Mayor Dawn Zimmer, joined by other Hoboken officials, gathered in front of city hall on Wednesday to raise a flag on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy – as well as to announce the strides the Mile Square City has made since the natural disaster.
Zimmer kicked off the ceremonies before introducing United States Air Force (USAF) Reservist Joel Branosky, who recalled what Sandy was like for him and his wife – who were in two separate locations at the time.
Branosky then raised a flag that was flown over Afghanistan aboard a B1 bomber during Operation Enduring Freedom on November 5, 2012 and once it waived in front of city hall, the crowd sang â€œGod Bless America.â€
Zimmer then noted that the flag was raised to honor all of the first responders that helped Hoboken during this crisis, also explaining that an additional $230 million will be dedicated to Hoboken, Weehawken and northern Jersey City to prevent flooding after winning the rebuild by design competition.
Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, an administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also spoke of Hobokenâ€™s devastation and recovery from the superstorm.
Additionally, Provisional Hoboken Police Chief Edelmiro Garcia, Fire Chief Richard Blohm and newly appointed Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante, all gave props to their squads during the aftermath of Sandy.