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Behind the latest local push for coronavirus relief

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- A mix of local, state, and federal elected officials joined together Friday to advocate for federal help.

Officials expressed concern about the effect a lack of stimulus could have on local governments, schools, and childcare.

New York deemed childcare essential under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Unpause Plan, but those in the profession say childcare has been essential long before that.

"They are bleeding revenue, loss of revenue I should say, and incurring increased costs," said Deb Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Cub's Care Childrens' Center. "Rightfully so we have reduced class sizes in order to maintain social distancing, but our expenses are far outpacing what we are able to bring in."

Under the version of the bill championed by Congressman Anthony Brindisi, relief would be provided directly to local governments, relief he said could make a huge difference.

From municipal budgets to school aid, and even quality childcare, a lack of federal funding could lead to wide sweeping cuts across the board here in the Southern Tier, they said. Cuomo has previously said if the state does not receive $61B in federal relief, a twenty percent cut will be made to local governments, schools, and healthcare.

Josh Rosenblatt

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