The donation will go to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to community and economic improvement, and will be used to meet immediate needs for food, water and supplies, as well as long-term relief and restoration projects.
"New York City has long been an important refuse and heavy-duty truck customer for Mack Trucks," said Kevin Flaherty, president of Mack Trucks North American Sales and Marketing. "We value our relationship with New York, and we want to assist them as they deal with enormous demand for public services in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy."
Mack's relationship with New York City stretches back more than 100 years to 1900 when the Mack brothers incorporated the company and began manufacturing their first heavy-duty vehicle, a 20-passenger touring bus named the "Manhattan," in a Brooklyn factory. New York City was a customer of Mack Trucks as early as 1911, and the New York Departments of Sanitation and Transportation together have more than 6,000 Mack vehicles currently in service.
As one of the most damaging storms ever to hit the northeastern U.S., Hurricane Sandy caused public and private losses of approximately $15 billion that will not be covered by private insurance, according to reports from New York City.