Gov. Hochul’s admin formally backs Mayor’s latest request to suspend shelter mandate

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office is backing Mayor Eric Adams’ latest effort to suspend a decades-old requirement that it provide shelter to anyone in need, according to a letter obtained by amNewYork Metro.

Hochul’s attorney Faith Gay said the state is in “support” of the city’s push to change the long-standing mandate — known as the right-to-shelter — in the letter addressed to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge overseeing the case on Wednesday. The city’s latest request, filed via a letter last week, asked the court to exempt it from the shelter requirement under certain circumstances as a means of freeing it from continuing to provide shelter to tens of thousands of newly arrived migrants in perpetuity.