Statement by Governor David A.
"The fatal attack on MTA NYC Transit Bus Operator Edwin
Thomas, a seven-year veteran assigned to Flatbush Depot, shocked and saddened us
today. Mr. Thomas, like so many of his MTA colleagues, spent his career ensuring
the safety of his passengers. Mr. Thomas was killed while serving the people of
New York City, and today I ask that you offer your prayers to Mr. Thomas's
family. Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences as they face the enormity
of this loss."
Statement by Mayor Michael R.
"Edwin Thomas was a good man who was good at his job of
helping move New York City. I spoke this afternoon with his son Jeffrey
and expressed my deep sympathies to him and his family. I also spoke with
Roger Toussaint, Edwin's union president, and asked him to pass along my thanks
to all of Edwin's co-workers for the outstanding service they give to our City
every day. While the investigation into this stabbing is ongoing, an
attack like this is so shocking in part because it has become so rare in our
City. In Edwin's memory, I ask all New Yorkers riding public transit
tonight or tomorrow to take an extra moment to say 'Thank you' to our New York
City Transit workers and I ask everyone to keep Edwin Thomas's family and loved
ones in your prayers."