37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year.

"The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical federal aid," said a letter sent by the mayors, town administrators, and town managers. "But our needs will surely continue well into the new year and they are likely to keep growing as case counts rise."

Since March, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council has been providing resources and facilitating conversations among municipal leaders. MAPC worked with the leaders who signed onto the letter to coordinate a joint message to the federal delegation.

Since the CARES Act was passed in March, funding has supported local health staffing needs across the Commonwealth, contributing to contract tracing, cluster investigation, and education. CARES dollars have also helped some of the state's hardest-hit communities support quarantine and isolation facilities, supplied these facilities with personal protective equipment, and supported the safe reopening of schools and businesses.

Without another federal relief package and with the December deadline to spend CARES Act funds, municipalities won't be able to meet needs as they arise in the new year. If the deadline is extended, they can make critical investment decisions for the early months of 2021.

In the same letter, officials asked their congressional representatives to pass a new federal relief package that provides critical revenue to communities and regions. Mayors and managers asked that a relief package include expanded unemployment benefits; financial support for local, regional, and state governments; funding to address housing insecurity; support for expanding testing and contact tracing; and significant support for small businesses.

The signatories of the letter included:

Thomas G. Ambrosino
City Manager of Chelsea

Anthony Ansaldi
Town Administrator of Wenham

Brian M. Arrigo
Mayor of Revere

Antonio Barletta
Town Administrator of Nahant

Steve Bartha
Town Manager of Danvers

Tom Bernard
Mayor of North Adams

Paul Brodeur
Mayor of Melrose

Richard Brown
Town Administrator of Somerset

Adam Chapdelaine
Town Administrator of Arlington

Gary Christenson
Mayor of Malden

Paul E. Coogan
Mayor of Fall River

Scott C. Crabtree
Town Manager of Saugus

Carlo DeMaria
Mayor of Everett

Louis A. DePasquale
City Manager of Cambridge

Joseph J. Domelowicz, Jr.
Town Manager of Hamilton

Kimberley Driscoll
Mayor of Salem

Chris Dwelley
Town Administrator of Dover

Gregory T. Federspiel
Town Administrator of Manchester-by-the-Sea

Leon A. Gaumond Jr.
Town Manager of Weston

Michael P. Gilleberto
Town Administrator of North Reading

Brian P. Howard
Town Manager of Randolph

Melvin A. Kleckner
Town Administrator of Brookline

Charles C. Kokoros
Mayor of Braintree

Robert W. LeLacheur, Jr. CFA
Town Manager of Reading

Gregory W. Johnson
Town Administrator of Maynard

Breanna Lungo-Koehn
Mayor of Medford

Thomas M. McGee
Mayor of Lynn

Alex Morse
Mayor of Holyoke

Melissa Murphy-Rodrigues
Town Manager of North Andover

Neil Perry
Mayor of Methuen

Andrew Sheehan
Town Administrator of Middleton

Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer
Mayor of Framingham

Sarah A. Stanton
Town Manager of Bedford

Robert F. Sullivan
Mayor of Brockton

Linda M. Tyer
Mayor of Pittsfield

Lisa Wong
Town Manager of Winchester

Jason Silva
Town Administrator of Marblehead