ALBANY COUNTY – Senate Democrats passed President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion on Saturday American rescue plan, which must now empty the Chamber a second time.
No Republican senator voted for the measure, which was applauded by Democratic and Republican members of the New York State County Association on Saturday.
“This is a victory for all of New York State’s counties and the residents we serve. At a time when much of our politics are bitterly divided, county leaders on both ends of the political spectrum have advocated for this package because it will help them help their communities recover from this pandemic, ”said the Dutchess County director Marcus Molinaro, a Republican, who is president of the Association, in a statement.
Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, a Democrat, praised the plan during his press briefing on Friday, saying it had taken “11 months of fighting” to secure the package. He said Albany County is expected to receive $ 59 million.
The plan includes $ 3.8 billion for the state’s 62 counties, to be distributed according to population. The five counties that make up New York City will receive $ 1.6 billion and the remaining 57 counties will receive $ 2.2 billion. New York City will receive an additional $ 4 billion through community development Global grant funding formula.
Funding for the bailout can be used to respond to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus as well as to deal with the economic fallout that accompanied it, including aid to households, small businesses and organizations. non-profit, and aid to affected industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality.
The funding can also be used to help governments provide services and invest in water, sewage and broadband infrastructure.
“I am grateful to the US Senate for adopting the US bailout today to provide much needed nutritional assistance and financial relief to millions of families struggling to pay the bills and put healthy food on the table,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement. Saturday’s statement.
He continued: “The bill does not only strengthen SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits until September, it is also increasing targeted nutritional assistance to mothers and young children and further accelerating nutritional assistance to American territories. Farmers, business owners and workers in the food supply chain will also benefit from additional help responding to market disruptions… and other farmers of color.
“The House of Representatives should act quickly to adopt this vital relief plan because recovery from this ongoing crisis is not a matter of politics,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Saturday. “There can’t be a national recovery if states and local governments don’t get relief – it’s that simple.”
In an unrelated statement released on Saturday, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said: “One year after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in New York State, the economic disruption caused by the pandemic remains severe . A key metric is the total number of New Yorkers claiming unemployment insurance benefits… The figure remains high 11 months after the initial wave of job losses, with 2.4 million claims reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the United States in mid-February 2021.
The US bailout includes one-time direct payments of up to $ 1,400 for Americans earning $ 75,000 a year or less and unemployment assistance of $ 300 a week until Labor Day.
The plan also extends tax cuts for families with children and increases subsidies for childcare.
In a statement unrelated to the bailout on Saturday, Cuomo announced that $ 29 million was available to support essential workers and first responders through the Empire Pandemic Response Reimbursement Fund program coordinated by the Office of Human Services. childhood and family of the state.
The program is designed to reimburse the costs of child care, transportation, accommodation and other eligible expenses that allowed workers to perform their duties. Funding comes from private donations from individuals, charitable trusts and businesses made during the COVID crisis.
Scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants for expenses on a first come, first served basis until funding is exhausted. The maximum reimbursement amount is $ 1,000 per household.
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In a statement Saturday morning, McCoy announced 68 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 20,860.
Of the new cases, 41 had no clear sources of infection identified, 20 had close contact with someone infected with the disease, six were health workers or residents of assembly places, and one had traveled out of state.
The five-day average for daily new positives increased from 59.6 to 61.8. There are now 560 active cases in the county, up from 540 on Friday.
The number of residents of Albany County under quarantine has increased from 1,504 to 1,525. So far, 65,344 residents have completed quarantine. Of those, 20,300 had tested positive and recovered. That’s an increase of 46 recoveries since yesterday.
There were three new overnight hospitalizations, and there are now 37 county residents hospitalized with the virus. There are currently four patients in intensive care units unchanged from Friday.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Albany County remains at 359.
Statewide, Friday, on a seven-day average, the infection rate is 3.15%, according to a statement released by Cuomo’s office on Saturday.
The capital region had a positivity rate of 1.96 percent.
Albany County on Friday, as a seven-day moving average, had an infection rate of 1.9 percent, according to the state report. dashboard.