More aid for Rome, Utica in CARES Act

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Rome stands to get $296,621 in federal community development aid under a CARES Act allocation plan recently negotiated, federal lawmakers announced.

The money is the third allocation of funds under the federal COVID-19 relief legislation known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed by Congress. New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding decisions Wednesday.

The funding is for communities to prevent, prepare for and respond to COVID-19, and will be allocated by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Community Planning and Development after municipalities apply.

Localities in New York state are to receive about $73 million. In the 22nd Congressional District, cities are getting about $1.6 million, Rep. Anthony J. Brindisi, D-22, Utica, announced.

In addition to the funds for Rome, Utica stands to get $679,576 while $594,320 is set to go to Binghamton..

The funds will help the city of Rome with pandemic relief, which was helped by an earlier CARES Act allocation, according to Brindisi’s office and Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.

“We have just implemented our plan for the first tranche of funding to assist those agencies providing food and shelter along with providing neighborhood improvement and quality of life programs in the CDBG target area,” Izzo said in a statement. “Following HUD guidelines for this new funding, we look forward to another round of support for those agencies servicing our community with food pantries, shelter and building upon our infrastructure which strengthens neighborhoods.”

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