Rep. Zeldin Doubles Down on Call for Direct State and Local Funding in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan Coronavirus Task Force and bipartisan White House Opening Up American Again Congressional Group, issued the following statement doubling down on his call for additional direct state and local funding in additional coronavirus relief legislation:
"Since the beginning of the outbreak of coronavirus, I have supported additional funding for state and local governments, especially in the CARES Act, and I support adding even more funding in this next coronavirus response bill being negotiated. On Long Island, every level of government, from village hall up, is working together to deliver the resources our communities need, and our colleagues in Congress, on both sides of the aisle, should take note."
This week, Representatives Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Peter King (R, NY-2), Tom Suozzi (D, NY-3), Kathleen Rice (D, NY-4) and Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5) met with Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in Washington, D.C., to discuss ongoing negotiations and ensuring local governments receive the resources they need.
Earlier this year, Congressman Zeldin and Congressman Antonio Delgado introduced legislation with Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to provide direct local funding to localities of all sizes.
Additionally, Congressman Zeldin led the entire New York House delegation in calling on Congressional leadership to approve more state and local government funding in this next bill.
In the CARES Act, Suffolk County government received over $257 million in federal coronavirus response funding and an additional $26.7 million for its public transportation system.
This is in addition to the 1.2 million pieces of PPE Congressman Zeldin secured for Suffolk County's front line workers at the height of the outbreak, funding for local hard hit hospitals, and expanding access for Suffolk County to the Municipal Liquidity Facility to help provide tax relief to Long Islanders.