Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) and Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5) spoke with Hudson County View yesterday to reflect on what helped the Mile Square City get through Hurricane Sandy two years ago.
“Hoboken residents, our first responders, including our CERT team … our residents have been amazing in really coming together and focusing both on getting through the storm and on the recovery effort,” Zimmer explained. “Now our focus it to make sure we are truly protected for the long term, which is why I’m extremely committed to trying to move ahead with the Rebuild by Design.”
“The oneness, we came together, really unselfishly, to help everyone else out,” Garcia said of the unity in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy and the immediate aftermath. “We all know, remember that day like yesterday, it was just a heart-wrenching day, but yet, we stepped up to the plate and did what we had to do to make sure we took care of those who were most vulnerable.
“At the time, the organization of the first responders, and the initial actions – I could say I seen it first hand – right from the outset of the disaster,” Romano recalled. “… I seen an [opportunity] for everyone to work together, which is very important to solve the problems as they came along.”