Protesters urge Gov. Hochul, lawmakers to add more money to Excluded Workers Fund


More than 200 protesters gathered in Washington Square Park on Tuesday, Oct. 5 to urge Gov. Kathy Hochul and state lawmakers to allocate additional relief for the Excluded Workers Fund (EWF), which has distributed aid to over 100,000 people left out of previous financial assistance programs.

The state legislature allocated $2.1 billion for the EWF in the budget this past April. About 115,000 applications have been approved for relief, 335,593 claims have been submitted and over $1 billion has been dispensed since the program opened in early August.