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New York essential workers joined state lawmakers Monday in pushing for Senate passage of the N.Y. Hero Act, which will mandate extensive new workplace safety rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders of groups representing nurses, laundry and nail salon workers were among those calling for the state to act to protect public-facing workers who suffered the most during the yearlong fight with COVID-19.

“We owe it to the essential workers and the frontline workers who have protecting us while this pandemic has been going on,” Maritza Silva Farrell, executive director of ALIGN, an alliance of labor and community groups that has spearheaded the push for new workplace protections.

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