OC Leg leader: municipalities on front lines of Covid fight need federal aid

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 February 2021 at 10:51 am

Orleans County Legislature Chairwoman Lynne Johnson, R-Lyndonville, is again stating the critical need for Congress to approve federal aid for counties, town and villages.

Congress has approved two relief packages due the Covid-19 crisis, but hasn’t included direct aid to the governments on the front lines to fighting Covid-19, she said.

Every day without aid to villages, towns and counties “pushes us deeper into crisis,” Johnson said Tuesday evening during a conference calls with other local officials.

“Congress has almost entirely left behind local governments,” she said.

The Biden Administration is proposing $350 billion to states, counties, towns and villages. Johnson wants to see Congress support that level of funding. If Congress doesn’t approve the funding, Johnson said it would mean “more jobs lost, continued disruption in services, and less chance for economic recovery.”

The $350 billion in the Biden plan is part of a $1.9 trillion package presented by the president. Some Senate Republicans have countered with a $618 billion proposal that does not include direct relief to state and local governments.