FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2010
STATEMENT OF MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON THIS EVENING’S EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
“While we are all still awaiting details about the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince this evening, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Yorkers who have family and loved ones in the affected area. New York City and Haiti have long held a special, close relationship with each other. Not only do the families of some 125,000 New Yorkers hail from the country, but thousands more people travel between Haiti and New York regularly. That is why our cultures, cuisines, and businesses are so closely intertwined. In fact, Police Commissioner Kelly was in Haiti just last week helping its local law enforcement apply lessons we’ve learned in New York.
“Anyone wishing to contribute to relief efforts through the City can do so through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City by calling 311. The Mayor’s Fund will be directing cash contributions to organizations that are working in the affected areas.
“We also share concerns for neighboring Caribbean nations that may be affected by this earthquake including the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Cuba.
“New York City stands ready to do all we can to help Haiti, as we have in the past. And on behalf of 8.4 million New Yorkers, nou ave'w – we are with you.
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958