Healthcare Workers, Unions & Legislators Rally at The State Building for the NY Health Act


Syracuse, N.Y.- Healthcare workers, small business owners, interfaith leaders, and community members on Tuesday will rally in Syracuse to demand state legislators prioritize the health of all New Yorkers and pass the New York Health Act before the end of the session in Albany on June 10th.

Tuesday, May 25th at 12pm 
Syracuse State Office Building, 333 E Washington Street 

Dozens of supporters of the NY Health Act are scheduled to attend – Speakers will include Syracuse Councilor at-Large Michael Greene, Pastor Beth Dubois (NYS Poor People’s Campaign), Bishop Bernard Alex (Victory Temple Fellowship Church, Elana Sitnik and Robertha Barnes (Students for a National Health Program), Starleigh Lewis (1199SEIU), Andy Mager (Syracuse Cultural Workers), Dr. Marianna Pernia Kaufman

The bill has majority support in both chambers of the legislature. Activists across the state are taking action in the final weeks of the session to demand their Senators and Assembly Members put the measure to a vote this year.

In Syracuse activists will be in front of the State Building to hold signs and rally to be heard.

Throughout the pandemic, healthcare workers and essential workers have paid a heavy toll for the lack of a universal, publicly funded healthcare system for all. Healthcare workers and their unions, including 1199 SEIU, the New York State Nurses Association and the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU, support the NY Health Act.

Over 500 business owners and employers support the NY Health Act. A single-payer healthcare system will help businesses retain employees and level the playing field so all employers share the cost of healthcare for their employees. For small business owners, providing healthcare for employees in the current for-profit system is unpredictable and expensive. Small business owners and employees both benefit from the NY Health Act.

Based on conservative estimates on the economics of the NY Health act from the RAND Corporation, NY State will see  $11 billion in annual savings compared to the current for-profit system.

At least 90 percent of New Yorkers will pay less for improved coverage and access.

By establishing a universal healthcare system, the New York Health Act will address the structural roots of healthcare inequity by establishing a system that makes healthcare a right guaranteed for every New Yorkers regardless of age, wealth, place of employment, or immigration status.