Memorial will honor MTA workers who died of COVID-19; death toll reaches 83

Maya Rajamani
April 22, 2020 - 3:18 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Eighty-three MTA employees have died of complications related to COVID-19 — and the agency plans to set up a memorial for those who have died, its chairman said Wednesday.

    MTA chairman and CEO Pat Foye announced the latest death toll during a board meeting Wednesday morning. 

    “We will work with family members and union leadership on an appropriate memorial when the pandemic subsides,” Foye said. “We are all moved daily by our hard-working transportation employees, who continue to show up every day, demonstrating the best of New York.”

    Board members read the employees' names and observed a moment of silence for them following the announcement. 

    “This is undoubtedly the toughest time in MTA history as we continue to navigate and manage through this unprecedented emergency,” Foye said, calling the deaths “the most devastating blow of this crisis.” 

    “Everyone here at the MTA is mourning and grieving along with their families and friends. They will never be forgotten,” he added. “They and the remainder of the MTA’s 74,000-strong workforce are the heroes moving heroes of this pandemic.”

    The agency last week said it would pay a $500,000 “death benefit” to every family of an MTA worker who died of COVID-19 as part of an agreement with three labor unions, “in addition to providing health insurance to the spouse and dependents to the age of 26 of the surviving family for three years."