New York City’s essential frontline workers are on the battlefield fighting this public health crisis up close — nurses, janitors, grocery clerks, child care staff, EMS workers, bus and truck drivers and so many more.
The nurses and doctors who are helping our city to get through this pandemic are true heroes who deserve our utmost gratitude. But the reported conditions in our public hospitals are alarming, and my office is committed to working with the Governor and the Mayor to find answers immediately. Our public hospitals are a lifeline for New Yorkers. We have to make sure the extraordinary efforts of our frontline health care workers are matched by effective management and coordination to best serve patients.
More broadly, my office is laser-focused on supporting all frontline workers who are on the ground during this critical time, but who are too often ignored, underpaid, and overworked. That’s why last week we crunched the numbers and analyzed who these workers are, where they live, where they’re from, how they get to work, their child care and health care needs, and their financial stresses.