NY Gov. Kathy Hochul bumps NYC lifeguard pay amid shortage

Governor Kathy Hochul is boosting pay for lifeguards to draw extra candidates to state seashores — as New York Metropolis is dealing with shore staffing issues that critics say led to a deadly drowning final Friday.

“All New Yorkers deserve the chance to soundly get pleasure from our public seashores and swimming pools this summer season,” Hochul stated in a Wednesday press release. 

“With a lifeguard scarcity threatening entry to swimming services, we’re aggressively recruiting extra lifeguards to make sure secure entry to outside recreation in the course of the summer season months,” she added.

Lifeguards at downstate services like Riverbank State Park in Manhattan and Roberto Clemente State Park within the Bronx will get their pay elevated to $22 per hour from a present wage of $18.15 whereas upstate lifeguards will make $20 shifting ahead.

Metropolis lifeguards at present begin at $16 per hour, in line with the Parks Division.

Gov. Kathy Hochul needs to extend extra lifeguards, to make sure residents have entry to swimming services.
Gregory P. Mango
Lifeguards could make $22 per hour from a present wage of $18.15.
Stephen Yang

The state can be offering “on-demand” programs for lifeguards to take care of ongoing shortages at services overseen by the state Workplace of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; the Division of Environmental Conservation.

There are at present 823 lifeguards stationed at 87 websites statewide employed by the 2 businesses, with the state aiming to rent greater than 200 further folks in upcoming weeks, in line with the Hochul administration. 

Amenities in New York Metropolis may get 15 further our bodies to assist the 50 lifeguards already stationed at Riverbank and Roberto Clemente.

Lifeguards at SUNY and CUNY services are additionally coated by the pay elevate.

The assorted strikes come days after an adolescent drowned within the uneven waters off Rockaway Seashore in Queens, which didn’t have a lifeguard on obligation throughout regular enterprise hours, Gothamist reported.

Adams has confronted criticism in latest weeks for not doing extra to make sure sufficient lifeguards at metropolis seashores and swimming pools, which have reduce on lap swim instances for New Yorkers as scorching summer season climate approaches.

The Metropolis lately reported that crimson tape has barred first responders from lending a hand with the lifeguard scarcity – a problem that Adams says he’s now inspecting.

Motion by Hochul on the matter echoed previous cases when her predecessor, ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, stepped into metropolis issues – like deteriorating situations in NYCHA housing and a renegade Harlem deer – to blended success. 

Eric Adams
Mayor Eric Adams is wanting into having extra sources assist with the lifeguard scarcity.
Paul Martinka

An Adams spokesman didn’t reply to a request for remark by publication time. 

Further reporting by Bernadette Hogan.

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