Red Cross Trains NY State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz and His Staff

The American Red Cross Greater New York Region trained New York State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz and 20 staff members.

New York State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz and 20 members of his staff following Red Cross volunteer training on Aug. 7, 2013.

This is the best partnership that we could be involved in.

On Wed., Aug. 7, the American Red Cross Greater New York Region trained New York State Assembly Member Felix Ortiz (D. 51, Brooklyn) and 20 staff members. They will become a Red Cross partner group that will assist the Red Cross with key response functions such as feeding and bulk supply distribution in the event of a large disaster. Ortiz represents District 51 which includes several Brooklyn neighborhoods, among them, Red Hook, which was severely-impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

“This is the best partnership that we could be involved in,” Ortiz said. “As a result of Sandy and of the work that the Red Cross provided to my district, my staff is here today so that every single one will be trained and will serve as a responder in the case of another disaster that may take place in New York City or around New York State.”

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with Assembly Member Ortiz and his staff,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the Greater New York Red Cross. “We are thrilled to strengthen our ties to Red Hook and other Brooklyn communities.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossny.