• 39,638,366
    Dollars Recovered for NY-18
  • 409
    Medals & Awards Returned to Vets
  • 9,404
    Constituent Cases Closed
  • 41
    Bills Signed Into Law

Maloney Helps Pass the Heroes Act, Supporting New York Families, Workers and Communities

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Helps Pass the Heroes Act, Supporting New York Families, Workers and Communities

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) voted to pass the Heroes Act, the U.S. House of Representatives’ fifth legislative package responding to the coronavirus pandemic. The Heroes Act will support Americans on the frontlines fighting this virus, and provide critical financial assistance to New York families and workers.

“With jobs at risk due to budget shortfalls and families struggling to make ends meet, we need a strong, comprehensive bill that will help every American,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “The Heroes Act delivers for the people by providing unprecedented support for state and local governments, hospitals, schools and families. This is what New Yorkers need to get back on our feet.”

The Heroes Act provides New York state and local communities on the frontlines of this crisis with critically-needed funding to cover revenue losses caused by the coronavirus. This funding will bolster state and municipal budgets, and ensure New York’s health care workers, police, fire, transportation, EMS, teachers and other vital workers can continue to be paid.

The Heroes Act will provide an estimated $34 billion in new funds for New York State, and an estimated $32 billion in new funds for New York’s counties and municipalities, including an estimated:

  • $216 million for Orange County
  • $165 million for Dutchess County
  • $55 million for Putnam County
  • $544 million for Westchester County 

In addition to robust funding for state and local governments, the Heroes Act will support New York workers, small businesses, and families. This bill: 

  • Repeals the $10,000 SALT deduction cap for two years, putting more money in the pockets of homeowners in New York.
  • Invests $90 billion in state and local public education, which will help support distance learning initiatives, technology improvements, and health and safety measures for students, teachers, administrators, and support staff. 
  • Establishes a $200 billion Heroes’ Fund for health care and essential workers, to ensure our heroes receive the hazard pay they deserve. 
  • Commits $75 billion for COVID-19 testing, tracing, and treatment, so we can safely reopen our communities and respond to the virus quickly. 
  • Provides another round of $1,200 direct cash payments to qualifying individuals, and expands payment eligibility to all dependents, up to $6,000 per household. 
  • Bolsters Small Business Administration emergency grant and loan programs, and strengthens the Paycheck Protection Program by extending deadlines for small business owners utilizing these loans.
  • Extends the weekly, expanded unemployment benefits of $600 to January 31, 2021.
  • Protects our democracy by investing in safer vote-by-mail systems, and supports the United States Postal Service 
  • Ensures additional support for New Yorkers, including: 
    • Health security – with COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in the ACA and Medicare exchanges for those without insurance.
    • Workplace security – requiring OSHA to ensure that all workplaces develop science-based infection control plans and preventing employers from retaliating against workers who report problems.
    • Housing security – with $175 billion in new support to assist renters and homeowners make monthly rent, mortgage and utility payments and other housing-related costs.
    • Food security – with a 15% increase to the maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs that help families put food on the table and support our farmers.

The Heroes Act is supported by several national and state-wide organizations and advocacy groups, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the International Association of Fire Fighters, AARP, the American Federation of Teachers, and the United Farm Workers, among over 80 other endorsing groups. 

More information about how to prevent, contain and treat the spread of the coronavirus can be found on Rep. Maloney’s website: seanmaloney.house.gov/coronavirus-emergency-response. Constituents can also sign up for email updates on the coronavirus and upcoming town halls by visiting http://seanmaloney.house.gov/contact.

New York State’s coronavirus hotline is: 1-888-364-3065. More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found by visiting www.coronavirus.gov.