Queens councilwoman calls for EMS pay parity, slams Hochul for ‘unconscionable veto’


Councilwoman Joann Ariola is reiterating her long-standing support of emergency medical service workers in their battle to reduce the pay gap between EMS and other first responders.

Ariola spoke out after more than two dozen current and former EMS personnel signed onto a lawsuit based on the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission’s findings that the city “discriminated against “ FDNY EMS based on race and sex from November 2018 to the present “with respect to pay, benefits and terms of conditions of employment.”