(WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul has revealed that after extensive discussions, a provisional agreement has been reached with the Biden Administration, allowing New York to address shelter for asylum seekers.
Albany – In a recent development, Governor Kathy Hochul disclosed that the Biden Administration has presented a preliminary contract that would enable the state of New York to repurpose Floyd Bennett Field into a shelter for asylum seekers. Pending the finalization of the agreement, Governor Hochul, in collaboration with Mayor Adams and his team, intends to establish a Humanitarian Emergency Relief and Response Center at Floyd Bennett Field. This facility is projected to provide shelter for over 2,000 asylum seekers, playing a crucial role in addressing the current humanitarian crisis.
While recognizing the importance of this interim shelter, Governor Hochul emphasized that the ultimate solution lies in swiftly granting work authorization to facilitate the transition of asylum seekers into self-sufficient living arrangements. This multifaceted effort aims to provide immediate humanitarian aid while concurrently progressing individuals towards asylum seeker status and lawful employment.
The agreement marks a significant stride forward, underscoring the commitment of both the state and federal governments to address the pressing challenges posed by the current influx of asylum seekers.