Last week we all learned what a microburst is and what it can do to our neighborhood.
Power went down. Trees fell on houses, cars, and roads. In a time of crisis, many of your neighbors stood up and lent a hand.
I want to thank the members of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol and the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corp for their help and dedication to our communities. Their actions immediately following this devastating storm enabled us to open our major roads quickly. The members of GCOP and GVAC worked through the night to support the clean-up effort and redirect traffic at major intersections.
We all owe a special thank you to all of the emergency personnel who worked around the clock to restore our neighborhood. Workers at the Fire Department, the Police Department, the Parks Department, Con Edison, and many other organizations all came out and did their jobs admirably. Without them, homes would still be without power, businesses would still be closed, and many roads would still be impassible.
I would also like to thank a group of local residents who worked beside me that night cutting fallen trees to help us open Cooper Ave at 88th Street: Mike Siciliano, for his tireless work helping us clear a downed tree; his sons Alexander and Philip; Mike VouDouris; Ryan Gunning and Jon Miuta; Louise and Ariana Kalpaxis; and Susan Koehler for your help along Cooper Ave as well as on 88th Street.
We can be proud of ourselves for how we responded in a time of crisis. Neighbors took the time to help neighbors, despite the dangers. If that doesn’t renew your faith in humanity, then I don’t know what will.
Assemblyman, 38th AD