November 12, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $43 Million In Federal Funding For New York City COVID-19 Emergency Management

FEMA Funding Will Cover Previous COVID-19 Expenses For PPE, Medical Equipment & Disinfection Services

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $42,997,137.20 in funding for New York City’s Office of Management and Budget. New York City was at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, and this critical funding will help the city cover previous COVID-19 expenses that helped protect New York’s communities and mitigated the risk of COVID-19. Specifically, this funding covers the cost of enhanced protective measures that have been deployed throughout New York State, including personal protective equipment (PPE), medical equipment, and disinfectant services for public buildings.

“I’m proud to deliver these federal funds to help New York City cover the massive costs of increased protective measures needed to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency,” said Senator Schumer. “While these funds are critical to New York City’s COVID-19 response and recovery, we must deliver more state and local assistance. New York needs a bill that meets the moment and current need, like the House-passed Heroes Act, which passed more than five months ago and has not been taken up by the Senate under McConnell’s leadership. As the pandemic continues to impact New York and the entire country, local governments and the American people need the help of Congress. I will continue to fight for federal funding and meaningful legislation that benefits New Yorkers and the American people in the ongoing battle against coronavirus and will not accept inadequate Republican proposals.”                                                                     

“New York City has been on the frontline of combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and this essential funding will give state and city officials the resources needed to mitigate the risk of further spread,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As the pandemic continues into the winter months, this funding will equip our public officials and frontline workers with the resources needed to do their jobs efficiently and to safely rebuild our economy and communities.”

This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding is authorized under Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.