Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday said Ukrainian refugees from the Russian invasion are allowed to go to New York if they wish to do it.

“Just as the Statue of Liberty stands tall in our harbor, New York stands ready to welcome Ukrainian refugees,” Hochul said in a statement.

“We will be prepared to accept and support those who seek shelter in our state,” Hochul added.

Hochul said the state of New York is fully behind Ukraine on its ordeal, especially since the state is home to the largest community of Ukrainian-Americans.

“Our prayers are with the Ukrainian people, including those in New York who are scared for their family and loved ones,” she said.

The Democratic governor revealed that New Yorkers are watching the Russian invasion with “fear and outrage.”

She also expressed full support to President Joe Biden as he seeks to unify Americans behind the effort to resist the Russian invasion.

“We are grateful to President Biden for his leadership in this moment of global crisis,” she added.

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