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Hochul Defends Busing of Migrants: "They're Absolutely Here Legally"

Anne Spollen

At a Tuesday press conference, New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, defended fellow Democrat New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ contentious action of busing New York City's migrants to other New York locations as lawsuits against his program multiply.

"We’ve been encouraging them to give as much notice as possible to county executives. Given the scale of people affected, it’s not always going to be perfect," Hochul said of Adams' plans to bus more migrants upstate, and perhaps to Long Island, where they will be housed in hotels for several months.

With the expiration of Title 42, 5,800 asylum-seekers came to New York City in one week. In the week prior, 4000 migrants arrived. Currently, there are nearly 50,000 migrants in New York City shelters, straining its capacity.

"It’s all about just preparing. And a lot of people say just the sky is falling before anything has even happened. The vast majority of these people who are simply seeking legal humanitarian relief. They’re here legally. They’re absolutely here legally. They have a right to seek asylum in this country based on what they’ve had to endure in their home countries," Hochul said. 

The governor was grateful to Democrat, Mike Poloncarz, Eerie County Executive, for welcoming the idea of accepting some of New York City's migrant population. The governor stated there was no plan to send them there as of now. Hochul did say the state capital of Albany, "with notice to the mayor there" received migrants from New York City, and the transfer "is going well from what we hear." 

Colonie Town Supervisor Peter Crummey does not agree with the governor. Crummey, elected last June as the town’s first Republican supervisor in 14 years, issued a statement describing the hotel as a "hotbed of police activity," and accused Mayor Adams of paying "no heed for the welfare of the persons subject to his forced busing activity."

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