YONKERS, NY – May 12, 2023 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano issued the following statement on reports of New York City sending asylum seekers to the City of Yonkers in the coming days:
“Yonkers is a City of immigrants and there’s no City that has been more welcoming to them. We are compassionate to the plight of asylum seekers and the City of Yonkers will always step up to aid others in need. However, the sheer lack of communication and planning from New York City on this crucial matter is unacceptable.
We are being told families will be housed here for at least a year, yet Yonkers is not being provided the resources on how to deal with the additional schooling, public safety and health services needed to assist these individuals. It is unfair to the asylum seekers and to our City.
I am calling on and standing at the ready to work with the Governor, New York City’s Mayor, the County Executive, our State Delegation and Yonkers City Council to come up with a plan and the funding needed to benefit our City and our new arrivals. This nationwide crisis needs to be handled in a proactive, prepared, team approach.”