April 26, 2020 / 3:32 PM / a month ago

New York City needs $7.4 billion in federal aid amid coronavirus: mayor

Bicyclists ride down a relatively quiet Park Avenue South as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

(Reuters) - New York City needs a $7.4 billion in federal aid to offset economic losses from the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday, urging President Donald Trump to push his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate to back more relief funding for states and cities.

“The federal government must make us whole for us to be able to be in a position to restart,” De Blasio, a Democrat, said in an interview on Fox News. “If New York City is not whole, it will drag down the entire region, and it will hold up the entire national economic restart.”

Reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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