Monday November 12, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City employees who want to contribute to relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy will be able to do it through an automatic payroll deduction.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced the program on Sunday.

They said city employees will be able to earmark part of their paychecks to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for storm relief.

The fund has raised more than $35 million for hurricane restoration efforts.

Bloomberg says the money is used to address immediate needs including water, hot food, toiletries, baby supplies, warm clothing and blankets.

The funds will also address long-term needs including housing.

City employees’ tax-deductible deductions will run for two months spread over four pay periods.