Cuomo calls for death benefits for front-line workers

Published: May. 25, 2020 at 11:13 AM EDT
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo attended a Memorial Day ceremony on the USS Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum.

Wearing a mask, Cuomo threw a memorial wreath over the side of the World War II aircraft carrier. He announced that New York and its local government will provide death benefits for front-line workers who died from COVID-19 during the pandemic. He also called for the federal government to provide hazard pay for essential public workers.

"Honoring the front-line workers, showing Americans that we appreciate what you did. That you showed up when it was hard. That you worked when it was hard. You appeared for duty when it was troubling to do so. And I'm sure many people were afraid to show up, but they showed up anyway," said Cuomo, D-New York.

The governor confirmed over 1,200 new cases of coronavirus in New York, bringing the statewide total to well over 362,000.