In an announcement made January 24, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announce that $157,605,755.44 will reimburse the New York State Division of the Budget for the costs of emergency measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

According to a release from Senator Gillibrand's office, the funds were allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“We are proud to deliver this $157+ million in federal funding to compensate New York for COVID response, including the costs of equipment, materials, testing centers, and emergency protective measures taken to keep our communities safe during the pandemic,” said Senator Schumer. “I will always fight to make sure New York has the resources needed to keep our communities healthy and safe.”

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State provided efficient and essential testing centers that kept New Yorkers safe,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal funds will reimburse New York State for the costs associated with running and maintaining these critical testing centers that helped protect the health and safety of New Yorkers. I am proud to deliver this federal funding and will continue to fight for federal resources to keep New Yorkers safe.”