NEW YORK CITY — A quiet Trump administration rule change that could pull coronavirus disinfection funding for the city’s subways and schools has New York politicians crying foul.
Sen. Chuck Schumer late Thursday led the furor with an attack on new FEMA guidance that changes payments the federal government makes on COVID-19 response efforts.
Schools, public facilities and subways don’t fall under the new rule, meaning New York City will have to pay for disinfecting, PPE and other anti-coronavirus protection measures themselves, Schumer charged.
He called it a “downright dirty plan.”
“An absurd change like this one—that actually takes money away from New York that’s now being used to clean the subways or prepare schools for classes—is a slap in the face to frontline workers, vulnerable seniors and kids,” Schumer said in a statement. “I have spoken with New York State and New York City and they are telling me