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Emergency Order Extended by Cortland County


Cortland County has extended its Emergency Order banning migrants from staying within the county for another five days. The order was issued on June 1st by County Legislative Chair Kevin Fitch.

The order bans municipalities from entering contracts with persons, businesses, or entities doing business within the county to transport migrants or asylum seekers to locations within the county, or to house said persons at locations for any length of time without the express written consent of the legislative chair.

No hotel, motel, owner of multi-family dwellings or owner of real property in the county is allowed to contract or otherwise engage in business with any other municipality other than Cortland County itself for the purpose of providing housing to migrants or asylum seekers without a license granted by the county.

Those who violate the order are subject to appearance tickets and fines up to $2,000 dollars. The duration of the order will remain in effect “for five days unless sooner modified, extended, or revoked, and may be extended for additional periods” the county stated in a press release.

Arguments by the county for the order are the lack of available resources the county has to support migrants and asylum seekers.

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