Health and Safety, Municipal Government, New York

We Must Support Our Workers

May 3, 2020

By Laura Ahern, Candidate for NYS Senate District One

Suffolk County, NY – As a social worker, victim’s rights lawyer, and now as a candidate for NY State Senate in District 1 in Suffolk County, I have devoted my life’s work towards doing the right thing and seeking justice for those who have been the victim of a horrible crime. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages through New York State, not enough has been done to ensure that our frontline workers, many of which are our public sector workers and grocery store employees, are getting the protections they need to perform their duties. Aside from PPE, these workers should all be receiving hazard pay. In addition, the family of every public sector worker deemed essential by the state should be automatically entitled to line of duty survivor benefits in the horrible event that an essential worker passes away from the virus.

I am running for State Senate because right now we need a fighter with proven leadership skills. We need someone who has spent her whole life giving help to those who need it most. As we come out of this pandemic so much work must get done. We have to re-open our economy properly and fairly, by providing support for our small businesses and their workers. And we have to balance a multi-billion dollar state budget hole while also keeping essential safety net programs, by raising revenue from our wealthiest top 1%.

I will fight for Suffolk families, small businesses, and be a strong pro-union voice in Albany to ensure we get our fair share of state resources available so we can fully come back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

*** Laura A. Ahearn, Esq., LMSW is a Democratic candidate running in New York’s State Senate District One in Suffolk County, NY. For more information about Laura visit AhearnforStateSenate.com

May 3, 2020

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