New York is set to receive both state and local aid in the COVID-19 relief stimulus package set to pass the U.S. House this week.
This bill has massive bipartisan support, as state and local leaders have been calling for direct relief for months.
The state is poised to receive $12.6 billion directly; counties are set to receive $3.9 billion; small cities, towns and villages will receive $825 million; and metro cities will see $6.14 billion.
“Help is on the way,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Monday.
However, the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) wants to make sure that this direct federal aid will not impact how much it receives in funding from the state.
In a letter to the State Assembly and Senate leadership, NYCOM strongly urges lawmakers to not use the “upcoming infusion of federal funding as an excuse to reduce state aid to municipalities.”
Mayors across the state also reiterate the request to restore the proposed cuts in AIM funding in this year’s upcoming budget and “end the state’s practice of intercepting local sales tax revenue to fund state spending obligations.”
“The pandemic has placed extraordinary service and fiscal pressures on our state and local governments,” writes Peter Baynes, executive director of NYCOM, in the letter. “Now is the time to work together more closely than ever before so we can rebuild New York and every community that comprises the Empire State.”
The budget is due April 1.