Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Sunday that state and local governments would provide death benefits for public workers who have died of a Covid-19 infection.
Suffolk County continues to have the second-highest number of new cases in the state, 126 since Sunday, behind only New York City with 608.
Cuomo also said again that the federal government should provide hazard pay for essential public workers on the front lines.
“During these troubling times there have been so many New Yorkers who have really risen to the challenge and done more than anyone could ask for or expect, and we want to make sure that we remember them and we thank those heroes for all that they’ve done,” Cuomo said. “I personally feel a grave responsibility to our frontline and essential workers who understood the dangers of this virus, but went to work anyway because we needed them to. And we’re going to make sure that every government in the State of New York provides death benefits to those public heroes who died from COVID-19 during this emergency.”