Schumer unveils $14M recovery package headed to Cortland County

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(Feature photo: Schumer office)

US Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer visited the “Here We Grow” daycare center on Miller Street in Cortland this morning.

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With a playground of laughing kids in the backdrop, he outlined millions of federal aid dollars on the way to help with the local covid-19 recovery.

Cortland County will receive a total of $14M from the state’s share of the American Rescue Plan for local government aid; $2M is for the City; $3M is to be divided among the other municipalities; and the county legislature gets the remaining $9M.

Sen. Schumer also said Central New York would see a sizable portion of more than $1.8 billion allocated nationally in direct child care relief funds.

“This will mean kids, families, essential workers, and early educators can get past this pandemic and that this sector can provide for local jobs, too, making it part of the larger local recovery,” said Schumer.

Providers will submit their own use of dollars to the state for access to these funds.


The County also will benefit from a variety of other allocations within the American Rescue Plan.

Direct payments:

  • Approximately $55M in $1,400 checks for an estimated 22,000 Cortland County households
  • Approximately $17M in Child Tax Credit payments for families
  • $16.8M for SUNY Cortland, half of which must be used as financial aid for students
  • $2.6M for Cortland’s Family Health Network

Statewide aid availability:

  • K-12 schools: $9B for New York
  • New Covid-19 Vaccine Procurement and Testing: $4B for New York
  • Emergency Rental & Homelessness Assistance: $1B for New York
  • Nutrition assistance: $1.07B for New York
  • Earned Income Tax Credit: $786M for New York
  • Broadband Connectivity: $632M for New York
  • Airports: $418M for New York
  • Head Start: $59M for New York
  • Rural Transit: $12M for New York
  •  Small Business, Restaurant, and Live Venue Relief: $57.8B nationwide
  • Agriculture & Farmer support: $4B nationwide
  • Rural Hospital Assistance: $8.5B nationwide
  • Medicaid FMAP Increase: $2.7B for NY ($2.1 billion already delivered from Schumer pushing President Biden to extend through the end of the calendar year, in addition to approximately 600 million from a targeted enhanced FMAP for home and community-based services from this legislation)

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