Suozzi: “The American Rescue Plan is a Game Changer for our State, Counties, and Local Municipalities”
Today, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) held a Zoom press conference to discuss the House-passage of the American Rescue Plan and how provisions for state and local aid will directly benefit fiscally hard-hit Nassau and Suffolk Counties and local municipalities. During the press conference, Suozzi was joined by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
“A once-in-a-hundred-year-crisis such as this demands a historic, bold, and unprecedented commitment to provide meaningful aid to our fiscally devastated communities. Local officials have been working tirelessly to deliver critical services, despite rising budget shortfalls and ongoing uncertainty about the future of their finances,” said Suozzi. “The American Rescue Plan will help real people, beat the pandemic into the ground, and ensure a rapid economic recovery.”
“The House’s passage of the stimulus bill is great news for all Americans regardless of your politics. Beyond delivering much-needed relief to residents struggling to make ends meet, this bill also provides the bold federal investment necessary to accelerate vaccine distribution, ensure schools fully reopen, and support struggling small businesses, like our restaurants,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “I’m especially pleased that this bill funds local governments like Nassau County, especially as we continue to man the frontline in our fight to defeat the virus once and for all. I thank Majority Leader Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Suozzi, Congresswoman Rice, and Congressman Meeks for helping secure critical relief for our residents, businesses, and communities.”
“Early on, we knew that this pandemic was not just going to be a public health crisis, but an economic and financial crisis as well. Businesses, families, and local governments have been clamoring for relief in the face of lost wages and revenues, combined with unprecedented increases in expenses,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “Our leaders in Washington heard our pleas and with the passage of the American Rescue Plan, we are able to continue on the road to recovery. I thank Congressman Tom Suozzi and our entire Long Island Delegation for delivering meaningful relief to Suffolk residents.”
On Wednesday, the House passed the American Rescue Plan, unprecedented legislation that will ignite a rapid recovery of the U.S. economy and state and local governments, help defeat COVID-19, put people back to work, and meet the needs of millions of New Yorkers who are struggling at no fault of their own. The legislation will be signed into law by President Biden on Friday.
New York is slated to receive over $23 billion, with $12.6 billion going to the state, which will enable the state to fulfill its commitments of state aid to all of our local school districts, and $10.8 billion going to counties and other municipalities. There will be additional funding of millions of dollars for local villages as well. Actual breakdowns to come at a later date. Estimated breakdowns of money going to select counties and local governments can be found below:
- New York State: $12.6 billion
- New York City: $5.6 billion
- Nassau County: $397 million
- Suffolk County: $286 million
- Queens County: $437 million
- City of Glen Cove: $2.9 million
- Huntington: $21.6 million
The money below will be shared between towns and local villages within each town’s jurisdiction, subject to completion of a formula from the U.S. Treasury Department:
- Oyster Bay: $32.7 million
- North Hempstead: $25.3 million
- Hempstead: $84.3 million
This funding will be used to cover the cost of fighting the pandemic, make up lost revenue due to the economic shutdown, help our schools fully reopen safely, and help keep essential public employees such as teachers, firefighters, and police officers employed.
Suozzi has been in a nearly year-long battle for the inclusion of direct aid in COVID-19 legislation to help states and localities, such as New York, that were particularly hard-hit by the pandemic. Included in this historic relief package is aid for states, counties, and local municipalities to cover increased expenditures, replenish lost revenue, and mitigate the economic fallout from the pandemic.
In addition to funding for state and local aid, the American Rescue Plan offers unprecedented, bold relief to a once-in-a-hundred-year crisis. It will help real people, defeat COVID-19, and ensure rapid economic recovery. A breakdown of provisions in the American Rescue Plan can be found below or here.
- $176 billion for vaccinations and healthcare
- $424 billion for $1,400 Stimulus Checks
- $350 billion for struggling state and local governments
- $246 billion for unemployment insurance
- $219 billion for children and childcare so parents can return to work
- $178 billion to help reopen schools
- $109 billion for farmers, and small businesses
- $28 billion for restaurants and live venues
- $40 billion for renters and homeowners who need assistance
- $47 billion for FEMA and disaster relief