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#EpicenterExperience: From Politics to Pandemic

Welcome to the eleventh installment of our #epicenterexperience series!

New Yorkers discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their lives in our Epicenter Experience video series. Consumers tell us how they coped financially, emotionally, or physically during quarantine. Watch Nick’s story below.

Nick shares how he sees his previous work during the pandemic:

While he wasn’t born in New York, Nick’s whole family came from New York, and he moved here for college. He also chose to work in electoral politics, a choice that left him surprised by how bad Covid-19 got. Despite his bosses’ efforts, things spun out of control harder than he thought possible. Some of his best friends, his coworkers, his teachers, and even people he lived with came down with coronavirus.

Despite his fear of how things could still get worse, Nick is still hopeful. He put it best: “It’s still scary that we started at such a low point.” As New York comes back from Covid, it’s important that “we take the lessons that we have to take from this” and make structural changes to ensure everyone can get the care they need and has the support they deserve. In a season dominated by politics, it’s a message that some leaders should listen to!

Watch Nick’s video below for the full story! Speaking of politics, elections are coming up! If you have any questions about voting in New York, check out the New York State Board of Elections.

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