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5/19/23-Allegany County Declares State of Emergency in Response to Migrant Crisis

Press Release
May 19, 2023

For Release:      Immediately
Confirmation:   W. Brooke Harris, Chairman
Phone:                585-268-9222

Allegany County Declares State of Emergency in Response to Migrant Crisis

Allegany County Sheriff Scott Cicirello:

 The current headlines across New York State have created a lot of uncertainty in Allegany County, prompting speculation as to the potential impact on our communities. New York City has expressed that they will be sending a large volume of migrants to upstate NY, possibly affecting Allegany County.

Regardless of the politics of this situation, my job is to ensure the public safety of the residents of Allegany County.

I am working closely with the Allegany County Legislature, County Administrator and Local and State Law Enforcement to monitor the situation.

I fully support the actions taken by Chairman Harris, the Board of Legislators and County Administrator Knapp to directly address this crisis.

We recognize there are strong opinions on this issue.  We urge residents to remain peaceful and respectful.  If you wish to voice your opinion on this issue, please reach out to your federal representative. If you have a specific public safety concern, contact your local law enforcement. We will continue to advocate for resolution to this crisis and keep our residents informed.

Allegany County Legislative Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris:

I’m sympathetic to the challenges facing asylum seekers, and wish for nothing more than their successful integration into our country. Unfortunately, Allegany County simply does not have the resources available to properly provide for the needs of even a small influx of migrants. In addition to our overburdened and underfunded County departments, our contracted agencies and local not-for-profit providers are already stretched beyond their capabilities. Any sudden additional demands could compromise a very fragile service delivery system.

At this time, we are not aware of any attempt by either New York City or New York State to facilitate the relocation of migrants to Allegany County. This Declaration aims to protect the public safety of all residents of Allegany County, and to ensure that migrants and asylum seekers are not placed in a situation that would be detrimental to their health and well-being.

Press Release State Of Emergency Migrant Crisis 5 19 23

State Of Emergency Declaration Migrant Crisis 5 19 23