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Haitian Hurricane Relief

Donations ready to be shipped three months after devastating hurricanes

Monday, December 08, 2008

Governor Paterson says there's a new timetable to deliver long-delayed donations to hurricane victims in Haiti three months after four heavy storms hit the Caribbean nation.

He says 40 tons of water, food and medical supplies that have been stored in a Brooklyn Armory will be put on planes and cargo ships this month.

But Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Michael Balboni says authorities will wait until next year to figure out what to do with 38 tons of donated clothing.

BALBONI: The community was so generous, they gave some things that you don't need in a tropical environment and sorting through that is kind of a laborious process.

REPORTER: Balboni says some clothing may be distributed in New York City instead of Haiti.

The governor says he wasn't expecting such an enormous response when he asked New Yorkers to help out.

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