A $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill about to be passed in the House and signed by President Joe Biden would include $ 7.2 million for Essex County and $ 9.7 million million dollars for Franklin County.

The US bailout was approved by the Senate on Saturday. About $ 4 million of Essex County’s stimulus would go to its 18 cities and $ 5 million of Franklin County’s stimulus would go to its 19 cities. A breakdown of how much each city would receive is included in this article.

If approved by the Democratic-majority House, the U.S. bailout would be the first stand-alone COVID relief stimulus bill that Congress passed since the HEROES Act in May 2020. The Omnibus Bill Expenses for fiscal year 2021, adopted in December 2020, also included $ 900 trillion for COVID relief.

The House already approved the ARP bill last week, without Republicans voting in favor. However, the Senate made several changes to the bill – removing a provision to gradually increase the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, lowering the top annual incomes at which stimulus checks are phased out, removing a provision to exempt student loan debt from tax and extend unemployment insurance for a few more weeks, at $ 100 less per week. As a result of these changes, the bill will return to the House for another vote on the changes.

Northern Representative Elise Stefanik R-Schuylerville did not respond to an email asking how she intended to vote when the ARP Bill returns to the House. She voted against the bill last week, calling it “partisan.”

The bill was proposed by Biden, so he’s likely to sign it.

In a press release touting the bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said it included $ 3.9 billion in total for New York counties.

“After battling this pandemic on the front lines, New York’s counties and municipalities have been clear: they need help, and they need it now to keep frontline workers at work and prevent harm. sudden cuts in services ” Schumer said in a press release. “Help is on the way.”

Schumer said the economic recovery is closely tied to the recovery of state and local governments.

“US bailout brings complete and solid relief to families in New York,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., said in a press release.

How the money can be used

The funding can be used by state and local governments to cover costs associated with COVID-19, to cover lost revenue caused by the pandemic, or to invest in infrastructure such as water, sewage or broadband. The costs associated with COVID-19 can mean a variety of things, including helping households, small businesses and nonprofits, or helping affected industries such as tourism, travel and hospitality.

It can also be used to support essential workers with a bonus or subsidies to employers.

Franklin County

“It would be very useful, for sure” Franklin County Council of Lawmakers chairman Donald Dabiew, D-Bombay said. “It would get us back to where we were and maybe a little better. “

Dabiew said the county has already spent all of the CARES law money, first to make sure people here can get tested, and then to make sure people get vaccinated. He also said day-to-day operations – county buses, disinfecting offices, paying people to work from home – have also become more expensive.

The county laid off some employees early on, he said, which helped him get away with it financially.

“Franklin County is not a rich county”, said Dabiew. “We have to watch every dollar.”

It was not certain that the county would use new money to rehire some of these positions. He said the county is doing well but should assess how overworked the employees are.

One area he says needs relief is the county’s public health department, which has a small team of specialist professionals who were in high demand last year.

“Our public health is stressed to the limit. It’s incredible,” said Dabiew. “Everyone does a little more. We can’t expect them to do a little more forever. … Some of these people worked seven days a week. This has not been easy.

Money entering the county has been slower this year, but not as bad as expected at the start of the pandemic.

Dabiew said the county had not received any money under its contract with the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort since the third quarter of 2019, as the casino closed for a period at the start of the pandemic.

“They said they had to use it to keep their operations afloat”, said Dabiew.

The sales tax cut was a big concern at first, but he said everything was fine recently since the county got some local or online sales.

He also said hotel taxes were hit last year, but have rebounded recently.

COVID help by the city

¯ Essex County: $ 7.15 million ($ 4 million to cities)

¯ Franklin County: $ 9.7 million ($ 5 million to cities)

¯ All dollar amounts are proposals

Essex County by City:

Chesterfield: $ 260,000

¯ Crown Point: $ 210,000

¯ Elizabethtown: $ 120,000

¯ Essex: $ 70,000

Jay: $ 260,000

Keene: $ 120,000

Lewis: $ 140,000

Neck brace: $ 80,000

Moriah: $ 490,000

Newcomb: $ 40,000

¯ North of the Elbe: $ 880,000

¯ Hudson North: $ 30,000

Schroon: $ 170,000

¯ Saint-Armand: $ 160,000

Ticonderoga: $ 520,000

Westport: $ 140,000

Willsboro: $ 220,000

Wilmington: $ 140,000

Franklin County by City:

Bangor: $ 250,000

¯ Bellmont: $ 150,000

Bombay: $ 140,000

Brandon: $ 60,000

Brighton: $ 160,000

Burke: $ 160,000

¯ Châteaugay: $ 210,000

Constable: $ 170,000

Dickinson: $ 90,000

Duane: $ 20,000

¯ Fort Covington: $ 180,000

Franklin: $ 120,000

¯ Harrietstown: $ 600,000

¯ Malone: ​​$ 1,540,000

¯ Moira: $ 300,000

¯ Santa Clara: $ 40,000

¯ Tupper Lake: $ 630,000

Waverly: $ 110,000

Westville: $ 200,000

Data from the 2019 census was used to determine dollar amounts by city.

This data does not include money intended for villages, as no process has been put in place to “Distribute funds among overlapping governments”. The Treasury Department will decide how this will be implemented.

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