List sparks confusion over housing of migrants in Schenectady County

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There’s some confusion and concern surrounding new locations for housing migrants in Schenectady County.

A new article by Bloomberg shared a list of potential proposed sites for housing thousands of migrants who recently arrived in the state.

One of the sites – according to this article – is the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville.

This would involve the 109th Airlift Wing located on the airport property, according to Glenville Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.

He’s concerned because if this is the case, he has had zero contact with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office or with the federal government about this, he said.

Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman sent NewsChannel 13 this statement:

“It is our understanding that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided an inventory of federal sites where New York State could potentially house asylum seekers.   

We have been assured that the State does not endorse this list or the relocation of additional asylum seekers to Schenectady County.  

The federal government must act to address the complexity of the ongoing immigration crisis. Until they do, the impact on our communities could be significant, and they run the risk of overburdening our schools, local municipalities, and other service providers, and their ability to serve residents.”