FEMA slow-walking aid for NYC’s public hospitals, Schumer says

Federal authorities are slow-strolling $325 million in desperately wanted help for town general public hospitals to deal with coronavirus expenses, Sen. Chuck Schumer charges in a letter obtained by The Put up.

“New York Town has followed the actions outlined by FEMA, Congress has more than doubled the measurement of the Disaster Aid Fund, and but the Metropolis nonetheless has not gained the funding it so desperately desires,” wrote the Senate’s Democratic leader and veteran Brooklyn lawmaker. “This is ought to be set as shortly as probable.”

President Trump initially declared New York a significant disaster to open up up terribly required federal aid on March 20.

Congress then accepted $45 billion to aid area governments deal with coronavirus costs like “emergency health care services, emergency sheltering, and crisis administration operations charges,” the letter states.

Trump signed the new revenue into regulation on March 27 — and the city’s community medical center technique, Health and fitness + Hospitals, submitted $650 million pandemic-associated charges that exact same working day.

The Federal Unexpected emergency Management Agency is intended to choose up half the tab — $325 million — and cut the checks with all because of haste. But just after times of delays, Town Hall attained out to Schumer to check out and pry the cash free.

The dollars is important as both New York City and New York Point out encounter significant budget crunches many thanks to substantial new pandemic-connected charges — and a collapse in tax revenues because of to the shutdown meant to incorporate the virus.

FEMA declined recurring requests to remark.

 Additional reporting by Steven Nelson in Washington