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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Statement on Federal COVID-19 Relief Plan

March 10, 2021

“This is a game changer for New York. As the pandemic drags on for New Yorkers who have fallen ill, for workers who have lost their jobs, for families struggling with childcare and for small businesses desperate to stay open, we’ve received critical aid from the federal government when we need it most.

“This aid plugs massive budget holes for the state, city and many local communities, bolsters our economy, and supports our battered public transit system. The relief bill helps the individuals and businesses hit hardest by the pandemic, extending unemployment relief and providing targeted aid for our state's restaurants, venues, and micro-businesses. It is the investment our economy needs right now. It also puts us on stable ground to avoid harmful cuts. The state and city must now use this aid as a bridge to put their finances on sustainable fiscal paths, to be prepared once this emergency federal relief ends.

“Senate Majority Leader Schumer and the entire New York delegation fought hard for New Yorkers and for the state, New York City and MTA. Majority Leader Schumer never gave up the fight and his persistence led to a relief plan that will help our nation through this crisis.”