BRENTWOOD. N.Y. – On Wednesday, August 19th, Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzalez joined hardworking residents in his district in forming a caravan of hundreds in advocating for essential undocumented workers across Suffolk County that have been excluded from the vital aid provided by the state and federal government. Legislator Gonzalez led the caravan alongside Legislator Jason Richberg, NYS Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, and numerous community organizations and nonprofits in a 10-mile route from Wyandanch to Brentwood.
The bill, S8277B, proposed by State Senator Jessica Ramos, would help establish a worker bailout program providing workers traditionally excluded from wage protection programs, which largely includes our undocumented community, access to unemployment benefits.
Legislator Gonzalez echoed the loud voices of support for the creation of the New York State Excluded Workers Fund, which would help provide much needed assistance to undocumented immigrant workers and other working class groups. “These groups have been some of the hardest hit by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, yet at the same time, some of the most neglected in acquiring aid,” said Legislator Gonzalez.
Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre underscored Legislator Gonzalez’s work, stating, "It’s more important now than ever to ensure that all of New York’s essential workers have access to the resources they need to stay safe and financially afloat. I thank Legislator Gonzalez for his advocacy and look forward to continuing to work with him on behalf of the many folks in our communities who are often overlooked and left behind."
Legislator Gonzalez remains committed to serving as an outspoken voice for all members of the 9th Legislative District.