Rep. Grimm Awarded by Project Hospitality for Service During Superstorm Sandy

Oct 8, 2013 Issues: Superstorm Sandy

STATEN ISLAND, NY - This evening, Congressman Michael G. Grimm (R-SI/Brooklyn) will be awarded by Project Hospitality with the “Superstorm Sandy Distinguished Service Award” for his dedication to Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Due to the government shutdown, Rep. Grimm is unable to attend the Harvest Gala at Staten Island’s Hilton Garden Inn.  He has sent a video message that will be played this evening at the event, and the video remarks are pasted below.

Rep. Grimm remarks for Project Hospitality’s Harvest Gala:

Hi. I’m Congressman Michael Grimm, your proud representative in Congress. I am honored to be recognized by Project Hospitality for my Sandy relief efforts.  I regret that I cannot be with you to receive this award in person. I am still in Washington working on a solution to end the shutdown and reopen the government without any further delay.

Like many of you, the devastation of Superstorm Sandy is something I will never forget. Even before the storm hit, I was on the ground working with many of you to prepare for the worst. Afterwards, we continued to work side-by-side with other neighbors in the community to address the recovery needs of those devastated in Staten Island – serving hot meals, collecting and distributing warm clothes, and helping those who could not return home find shelter.

In the last year, I have seen so many selfless individuals lend a helping hand in countless acts of kindness and humanity. I couldn’t be more proud to represent such a remarkable group of people.

Of course, Project Hospitality was key to Staten Island’s incredible response to this disaster. You went above and beyond the call of duty – working around the clock – to address our community’s recovery needs.

I couldn’t possibly count the number of hours I spent at the shelters at Mount Manresa or Bayley Seton working with Reverend Troia and the Project Hospitality staff trying to help people who had no home get back on their feet. Reverend Troia, thank you for always responding to my calls, no matter what time it was or what holiday it happened to be.

We cannot bring back the lives lost or restore some of the things we lost that night, but we can build back stronger and more resilient than ever before. Thanks to you, we are moving forward with this goal.

I am honored to work alongside Project Hospitality in helping our borough recover from Sandy’s devastating impact, and look forward to remaining partners to help those in need.

Thank you again for all you do, and thank you for this honor.  I humbly accept it not only for myself, but for the unsung citizen heroes that made the greatest positive impact of all – for their sacrifice, relentless spirit, and true inspiration.

May God continue to bless all of you and your families. And may God bless these United States of America.