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A fair deal for working New Yorkers

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Labor Day is approaching once again. But this year, the holiday isn’t a celebration for many New Yorkers; it is instead a cruel reminder for hundreds of thousands of city residents who are unemployed, including those who recently lost their jobs during the pandemic.

And to add insult to injury — and fear to concern — this Labor Day also coincides with another dark date, when more than 750,000 New Yorkers will lose their enhanced unemployment benefits. In total, that adds up to nearly $2 billion a month less in income across the five boroughs. It also means far less money injected into our languishing local economy.

The danger of this financial cliff cannot be overstated. New Yorkers already face an eviction crisis. Rates of hunger and homelessness are at historic highs. And now the delta variant threatens the city’s economic outlook once again.

In other words, people will fall off the cliff and there will be no safety net to catch them. How they land will depend on swift, serious action from New York itself. As someone who was raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet, and who often needed help from the government that never arrived, I feel strongly we must act.

The state must........

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