New York will need tens of billions of dollars from the federal government to avoid cuts to health care and education, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday during a stop in Binghamton.
The governor, facing the biggest fiscal challenge since he took office in 2011, said the money is needed to support hospitals and first responders during a rolling crisis.
"We know what happened to our economy," Cuomo said. "We know what our budget looks like. We need $61 billion in federal support or we will wind up aggravating the situation."
Those cuts could be announced as early as this week, when some regions of the state could see their economies start to reopen.
New York's economy has already lost nearly a quarter of its sales tax revenue in April as the coronavirus pandemic has virtually frozen the state's economy over the last two months. Thousands of people have either lost their jobs or have been furloughed without pay.
Congressional lawmakers this week are considering another stimulus package with aid for state and local governments potentially in the mix for a final agreement.
State lawmakers and Cuomo in April agreed to a $178 billion spending plan that was largely a placeholder document as the state's budget director has the power to make adjustments during the year given the fluidity of the crisis.
Sectors of the economy in some areas of the state could begin to reopen as early as Friday, with manufacturing, construction and some retail businesses for curbside pickup eligible to begin operations.