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NYC Mayor Adams considers abandoned prison, asks property owners to house influx of migrants

"Nothing is off the table," says Adams, a Democrat.

Published: May 12, 2023 8:11am

Updated: May 12, 2023 11:41am

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is reportedly considering housing migrants in a shuttered Hudson Valley prison.

He considered the idea in call with county officials Thursday, as New York City struggles to find accommodations for thousands more asylum-seekers expected to arrive following the expiration of the federal border policy Title 42, according to an audio tape obtained by Politico.

Adams in the call said his administration needs help from neighboring counties as the city has already provided housing, food and other services to over 65,000 asylum-seekers over the past year.

Adams in the call didn’t rule out the suggestion from Newburgh Supervisor Gil Piaquadio that the mayor consider vacant housing at SUNY New Paltz as well as the shuttered Downstate Correctional Facility in nearby Fishkill, Dutchess County, Politico also reports.

"Nothing is off the table," said Adams, a Democrat. "If anyone has alternative locations, we’re open to listening. We’re not taking anything off the table at all. We’re going to look at both of those locations you mentioned."

Adams has also asked property owners in New York to help house migrants, according to the Daily Caller Foundation.

Adams said earlier this week the he intends to relocate 300 recent arrivals to Orange and Rockland counties.

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