4:27 P.M. UPDATE:
TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced the securing of millions of emergency dollars to Broome County at a coronavirus-response news conference Monday afternoon.
Congressman Brindisi says Broome County will receive $7.6 million to fight the coronavirus. The funding is part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
The act passed in the House of Representatives. Brindisi's office says the congressman has called on the senate to pass the act.
Brindisi's office also says the act is supported by President Donald Trump.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act also includes free testing for the virus, over $1 billion in food assistance to those impacted by the virus and the establishment of an emergency paid leave program to replace a "significant share" of lose wages for workers who took time off to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
Other counties in New York's 22nd district will receive:
- Cortland -- $1.9 million
- Chenango -- $1.9 million
- Oneida -- $11 million
- Herkimer -- $2.6 million
- Oswego -- $4.9 million
- Tioga -- $1.6 million
- Madison -- $2.2 million
In a statement sent to 12 News, Congressman Brindisi said, “We need to continue to respond to the emerging pandemic and this legislation will get resources to the hard working men and women on the ground. Protecting families, making sure kids don’t go hungry, and allowing for people to receive paid emergency leave is a no-brainer."
The announcement was made alongside Broome County Executive Jason Garnar at the Emergency Operations Center.
TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- Congressman Anthony Brindisi will join Broome County Executive Jason Garnar in a joint-news conference Monday afternoon about local coronavirus response efforts.
The two are expected to speak at 3 p.m.
More details will be released when information is available. The news conference will be live streamed on Facebook by 12 News.
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