De Blasio Lobbies for Line-of-duty Benefits in COVID Deaths

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NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio has joined the chorus calling for line-of-duty benefits to be extended to the families of city employees who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, NBC reports. The mayor’s advocacy for the move comes one day after the city’s firefighters union made similar demands.

More than 270 city employees have died of COVID-19 so far, and line-of-duty benefits would provide their families with a portion of their wages. Additionally, their insurance benefits would be extended for an additional 45 days.

“We’ll work with all of our partners in Albany to get this done,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “We’ll work the City Council. We need to take this weight off the shoulders of the families of these valiant New Yorkers.”

Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he was working with the state’s congressional delegation to create a fund for front-line workers sickened or killed in the pandemic. The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act was unveilled in the House of Representatives on Thursday, cosponsored by Democrats Carolyn Maloney and Jerrod Nadler and Republican Peter King.

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