Pandemic and Recovery: Local Government Finances and Federal Assistance - Lessons from the Mid-Hudson Region

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pandemic, COVID-19, mid-hudson, sales tax, state aid, economic impacts, City of Peekskill, Town of Cornwall, New Paltz, federal aid
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The case studies described in this report provide insight into some of the fiscal challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to individual local governments in 2020. OSC staff conducted interviews and financial analysis in late fall 2020, choosing the Mid-Hudson region as the geographical focus. The City of Peekskill, the Town of Cornwall and the Village of New Paltz agreed to participate in the study. Each had its own unique experience in 2020, but each also shows some of the typical problems facing local governments throughout the region and the State.