The fund sparked some infighting among Democrats, including some who fear it could be used as a political rift among moderate suburban voters in 2022. That concern spilled over into a public spat among Senate supporters like Gustavo Rivera. , the frank Bronx. Democrat, what rebuked the Assembly Monday for not acting faster to pass it. That prompted Assembly Leader Carl E. Heastie to tell Mr. Rivera: On twitter, to “take care of your own home.”
On Tuesday, state party chairman Jay Jacobs also responded to Senator Rivera, saying that “to assume that one’s political disagreement with spending any amount of money – not less than $ 2.1 billion – on a program to give to the undocumented, without paying taxes, “-the book workers a humanitarian subsidy- is motivated by racism and not because the economy is unjustified, unjustified, unfair and inappropriate for any public official.
Republicans also criticized the plan for the foreclosed fund, calling it a “waking madness” Nick Langworthy, the chairman of the GOP.
“Democrats are about to pass a budget that increases taxes on New Yorkers and businesses by $ 4 billion while enacting a $ 2 billion fund that will provide payments of $ 25,000 to illegal immigrants,” Langworthy said Tuesday. .
The rental assistance program is expected to be an urgent lifeline for low-income tenants who owe rent or are at risk of eviction because of financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. Eligible tenants would be allowed to cover up to 12 months of rent and utility costs, as well as three months of possible rent, financed with funds allocated by the federal government.
The settlement also includes $ 600 million in homeowner assistance and property tax relief for New Yorkers making less than $ 250,000. There is also $ 250 million for the New York City Public Housing Authority and $ 100 million to facilitate the conversion of hotels and vacant properties into affordable housing, an idea that gained momentum as much of Manhattan’s business districts they were emptied during the pandemic.
School districts across the state are also poised to receive a significant cash injection, some $ 4.2 billion, over the next three years. The money will provide additional support to districts with large numbers of high-need students and struggling schools, including New York City. The state will distribute $ 1.4 billion per year for the next three years, then provide $ 4.2 billion for schools annually, a significant increase from current funding levels.