GOVERNOR CUOMO CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE HAZARD PAY TO ESSENTIAL PUBLIC WORKERS

In April 20, 2020

Launches New Partnership with Ready Responders to Expand Health Care Services and Testing to NYCHA Residents

State Will Deliver More Than 500,000 Cloth Masks and 10,000 Gallons of Hand Sanitizer to Public Housing Communities

Announces Creation of Reimagine NY Task Force to Improve Systems in Downstate New York Once the State is No Longer on Pause

Announces SUNY is Distributing Over 8,800 Laptops and Chromebooks to Students in Need to Complete Their Spring Semester Coursework

Confirms 4,726 Additional Coronavirus Cases in New York State – Bringing Statewide Total to 247,512; New Cases in 40 Counties

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today called on the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines, proposing a 50 percent bonus for these workers. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, 41 percent of frontline workers are people of color. Of those frontline workers, 45 percent of public transit workers, 57 percent of building cleaning service workers and 40 percent of healthcare workers are people of color. People of color are also disproportionately represented in delivery and childcare services, and approximately one third of frontline workers are members of low-income households.

Governor Cuomo also announced the state is launching a new partnership with Ready Responders to bring health care services, including COVID-19 diagnostic testing, to residents of public housing in New York City. The state will also partner with Representative Greg Meeks, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, Attorney General Letitia James, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on this effort. An initial pilot program will begin this week at locations across New York City, including Highbridge Houses, Edenwald Houses, Washington Houses and Andrew Jackson Houses in the Bronx; Queensbridge Houses and Brevoort Houses in Queens; and Red Fern Houses and Hammel Houses in Brooklyn.

The Governor also announced the state will deliver 500,000 cloth masks and 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to public housing communities.

The Governor also announced the creation of the Reimagine NY Task Force to improve systems in downstate New York once the state is no longer on pause. The Task Force will be led by the state and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and will be comprised of other local elected officials and housing and transportation experts.

The Governor also announced that SUNY is distributing more than 8,800 laptops and Chromebooks to students in need who are currently completing their spring semester coursework online amid the COVID-19 health crisis. As SUNY and campuses began planning the shift to distance learning in March, SUNY System Administration surveyed all 64 campuses and colleges to gauge student technology needs, and is providing the laptops and Chromebooks based on those findings. SUNY will continue to monitor and fulfill technology needs while remote learning continues.

“Essential public workers are the ones on the front lines every day carrying us through this crisis, and we must ensure their efforts and sacrifice are appropriately recognized,” Governor Cuomo said. “This crisis is not over yet, and as long as these workers continue to work and expose themselves to the virus, they should be properly compensated. I am calling on the federal government to provide hazard pay to these frontline workers and give them a 50 percent bonus because they are the true heroes in this crisis.”

Finally, the Governor confirmed 4,726 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 247,512 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 247,512 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:

 

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 687 5
Allegany 30 0
Broome 199 7
Cattaraugus 34 0
Cayuga 36 0
Chautauqua 25 0
Chemung 73 0
Chenango 78 0
Clinton 51 2
Columbia 111 4
Cortland 25 0
Delaware 49 0
Dutchess 2,284 44
Erie 2,109 39
Essex 20 2
Franklin 13 0
Fulton 27 0
Genesee 119 2
Greene 86 1
Hamilton 3 0
Herkimer 49 0
Jefferson 54 0
Lewis 9 1
Livingston 39 0
Madison 106 0
Monroe 1,054 22
Montgomery 35 0
Nassau 30,677 664
Niagara 255 9
NYC 136,806 2,370
Oneida 279 4
Onondaga 509 11
Ontario 71 1
Orange 6,482 103
Orleans 46 0
Oswego 48 1
Otsego 49 1
Putnam 599 7
Rensselaer 177 4
Rockland 9,457 93
Saratoga 254 3
Schenectady 269 1
Schoharie 20 0
Schuyler 7 1
Seneca 18 0
St. Lawrence 110 5
Steuben 167 0
Suffolk 27,662 774
Sullivan 544 7
Tioga 37 2
Tompkins 119 2
Ulster 877 23
Warren 101 5
Washington 65 2
Wayne 50 0
Westchester 24,306 503
Wyoming 36 0
Yates 10 1

 

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