Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state and local governments will provide death benefits for frontline workers who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.
Governor Cuomo 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,” Governor 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 added.