“Our city’s greatness is owed to the work and performance of its dedicated civils servants, but the municipal legacy system that has suppressed generations of Black and Brown New Yorkers aspiring to serve our city endures in 2019, and that is a tragedy,” said Miller, who represents a portion of southeast Queens.

“Our first responders of color at EMS love their jobs, but don’t get a fair salary that keeps food on their families tables, and reluctantly leave for gainful employment as firefighters or sanitation workers. The Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor has led the way on the principle of pay equity on behalf of our city, and will continue to push this administration to be consistent with its progressive values these brave women and men equal pay for equal work.”

The Villager: At Downtown rally, scores of first responders demand ‘equal pay for equal work’ from City Hall