On Thursday May 21st, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) hosted a virtual press conference with George Latimer, County Executive of Westchester County; Marcus Molinaro, County Executive of Dutchess County; and Steve Neuhaus, County Executive of Orange County, to call for federal action on funding state and local governments during the COVID-19 crisis.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put an unprecedented strain on county budgets and many face budget shortfalls of several millions of dollars. According to a recent report from the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), the pandemic could cause New York’s counties to see a drop in revenue of $1.5 billion to over $3 billion for the next few years.
Last week, the House 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
- $544 million for Westchester County
This funding would be distributed over two years. It would 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.
Read more about the Heroes Act here.