New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he mourns the loss of a school assistant principal who died of swine flu. Mitchell Wiener, a Jew, died last night. His is the first New York City death linked to the swine flu virus.
Wiener had worked at Intermediate School 238 in Queens. He had been sick for nearly a week before his school was closed on Thursday.Bloomberg says Wiener was a well-liked and devoted educator. He calls the death a loss for the school system.
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says Wiener enriched the lives of children as a math teacher and an administrator. He says he’s “greatly saddened.”