$157M in Federal Aid Announced by Schumer, Gillibrand for NY’s COVID-19 Relief

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In a significant announcement on January 24, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand proudly declared the allocation of $157,605,755.44 to reimburse the New York State Division of the Budget for the extensive emergency measures undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds, as outlined in a release from Senator Gillibrand’s office, have been directed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Senator Schumer emphasized the importance of this federal funding, stating, “We are proud to deliver this $157+ million in federal funding to compensate New York for COVID response, including the costs of equipment, materials, testing centers, and emergency protective measures taken to keep our communities safe during the pandemic. I will always fight to make sure New York has the resources needed to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

Throughout the pandemic, New York State played a pivotal role in providing efficient and essential testing centers, ensuring the safety of its residents. Senator Gillibrand highlighted the significance of the federal funds, stating, “These federal funds will reimburse New York State for the costs associated with running and maintaining these critical testing centers that helped protect the health and safety of New Yorkers. I am proud to deliver this federal funding and will continue to fight for federal resources to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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The reimbursement covers a broad spectrum of expenses incurred in the state’s relentless efforts against the pandemic, encompassing costs related to equipment, materials, testing centers, and emergency protective measures. This financial injection acknowledges and supports the state’s commitment to maintaining the health and safety of its communities.

This announcement comes as a testament to the ongoing collaboration between federal and state authorities in addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It reinforces the senators’ dedication to securing essential resources for New York, ensuring that the state can continue its robust response efforts.

As the nation navigates the complexities of the ongoing pandemic, this substantial federal reimbursement stands as a beacon of support for states actively engaged in the battle against COVID-19. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand’s commitment to securing these funds reflects a shared goal of safeguarding the well-being of New Yorkers and underlines the importance of collaborative efforts in overcoming public health crises.

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