MONTICELLO, NY — U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) met with state and local leaders in the Village of Monticello to discuss planned investments using funds from the …
MONTICELLO, NY — U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) met with state and local leaders in the Village of Monticello to discuss planned investments using funds from the congressman’s Direct Support for Communities Act. Delgado spoke with Mayor George Nikolados, Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Town of Thompson Supervisor Bill Reiber, and Town of Thompson Deputy Supervisor Melinda Meddaugh on Friday, September 17.
The legislation is delivering $14,630,000 to Sullivan County and $652,207 to the Village of Monticello. Nationwide, New York’s 19th Congressional District will receive over $400 million in direct federal relief while $130.2 billion is being appropriated to counties, cities, towns, and villages across the United States.
“I introduced and fought to pass the Direct Support for Communities Act to put the power in the hands of the people. It was great to hear from local leaders who are using those investments to cover lost revenue due to the pandemic, invest in wastewater infrastructure, and more. I will keep working to empower our rural communities and support local governments,” said Delgado.
“We are happy to once again have such great support from our congressman, Antonio Delgado. We thank him for his hard work in getting our municipalities such great needed financial assistance through the Direct Support for Communities Act, and look forward to his support in tackling some of the infrastructure upgrades that are so desperately needed in our village and town,” said Nikolados.
“It was great to have an hour or so with the congressman to discuss common goals and objectives which affect all of us. Working together, we will undoubtedly move the Town of Thompson forward,” said Reiber.
Introduced in May 2020, the Direct Support for Communities Act is part of a larger effort by 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. Delgado responded by introducing the Direct Support for Communities Act as a mechanism to get federal funding to all counties and local governments, irrespective of size. The act was passed as part of the American Rescue Plan in March of 2021.