FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 7, 2008
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THE DEATH OF FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN PHIL REED
"Like many New Yorkers, I lost a friend yesterday when former New York City Councilman Phil Reed died, but the entire City lost a passionate advocate for important public causes. From the communities of Harlem and East Harlem, from the leadership of the Hetrick Martin Institute, and from the floor of the Council, Phil had the savvy and smarts to get results on the issues he fought for. While Phil and I didn't agree on every issue, we worked together to craft bold AIDS policies, fight childhood asthma, and - once - put on a pretty good Inner Circle Show. If it weren't for Phil Reed, we would never have been able to move the Department of Education next to City Hall, which has been a key part of our ability to introduce accountability into our schools and turn around a system that had failed our children for generations. Phil's legacy will live on in the results of his work, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958