SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) -- Suffolk County is the latest county to take a stand on New York City sending asylum seekers places unannounced or without coordination.
County Executive Steve Bellone issued the emergency order on Friday.
"I issued an emergency order as New York City continues to grapple with a shortage of available housing options for families and individuals fleeing desperate circumstances and legally seeking asylum," said County Executive Bellone. "We remain supportive of Governor Hochul's coordinated and humane approach to addressing this crisis and this Emergency Order serves to protect the local communities from bearing any costs associated with the potential arrival of asylum seekers."
It formalizes his objection to the current way New York City is busing migrants without coordination. It also establishes rules for hotels and shelters, saying they must coordinate with the county before accepting asylum seekers.
It also creates a team to coordinate directly with the state and local non-profits.