American Rescue Plan Means $188M for Westchester, $250M for Municipalities

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law by President Biden earlier this month, includes nearly $440 million in direct funding for Westchester County and our municipalities, to help our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Separately, the plan also includes money for local school districts; transportation, including our buses and airport; businesses; individuals; and COVID testing and vaccination; as well as for New York State.

  • Westchester County will receive $187.64 million.
  • Westchester’s cities and towns together will receive more than $250 million, including: $4.14 million for Ossining; $4.64 million for Cortlandt, and $2.66 million for Peekskill.
  • Towns will distribute a portion of the money allocated to them to their villages according to a formula still being finalized by the federal government.

To see a list of the funding for Westchester and its municipalities visit:

Regulations are still being determined, but generally the money for municipalities can be used:

  • for costs associated with responding to the pandemic,
  • to support essential workers,
  • to cover revenue losses caused by COVID-19, and
  • to make necessary infrastructure investments.

In addition, the Small Business Administration also has information about the relief for the nation’s small businesses and hard-hit industries under the American Rescue Plan.

This includes additional money for the Paycheck Protection Program, Shuttered Venue Operators Grants, Targeted Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance payments, a new Restaurant Revitalization Fund and more.

For information on these programs visit:

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