Maloney, Molinaro, Neuhaus, and Kyriacou Highlight Urgent Need for State and Local Funding for Hudson Valley Communities
PHOTO RELEASE: Maloney, Molinaro, and Neuhaus Highlight Urgent Need for State and Local Funding for Hudson Valley Communities
Beacon, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, and Beacon Mayor Lee Kyriacou came together in Beacon to highlight the critical need for dedicated state and local funding from Congress to mitigate the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Without these dedicated funds, state and local governments will be forced to cut budgets and eliminate vital community services and frontline jobs, like public health care workers, police, firefighters, transportation, EMS, teachers and more.
“County Executives Marcus Molinaro, Steve Neuhaus and I are from different political parties and different layers of government – and we don’t agree on everything – but we can agree on this issue because it’s math, plain and simple.
“This public health crisis is now an economic crisis. Our counties are in a dire financial situation that’s a direct consequence of this pandemic, and it’s putting jobs and essential services at risk. In May, I helped pass the Heroes Act, which would give billions to New York State and millions to counties and local governments in the Hudson Valley to mitigate their budget shortfalls. This critical money is being held up by Mitch McConnell and the Senate, and the bill they proposed this week won’t give one dollar in aid to our state and local governments. The Senate’s inaction is putting lives and jobs at risk. We have to do better, and we can do better,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
In May, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, which would 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; and $544 million for Westchester County.
The Senate has not considered the Heroes Act. The Senate plans to vote on a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill on Thursday, which does not include dedicated funds for state and local governments, mass transit, direct payment assistance to individuals, frontline health care heroes, or support Community Health Centers.
Rep. Maloney and the County Executives in New York’s 18th Congressional District have come together several times to discuss coronavirus response, containment and prevention, as well as the economic impact of the virus. In late July, they called for an end to the Senate’s obstruction of state and local funding. In May, shortly after the passage of the Heroes Act, they came together virtually to discuss the consequences of not receiving this federal aid and the potential for job and community service cuts in the Hudson Valley.
(From right) Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus
(From right) Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney
(From right) Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Beacon Mayor Lee Kyriacou, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus