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House Oversight Committee approves $350B in federal aid for states

The House Oversight Committee approved $350 billion in federal aid for states.

Posted: Feb 13, 2021 10:39 AM
Updated: Feb 13, 2021 11:34 PM

The House Oversight Committee announced last night that $350 billion will be going to the states as part of President Biden's Covid-19 relief bill.

The Oversight Committee approved the provision last night. The $350 billion will be part of the proposed $1.9 trillion relief package President Biden's administration has presented.

The committee provided a breakdown of how much each state would get if the package was signed into law. New York would get $12.6 Billion. The chart did break the numbers down by county, which means Oneida County would get $45 million, Herkimer County would get $12 million and Otsego County would get $12 million.

This money would be used to offset costs relating to the pandemic.

We spoke with local mayors in Utica and Rome about their hopes for the money earmarked for their municipalities. 

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said, "We're not 100% sure how it's going to be appropriated, but we also understand at this point, there will be some relief."

Palmieri added, "What you look for your federal government is that they step up, and they make sure that you know that they understand what the people need, and what the municipal government needs."

Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo said it's not only the pandemic, which has already burdened the municipality, the city needs help with, but it is what comes in the future as well. 

"A reserve," Izzo said. "If we go through another pandemic or who knows where these variants are going. We are going to need some reserve and if the state doesn't come out of this with the type of money they think they need, we are still looking at over a two million dollar dip in our aid to municipalities." 

Izzo says she is cautiously optimistic and calls the dollar amount a good starting point. 

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, (R) 22nd District weighed in on what she'd like to see in and what she'd like to see out as far as what is earmarked in the stimulus package. 

"There's a lot in there that is really not targeted toward Covid relief," Tenney said. "I fully support allowing our local governments and everyone in our region, especially small businesses and individuals and everyone who has been struggling and suffering through the pandemic. They should receive the money that they have been promised for a long time. It should have happened a long time ago. I just don't think it needs to be packed in with all these other goodies that have nothing to do with Covid relief." 

"A lot of the money coming through I think is helpful to our region, but some of it looks like it's really not even relevent to Covid," Tenney said.

"Our local governments have also suffered. They have suffered from reductions in sales tax, the inability to maintain their buildings and be open, increased cost of maintaining a sort of virtual lifestyle that we've been forced to accept through this Covid crisis, which we needed to keep people safe." 

Tenney says the relief should be targeted to local governments,  seniors, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and veterans. 

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1650303

Reported Deaths: 47719
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens2118128784
Kings2109509118
Suffolk1628183086
Nassau1486692918
Bronx1445195881
Westchester1078572101
New York1039223906
Erie654191603
Richmond572011579
Monroe52679991
Rockland38628889
Orange37059720
Onondaga32452630
Dutchess22387408
Albany20890332
Oneida19735478
Niagara15324312
Broome14870336
Saratoga11970145
Schenectady10842178
Ulster10069228
Rensselaer9039132
Putnam836986
Chautauqua7336123
Chemung6440130
Oswego600289
Ontario580188
St. Lawrence553285
Steuben5509137
Cayuga537988
Jefferson480663
Sullivan475559
Herkimer4561107
Wayne447364
Cattaraugus442076
Genesee4411118
Madison384885
Clinton361026
Livingston355056
Tompkins345742
Columbia340096
Fulton333784
Montgomery3190107
Cortland316760
Allegany290481
Warren284155
Wyoming282049
Tioga280656
Greene264871
Orleans245181
Chenango243969
Otsego235543
Washington234352
Franklin208712
Lewis206730
Seneca162053
Delaware151933
Essex134226
Schoharie121012
Yates101426
Schuyler86812
Hamilton2842
Unassigned221140
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