The new administration in Washington has raised hopes that the federal government will finally address our dual crises — the Covid pandemic and our economic crisis — in responsible ways. In Westchester, at least 94,000 people — nearly one out of every 10 residents — has been sickened by Covid. The total deaths in the U.S. will soon pass 500,000. As a result, millions of people are out of work and/or behind in their rent or mortgage payments, and more than 50 million face “food insecurity.” Extraordinary measures are called for.

To reduce further suffering, people need money fast. Legislation under consideration means that, at best, Americans will receive a one-time payment of $1,400 in a few months. This is inadequate. We urge our fellow residents in the Rivertowns to support a proposal backed by our new congressional representatives, Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones. They are among more than 50 members of the House of Representatives who are supporting legislation that would send each person a check once a month until the crises are over. Though the draft legislation does not specify an amount of the monthly payment, similar legislation introduced in the Senate last spring and supported by then-Sen. Kamala Harris called for $2,000 per month payments.

We in the Rivertowns are extremely fortunate to be represented in Congress by two people who are determined to see that all Americans are appreciated and protected during the crisis, and to restore compassion and reason to our law-making. Please call Congressman Bowman, (202) 225-2464, and Congressman Jones, (202) 225-6506, to encourage them in their fight, and please tell them that we need immediate action.

Nick Mottern, Hastings

Lee Greene, Dobbs Ferry

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