Congressman Chris Jacobs, Senator Rob Ortt, and Assemblyman Mike Norris, among other representatives, joined for a press conference today, addressing the $3 billion remaining in CARES Act funding held back by New York’s Division of Budget. Notably, $1 billion of those withheld dollars are earmarked for smaller municipalities, towns, and counties throughout the state. Initially, the goal of adding CARES Act funding to state coffers was for providing fast and direct economic assistance for American workers, families, and small businesses.
Senator Rob Ortt briefed the issue, stating, “Today I joined Representative Chris Jacobs, Assembly Mike Norris, and local leaders from Niagara and Orleans Counties, and called on Governor Cuomo to release $1B in COVID relief funding that remains from the federal CARES Act.”
Pointing out where the money is being held, Ortt noted, “The Division of Budget is currently withholding $3 billion in federal aid given to New York State, $1 billion which could be used immediately to assist our smaller counties, towns, and municipalities struggling to pay their bills. These small municipalities need this funding in order to continue providing vital services to their residents.”