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.