Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

May 22, 2023

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Director of Strategic Communications
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Statement from County Executive Ed Day In Response to Gov. Hochul's Comments


New City, NY- County Executive Ed Day releases the following statement in response to Governor Kathy Hochul accusing municipalities of enacting bigoted policies:

“So far 30 counties and two towns across the state have declared States of Emergencies to shield their constituents from taking on the responsibilities of New York City’s Sanctuary City declaration.

This is not bigotry; these are legitimate concerns being raised by the majority of residents and more than 50% of counties across New York State for good reason as conditions, infrastructure, and resources across this state vary with union and day laborer jobs already scarce and no cows to be milked in Rockland. Rockland has one of the lowest unemployment rates across the state and a severe housing crisis that organic migration is complicating and compounding.

I suggest the Governor of New York listen to her constituents who are overwhelmingly opposed to housing migrants, all-expenses-paid, for up to a year, while our own homeless and low-income residents struggle to make ends meet.

Governor Hochul should instead sit down with the Governors across the country, including the Governor of Texas, Federal lawmakers, and the President of the United States to put an end to incentivized illegal immigration that isn’t helping people, but rather hurting people.”