ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York state mayors want federal support to help local governments recover from the coronavirus pandemic. At 2 p.m. on Thursday, a statewide coalition is calling on the national government to send financial aid.
The New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, headquartered in Albany, is holding a press conference to discuss the economic impact on towns, hamlets, cities, and villages. The meeting was held virtually, and a recording is available online.
“Mayors did not create this situation—this is not a result of how cities are run,” said Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David said. “This money isn’t needed tomorrow, it was needed yesterday. For many cities large and small across the nation, they are already laying off police officers, firefighters, and employees in public works and so many other departments. This impacts our overall national economy.”
The conference of mayors includes local leaders from across the state:
- Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy, Nassau County
- Binghamton Mayor Richard David, Broome County
- Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, Onondaga County
- Hamilton Village Mayor RuthAnn Loveless, Madison County
NYCOM says municipalities are facing unique challenges and drastic cuts, and that Congress must resume negotiations to combat the sharp economic downturn caused by COVID-19. At the press conference, they plan to highlight “the need for urgent action at the federal level to support New York municipalities as they continue to provide essential services to keep their communities safe and support the national economic recovery.”