Lowey Announces $164 Million to New York State to Address K-12 and Higher Education COVID-19 Needs

April 15, 2020
Press Release

These funds are part of at least $2 Billion for New York State from the Education Stabilization Fund Congresswoman Lowey helped create in the CARES Act

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that New York State Governor Cuomo will have access to $164,286,083 through the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund. Congresswoman Lowey helped lead the House negotiations with Senate Republicans and the Trump Administration on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that included a total of at least $2 billion for New York from the Education Stabilization Fund. Congresswoman Lowey helped create this fund to provide states with the flexibility to support elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary education. 

This portion of the Education Stabilization Fund awarded to New York will support the continued education for K-12 and postsecondary students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As most students are now learning from home, this funding will help schools and colleges pay their teachers and staff, maintain their buildings, plan and implement summer learning, supplement afterschool programs, and support at-home learning so student learning stays on target.

“We have no way of knowing now just how damaging this pandemic will be on our students’ learning, but we can take steps now to ensure learners of all ages are getting the tools they need to meet their goals,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “We must act now to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on students’ careers and livelihoods. I’m glad these funds have quickly been awarded to New York State, and I look forward to working with the Governor’s office to ensure they assist schools and colleges across the Lower Hudson Valley.”

This education funding is in addition to tens of billions in federal assistance that will protect New York families, keep small businesses afloat, and stem the spread of COVID-19 so the Lower Hudson Valley can fully recover as quickly as possible.