NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called on the state to authorize line-of-duty benefits for families of city employees who died of COVID-19.
“We’ve lost a lot of public servants to this horrible disease that came out of nowhere,” de Blasio said during his daily coronavirus briefing.
More than 270 dedicated public servants have lost their lives to COVID-19, according to de Blasio.
“It’s so important for us to say to their families that we will be there for you,” he added, “Your loved one gave their all to us, we will be there for you.”
De Blasio also said the government has been taking "very good steps" to help first responders and families in this crisis, "but we need to go further."
"This horrible crisis came out of nowhere, grabbed this city and these valiant city employees kept fighting no matter what," de Blasio said.
The mayor said the city will advance state legislation and will work with all the state partners to make it a reality for families who lost their loved ones to the pandemic.
"These families need to know that they will be protected."