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Maloney Announces New COVID-19 Relief Bill Will Bring Critically-Needed Funds to Hudson Valley Communities

Feb 26, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Announces New COVID-19 Relief Bill Will Bring Critically-Needed Funds to Hudson Valley Communities

Washington, D.C.Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the American Rescue Plan Act, Congress and the Biden Administration’s next COVID-19 relief and recovery package, will provide $350 billion to state and local governments across America, with 60% of the funds dedicated to states and 40% to localities. Local governments would receive dedicated funding to help supplement revenue lost as a result of the pandemic and to keep frontline heroes – like our public health workers, teachers, and transit workers – in their jobs.

“Since this pandemic began, I’ve fought to get New York’s state and local governments – and the frontline workers they employ – the resources they need to crush this virus. I’m thankful our new White House understands the critical nature of this funding, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to pass this urgently-needed relief for the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The American Rescue Plan is estimated to bring $23.5 billion to New York’s state and local governments, including an estimated:

  • $75 million for Orange County
  • $57 million for Dutchess County
  • $19 million for Putnam County
  • $188 million for Westchester County

Additionally, cities and municipalities within New York’s 18th Congressional District will receive dedicated funding, including an estimated:

  • $22 million for Newburgh
  • $21 million for Poughkeepsie
  • $12 million for Middletown

Earlier today, Rep. Maloney hosted a virtual press conference with local County Executives, Mayors and Town Supervisors on the dedicated state and local funding included in the American Rescue Plan Act. The press conference was streamed live on Facebook and can be found here.

Hudson Valley County Executives expressed their support:

“Orange County, like all of New York, was hit extraordinarily hard in personal and financial cost by COVID-19. Millions of County taxpayer dollars were spent on ventilators, masks, gloves and gowns for our front line providers. Federal reimbursement for those expenses would be very helpful,” said Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus.

“Local governments have been on the frontline since the beginning of the pandemic providing critical public health services and ensuring the well-being of our most vulnerable citizens. We have continued this important work despite the immense challenges and fiscal uncertainty we have faced due to COVID-19 and the subsequent economic fallout.  This support is necessary to ensure local governments throughout the nation, and the people they employ, can continue the important and life-saving work they do every day. I thank Congressman Maloney and Senator Schumer for their advocacy on our behalf and all those who continue to make local relief a priority,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.

“COVID-19 has caused tremendous uncertainty in our local economy," said Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. "It's great to know that we will be able to count on direct federal aid to help us address the costs of responding to the pandemic." 

The American Rescue Plan Act also includes a wide array of provisions to help Americans through this health and economic crisis, including dedicated funding for a national vaccine rollout, schools, small businesses, and farmers. The bill also includes additional direct cash payments for working families, expands unemployment benefits, and more. This will build on the $900 billion relief bill passed in late December.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the House Agriculture Committee, and the House Intelligence Committee.