New York Republican lawmakers on Friday urged Gov. Kathy Hochul to call the state Legislature back to Albany to “ensure taxpayers are protected” from the arrival of migrants.
Republicans said they want funding for communities affected by the influx of the new arrivals, “local control” measures for communities and the revocation of sanctuary status.
In letters addressed to Hochul, state Senate Minority Leader Rob Ortt, state Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay and GOP legislators asked her to convene an extraordinary session.
“With the lack of appropriate action coming from Washington D.C. and little reason to believe immediate help is on the way, the duly elected representatives of New York have a responsibility to take matters into their own hands,” the letter from Assembly Republicans states.
Barclay said the lack of transparency and leadership around the issue "has been glaring."
Hochul and Democratic leaders have said this is not an issue the legislature can solve, but rather something the federal government needs to take care of. After sending a letter to President Joe Biden asking for support, Hochul went to the White House for a meeting with top members of the administration to discuss the response to migrants coming to New York.
Hochul exclusively told Spectrum News 1 after that meeting she was confident the White House heard her and is committed to helping.