Katko Secures Over $150K in Overdue COVID-19 Relief for Central New Yorkers

October 8, 2020
Press Release

SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today announced he has helped Central New Yorkers secure more than $150,000 in overdue Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) and tax returns.

In March, Rep. Katko supported passage of the CARES Act, bipartisan legislation that authorized EIPs to provide direct and immediate relief to working families. However, over the past several weeks, Rep. Katko has continued to hear from individuals and families who didn’t receive their EIP, or have yet to collect their 2019 tax return. To get these individuals the relief they are due, Rep. Katko has advocated to the IRS on their behalf.  He also hosted a Telephone Town Hall and Virtual Workshop on EIPs with an expert from the IRS.  As a result of these efforts Rep. Katko has delivered  $150,000 in overdue payments to Central New Yorkers.

“The CARES Act authorized direct relief to help working families weather the economic impact of this ongoing crisis,” said Rep. Katko. “Unfortunately, I’ve continued to hear from those who didn’t receive their payment or 2019 tax returns. I have worked on behalf of these Central New Yorkers to help deliver the relief they are due. As a result of these efforts, we have successfully secured over $150,000 in overdue payments and 2019 tax returns. I encourage anyone who is still having difficulty accessing relief to contact my office at (315) 423-5657. We will be more than happy to assist.”

During the pandemic, Rep. Katko has prioritized delivering relief to working families, small businesses, and frontline healthcare providers. Through his efforts, Rep. Katko previously announced NY-24 has received $165.7 million in CARES Act funds, including $61.4 million for Central New York hospitals. He also announced small businesses in NY-24 have received 9,154 loans through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a program authorized by the CARES Act. This announcement came after Rep. Katko advocated to the SBA on behalf of small businesses who experienced difficulty accessing funds through the PPP or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL).