COVID-19

Building Back Better: Policy Priorities for New York’s Recovery

As New York slowly reopens, New York lawmakers—federal, state, and local—must stand firmly with our children and families, particularly families of color, and consider implementing the policies we recommend in our Building Back Better: Policy Priorities for New York’s Recovery. These recommendations are intended to meet the immediate, emergency needs of New York children and families, and to take advantage of the critical opportunity presented by the recovery to rebuild New York’s systems to be stronger and more fair than before the pandemic.

While all New Yorkers have faced challenges associated with the pandemic, the challenges are not borne equally. Those already facing poverty, disability, ill-health, and racial discrimination are far more likely to contract COVID-19, and fall severely ill, or even die. Those same New Yorkers are more sharply impacted by school closures, layoffs, supply shortages, social distancing, and other measures being implemented to address the COVID-19 pandemic—due to longstanding structural inequities. New York families with young children are also among those being hit hard by the impacts of the pandemic, particularly the economic fallout.

There is much work to be done to ensure the well-being of New York families and children facing the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. We look forward to continuing to work with our many partners inside and outside government to meet these challenges, and to build a stronger, more equitable New York.

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