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Maloney Votes to Pass Critical COVID-19 Relief for Hudson Valley Communities, Schools and Families

Feb 27, 2021
Press Release

Maloney Votes to Pass Critical COVID-19 Relief for Hudson Valley Communities, Schools and Families
Bill will send direct funds to Hudson Valley

Washington, D.C. – Early this morning, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass the American Rescue Plan Act, Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration’s COVID-19-relief bill that will provide critically-needed relief for New York families, schools and communities, and boost vaccine distribution.

“Our families, our communities, and our frontline heroes are still struggling with the devastation wrought by this ongoing health and economic crisis. The American Rescue Plan Act provides the funding and support folks here in the Hudson Valley need right now. I’m proud that the relief I fought for – like dedicated state and local funding and money for our schools – was included in this package. This bill will help us take the next step in the recovery from this pandemic,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The American Rescue Plan Act provides New York state and local governments – who are on the frontlines of this health and economic crisis – with critically-needed funding to cover revenue losses caused by the coronavirus. This bill 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 American Rescue Plan Act will provide an estimated $23.5 billion in new funds for 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

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. County Executives in New York’s Hudson Valley expressed their support of the critical state and local funding:

“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." 


In addition to robust funding for state and local governments, the American Rescue Plan Act will support New York workers, small businesses, and families. The relief bill will provide:

Help for Families:

  • Gives working families an additional direct payment of $1,400 per person—bringing their total relief to $2,000 per person
  • Extends temporary federal unemployment and benefits through August 29, 2021; increases the weekly benefit from $300 to $400
  • Expands tax credits targeted at workers and families
  • Supports health coverage and improves health care affordability
  • Extends enhanced SNAP benefits


Help for Care Providers:

  • Provides $160 billion for a national vaccination program, expanded testing, and other steps to combat the virus
  • Dedicates funding to increase COVID-19 vaccinations across the country and to test, treat and protect all Americans, including communities of color

Help for Schools:

  • Provides more than $130 billion so schools can reopen safely
    • Under this bill, schools in New York’s 18th Congressional District would receive a combined estimated total of $208.5 million

Help for Communities

  • Dedicates $440 billion to states and localities, which includes $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, and territorial governments
    • Under this bill New York State would receive over $12 billion. New York counties and municipalities would receive over $10 billion, for a total of $23.5 billion
  • Invests $30 billion in funding for transit systems, as well as $8 billion for airports, nearly $8 billion for the MTA/Metro-North, and over $4 million for New York Stewart International Airport

Help for Small Businesses

  • Expands the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan program  
  • Dedicates $25 billion for a new grant program for struggling small restaurants  
  • Provides $1 billion+ in funding to the SBA for administrative costs to help programs operate more effectively  
  • Gives $15 billion for the Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program and $1.25 billion for the SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program 
  • Delivers additional dedicated funding for other SBA programs and oversight measures so the small business funds reach struggling small businesses