Griffo to Cuomo: Release CARES Act money for localities

State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome, known as on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to launch remaining federal COVID-19 aid funding that might assist native communities dealing with monetary stress from the pandemic.

Griffo stated $1 billion stays of $7 billion New York state obtained from the spring Coronavirus Support, Aid and Financial Safety, or CARES, ACT, cash that might assist small localities who should cope with much less income from gross sales taxes and federal support.

Whereas these entities undergo financially, the governor and his administration proceed to withhold important and wanted federal funding that might assist them throughout this troublesome time, Griffo stated. That is unacceptable. The governor should launch the remaining COVID aid funding instantly. Communities all through my district and the state need assistance now. We ought to be doing all that we will to assist them, not burdening them additional in a time of want.

Division of the Finances spokesman Freeman Klopott defended the CARES Act allocations.

The funds offered by the federal authorities to the state via the CARES Act can solely be used for narrowly outlined COVID-related prices and the state will spend each greenback on eligible prices associated to the pandemic response statewide, together with private protecting gear, testing, and phone tracing, Klopott stated.

These are bills that may be footed by native governments if the state wasnt doing so, and we hope the senator will be a part of us in calling on the federal authorities to ship funding to all ranges of presidency to assist crucial providers.

Cuomo has stated New York faces vital spending and providers cuts until Congress offers one other support bundle. That has not occurred, however Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell of Kentucky stated earlier this week he’s open to a brand new support bundle, although it was not clear how a lot support to states and localities he would comply with nor whether or not Democratic leaders within the Home of Representatives are keen to barter a brand new support bundle.

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