October 29, 2013
By John P. Gulino
One year ago we witnessed unprecedented devestation across Staten Island when Hurricane Sandy ravaged our shores and changed our lives forever. We lost neighbors, family members and saw entire homes washed away by a force of nature. The haunting images of our community in the aftermath of that storm will stay with me and I'm sure with all of us for the rest of our lives.
But, what will also stick with me is the awe-inspiring level of support we saw from our damanged community. Strangers were treated like family and thousands upon thousands of people from down the street to across the county stood up and helped carry us through some of the most tragic days in the history of Staten Island.
Staten Islanders proved that we are a tough and reslient people. No matter the tragedy – and we've seen far to many over the course of our lifetimes – we will overcome and we will recover. It's in our blood. So
Today, I ask you to remember the lives lost and to pray for their surviving kin. But, I also ask you to remember the heroric efforts our community undertook in the days, weeks and even months after the storm – efforts that continue to this day.