You are reading

Holden: Protect Frontline Staff by Providing Them With Hotel Rooms

City Council Member Robert Holden. (New York City Council)

March 27, 2020, By Michael Dorgan

Council Member Robert Holden, whose district covers portions of Woodside, Maspeth and surrounding areas, is calling on the mayor to help essential workers who fear contracting COVID-19 and bringing it home and infecting their loved ones.

Holden has asked Mayor Bill de Blasio to provide hotel rooms for frontline workers and first responders as a way to protect them from spreading the virus to their family members.

The proposal would help alleviate thousands of workers’ fears as more of them are becoming infected with COVID-19, he said.

More than 300 members of the NYPD have tested positive with the virus, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Thursday. Meanwhile, 170 members of the FDNY have also contracted the coronavirus, according to the department yesterday.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout New York City, these people put their lives, and the lives of their families in jeopardy. They need your help now,” Holden said in a letter penned to De Blasio Thursday.

“These unsung heroes deserve more from their municipal government, and as the crisis only grows, we must start implementing policy to assist them,” he said.

Holden also warned that the city needs to do more to protect essential workers – and not just frontline hospital staff – from contracting the virus. He said that all essential city staff should have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to testing or they will end up being hospitalized.

“Our city employees deserve more in the face of this growing threat, and I urge you to take every action necessary to help them and their families.”

Holden said that his proposal to provide hotel rooms for essential workers would also help boost the hotel industry and its employees who have been negatively affected by the economic impact of the coronavirus shutdown.

He suggested his proposal should extend to all frontline city employees including DOC correction officers, DSNY staff, NYCT bus operators and subway conductors, as well as Parks Department employees.

email the author: [email protected]

2 Comments

Click for Comments 
Resident Woodside

[email protected] In Hiding
Jimmy is keeping safe & staying home LOL . Just forget him. He was no use to our community . Waste of money.

14
1
Reply
In Hiding

I see all these people putting out ideas to help the community and workers.
Where’s little Jimmy? I guess the library is closed and there isn’t drag queen hour to promote his wokeness. He’s all about looking woke. Never anything of substance. Remember the burglaries. He was nowhere to be seen.

15
2
Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.