Cuomo vows New York will "Build Back Better"

Karen Tararache
Created: April 20, 2020 11:36 PM

ALBANY - "You don't need protests to convince anyone in this country that we have to get back to work, and we have to get the economy going, and we have to get out of our homes, nobody," Governor Cuomo said.

As the days turn into weeks and the weeks turn into months, questions and frustrations mount. When and how will the economy get back to normal?


But the Governor says it's more a matter of reflecting on the lessons learned from this pandemic and "building back better."

"We have said with one voice, you want the governors to do the job, we need to provide funding for state governments."

Cuomo said without a bailout approved by congress in the next package, he'll have to cut funding to schools, hospitals and municipalities by 20%.

He also wants the federal government to provide a 50% bonus "hazard pay" to workers considered essential. 

"Two thirds of those frontline workers are women, one third come from low income households."

Secretary to the Governor, Melissa DeRosa addressed the backlog of unemployment claims, saying people who filed for direct deposit should see money coming this week. 

"They brought in over 3,100 people to work daily for the last four days. They brought that 275,000 applications down to just over 4,300 that are now outstanding," DeRosa said.

The Department of Labor has streamlined the application process that will allow anyone who doesn't qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, to be automatically  entered into the application process for pandemic unemployment insurance.

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