State comptroller launches COVID-19 relief fund tracker

Joshua Solomon

Times Union

Oct 14, 2021

The state has received $21 billion in federal pandemic relief money and has spent $6.1 billion since the end of September, according to a new online tracker released by the state comptroller's office.

Despite less than a third of the money being spent to date, much of the federal cash has a general spending plan ascribed to it. The state has received just over half of its expected federal aid, which is to total $39.8 billion, according to the tracker.

"Thankfully New York is getting billions of dollars of federal funding that really has been a lifeline," state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli told the Times Union. "When you're seeing an infusion of funding at that magnitude, it is important to follow the money and make sure it is spent as intended."

An additional $3 billion of state money has been geared toward the excluded worker fund and small business recovery. The comptroller's office found that $1.2 billion has been spent since the end of September.

The office plans to update the data monthly and may add additional levels of detail on its tracker.

"A big chunk of this money has yet to be dispersed and hopefully (the public's) curiosity will be piqued as they check on a monthly basis," DiNapoli said.