Medina, Ridgeway, Shelby, and Medina Area Partnership Request Timely Payment of Sales Tax Revenue from County — Issue Request for more Local Funding from State

July 1, 2020 

The Honorable Lynne M. Johnson Chairman Orleans County Legislature 3 S Main Street Albion, NY 14411 

Dear Chairman Johnson, 

On behalf of over 10,000 Orleans County residents, business owners, community leaders, and others who reside in the Town of Ridgeway, Town of Shelby, and the Village of Medina, we urge the Orleans County Legislature to reverse course and expeditiously distribute the July 1 payment of the sales tax revenue. 

We understand the strain COVID-19 has had on all of our budgets, and we are encouraging both our state and federal governments to approve relief to address these challenges. Without additional funding, first responders, education, health care workers, businesses, and infrastructure may all suffer. While we wait on relief for local governments ravaged by the current pandemic, we must focus our attention on what we can do today. Any future delays in these funds may continue to pause our ability to progress in an expeditious manner. 

We know the road to recovery will be long, and we stand ready and able to assist you when called upon. 

Thank you for your support and leadership during these unthinkable times. 


July 1, 2020 

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi The Honorable Mitch McConnell Speaker of the House Senate Majority Leader United States House of Representatives United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515 

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy The Honorable Chuck Schumer House Minority Leader Senate Minority Leader United States House of Representatives United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515 

Speaker Pelosi and Leaders McConnell, Schumer, and McCarthy: 

Our coalition is writing on behalf of 10,000 Orleans County residents, business owners, community leaders, and others who reside in the Town of Ridgeway, Town of Shelby, and the Village of Medina. Our Upstate New York communities have been part of a vibrant renaissance in recent years, one we hope can restart during these challenging times. However, we need your assistance to make sure this can continue. 

Our business community in and around the Medina, New York area thank you for your prompt bi-partisan support for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the CARES Act. Now, we encourage you to once again act swiftly and support legislation to supply a much needed stimulus to help local governments. 

The failure to approve needed aid to local governments could result in loss of funding to core services our residents rely on, while leaving some of our most vulnerable residents behind. 

Inaction on potential legislation will have effects that only prolong the pain COVID-19 has placed on our communities. These negative effects may include, but are not limited to: 

● Decreased funding for first responders 

● Reduced funding for education and our teachers 

● Reduction in allocated tourism funding 

● Delays, reductions, or the outright elimination of sales tax revenue from county governments 

● A continuation of furloughed workers and eventually layoffs, which will also result in less spending in our business communities 

There is still a long road ahead and none of us know what the coming months will hold. We implore you to use the tools at your disposal to help mitigate the potential long-standing negative effects we’ll face as a result of the pandemic. 

We greatly appreciate your continued leadership and thank you for your consideration during these challenging times. If you have any questions, we stand ready to discuss this topic further. 


July 1, 2020 

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo Governor of New York State NYS State Capitol Building Albany, NY 12224 

Governor Cuomo: 

Our coalition is writing on behalf of 10,000 Orleans County residents, business owners, community leaders, and others who reside in the Town of Ridgeway, Town of Shelby, and the Village of Medina. Our Upstate New York communities have been part of a vibrant renaissance in recent years, one we hope can continue during these challenging times. However, we need your assistance to make sure this can continue. 

Our community in and around the Medina, New York area appreciate the difficult task you’ve had in steering the state during these challenging times. As we all know, there is still a difficult road still ahead. You have encouraged our representatives in Washington, DC to take-up legislation that would provide funding and resources to assist local governments in the future, and we implore you to continue that push. The failure to approve needed aid to local governments could result in loss of funding to core services our residents rely on, while leaving some of our most vulnerable residents behind. 

With no guarantee of federal funding, we encourage you to not slow or defer any funding to local governments, even those that were largely spared from the devastating numbers other portions of our state saw. As you’ve noted, all lost lives are significant, and we too lost neighbors. 

As our budgets were already tight the need for increased funding is even more important. As Orleans County is dealing with sales tax shortfalls, deferred distribution of funds has already begun. As we encourage them to expeditiously disseminate those funds, we ask the state to continue creative ways to provide needed tools and resources to our communities. 

Lack of resources, funding, and creative solutions to the current and upcoming challenges could have devastating effects. They include, but are not limited to: 

● Decreased funding for first responders 

● Reduced funding for education and our teachers 

● Reduction in allocated tourism funding 

● A continuation of furloughed workers and eventually layoffs, which will also result in less spending in our business communities 

● Delayed or the elimination of sales tax dollars from county governments 

● Stalled projects that were in place to help boost our communities 

There is still a long road ahead and none of us know what the coming months will hold. We are imploring you to use the tools at your disposal to help mitigate the potential long standing negative effects we’ll face as a result of the pandemic. 

We greatly appreciate your continued leadership and thank you for your consideration during these challenging times. If you have any questions, we stand ready to discuss this topic further. 


Sincerely,

Michael J. Sidari, Mayor: Village of Medina

Scott Robinson, President: Medina Area Partnership 

Brian Napoli, Supervisor: Town of Ridgeway

Jeff Smith, Supervisor: Town of Shelby