MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – Enacted earlier last month, County Executive P.J Wendel issued a State of Emergency for Chautauqua County in response to the influx of migrants entering the Empire State.
Due to many factors such as economic conditions and security risks, Wendel has decided to extend the State of Emergency order on May 30th of this year. The order prohibits municipalities from bringing in and housing asylum seekers as well as prohibits hotels and motels from housing anyone without a license.
The County Executive believes that State Officials need to work together during this crisis, and so far there has been no collaboration.
“38 counties have issued States of Emergency, contrary to the Governor’s position ‘we don’t understand the state of Emergency, my statement is I don’t understand why we can’t work together on this,” Wendel said.
Wendel goes on to explain that every attempt to have a face-to-face meeting with Governor Kathy Hochul has been futile.
The intention of the State of Emergency is to send asylum seekers elsewhere to better be cared for with resources that our County does not have.
The State of Emergency will remain in effect for the remainder of the 30 day time period, being extended in 5 day intervals.