12 County Executives from Every Corner of New York State Call for Federal Stimulus

Counties need direct, unrestricted, and flexible federal aid to support local response to the pandemic.


With COVID-19 infection rates spiking, businesses facing another round of shutdowns and vaccine planning underway, a bipartisan group of 12 County Executives came together to call for Congress to pass emergency stimulus legislation that provides direct, unrestricted, and flexible federal aid to the county governments who are leading the local response to the pandemic.
Watch the full press conference here.
“Everyone has to work their way through this pandemic. Parents are figuring out how to educate their kids at home, businesses are fighting to keep their workers employed, and our county nurses and health workers are fighting this on the front lines. They are all doing their job.  It's time for Congress to step up and do theirs,” said Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, president of the NYS County Executives' Association. “I say this as a Republican myself, it's time for Republicans in the Senate to step up and help us confront this crisis.”
“After leading the local response to the pandemic for nearly 9 months counties are running out of resources and running out of time,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “Without additional funding from the federal government, the state is going to be forced to make draconian cuts in reimbursements to counties, who will in turn be forced to make cuts that will impair their ability to confront the second wave of COVID, provide urgently needed services to residents, and assist with vaccination effort.”
View remarks from participating County Executives at the following timestamps:
Stephen Acquario – NYSAC – 0:30
Marcus Molinaro – NYSCEA President/Dutchess County – 2:37
MaryEllen Odell – Putnam County Executive - 7:02
Mark Poloncarz – Erie County Executive – 9:10
Steve Bellone – Suffolk County Executive – 12:20
Anthony Picente – Oneida County Executive – 16:05
Laura Curran – Nassau County Executive – 19:53
Ed Day – Rockland County Executive - 21:48
Daniel P. McCoy – Albany County Executive - 24:08
Steve Neuhaus – Orange County Executive - 27:25
Ryan McMahon – Onondaga County Executive – 29:16
Patrick Ryan – Ulster County Executive - 32:03
PJ Wendel – Chautauqua County Executive - 33:42
Kevin McManus, Broome Deputy County Executive - 36:24
Counties across the state continue to urge their congressional delegation membership to ensure these four pillars are included in this negotiation: 
  1. Direct, flexible federal aid for all counties  
  2. The county allocation formula and city-county funding split outlined in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6748 – the Direct Support for Communities Act) 
  3. Extending the current deadline for Treasury CRF dollars until late 2021 
  4. Reasonable "guardrails" that ensure COVID-19 relief dollars are tied to the public health, economic and community impacts of COVID-19