Schenectady County declares state of emergency during meeting to discuss migrants

Schenectady County has declared a state of emergency related to the migrant housing crisis. The emergency order prohibits the relocation of migrants to the county to ensure there is enough housing for the current residents. There was a lot of concern on how the county would vote.

The town of Rotterdam held a meeting at the same time, where hundreds showed up to voice their opinion on the situation involving the busloads of asylum seekers now staying at the Super 8 Motel in Rotterdam.

One of the officers said there were 146 people inside, and he couldn’t let anyone else in until some people came out.

During public comment, people expressed fear about having migrants in their city.

When NewsChannel 13 spoke to Town Supervisor Mollie Collins, she said the town was blindsided by their arrival.

Hear from some of the residents at the meeting by watching the video of Taniqua Pennix’s story.