Cuomo blasts federal relief package as 'terrible' for New York


Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York speaks to the media at the Javits Convention Center, which is being converted to a hospital to help fight coronavirus cases. | Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images

ALBANIA – New York governor Andrew Cuomo says the US Senate and Trump administration’s emergency deal to alleviate coronavirus is “really terrible” for his state, even as his New York compatriot minority leader Chuck Schumercalled the package a negotiation win.

Cuomo, who has consistently criticized New York’s allocation of federal aid during the pandemic, said during a press conference on Wednesday that New York would receive around $ 3.8 billion of the $ 2 trillion package, “A drop in the bucket as needed.”

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Schumer’s office characterized the deal differently, saying New York would get more than $ 40 billion when you add unemployment insurance, hospitals, and transportation funding. This includes $ 5.8 billion for state administrations in the state – about $ 1.4 billion for New York City and about $ 500 million for Long Island.

“Like all compromise laws, this bill is far from perfect – but it is now doing much more for this state, its people, and its future than where we started,” said Schumer in a press release.

It is not entirely clear which part of the governor criticized, but Cuomo seemed to focus on the expected government share of the relief. He said he said to the state congressional delegation, “I can’t.”

Cuomo said the state has already spent around $ 1 billion on its response and is likely to spend several billion more by the end of the pandemic. His budget office predicted Tuesday that government revenue losses could be as high as $ 15 billion.

Cuomo said the previous House version of the bill raised $ 17 billion in New York City and he’s in talks with House officials about adjustments.

Cuomo, a democrat, said his objections had nothing to do with fiscal ideologies that could be different from the Republican Senate.

“We are economical, we are efficient,” said Cuomo about his expenses. “I’m telling you that these numbers don’t work, and I told the House members that we need their help.”

The house is expected to pass laws by the end of the week.

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