City officials are calling on state lawmakers to support line-of-duty death benefits for survivors of municipal employees who die of COVID-19.
“Our public servants have gone above and beyond during this crisis, and the loved ones of those we’ve lost deserve our full support,” Mayor de Blasio said in a Tuesday press release. “That’s why I’m advancing State legislation to authorize line-of-duty death benefits for the families of City employees who die of COVID-19. We must honor their dedication to our city.”
The announcement said the city will work with the state Legislature to pass legislation to establish a presumption that COVID-19 deaths occurred in the line of duty. The mayor previously granted a 45-day extension of health insurance to surviving family members of city workers who die of COVID-19.
Several city and state lawmakers from Queens gave their support for line-of-duty benefits in statements accompanying the mayor’s, including Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park), a member of the Governmental Employees Committee.