Mike was killed because someone put a one-gallon container of hydrochloric acid -- a highly dangerous substance -- in the garbage. We're doing everything that we can to find the person or persons responsible for this. The city is offering a reward of $7,000 to anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible, and we urge people to please cooperate with us.
But beyond that, this is a time to express our appreciation to New York City sanitation workers. Our sanitation workers do one of the toughest and most necessary jobs in our city, and they do it superbly.
Remember last winter, the worst snowfall in this city's history, the worst winter that we've ever had. Unlike many other cities, New York was open, and open quickly by our Sanitation Department, working around the clock.
The work of the Sanitation Department opening the streets and the highways and the byways of the city saved lives. It kept our city open, for emergency vehicles and for business. New York City was featured on national television and national magazines as a great success, as other cities were paralyzed for days and days and days and even beyond that.
Last winter, the New York Sanitation Department displayed what in fact they display day in and day out. Our sanitation men and women do the job for us every day, every single day of the year.
Mike Hanly exemplified the very best of them. To his wife, Catherine, to his immediate family, and to the entire family of sanitation workers, a grateful city says thank you for everything that you do for us. And God bless you.
From Gracie Mansion, this is Rudy Giuliani.