BP Fossella formally requests Governor Hochul to initiate federal response for NYC migrant crisis
Letter asks for FEMA-like response to curb financial impact this has on Staten Island
Staten Island, NY – Borough President Vito J. Fossella has sent a letter to New York State Governor Kathy Hochul tonight to officially request the state to use its authority to initiate the process for President Biden to make an Emergency Declaration concerning the thousands of asylum seekers arriving unexpectedly in New York City.
Borough President Fossella states in this letter that he would like to further call upon President Biden to authorize a FEMA or FEMA-like response to the situation impacting Staten Island and all of New York City.
Staten Island has received a national level of coverage regarding the migrant families sheltering in the Travis neighborhood, as well as concerns surrounding the enrollment of migrant children in the borough’s already overcrowded schools.
In the letter, Borough President Fossella questions the obligatory nature of the “right to shelter” law New York City has in place, and whether it applies to foreign asylum seekers arriving at an alarming rate.
He believes this emergency situation is a federal problem, not a state or borough problem, and clearly well beyond the financial and physical resources of any municipality to meet.
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