“During times of great challenge, New York has always stepped up to help support those in need. As our City has seen an increase in asylum seekers, it is important for us to share in this emergency crisis and ensure that we are all doing our part to assist.

While I am thankful that the Administration has recognized the challenges with the Orchard Beach parking lot site and has decided on an alternate location, I raise similar concerns about flooding during the Hurricane season on Randall’s Island.

As Borough President, I am committed to working with the Administration, Borough President Mark Levine and other stakeholders on ensuring that important services are provided for individuals with compassion, dignity and humanity. Although the new Humanitarian Emergency Relief and Response Center has been relocated to Manhattan, we all remain committed to helping those individuals and families who are entering our City seeking permanent housing. That is our responsibility as a City.”