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NEWS from the Office of the New York State Comptroller
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DiNapoli Tracks State and City Spending Related to Asylum Seekers

October 27, 2023

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today launched a new online tool to monitor emergency spending related to assistance for asylum seekers by New York state and New York City. State agencies have spent $316.2 million in State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2023-24 on resources for asylum seekers through Sept. 30. New York City’s estimated total spending from Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 and FY 2024 through Sept. 30 is $1.89 billion.

“New York City and state are facing substantial costs for helping people seeking refuge in this country and needing assistance with their basic needs,” DiNapoli said. “My office has launched a new tool to provide transparency on this emergency spending and show why additional funding and logistical support is needed from the federal government.”

The tool breaks down state and city spending by agency. For state agencies, the figures include only spending specifically earmarked by them for activities such as housing, emergency response, resettlement funding, and general and transportation. The data will be updated monthly.

Chart breaking down NY State spending on asylum seekers.

Asylum Seeker Spending Report