New York State Assemblywoman Galef joined Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and over 90 other Majority Assembly representatives in delivering a letter to the New York State Congressional Delegation requesting federal aid to states and local governments who are facing severe budget deficits.
The COVID-19 pandemic has torn through New York State over the last month, killing over 18,000 New Yorkers and sickening over 305,000. The onslaught of this disease has necessitated extreme public health measures such as increasing hospital capacity, ramping up testing, and maintaining social distancing to help flatten the curve. And while these interventions have certainly saved lives, mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has cost the state billions of dollars.
The Governor recently announced a revised budget plan that makes significant cuts to Medicaid, education, property tax relief programs, and more. Without federal aid, New York State can not
continue to fund critical services such as healthcare, public safety, transportation and education.
Galef said, There is just no way we are going to be able to maintain funding for many critical services without federal aid. I am calling on our federal representatives to stand up for our first responders, medical staff, and schools as we get through the worst of this public health crisis.