WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed says that he is afraid that Governor Andrew Cuomo will reduce state aid to local municipalities if Congress reaches a deal on federal aid as part of a stimulus package.
Reed spoke with reporters during his weekly media call Wednesday morning. His call centered around ongoing negotiations with another COVID-19 package.
The Congressman explains that he will call out what he says is a “wink-wink” deal between Congress and governors throughout the country.
“Mark my words, February 10th, you guys (the media) are all aware of the little ‘wink-wink’ deal that’s being cut,” Reed said. “I’m calling it out for what it is. I’ll probably get killed politically for doing it, but I don’t give a damn because the local government is who I care about the most. And they’re the ones who are going to get screwed because of this deal that’s coming down on a state and local aid package.”
The Congressman says that he is, however, thrilled that direct aid was included in the latest negotiations.
“We fought hard in our office to make sure that was included in the package,” Reed said.
Reed says that he’s supportive overall of state and local aid, adding that he’s comfortable with the numbers that are being negotiated thus far.