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July 8, 2020

This week, a cross-section of essential workers throughout the city gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, one of the hardest hit communities during the coronavirus pandemic, to demand New York State pass new legislation compelling employers to provide them with necessary protective gear as New York City enters Phase 3 of its reopening plan.

ALIGN Community Coordinator Jake Streich-Kest kicked off the press event noting the toll COVID-19 has had on the people of Jackson Heights.

“In this zip code, hundreds of people have died, and these neighborhoods are made up of essential workers who have kept their city running all throughout this pandemic, all types of folks that kept food on our tables and allowed people to stay alive during this horrific time,” Streich-Kest said.

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