ALBANY – New York State will be providing death benefits to families of front line workers whose deaths were the result of COVID-19.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the news on Monday saying he personally felt a grave responsibility to do so.
“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,” furthered Cuomo.
It’s unclear where in the budget the money will come from. New York is expecting a $61 billion shortfall over the next four years.
Governor Cuomo also renewed his call for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.