I used to work in communities that had been destroyed following Hurricane Sandy, and had the privilege of meeting some of the most resilient and generous people New York has to offer. Following Hurricane Harvey, my friends from the Rockaways and Howard Beach sprang into action, setting up places where people could donate hygiene products, socks and other essentials, providing lists where people could donate money, and sharing their knowledge and experiences with those affected by the flooding.
What people in Queens know is that hurricanes are not political, and disasters are a time for the nation to come together and rebuild. If everyone thought like my friends in Queens, there wouldn’t be any need for debate about government funding in response to disasters. But unfortunately, even though our President hails from the same borough, there’s very little of the Queens solidarity in Washington.Read More