Rep. Reed pushes bill to limit how NYS spends federal aid for local communities

Congressman Tom Reed says he has a plan to help local communities devastated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

He tells Spectrum News that it hinges on changing or limiting the way New York State would be eligible to spend any federal aid earmarked for localities.

The SMART Act, which isn’t a part of the HEALS Act currently in negotiations in the Senate, would provide state, county, and municipal governments with $500 billion in targeted financial aid.

“It ensures the money actually reaches the folks who need it most, and that funds won’t be used to address non-COVID related problems,” said Reed, who is also one of the sponsors of the bill.