Cuomo Announces Death Benefits for Frontline Workers Killed by COVID-19


ALBANY, NY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that state and local governments would provide death benefits for the families of frontline workers killed by COVID-19, per his office.

While details are still being worked out, the governor specifically listed transit employees, emergency responders, and public healthcare workers as people working in frontline fields. “The people who showed up,” he offered.

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“There’s not a transit worker who drove a bus, who conducted a train, or a nurse who didn’t walk into a nursing room that wasn’t scared to death,” Cuomo continued. “It was enough to shut down society.”

Death benefits provide a percentage of funeral expenses as well as 66% of the deceased employee’s salary, either to a spouse (until they remarry), children, or certain other surviving family members. The money will be provided by government pension funds.

Governor Cuomo’s announcement comes a week after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio publicly lobbied the state to provide line-of-duty benefits for government employees who died as a result of COVID-19.

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