JAMESTOWN – Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is urging members of Congress to support direct federal assistance for municipalities in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Sundquist says he’s signed onto a letter with more than 200 members of the New York Conference of Mayors calling on New York’s Congressional delegation to support the Coronavirus Community Relief Act.
The mayor, specifically, urged Congressman Tom Reed and Senators Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to support the legislation. Sundquist says the legislation would provide a $250 billion stand-alone fund for COVID-19 related costs for communities with fewer than 500,000 residents.
This comes after Sundquist says smaller municipalities were mostly left out in the CARES act, which only provided a direct federal fund for states, tribal groups, and cities larger than 500,000 residents, which comprises only 14% of the United States population.
“I applaud the steps taken by Congress to ensure that Americans are receiving adequate financial help during the COVID-19 crisis with the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and I know that our Congressional delegation is up to the challenge of coming up with the funds necessary to help individuals, families, and local governments mitigate the economic devastation that COVID-19 has wrought upon our country,” Sundquist said.
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