Lawmakers voted 7-4 along party lines for the $123.7 million plan presented three weeks ago by County Executive Mark Poloncarz, with Democrats voting in favor and Republican-supported legislators voting against it.
Across the board, this flood of federal money needs to have two goals: compensating for the losses of the Covid-19 pandemic and producing otherwise unattainable transformations.
"We're investing millions of dollars into parks and roads in the City of Buffalo, when the City of Buffalo is getting $330 million of their own American Rescue Plan," said Minority Leader Joseph Lorigo, C-West Seneca. "Why are we doing these things? These things deserve a conversation."
"We got to common ground, and I think everyone was good with that," said Democratic Majority Leader Timothy Meyers.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz might keep his emergency spending authority a while longer but legislators are looking ahead to a time wh…
"Schumer’s job is to send a message that he is open to working honestly and honorably with Republicans who are similarly inclined," writes The News' Editorial Board.
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president," Schumer said. "This president should not hold office one day longer."
The fact is that millions of relief dollars have gone right back into the hands of members of Congress who wrote and voted for the relief packages, writes Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.