March 12, 2014Dear Friend,
I just arrived home after heading straight from the airport to visit the site of the massive explosion in East Harlem. While Congress is still in session, I could not possibly sleep in Washington knowing of the tragic loss of life and injuries caused by the shocking explosion that occurred in the heart of our District. As we continue to pray for the families of those killed or injured in today's catastrophic explosion, my staff and I are taking immediate action to help the displaced and those in need. Many thanks go out to the outstanding rescue workers and first responders who have been on the scene saving lives, controlling the fire, and dealing with the aftermath of the explosion. We are closely monitoring the situation, and we are in constant communications with our federal, state and local partners as events unfold.
I have spoken to Gov. Cuomo and will work with him to secure assistance for the victims, families and small business owners. I thank Mayor de Blasio for his quick response to provide expedient assistance to the community and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez who came down from Albany to help as well. Together with the Governor, we will keep the President apprised of the situation as we follow up with the NTBS (National Transportation Safety Board) team's investigation.
My staff and I are also working with clergy and other community leaders, including Matthew Washington of Community Board 11 to assist in the relief efforts. They are collecting donations of food and clothing only. All monetary donations should go to the Red Cross, which has set-up a Reception Center at P.S. 57, located at 176 East 115th Street (between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue). I am thankful to the Red Cross personnel who have provided medical and mental health services as well as meals. Residents seeking information on loved ones who may have been affected by today’s tragic events are urged to call 311 or my office at 212-663-3900.
I am proud to represent a District where people have opened up their homes and offered hands to help their neighbors in any way. I know that we are a resilient community and hope for a swift recovery for all those affected by this tragic unexpected event.
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