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City workers' Sandy fund set

Sandy destroyed homes

Sandy destroyed homes Credit: More than 40,000 New Yorkers lost their homes in the storm. (Getty)

City employees will now directly help Sandy relief efforts.

The mayor announced a plan Sunday that set aside part of city workers' paychecks for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.

The fund, which has $35 million so far, helps to buy such items as water, hot food, toiletries, baby supplies, warm clothing, blankets and more, and helps to pay for long-term needs.

"Small donations can make a big difference," the mayor said in a statement. The deductions will run for a two-month spread, he said.

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