New details on the cost of an emergency shelter on Randall’s Island raises questions about the feasibility of housing asylum seekers on a docked cruise ship that could cost the city millions and have unintended environmental consequences.
The proposal to house asylum seekers on a cruise ship parked on the Staten Island waterfront emerged weeks ago and remains an option, Mayor Eric Adams’ office said.
Details about how the cruise ship plan would work were not available. Politicians and other local officials said most of the information they’re getting about shelter plans for asylum seekers is through the press. But a review of previous use of cruise ships in an emergency, as well as past controversies surrounding the vessels in New York City, shows they’re very expensive to operate and bad for the environment.
Staten Island Borough President Vito Fossella said city officials told him a deal with a cruise