[Photo by Bobby Williams]
Statement from City Councilmember Rosie Mendez on today's explosion on Second Avenue:
"Today our community's heart is breaking. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy. I am working closely with emergency services, my colleagues in government and with community leaders to respond to this horrible event. I thank the people of New York for the outpouring of concern and support. We pray for the victims and their families."