De Blasio Pleads with Feds for New COVID Stimulus

By Kevin Deutsch
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Mayor Bill de Blasio renewed his call Monday for the federal government to provide another round of COVID-19 stimulus funds, warning of “dire” consequences if the city cannot close a projected  $4 billion budget gap.

“Federal stimulus works, and New York City needs another, immediately,” de Blasio said. “From ramping up testing to investing in safe schools to feeding everyone in need, our priorities are clear: public health will drive our recovery. The federal government must do its part and pass a stimulus package that ensures our recovery can continue full speed ahead.”

The mayor said the pandemic has put more than 900,000 city residents out of work. Between April and September, about $40 billion in federal stimulus money was used to soften the economic blow, much of it on unemployment benefits and paycheck protection.

So far, Congress has been unable to negotiate a new stimulus package.

“That gap could easily grow. If there’s not a stimulus, we’re going to see less and less revenue coming in,” de Blasio said. “If there’s not a stimulus, the state of New York is going to be in dire, dire shape, and, unfortunately, might have to pass on cuts to localities.”

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Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.