Rensselaer County became the latest county in New York to issue a state of emergency over the relocation of migrants within the state, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced Tuesday afternoon.
While there has been no reported asylum seekers bused to the county, McLaughlin said he took the action "following the disclosure of plans by New York City to force the relocation of migrants to counties upstate."
He said the declaration prohibits any municipality, hotel and motel in the county from entering into a contract to house migrants.
"We do not have the structure or the resources to take care of these people being forced out of New York City,” McLaughlin said in a statement on Facebook.
“My conversations with other County Executives reveal that New York City Mayor Adams is not backing down from his plan and intends to follow through on contracts to move and house these migrants," McLaughlin said.