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Funeral directors association wants to help NY COVID-19 victims, but Cuomo needs to allow it

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 15:10:39-04

NEW YORK — The National Funeral Directors Association says relief could be on the way for funeral directors in New York City exhausted by the coronavirus outbreak — if Gov. Andrew Cuomo will let them.

The NFDA tweeted it has hundreds of funeral directors lined up to travel to New York and “ensure the dead are buried with dignity.”

The one thing holding them back: Funeral directors licenses are state-specific, so undertakers and embalmers can’t work across state lines.

The association says Cuomo would have to sign an executive order granting license reciprocity for funeral directors and embalmers and that a proposal has been sent to the governor.