Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $12 Million In Federal Funding For New York Hospital For Special Surgery And NYCHA’S COVID-19 Response And Emergency Management

Oct 1, 2020

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $12,476,039 in federal funding for the New York Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York City Housing Authority. The growing coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed New York’s hospital and housing systems — decimating supplies and creating a crisis for workers on the frontlines of combatting the virus. This funding will be used to support New York City’s first responders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and cover increased costs of disinfectant services, personal protective equipment (PPE), increased staffing needs, and equipment needed to expand hospital capacity.

“I’m proud to deliver these federal funds to help cover the massive costs of PPE and other protective measures for hospitals that have served our communities throughout the pandemic, and for NYCHA, which provides affordable housing to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers,” said Senator Schumer. “We must continue to support our local hospitals and housing providers as we work towards a safe recovery and full reopening. The safety of healthcare workers, NYCHA residents and employees, increased hospital infrastructure, testing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and staffing for our health care facilities will continue to be a priority for me when fighting for funding.”

As the pandemic continues into the fall, health care and housing providers should have access to the tools needed to keep themselves and New York’s communities safe,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will equip hospitals and housing facilities with the PPE, medical and cleaning supplies, and staffing resources necessary to increase safety and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I will continue fighting in the Senate for the funding New Yorkers need to stay safe during this health crisis.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Hospital for Special Surgery has continued providing world class medical care in the face of extreme challenges. The New York City hospital experienced an overwhelming increase in patients with limited resources and exercised heightened precautions despite having no assurance of reimbursement for increased costs incurred due to COVID. This funding will help the New York Hospital for Special Surgery continue their great work on behalf of New Yorkers and support their efforts to treat high risk and specialized patient groups.

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