Rep. Maloney Statement on FEMA Major Disaster Declaration for New York State

Mar 22, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY- Following the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Major Disaster Declaration for New York State, Rep. Maloney issued the following statement.

“New York State has the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the nation, and New York City has the highest concentration in the state. I am thankful that FEMA has recognized the gravity of New York’s situation and issued our nation’s first coronavirus related Major Disaster Declaration. As the national epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York must do everything in our power to stop the spread of the virus and ensure billions of dollars in direct federal assistance can be issued to all areas of New York State impacted by COVID-19. For New York City, this means financial support and critical supplies for nonprofit organizations, hospitals, nursing homes, and community health centers. To combat the shortage of vital medical supplies in New York City, we also need billions of dollars for masks, gloves, ventilators, coronavirus tests, and personal protective equipment. We are in the midst of a public health epidemic, and this Major Disaster Declaration brings us one step closer to unlocking billions of dollars in direct aid for services and medical supplies that will save lives and protect public health.”

Background 

On Friday March 20th,  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter T. Gaynor provided a telephone briefing to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform on the Administration’s preparation for, and response to, the coronavirus crisis. When pressed by the Congresswoman, Gaynor noted that a major disaster was “imminent” for New York State. Full press release here