American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

President Joe Biden signed ARPA into law on March 11, 2021. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill includes the $65.1 billion Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CLFRF), which is direct funding for local governments impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Treasury is charged with administering the CLFRF. Under the CLFRF, the City of Schenectady is slated to receive $52,971,798. The City received the first half of these funds – $26,485,899 – in May 2021 and will receive the second half from U.S Treasury in May 2022. The funds must be obligated by December 31, 2024 and expended by December 31, 2026

Link: Online ARPA Community Survey

• Online ARPA Community Surveys must be completed by 11:59 PM Friday, October 22nd 2021

• Completed hard copy surveys may be returned to City Hall, 105 Jay St. Schenectady, NY 12305 at the Mayor’s Office (Room 111) or Department of Development (Room 14) by 4pm, Friday, October 22nd 2021. Mailed survey must be received prior to end date.

Community Conversation Dates

• Thursday, September 16th, 7:00pm, Stockade Neighborhood Association, Zoom

• Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30pm, Upper Union, Eastern Ave, Central State Neighborhood Associations, Emmanuel Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace

• Thursday, September 30th, 7:00pm, Goose Hill Neighborhood Association, Steinmetz Park Community Room, Lenox Road

• Wednesday, October 6th, 6:30pm, Woodlawn Neighborhood Association, Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1748 State St

• Thursday, October 7th, 6:30pm, Hamilton Hill Neighborhood Association, SiCM, 839 Albany St

• Wednesday, October 13th, 6:30pm, Bellevue Preservation Association, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave

• Thursday, October 14th, 6:30pm, Mont Pleasant Neighborhood Association, Mont Pleasant Library, 1036 Crane St

Other Important Links:

ARPA Overview Presentation PDF

• Treasury guidance webpage https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/coronavirus/assistance-for-state-local-and-tribal-governments/state-and-local-fiscal-recovery-funds 

• Interim Final Rule, including eligible uses https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-05-17/pdf/2021-10283.pdf 

• Frequently Asked Questions https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/SLFRPFAQ.pdf