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Haitian Lawmaker Calls for a Haiti Czar

February 4th, 2010 by flanews

Florida may soon have a Haiti Czar to help the state handle the influx of Haitian-Americans fleeing the earthquake ravished island. State Representative Mack Bernard is calling on Governor Charlie Crist to create the position. Bernard is on of three Haitian state legislators who have banded together to form a Haiti taskforce. Bernard says appointing one person to coordinate federal, state, and county relief efforts would speed up the process.

Its very hard to get all of that communication to different people so we need one person who can be responsible for getting that information to everyone, said Bernard.

Bernard says Floridas role in the relief efforts will last years and organization will be key to securing federal funds to deal with an increased number of Haitian students and victims of the quake who seek medical help in Florida.

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