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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 435-09
October 2, 2009

STATEMENTS BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SANITATION COMMISSIONER JOHN J. DOHERTY ON THE DEATH OF SANITATION WORKER RICHARD TIMMINS

Statement by Mayor Bloomberg:

“I’m sad to report that today we lost one of New York’s Strongest, Sanitation Worker Richard Timmins.  At the young age of 46, he collapsed of an apparent heart attack at Parsons Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Queens.  He was rushed to Queens Hospital, but did not survive.  Sanitation Worker Timmins helped make New York City’s streets the cleanest they’ve been in decades, and while collecting recyclables, he was helping us achieve our goal of creating a greener and cleaner City.  This is a terrible loss for the Sanitation Department, and especially for the loving family he leaves behind.  I just spoke with his wife, Cynthia, to express my condolences, and I ask all New Yorkers to keep Sanitation Worker Timmins and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

Statement by Commissioner Doherty:

“Every day, Sanitation Workers perform an essential job of keeping New York City safe and clean by either collecting refuse, recyclables or sweeping our streets.  Today, we are reminded that their job can be dangerous, even while doing the most routine tasks.  I know I express the sadness of the entire Department of Sanitation on the passing of Sanitation Worker Richard Timmins.  Although he was with New York’s Strongest for a relatively short period of time, his hard work has helped this City to be a safer and healthier place where people want to live, work, and visit.”







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Stu Loeser / Jason Post   (212) 788-2958

Vito Turso (DSNY)   (646) 885-5020




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