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Cuomo: State & local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19

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Tue, May 26th 2020 10:50 am

Renews call for federal government to provide hazard pay to essential public workers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.

He also renewed his call for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.

"During these troubling times there have been so many New Yorkers who have really risen to the challenge and done more than anyone could ask for or expect, and we want to make sure that we remember them and we thank those heroes for all that they've done," Cuomo said. "I personally feel a grave responsibility to our frontline and essential workers who understood the dangers of this virus, but went to work anyway because we needed them to. And we're going to make sure that every government in the state of New York provides death benefits to those public heroes who died from COVID-19 during this emergency."

He also said, "Today we're saying we honor that service and we're going to make sure that every government in the state of New York provides death benefits to those public heroes who died from COVID-19 during this emergency. I also believe the federal government should be doing the same, honoring the frontline workers, showing Americans that we appreciate what you did, that you showed up when it was hard, that you worked when it was hard, you appeared for duty when it was troubling to do so. And I'm sure many people were afraid to show up, but they showed up anyway, and they deserve not just words of thanks but actions that show the appreciation."

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