Bellone says 'fiscal emergency' in Suffolk requires federal assistance

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BRIEFING NOTES:
  • There have been 41,151 Suffolk residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • The number of hospitalizations has declined by 3 people, bringing the total down to 85.
  • There is one less ICU patient for a total of 25.
  • There are 951 hospital beds (210 ICU beds) available in the county.14 people were discharged yesterday.
  • There have been 2 additional deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
  • Bellone lauds passing of Child Protective Services Transformation Act.
  • The package includes 6 bills designed to strengthen the agency and improve oversight.
  • "What happened to Thomas Valva can never happen again."
  • Bellone: Fiscal emergency 'unlike anything that we have ever seen before'
  • The county executive reiterates that federal assistance is needed to help local governments through "depression era unemployment and other fiscal struggles."
  • Bellone says $1.1 billion to $1.5 billion budget gap must be filled within the next 15 months.
  • He says Suffolk is asking for disaster assistance that represents just a fraction of the money that is sent from New York to fund other states each year.
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