Parking Attendant Killed During Sandy Honored By Labor Leaders
Labor leaders honored Tuesday a worker killed on the job during Hurricane Sandy.
They gathered at a Lower Manhattan garage where parking attendant Anthony Nahr drowned during the storm.
The father of three was one of two people killed in Manhattan, and the only one in the borough to lose his life at work.
Union advocates said it should never have happened.
"The garage should have been closed. The area should have been evacuated, but it wasn't," said Matthew Bruccoleri of Teamsters Local 272. "He chose to stay here. We still don't know why he chose to stay here. We'll never know. But every man and woman should be able to go home and enjoy their family at the end of the work day."
"It's important that we stand here and remember Anthony, but it's also important that we remember the over 30 people who've lost their lives this year in New York City alone," said Vincent Alvarez, director of the NYC Central Labor Council. "Of course, those in Hurricane Sandy, but even beyond."
The gathering also marked Workers Memorial Day, an annual event in which members of the labor movement highlight the need for stronger regulations protecting workers.