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Essential workers and advocates held a rally outside Lenox Health Greenwich Village Wednesday, calling on officials to pass the NY HERO Act.

School bus driver Mario Jean has seen plenty during his more than two decades on the job, but nothing could’ve prepared him for his battle with COVID-19 in March.

“After spending four days in the emergency room, seeing people dying left and right, you ask yourself, am I next?” he said.

Fortunately, he got through it — but the recovery was grueling.

Jean is part of the city’s essential work force who put their lives on the line at the height of the pandemic and continue to do so. With research suggesting a second wave is upon us, advocates renewed calls Wednesday for legislation that would enforce safety standards for workers statewide.

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