Re­lief plan ‘ter­ri­ble’ for N.Y. – Andy


Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Bla­sio ac­cused fed­eral law­mak­ers Wed­nes­day of not ear­mark­ing enough cash for New York as part of a $2 tril­lion coro­n­avirus re­lief pack­age, slam­ming the mea­sure as “ter­ri­ble” and “nowhere close to what we need.”

In a press con­fer­ence from Al­bany, Cuomo said the Em­pire State is only re­ceiv­ing $5.1 bil­lion un­der the enor­mous stim­u­lus deal be­ing hashed out in the Se­nate.

Of that cash, the gov­er­nor said just $1.3 bil­lion is go­ing to New York City, which is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the worst coro­n­avirus out­break in the coun­try, with nearly 20,011 con­firmed cases as of Wed­nes­day night.

“The Se­nate is con­sid­er­ing a $2 tril­lion bill, which is quo­te­un­quote ‘re­lief ’ for busi­ness, in­di­vid­u­als and gov­ern­ments,” Cuomo said, as the dol­lar fig­ures he ref­er­enced flashed by on a screen be­hind him. “It would re­ally be ter­ri­ble for the State of New York.”

For the city, in par­tic­u­lar, Cuomo said the money is but “a drop in the bucket, as to need.” De Bla­sio agreed. “NYC is the epi­cen­ter of this cri­sis. No place is hurt­ing more,” the mayor tweeted. “The di­rect aid to lo­cal­i­ties in the stim­u­lus bill com­ing out of Mitch McCon­nell’s Se­nate is nowhere close to what we need to fight this epi­demic in the na­tion’s largest city.”

But a source close to the ne­go­ti­a­tions on Capi­tol Hill said Cuomo’s dol­lar fig­ures were mis­lead­ing and at least par­tially in­ac­cu­rate.

First off, the source told the Daily News that Cuomo only ap­peared to ref­er­ence a sin­gle emer­gency ap­pro­pri­a­tion that’s meant to “help sta­bi­lize” New York’s state and city gov­ern­ments. Ad­di­tion­ally, the source said that ap­pro­pri­a­tion is ac­tu­ally $5.8 bil­lion — not $5.1 bil­lion — with $1.4 bil­lion for the city.

More­over, Cuomo did not ref­er­ence the more than $40 bil­lion in re­lief for in­di­vid­ual New York­ers, in­clud­ing $15 bil­lion in beefed-up un­em­ploy­ment in­sur­ance ben­e­fits and $15.5 bil­lion in di­rect pay­ments, ac­cord­ing to the source.

Cuomo also did not men­tion the $4.35 bil­lion ear­marked for bailouts to the state’s tran­sit agen­cies, in­clud­ing $3.8 bil­lion for the MTA.

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