UTICA, N.Y. – Congressman Anthony Brindisi voted to pass the Heroes Act to bring much needed funding to his district, and the entire state of New York.
The Heroes Act has passed in the House of Representatives, and Brindisi says he expects it to pass through the Senate and be signed into law as soon as next month.
The bill will bring more than $170 million to the region, and Brindisi says getting relief to localities as soon as possible is paramount.
“The bill is not perfect, but there are things in there that I am supportive of, particularly the funding for our state and our local communities. In this bill there’s more than $100 million that is coming to Oneida County, $33 million for Herkimer County, $40 million for Madison County. So, many of the areas in our region which are facing pretty steep cuts right now due to loss of revenue, would see pretty substantial amount of economic aid to keep essential services like police and service, fire, hospitals, teachers, things like that.," said Brindisi.
The Heroes Act provides $100 billion in aid to New York State as a whole, and also:
- Provides another round of $1,200 stimulus checks to individuals and expands the first round of payments to include all dependents, including 17- and 18-year-olds, students under 24, and permanently disabled dependent children of any age.
- Delivers support for rural hospitals.
- Invests billions in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
- $800 million to New York cities and counties for schools, firefighters, police, and other local services
- Creates a Heroes Fund to give hazard pay to essential workers like nurses, doctors, grocery store clerks, bus drivers, maintenance workers, and many others who are on the frontlines of the pandemic.
- Holds big cable companies accountable so they can’t raise their prices during this crisis and invests in rural broadband.
- Provides aid for our farmers and will help connect farmers to food banks and help prevent milk-dumping and hunger.
- Allocates $25 billion to help the U.S. Postal Service recover from the pandemic.
- Protects servicemembers and veterans.
“The passage of the Heroes Act is a step in the right direction. I urge the Senate to come to the table and deliver a relief package for the American people,” Brindisi added.
There is also $16 billion included in the bill for farmers, including many in New York, who have had to dump milk.