FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 10, 2009
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION PROVIDING HEALTH BENEFITS TO SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS OF DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EMPLOYEE GENNARO MONTELLO
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The first of six bills before me today is Introductory Number 917, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Seabrook, Gentile, Barron, Liu, Sears, Gennaro, Jackson, Eugene, Weprin, Fidler, Comrie, James, Katz and White. Introductory Number 917 provides health benefits to the surviving family members of Gennaro Montello, an employee of the Department of Environmental Protection for seven years.
"Gennaro Montello worked tirelessly to support his family. He was dedicated to his job at the Owl's Head Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn and never hesitated to help out his coworkers. On January 9th, while performing his duties on the job, Mr. Montello died as a result of an accident, leaving behind his family - his wife Donna, and children Gennaro Jr. and Briana.
"The City relies on its 280,000 employees every day and appreciates their hard work and dedication. When a tragic accident results in their death, it is important that we recognize the contributions they have made to this great City. One of the ways we can honor their service is by continuing to provide health benefits to their family to ease their financial burdens.
"I would like to thank the Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Jim Hanley, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Steve Lawitts, and their staff for their work on this bill. I would also like to thank the City Council, District Council 37 and Local 1320 for their support."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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