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Governor Cuomo Announces Creation Of A Memorial Honoring New York State’s Essential Workers - Key Unions & Their Leaders Are Part Of An Advisory Committee That Will Have Design Input & Make Recommendations

Published Wednesday, April 7, 2021
by WABC-TV News
Governor Cuomo Announces Creation Of A Memorial Honoring New York State’s Essential Workers - Key Unions & Their Leaders Are Part Of An Advisory Committee That Will Have Design Input & Make Recommendations

(NEW YORK CITY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday (March 6th) the creation of the Essential Workers Advisory Committee to provide design input and recommendations for a monument in New York City honoring the service and sacrifice of New York's Essential Workers throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

"There can be no way to ever fully repay the Essential Workers who aided in our recovery from this devastating, once-in-a-century pandemic," Governor Cuomo said. "These true heroes continue to aid and inspire us and they have our utmost respect.  To honor them, we want them to create a monument to stand for all time as New York emerges tougher and stronger than ever."

The Essential Workers Monument will recognize the 17 Essential Worker Groups whose Members continued selflessly serving their fellow New Yorkers during the New York's Coronavirus Pandemic response: Nurses, Doctors, Hospital Staff, Teachers, Transport Workers, Police, Ambulance/EMT, Firefighters, Corrections, Sanitation, National Guard, Store Employees, Government Employees, Building Service Workers, Utility Workers, Delivery Drivers and Construction/Manufacturing.

"The memorial says to the Essential Workers, ‘Thank You.’  We honor you," Cuomo said. "Says to their families, you did not lose your father or mother or sister or brother in vain.  They saved the lives of New Yorkers.  COVID was a war, and they were war heroes.  They gave their lives in the midst of that war to save others, and that's what that memorial will say."

The Essential Workers Advisory Committee, comprised of 23 individuals representing the following Worker Groups, will advise on design, location, and installation of the new monument.

The members of the Essential Workers Advisory Committee are:

  • New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento
  • Gary LaBarbera, President of the New York State Building & Construction Trades Council and President of the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater New York
  • Vincent Alvarez, President, New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council
  • Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
  • Oren Barzilay, President, Uniformed EMT's, Paramedics & Fire Inspectors – FDNY
  • Kyle Bragg, President, 32BJ Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Sam Fresina, President, New York State Professional Firefighters Association
  • Henry Garrido, Executive Director, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37
  • Thomas Gesualdi, President, Teamster's Local 282
  • George Gresham, President, 1199 SEIU
  • Pat Kane, RN, Executive Director, New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA)
  • Bonnie Litvack, MD, President, Medical Society of the State of New York
  • Rich Maroko, President, Hotel Trades Council
  • Harry Nespoli, President, Uniformed Sanitationmen's Association
  • Andrew Pallotta, President, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)
  • Michael Powers, President, New York State Correctional Officers Police Benevolent Association
  • Major General Raymond F. Shields, Jr., Adjutant General of New York
  • James Shillito, Utility Workers of America Local 1-2
  • Wayne Spence, President, New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF)
  • Mary Sullivan, President, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 1000
  • Dennis Trainor, Vice President Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1
  • Tony Utano, President, Transit Workers Union (TWU) Local 100
  • And Richard Wells, President, Police Conference of New York State

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