WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Tuesday introduced the Heroes Act, legislation to bolster coronavirus testing and tracing, support frontline workers and health care providers, and help New Yorkers recover from the sweeping economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lowey said her measure would deliver vital aid that is necessary to protect health, public safety, education and other jobs and services in state and local governments.
“This bill delivers nearly $1 trillion to states and local governments so that they can continue providing vital services and keep public servants like police officers, firefighters, EMTs and teaches on the job, caring for our communities,” she said. “This bill will provide $67 billion to New York in coronavirus relief funds.”
New York State would receive an estimated total of $34.4 billion from this fund, $22.3 billion this year and $12.1 billion next year.
New York’s municipalities and counties would receive an estimated total of $32.3 billion.
Lowey’s district counties and municipalities would receive an estimated total of $1.28 billion, including $544 million for Westchester County and $112 million for Rockland County.
An estimated $3.84 billion for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority out of $15.75 billion in grants nationwide to transit agencies for operating expenses, payments to furloughed workers, worker protections, and compensation for lost revenue. This investment builds on $3.91 billion for the MTA provided by the CARES Act.
An estimated $5.1 billion directly to New York from $90 billion to states, local school districts, and public colleges for many purposes including sanitizing, technology, and addressing the impact of long-term closures, which builds upon the $30.75 billion Education Stabilization Fund established in the CARES Act.