According to a state source, New York taxpayers will spend $20 million a month housing migrants on Randall’s Island — or $10,000 per asylum seeker if the site fills all 2,000 beds.
The makeshift facility off Manhattan is one of four fully state-funded migrant shelters as part of a desperate effort to keep up with the tide of migrants that is pushing New York City to the brink of breaking point.
A well-informed source at the state told the Post over the weekend that the state is allocating $20 million a month to run Randall’s Center.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced last week that the Big Apple’s refugee crisis is expected to cost a whopping $12 billion over the next three years.
“We’ve exceeded our breaking point,” Adams said during a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday. “With more than 57,300 individuals currently in our care on an average night, that works out to $9.8 million per day, nearly $300 million per month and nearly $3.6 billion per month Year.”
As of spring 2022, approximately 100,000 men, women and children seeking asylum have arrived in New York City, more than 57,000 of whom are currently being housed in 198 shelters across the five boroughs.
The unprecedented influx has spread to the streets of Manhattan, where two weeks ago scores of migrants were forced to sleep outside Midtown’s Roosevelt Hotel, which has been set up as a processing center.
But the move to use immigrant men on some Randall’s Island football fields has angered the local sports community – including even one of Adams’ own commissioners who has spoken out against it.
Vilda Vera Mayuga, head of the city’s consumer and labor protection department, circulated petitions to block the use of youth soccer fields for the mega accommodation facility.
Meanwhile, Hochul had vowed to add Floyd Bennett Field, a former military airfield in Brooklyn, to its list of state-funded emergency shelters — but White House officials Sunday refused to sign off on the plan, dealing it a serious blow.
Federal authorities said the plan for the field needs more scrutiny.