Suffolk County Receives $257 Million in Federal Coronavirus Funding from CARES Act
PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the bipartisan White House Opening Up America Again Congressional Group and bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force announced that Suffolk County has received $257 million in federal funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act.
The $257 million in federal funding can be used for coronavirus response related expenses incurred after March 1, 2020 that were not previously budgeted for.
“Suffolk County is one of the areas hardest hit by coronavirus, and, while every level of government has worked together to fight this ongoing outbreak, our county and local governments have shelled out significant funding and resources to battle coronavirus on the ground,” said Congressman Zeldin. “This federal funding is vital to helping alleviate these coronavirus expenses, and we will continue to fight to ensure our communities devastated by coronavirus receive additional direct funding.”
In continuing to fight to provide relief for local governments, Congressman Zeldin is calling on the Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve to allow Suffolk County to qualify for financing assistance through the federal Municipal Liquidity Facility and urging the Administration to cover 100% of the cost sharing burden of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster relief, which currently requires the State of New York to contribute 25% of funds.
Additionally, earlier this month, Congressman Zeldin was informed by county officials that Suffolk County’s stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was out of surgical masks, n95 masks, gowns, face shields and body bags. Since then, Congressman Zeldin has worked with County Executive Steve Bellone, the White House and suppliers to deliver hundreds of thousands of pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local health care and other front line workers.