Brooklyn lawmaker calls for universal basic income in New York City

Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News

The state should implement universal basic income for the duration of the pandemic, says a Brooklyn lawmaker.

New York City Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) is calling on Gov. Cuomo to make regular payments to all New Yorkers a reality.

“Families just do not have the resources,” Treyger told the Daily News on Wednesday. “We need to provide a lifeline social safety net here to help families.”

The idea of universal basic income gained national attention last year, when entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it a central part of his ultimately unsuccessful presidential campaign.

Treyger said the city and state seem to be waiting for the outcome of next month’s presidential election, with many Dems hoping Joe Biden will win and help deliver bailout funds to localities.

“The political timeline doesn’t match up to the urgency timetable families are facing right now,” he said.

Treyger plans to introduce a non-binding resolution calling for UBI on Thursday. His bill doesn’t state how much the program would provide.

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