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Bank donates $2.3M to help firefighters, cops rebuild after Sandy

More than 2,000 first responders will receive assistance

NEW YORK — More than 2,000 New York City first responders who were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy will receive assistance from funds now being administered by the New York City Police Foundation and FDNY Foundation.

The funds, made possible by a gift of over $2.3 million by Emigrant Bank and its chairman, Howard P. Milstein, will go to first responders who served the public while their own homes and families were severely affected by the storm. The funds are being distributed in time for the holidays, which is the intent of Milstein's gift.

Milstein is a longtime friend and supporter of both departments.

New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said, "Howard Milstein has once again proven himself to be a true friend to all first responders. After September 11, he opened his hotels and buildings in Manhattan to FDNY members engaged in the difficult rescue and recovery work. Now, after the worst storm our city has ever experienced, his extraordinary gift will help our members repair the homes they lost that night, when they selflessly put the needs of others before their own and bravely responded to perform rescues in flooded neighborhoods and from burning homes."

"The FDNY Foundation is honored that Howard Milstein has graciously offered financial assistance to members of the Department who have lost so much during the storm," said FDNY Foundation Executive Director Jean O'Shea. "Most important of all, this generous gift is expeditiously arriving to our Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics; so that they receive the funds at a time when they need them most."

Contributions to the funds can be made at  http://www.fdnyfoundation.org.

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