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House Coronavirus bill includes $1.9M for Cortland County

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Cortland County is set to receive just under $2M in federal assistance dollars to support its response to novel coronavirus – part of an overall $1 billion package for county governments across New York.

Rep. Anthony Brindisi detailed local grant amounts during a special press conference this afternoon in Binghamton, which were included in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed by the House of Representatives last week.

The bill is now expected to pass the Senate this week and would then be sent to the President’s desk for an official signature into law.

If passed, the legislation would be used to establish free testing and food assistance programs for those impacted by COVID-19, while also creating an emergency paid leave program to replace at least part of the wages lost by workers forced to take medical or mandated leave.

Details on a lost wage program would likely vary by state and county, but have still not yet confirmed.

Other counties in District 22 receiving funding include Broome ($7.6M), Chenango ($1.9M), Oneida ($11M), Herkimer ($2.6M), Oswego ($4.9M), Tioga ($1.6M) and Madison ($2.2M).

Brindisi says funding would become accessible to counties immediately following President Trump’s approval.

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