Maloney, Elected Officials Applaud $70B+ in COVID Relief Coming to NYS

Feb 20, 2021
Press Release
$23.3B in direct aid provided by Maloney’s Oversight Committee Package

NEW YORK, NY - Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined with local elected officials to applaud the $70+ billion in COVID relief expected for New York State, its communities, and families as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. 

“Having been the epicenter of the pandemic in the early months, our city and state are in desperate need for federal aid and relief – and I’m proud to report that the COVID relief bill that the House will pass next week provides just that,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “This bill, the embodiment of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, is projected to provide more than $70 billion dollars to New York State, our communities, and our families -- and this is just the beginning. This is the rescue plan – the life preserver we need to stay above water as we fight this virus. Next up, is the recovery plan which will enable us to build back better. Hope and help are on the way."

The House-drafted package includes rent relief, small business assistance, aid for the MTA, direct payments to families, and extended unemployment assistance. The portion of the package passed out of the Congresswoman’s Oversight Committee on Friday, February 12, provides $350 billion for states, localities, Tribes, and territories; $570 million for emergency leave for federal and postal workers; and $117 million for oversight entities to promote transparency and accountability of all federal coronavirus relief funds. With this bill, New York and its localities can expect a total of $23.3 billion in aid, with the State receiving an estimated $12.7 billion in direct aid and NYC an estimated $5.6 billion.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on final passage of the package this coming week.

"After months of waiting for much needed federal aid, New York is finally getting a comprehensive relief package that will be critical to recovering from COVID-19 and rebuilding our economy and our communities," said New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. "This new funding will be a lifeline for our city. Our small businesses are suffering and hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are out of work as we continue to grapple with the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Thanks to Congresswoman Maloney and the Oversight Committee’s leadership, there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. We must fight for an equitable recovery and build our economy back even stronger than before."

"Ever since COVID-19 hit our city a year ago, we have been in a fight to save this city and keep it alive," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "I want to thank Congresswoman Maloney for her leadership in negotiating this ambitious aid package--one that has the direct cash payments promised by President Biden, and state and local aid that will keep our city afloat.  It's time to get these checks into the pockets of working families who are in need and who are hurting. This package is a common-sense and ambitious solution to the crisis our city and the nation is facing and It's time to pass this plan."

“The actions we take — or fail to take — in the next few months will determine the landscape of our city for years, if not decades, to come. The future of our public transit system, small business community, tenant population, and so much more is on the line. I’m so grateful to see this robust aid package advance through Congress, and I thank Representative Maloney and her partners in the New York delegation for fighting to secure the funding needed to keep this city on its feet after the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. 

“Queens was among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in the country,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. “As such, it deserves its fair share of the federal funds being made available by Congress.  We thank Congresswoman Maloney for her strong advocacy for Queens on this issue and hope the final version of the bill treats Queens fairly by providing the borough with a substantial share of those funds.”

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for New York: more than 45,000 of our neighbors have tragically lost their lives, at least 1.5 million were infected with this virus, and as many as 1 million jobs were lost," said State Senator Brad Hoylman. "In order to recover from this crisis, New York needs immediate help. That’s why I’m so pleased to join my colleagues today to recognize the emergency support for New York in the federal COVID-19 aid package. Thanks to the efforts of Congresswoman Maloney and our federal delegation, New York is set to receive an estimated $23.3 billion in federal aid that can help close our budget gaps, prevent cuts to vital services and kick-start an equitable and inclusive economic recovery. I’m grateful to Congresswoman Maloney, Majority Leader Schumer and all the New Yorkers representing us in Washington D.C. who are fighting to help get New York the aid we need to recover from this pandemic.”

“States and municipalities across our country are reeling," said State Senator Liz Krueger. "The COVID Pandemic is a crisis the likes of which our country has not experienced since the Second World War. And like in wartime, a national crisis requires a national response, including funding from the national government to local governments. I am grateful to Congresswoman Maloney for helping to ensure that Washington steps up, and New York receives our fair share.”

"We are extremely grateful for the advocacy of  Representative Maloney, and the entire New York State Congressional Delegation," said State Senator Julia Salazar. "The expected $70+ Billion of additional federal relief that is coming to our state, will be instrumental in ensuring that our city is on the right path to the much-needed economic recovery to support our everyday New Yorkers. COVID-19 has devastated our state and local budgets, and the additional aid will greatly benefit our communities as we work towards rebuilding a more equitable New York."

"This is a significant step toward delivering the aid New York City and State needs to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for fighting to ensure that the needs of struggling families, small businesses, schools, and all New Yorkers are addressed in the upcoming federal American Rescue Plan."

"I’m grateful to Congresswoman Maloney for her leadership in fighting to bring critical American Rescue Plan funds to those most in need," said Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou. Small businesses in my district have been economically devastated by COVID-19 even before lockdowns began, and they can’t afford to wait any longer for federal aid. At a time when our Congress is in need of leaders, Congresswoman Maloney is looking beyond partisan politics and building an overwhelming bipartisan coalition to address the needs of the 65th Assembly District and all New Yorkers."

"Congresswoman Maloney is a fierce advocate for our communities. We are truly blessed to have such a strong voice in Washington," said Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez. "This $70billion COVID aid package will bring long-awaited relief to millions of New Yorkers who are suffering. We cannot take for granted that we got this far because of the congresswoman’s leadership in bringing real solutions to this crisis."

“I commend our Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee for fighting for all of us in DC.  The $350 billion Aid Package will provide targeted and critical relief to New York State to fund and fuel an economic recovery to lead us to overcome the daunting fallout of this pandemic and into an era of prosperity for all New Yorkers and Americans,” said Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.

"Cities across America need help now. New York City, in particular, being the first hit by Covid-19 while dealing with a former president that was openly hostile to our city and used federal aid as leverage is desperately in need," said New York City Council Member Ben Kallos. "These funds mean jobs and livelihoods will be saved. We are literally saving New York City's economy and that of our country with this aid package. Thank you to America's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for standing firm and as always delivering to her constituents." 

“Relief to New York City cannot can’t come soon enough," said New York City Council Member Keith Powers. "We have seen the struggle New Yorkers and our favorite establishments have faced for months. Bringing back small businesses, investing in transportation and social services, and providing rent relief brings back New York. The American Rescue Plan is a true boost. Thank you to Congresswoman Maloney and her colleagues in Congress for this relief.”

"I congratulate and thank Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and her colleagues on the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform for their efforts to move this $350 billion COVID-19 Aid package, which will deliver the critical economic support our State and City so desperately need," said New York City Council Member Carlina Rivera, Chair of the Committee on Hospitals. "With an estimated $5.6 billion in aid, New York City would finally receive the federal support we need to boost our COVID-19 response efforts and provide necessary security for our essential workers, their families and communities. I look forward to continuing to work with the City to guarantee equitable distribution of COVID-19 aid and response to all New Yorkers."