Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Lee Zeldin (1st District of New York)
PATCHOGUE, NY – Today, Representatives Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Peter King (R, NY-2), Tom Suozzi (D, NY-3), Kathleen Rice (D, NY-4) and Gregory Meeks (D, NY-5) provided an update on the federal response to coronavirus after which Long Island’s local mayors had the opportunity to ask questions, share concerns, and speak to the needs of communities across Long Island.
This morning, Congressman Zeldin and Suozzi led the entire New York Congressional Delegation in urging Congressional Leadership to provide direct state and local funding as well as added flexibility in upcoming coronavirus response legislation.
“As we seek to finish the fight against coronavirus and work to emerge stronger than ever, our local mayors are helping lead the charge on the ground in our communities,” said Congressman Zeldin. “In addition to continuing to provide our communities with vital Personal Protective Equipment and other resources, we must ensure they have the direct local funding they need to recover economically in light of historic budgetary shortfalls caused by the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus.”
“Our local Long Island communities have been hit harder than anywhere else in the nation. In DC, I will continue to fight for our state and for our local municipalities until we receive our fair share. As a former mayor, I understand the pressure the cities and villages are under as they try and address local concerns while facing declining revenues from stalled building construction, slowing tax collections, and other reduced activity,” said Rep. Tom Suozzi. “I also want to thank the members of the Long Island delegation for their work in fighting for New York and for successfully putting aside our differences to fight for the common good.”
“Securing direct federal assistance for New York State and our local municipalities is my top priority in the next coronavirus relief package,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice. “Today’s call provided the opportunity for our Long Island delegation to hear directly from local leaders on where funding is needed most, and I want to specifically thank Mayor Robert Kennedy of Freeport for joining us. Mayor Kennedy led the South Shore through our recovery after Superstorm Sandy and he continues to fight for our communities as President of the New York Conference of Mayors. Together, we will make sure Long Island has the resources it needs to overcome this crisis.”
“Villages and their mayors are an integral part of Long Island particularly now, as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Peter King.
“Coordination between all levels of government is paramount right now, as well as coordination across ideological lines. We are seeing all across New York a lack of resources, fiscal or otherwise. There is an urgent need for Congress to pass local aid immediately in the next relief package, so our local municipalities are properly funded in their response to coronavirus, otherwise we’ll have a bad problem become worse. I am inspired to see our delegation working night and day, constantly in communication with each other so we can deliver on the needs of our communities,” said Rep. Gregory Meeks.