Rep. Delgado, Executive Ryan, and Mayor Noble Announce American Rescue Plan Local Government Funds

June 7, 2021
Press Release
Local Governments Finally Getting COVID-19 Funding as Rep. Delgado’s Efforts to Reinvent Federal Support for Rural Communities Pays Off

KINGSTON, NY  – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19), Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, and Kingston Mayor Steve Noble announced the delivery of American Rescue Plan local government funding to Ulster County. Rep. Delgado's Direct Support for Communities Act funding formula is delivering $130.2 billion to counties, cities, towns, and villages across the United States. New York's 19th Congressional District will receive over $400 million in direct federal relief.

Via Rep Delgado's Direct Support for Communities Act funding formula, Ulster County will receive $34,491,474. Kingston will receive $17,301,385.

“Last May, I introduced the Direct Support for Communities Act to deliver relief to counties, cities, towns, and villages irrespective of population size. This May, the U.S. Treasury began distributing dollars using my funding formula,” said Rep. Delgado. “I am proud and humbled to deliver $130.2 billion to local governments across the United States -- including $34.5 million to Ulster County and $17 million to Kingston. This funding puts the power in the hands of the people and enables local governments to address the negative economic impacts of COVID-19, invest in infrastructure and broadband, and support public health.”

“Ulster County is committed to leveraging these once-in-a-generation direct relief funds to ensure that we come out the pandemic stronger and more resilient than before. This is an exceptional opportunity to create a lasting impact on the lives of our residents by creating an Equitable Economic Recovery. As a County, we must seriously look at making critical investments in housing, mental health, helping our small businesses, and more. Thank you Congressman Delgado for your leadership advocating for this funding and for your continued partnership,” Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan said.

“I thank Congressman Delgado for his intrepid fight to secure funding for our community and other small cities like ours. The Direct Support for Communities Act will help us recover from the pandemic on a municipal and a personal level, from helping to rebuild infrastructure to assisting our small businesses. We look forward to continuing our economic recovery with a huge boost from this funding, and are currently forming a plan to use the assistance in the most equitable way by creating truly impactful programs,” said Kingston Mayor Steve Noble.

Passage of this historic legislation is part of a larger effort by Rep. Delgado to change how the federal government supports rural communities. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, early relief bills targeted only large, densely populated communities -- underscoring the need for a mechanism to get federal support to smaller, more rural communities across the country. Rep. Delgado responded by introducing the Direct Support for Communities Act in May 2020, the first of its kind legislation establishing a mechanism to get federal funding to all counties and local governments, irrespective of size.