Hudson Valley lawmakers, housing advocates express concern over NYC mayor's housing voucher plan
Lawmakers and housing advocates across the Hudson Valley are concerned after New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued an emergency order that will allow residents of the five boroughs the ability to use their city-funded housing vouchers anywhere statewide.
The decision comes in response to the growing number of migrants arriving in New York that the city is responsible for housing. The hope is this plan will free up space in the city's shelter system to make room for incoming asylum seekers.
Hudson Valley lawmakers say the plan will drain suburban resources.
"This is a poor policy decision," says Rockland County Executive Ed Day. "They're going to displace the people in Rockland County who are looking for shelter. We cannot pick up that extra."
Day says he will be exploring all legal options.
The housing voucher plan is set to roll out as early as next week.