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NYS Senator calls for SOTA program investigation

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(WBNG) -- New York State Senator Fred Akshar is pushing for an investigation into a New York City program some claim is illegally sending homeless people to upstate New York.

A spokesman for Akshar says the state senator wrote a letter to the state attorney general's office to investigate the legality of the Special One Time Assistance program (SOTA).

SOTA is a New York City program which provides up to one full year of rent for an apartment for anyone who is been in a shelter for at least 90 days and relocates to another New York county.

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced spoke out against SOTA last week, saying it was hurting Broome County.

According to the county, five cases have been identified this year where New York City has transferred responsibilities though this program to Broome County.

Akshar's spokesperson says the senator has also reached out to the Senate investigations Committee to investigate.

Related: Broome County to NYC: Stop sending homeless people here through SOTA program

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