NY1, the city’s spending on asylum seekers is expected to grow to $12 billion over three years.
As of Oct. 26, there were 65,300 asylum seekers in city care, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs announced on Saturday. Since the spring of 2022, the agency added, 133,400 asylum seekers have gone through the city’s intake system.
This week, Hochul extended her executive order declaring a state of emergency in response to the influx of migrants. The order continues to allow the state to mobilize members of the National Guard, who currently provide logistical and operational support at shelter sites; allow the state and localities to quickly purchase necessary supplies and resources, including food and equipment; and gives the state more flexibility in providing municipalities with support.
“While New York continues to respond to the asylum seeker crisis, I’m extending our State of Emergency to ensure communities have the resources needed to support our ongoing efforts,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration remains committed to ensuring state and local officials have all of the support they need to address this unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”
Earlier this month, Hochul announced the state has identified more than 18,000 job openings with nearly 400 employers who are willing to hire migrants and asylum seekers who have attained legal work status in the United States.