New York, NY—U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced today that New York City and New York State will soon be fully reimbursed for expenses incurred in the fight against COVID-19 thanks to an agreement with President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming Federal Emergency Management Agency’s administration.

Back on March 13, 2020, an emergency disaster declaration was declared, and both the city and the state were receiving billions of dollars in reimbursements for COVID-19-related expenses from President Donald Trump’s administration. But there was one caveat. The city and state were responsible for 25 percent of the reimbursement.

That now changes. FEMA will pay for 100 percent of the reimbursements, which means that New York will be receiving $2 billion more for the COVID-19 incurred expenses.

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“President-elect Biden is laser-focused on America’s economic recovery, and this recovery begins with tackling the costs states and local governments have incurred in managing the pandemic,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

“For New York, the costs have been huge [and] achieving my goal of 100 percent FEMA cost share to the city and state will mean a sigh of relief for all New Yorkers because these critical dollars will help protect essential services and workers while we deal with badly burdened budgets that have been gut-punched by COVID.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the news, saying that the current administration had promised full reimbursement one year ago but then reneged on its promise.

“I want to thank my friends President-elect Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for reaching this agreement, living up to the federal government’s previous promise, and proving that government can work,” Cuomo said in a statement.

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