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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY Hero Act, giving an array of essential workers in New York new on-the-job protections.

Essential workers from healthcare professionals to Amazon warehouse employees have been calling upon the head of state to sign a new bill for months now. From rallying outside of the Governor’s Midtown office to staging protests outside of businesses that have failed to provide staff with proper PPE and other safety protocols, advocates say this new law will help save lives.

Maritza Silva-Farrell, the Executive Director of ALIGN and a key leader of the NY Essential Workers Coalition that successfully fought for the NY HERO Act also chimed in adding, “What we are doing with this law is also making things right to things that were wrong. So many people sacrificed their lives, and so many lives could have been saved had employers been taking the precautions necessary ahead of it. This law would actually enforce it and ensure that happens. I feel extremely excited about the passage of the law and about the future of how the workforce will be seen now.”

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