Suffolk leaders: COVID-19 relief money will save county jobs

Billions of COVID-19 relief money will be coming to New York, which means county employees will get paid.

News 12 Staff

Mar 11, 2021, 3:18 AM

Updated 1,129 days ago

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Billions of COVID-19 relief money will be coming to New York, which means county employees will get paid.
Leg. Rob Calarco said that might not have happened if the plan did not pass.
The Suffolk Legislature's Presiding Officer Rob Calarco says the infusion of cash from the federal government saved county employees from the possibility of losing their jobs in a few months.
But Republican Leg. Rob Trotta says the county is getting too much money from the federal government. Trotta says he is concerned that the feds are piling up a huge debt, that may burden Americans for decades.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says even though the county saw sales tax revenue plummet throughout the pandemic, Nassau ended 2019 with a $112 million surplus.
She says the stimulus money will help to open up schools more fully and ramp up vaccine supply and distribution.
"It's going to support small businesses, like our restaurants, our downtowns, which have really been suffering," said Curran.
County leaders say they don't yet know when they will get the money, but hope it's soon.


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