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Councilwoman Diaz Leads Yonkers Council In Request To Gov. Cuomo To Secure Benefits for All Gov’t Employees Who Die Due to COVID-19

Yonkers Councilwoman Tasha Diaz, Council President Mike Khader, and Councilwoman Shanae Williams ask Governor Andrew Cuomo to Secure Benefits for all Government Employees who fall ill and pass due to COVID-19 while working.

They sent a letter to Governor Cuomo asking that he secure benefits for government employees who may fall ill or pass from COVID-19.

In the letter, (below) Governor Cuomo is being asked to take all necessary steps to provide death and disability benefits to public workers who were exposed to and passed from the Coronavirus during the course of their work. This is not limited to first responders.

“This is the first step in protecting our first responders and essential workers,” said Councilwoman Tasha Diaz. “They put themselves on the frontlines every day.”

“Our first responders and essential workers who continue to work and put their lives on the line deserve to know that they and their families will be taken care of should the worst occur,” said City Council President Mike Khader. “I urge Governor Cuomo to heed our call to secure benefits for our essential workers and hope that this small step shows how grateful we are for their selflessness.”

“As the coronavirus continues to spread, we must think about how to prepare for the worst,” said Councilwoman Shanae Williams. “Every day, more first responders and essential workers are at risk of getting infected and should they pass away; as a result, their loved ones should not be burdened with medical bills or funeral expenses. They are our heroes, and we have to take care of them as best we can.”

Councilman Diaz discussed contacting the Governor on the Black Westchester Powerhour Radio Show, Friday, April 3rd.

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1 Comment on Councilwoman Diaz Leads Yonkers Council In Request To Gov. Cuomo To Secure Benefits for All Gov’t Employees Who Die Due to COVID-19

  1. Government Employees have “generous” Death Benefits which are tied to Union Contracts and years of service. Depending on Salary, a Death Benefit can be $250,000. We need to focus on workers who work for daily survival w/o long standing benefits.

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