April 20, 2020
Albany, NY

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Calls on Federal Government to Provide Hazard Pay to Essential Public Workers

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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, and Andrew Jackson Houses in the Bronx; Washington Houses in Manhattan; Queensbridge Houses, Hammel Houses and Red Fern Houses in Queens; and Brevoort Houses in Brooklyn.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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 Andrew M. Cuomo

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."

  

 

Governor Cuomo Holds Briefing on COVID-19 Response - 4/20

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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